This is definitely a part of this blog that I missed! So many wonderful books that we have been reading and that I wanted to share with the world. Now the problem is – which one do I choose? Well, as we have had a new reader in the house, here are a few early readers we have enjoyed.
I just have to get it off my chest which ones I do not enjoy – the Oxford Reading Scheme. Why oh why oh why are they inflicting these books on us poor parents, having to sit through and listen to child after child read about Biff, Kipper and all the other odd characters. Biff? Kipper?? Honestly?!
Sorry, I just had to say that. But moving on, we have really enjoyed the Frog & Toad series by Arnold Lobel. They are a bit beyond basic readers, with four large print stories in each book, about two best friends, a frog and a toad (er, obviously) who enjoy every day life, often with unintended comical results. I found them really funny, and that is always a bonus when listening to your child reading! They also portray a really nice friendship between the two.
Another series we have started is Billy and Blaze by C W Anderson, about a boy and his horse. CassCass and LissaLou both enjoyed these, and I think they will be just right for JoJo with plenty of adventure and suspense. The writing is a bit smaller (amazing how important this and the pictures are for them!) but there are only a few lines on each page. Both of these series also have plenty of interesting vocabulary.
The final series we liked was about Little Bear and his friends and family (Else Holmelund Minarik). These are easier reading, with larger print, although full pages. They are very gentle and repetitive, with simpler vocab, but pleasant stories to read.
Otherwise for early readers I am a great believer in letting them read anything that you have on your bookshelves or from the library for small children (unless they know it by heart already!) and making sure it is as much a pleasure for the listener to hear as possible!