Sunday, October 28, 2018

RA RA Read: Easy Readers for the absolute beginner

With the advent of four year old kindergarten in our town around 2014, I saw an increasing emphasis on kids reading at a younger age. Regardless of whether or not this is developmentally appropriate (it's not in my opinion and that of many educators) we continue to get more and more parents and caregivers asking for easier easy readers.

This is how our easy readers are grouped or "leveled".

The most often asked-for easy readers are ones for emergent readers - those with just a few words per page. Think the BOB books which, yes, we do have! In fact, we have a whole shelf of boxes of little paperbacks. I am currently purchasing large classroom sets from Scholastic of their guided readers, which I'll sort into small tupperwares to add to our checkout. Some other popular box sets include:

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
More simple easy readers are listed below. Not all are strictly leveled readers or leveled at an emergent level, but they're what appeal to both children and caregivers at that level - and I feel there's nothing wrong with reading together!

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
  • Various by Jan Thomas (originally published as picture books, now being repackaged as easy readers)
Easy Reader Imprints/Publishers
  • National Geographic Pre-Readers
  • My First I Can Read (check these - not all are truly emergent readers)
  • Bullfrog Books
  • I Like to Read from Holiday House (I feel that some of the illustrations in this are a bit odd)
Picture Book Authors
  • Eric Carle
  • Donald Crews
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Denise Fleming
  • Jorey Hurley
  • Nancy Tafuri


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