Books For Your Beginning Reader
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Tags: books for beginners,
Posted: 2010-11-02 10:48:44 By: Joanne Oppenheim

 

Pushing kids to the next level or rushing them with workbook drill lessons can make reading a turn-off instead of a lifelong pleasure. Bringing home books that are less of a struggle give kids a chance to solidify their new skills. Getting fluent and confident with books they can read with ease is not a waste of time. You want to avoid bringing home books that are seriously frustrating--books that bring them to the level of their own incompetence.


How will you know? If your child is struggling and having to sound out every other word, put that book away for another day. Here are some of the newest titles for beginners that we recommend. These are arranged in order of difficulty.

 

 


2010 Award
Brand new Readers Winter Fun!
(Candlewick $12.99 Score: )

A set with ten slender books that are super easy as well as super short. The illustrations and repetition also guide the reading. The set comes with suggestions on how to introduce the sight words and other activities that support beginners.  The stories have humor, charming art and are easy to comprehend. In one little book elephant is putting on his winter coat. He buttons one button, then another, then another--but the coat is too tight and the buttons all burst off and then the coat is just right. You can see how the one liners build on one another with only a small variation from one page to the next and the word family tight and right are added to the sight vocabulary. This is part of a series called Brand new Readers that have been consistently well done. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2010 Award
Mouse and Mole, A Winter Wonderland
(by Wong Herbert Yee, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score: )

Newest in the small easy-o-read stories about two good friends, Mouse and Mole. It's winter and although Mouse cannot wait to go out to play, Mole prefers to be snug as a bug in bed. Mouse makes a snow friend but finds she still misses he real live friend Mole. Happily, Mole finds sleeping away the day a bit boring and all's well that ends well. The stories are short and simple with charming illustrations. A good choice for beginners.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2010 Award
Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks
(by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard, Harcourt $15 Score: )

Once again Mr. Putter and Tabby are in need of some help. It's hot and they are itching for something to do. Enter Mrs. Teaberry and her big dog Zeke. The four go off on a sightseeing boat that Zeke hates to leave. As always, there are not too many words on a page, yet a real story happens that beginners can follow while they are decoding. This is an excellent series for late first/early second grade readers. 6 & up.

Age: . Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2010 Award
Bink & Gollie
(by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee/ illus. by Ton, Candlewick $15.99 Score: )

Meet two friends who disagree on most things, other than their continuing friendship.
Gollie, the tall bossy one knows she is right and Bink the smaller, more childlike one, who cares what Gollie thinks but not enough to give in. Bink has a mind of her own. Told in few words, each small adventure takes place partially in the imagination of one of the two girls. Beginning readers will appreciate the humor and limited words on the page. This looks like the first of a series of easy reader friendship stories. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 



 

 


2010 Award
3-D Thrillers! T. Rex and Other Dangerous Dinosaurs
(by Heather Amery & Paul Harrison, Scholastic $4.99 Score: )

Want to excite your dinosaur loving child with reading? Add this paperback book that includes a pair of 3-D glasses in it and the magic will begin. The glasses and book are perfect choice for reluctant readers, too. The book is chock full of factoids about dinosaurs that seem to rise off the page. Also in the same series, see 3-D Thrillers! Sharks and the World's Scariest Sea Monsters. 6-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2010 Award
I Spy A Christmas Tree
(by Jean Marzollo/ photos Walter Wick, Scholastic $9.99 Score: )

A smaller version of the original I Spy Christmas, this is a shorter book and easier for beginners. Using the usual multifaceted images, readers search the busy photograph to discover the items in the riddles on each facing page. The objects are labeled and therefore easy for sight readers to figure out if they are trying for independent reading. This is also a good choice for encouraging listening and looking skills of preschoolers. As an added pleasure there are punch-out ornaments that you and your child can assemble and add to your own Christmas tree.  A good pre-holiday treat to share as the family anticipates the holidays.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2010 Award
Detective Dinosaur Undercover
(by James Skofield/ illus. R.W. Alley, HarperCollins $16.99 Score: )

Detective Dinosaur is something of a dumbbell, but one who will tickle beginning readers who love dinosaurs. It's bit cartoonish, but that probably makes it all the more appealing to readers who know that genre and can relate to the silliness of a dinosaur who puts on layers of clothes when he is given an "undercover" assignment. These are a step beyond the super easy beginner books and right on the mark for 2nd graders.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 



 

 


2010 Award
Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club
(by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat/ , Delecorte $12.99 Score: )

Generations of kids who are ready for first chapter books have enjoyed the Nate the Great series. The series, originated more than 30 years ago, features a no nonsense boy detective who was seeing clues long before fellows like Monk. In this newest caper, some books are missing pages and the president of the Harvard Book Club has come to Nate the Great to find the culprit.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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