Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Best Books for Learning How to Read

Hi friends! Happy September! We have a (semi) kindergartner on our hands this year, and with that comes sight words, letter and sound recognition, and learning how to READ. Today I'm sharing some of the books that are adored in our house and that have really helped to develop Oskar's confidence while still keeping his attention. When brand-new readers are ready to start reading on their own, it can be challenging to find books that fit their skill level that are also interesting. Here are our recent favorites that he reads to me, or that we read together, before bed every night.

Hi, Jack! (A Jack Book) and Jack Blasts Off (A Jack Book): These are two of Oskar's recent favorites and remind us a lot of Elephant & Piggie. They have basic plots that are easy to understand (and read!), while still remaining silly. We're on the lookout for more to come from this series to build his collection.

BOB Books: The holy grail on where to begin if you have a little one learning how to read. These have come recommended by just about every teacher I know. Consistent new sounds are added to the books gradually, until young readers have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q). Short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make these books a fun confidence builder.
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book): Oh, Mo Willems and the love that our boy has for his books. This series has truly done more for his reading ability and comprehension than any other, and he just can't get enough. A fun twist: one of us reads as Elephant (Gerald), and the other as Piggie.

The Munschworks Grand Treasury: The best collection of funny and engaging stories. Complete with 15 favorite stories, your kiddo will be sure to laugh along as you read them together.

Green Eggs and Ham: This may have been where it all began. Dr. Seuss's sing-songy, rhyming cadence may seem like cheating when it comes to learning how to read, but repetition, anticipation, and site word recognition are important building blocks when it comes to developing this skill. We love so many Dr. Seuss books, but Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat are our two favorites.

Usborne My First Reading Library: These books are genius in that the adult reads one page, and the child reads the next (simplified text). Each consecutive book in the series adds new letter sounds which multiplies the words they can read.

My Favorite Bernstein Bears Stories Learning to Read Box Set: Who didn't read Bernstein Bears growing up? This set comes with several favorites that just so happen to be Level One I Can Read books, which means they are perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Hand in hand with the Bernstein Bears are the Pete the Cat I Can Read books, which get major points from both of our boys since they're big fans of the show as well.

You are (Not) Small: A sweet little favorite about two friends who can't agree on who is small and who is big. With beautiful illustrations and simple words, this is one that big brother can read to little brother at night time.

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