Friday, June 17, 2016

Spotlight Friday - spotlight on early readers, part 3

Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!

I am so thrilled to see books being published that are intended for early readers.  Books that contain mostly sight words and many of the words can be decoded by looking at picture clues, are often simplistic and have no plot line.  Characters are flat and do not develop.  However, there have been some books that have been recently published that show early readers can be smart, fun books!  For the next several weeks I am going to spotlight some of them.  I hope these books find a way into your classroom!

Part 1 of the series is HERE
Part 2 of the series is HERE

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a series that is specifically for early readers.  They are tiered in levels so readers can grow with them.  It seems to be the "it" thing to do now, and put the guided reading level on the back of the cover.  I have mixed feelings about this.  Mostly, I wish they weren't there. Unless that level is being used by a teacher for specific reading purposes, a level does not need to be attached.  
The books I've read so far in this series have characters and plots that are sure to interest young readers.  Since it's an early reader, the text tends to be controlled as far as sight words and decodable words, but most of them still have an interesting story.  I like that the longer books are early chapter books.  By introducing young readers to short chapters, they start getting the feel of remembering a plot line over a longer period of reading time.
Here are a few I've read so far.

Buster the Very Shy Dog and the Great Bone Game
Buster the Very Shy Dog in the Great Bone Game
by Lisze Bechtold

Bradford Street Buddies: Backyard Camp-Out       Bradford Street Buddies: Block Party Surprise
Bradford Street Buddies:
Backyard Camp-Out
Block Party Surprise
by Jerdine Nolen
illustrated by Michelle Henninger

Celebrating Illinois: 50 States to Celebrate       Celebrating Florida: 50 States to Celebrate
Celebrating Illinois
Celebrating Florida
by Marion Dane Bauer
illustrated by C.B. Canga

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