Sunday, February 7, 2016

RA RA Read: Easy Readers for the absolute beginner

With the advent of four year old kindergarten in our town a few years ago, there is now an emphasis on kids reading at a younger age. Regardless of whether or not this is developmentally appropriate (it's not imo) we are getting more and more parents asking for easier easy readers. I've written elsewhere about how we "level" easy readers, but it's not a perfect solution.

The most often asked-for easy readers are ones for the very beginning readers with just a few words. We're planning to add another sticker for that as well in the near future. This is a list of some of the simplest easy readers in this category, as well as some picture books that also fill this role.

Easy Reader Series
  • Berenstain Bears
    • The Big Honey Hunt
    • Bears on Wheels
    • Big Bear, Small Bear
    • Old Hat, New Hat
  • Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Little Lizard by Melinda Crow
  • Clara and Clem by Ethan Long
  • Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
  • Cat the cat by Mo Willems
  • Silly Lilly by Agnes Rosenstiehl
  • Brownie and Pearl by Cynthia Rylant
  • Trucktown by Jon Sciesczka
Easy Reader Imprints
  • National Geographic Pre-Readers (Blue)
  • My First I Can Read
  • Bullfrog Books
  • I Like to Read (quality varies)
    • Little ducks go
    • Fix this mess
    • Me, Too
    • See me dig, See me run
    • Dinosaurs do, Dinosaurs don't
Picture Book Authors

  • Eric Carle
  • Donald Crews
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Denise Fleming
  • Jorey Hurley
  • Nancy Tafuri
  • Jan Thomas

Boxed Sets

  • BOB Books
    • Set 1, ISBN 0439845009
  • Learn to Read with Tug the Pup
    • Set 1, ISBN 9780062266897
  • Biscuit Phonics Fun
    • ISBN 9780061432040
  • Guided Science Readers
    • Level A, ISBN 9780545650922

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