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Book Recommendations For Beginning Readers

This week the 4 Moms are sharing book recommendations for beginning readers.

After I go through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, the child should be ready to read easy reader books on her own with constant oversight from me. I want to be sure there are not mistakes being repeated and reinforced, so I listen to reading aloud and help with difficult or new words.

Here are some of the easy readers we have used and enjoyed:

After these books and others like them have been read and reread aloud over and over, usually the child is ready to move on to easy "chapter" books. We take turns reading paragraphs aloud at first and then graduate to taking turns reading pages aloud.

Here are some the easy chapter books we like:

(Have I left out your favorite book for beginning readers? Add it in the comments!)

Remember these tips when working with beginning readers:

  • Remember that beginning readers need to be doing lots of reading aloud so you can correct mistakes and encourage progress.
  • If the books are interesting to the child, the task will be easier, so find books your child will enjoy.
  • ¬†Keep the read aloud sessions short enough (10-15 minutes) that the child won't become frustrated or bored.
  • Before asking the child to read a new book, go over new or difficult words that the child will be seeing. You'll need to read over it and anticipate what might trip him or her up.

Now, head on over to the rest of my posse and see what books recommendations they share for beginning readers.

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  1. I follow you on Twitter, by the way. :)

    Some other good books for early readers are:
    – Poppleton series
    – Mr. Putter and Tabby series
    – Magic Treehouse (my son picked and chose, with my guidance, the books which were the least scary)
    – Mercy Watson series
    – Ready Freddy series

  2. Kristie McArthur says:

    My oldest son is almost seven and he really likes Frog and Toad, Little Bear, Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, ect).
    Beginning Chapter Books (I am reading these to him right now): Mouse and the Motocycle series.

  3. We loved the Biscuit books for early readers and, as the boys jumped into chapter books, they enjoyed the Geronimo Stilton books. Lots of pictures and type changes… and zany adventures.

  4. Great list! We’ve used and enjoyed all of these. I’ve got one just about ready to learn so I need to dust them all back off…

  5. Cam Janson and Young Cam Janson books are great, Junie B. Jones (although they display some attitudes and words that open the door to conversations about manners :~) ), I also am fond of The Great illustrated classics, they are an early reader (3rd-4th grade reading level) version of many classic books like Treasure Island, Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, Ann of Green Gables and so many more.

  6. One thing I have used for my 9 yr old son who is working very hard to gain fluency is the Christian Liberty Nature Readers. They are numbered 1-5, so no grade levels, which helps an insecure reader.
    They cover all manner of nature…bugs, spiders, crabs, birds, etc. He finds them interesting, and doesn’t get stressed at reading them. I usually have him write a couple sentences about what he read, then the next day, we correct any spelling errors and he copies it onto decorative paper.
    It’s been a great way to get him reading, without having to re-read the same books over and over again! Yesterday, he even read several pages beyond his assignment, because it was just too good to stop.(his words).
    This has been a painless way to get in nature study, science, reading, and writing, all in about 20 minutes!!

  7. I’d have to say that my all time favorite children’s book would have to be Dr. Seuss’s Sleep book, followed closely by We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen’s. The Sleep Book is sure to put even the most-determined-to-stay-awake kid to sleep by the end. And We’re going on a bear hunt is a really fun book to read as a song. :)


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