Posts Tagged ‘beginning readers’

Lions, Insects & Space, Oh My! Non-Fiction Readers for All Ages!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Have you explored our non-fiction reader collection? Do you know how rain gets into the clouds or why the moon changes shape? What is the life-cycle of a butterfly and what does a mail carrier do all day?

Non-fiction is a great way for children to learn about the world from an early age. Don’t wait until your child is reading alone for the facts, non-fiction is perfect for pre-readers too!

Beautiful Photography:  Besides being fun to look at, colorful photographs allow children to focus on the subject matter and forge a connection between textual content and image.

Easy Reader Text: With large fonts and just a few sentences per page, non-fiction readers teach important vocabulary skills. Reading about the life cycle of a squirrel, fire trucks or dinosaurs in just a few pages can hold even the youngest toddler’s attention without becoming overwhelming.

Information Seeking: Children are naturally curious about the world, non-fiction can give parents a way to answer questions and demonstrates how to find information. Non-fiction teaches children that books can be more than stories, books can tell you why the sun is so bright or why a baby skunk doesn’t stink or what going to school is like…or…well, you get the picture.

Have we talked about the Geisel Awards yet?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

So, I think I’ve managed to neglect mentioning the Geisel Awards up to this point.  What a grievous oversight.  Anyone with a new reader needs to know about this award “given annually the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”

The days of Dick and Jane are gone my friends.  As this article says, boring beginning reader books are so yesterday.  Today’s readers are funny and engaging.  Kids actually want to read them!

Toon books are in a graphic novel (read: comic book) format and are great place to start for boys and reluctant readers.

Many parents are already familiar with Mo Willems and his fantastic picture books like the Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny series.  But those same parents are often unfamiliar with Mo’s hilarious beginning reader Elephant and Piggie series.  Mo also has a new series about Cat the Cat.  Don’t be fooled by the traditional picture book look of these books, they’re intended for beginning readers as well.

And if you haven’t introduced your new reader to the Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold, you’re both missing out!  When a fly on the hunt for something tasty and slimy to eat crosses paths with a boy named Buzz who’s looking for a smart pet for The Amazing Pet Show, a beautiful friendship is born.  And of course, hilarity ensues.

Also worth a mention are the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series, Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same, and the Annie and Snowball series.  And check out our list of Geisel Award winners and honor books.