Friday, September 2, 2016

Spotlight Friday: early readers roundup 9.02.16

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 work with many readers.  I work with readers who are just starting to make sense of the printed word.  I work with students who are more confident with print and are ready to really dig deeper into their reading.  I work with classrooms where students are reading challenging material and are really pushing their thinking.

What does this mean?

We need a variety of texts to meet the needs of our readers.  Having picture books and chapter books aren't enough.  We need to make sure we have a variety within these formats in our libraries.

One type of texts are early readers.  Often termed "easy readers" or "leveled readers", right now I refer to them as early readers.  I'm still not sure I like that term.  I never want to put a label on a book that would mark them for a specific age group or predetermine what level of reader a book is "for".  

In the past, early readers didn't have much plot, there wasn't much character development.  Really, they didn't make readers want to read these books.  I'm so glad to see publishers change this.  Early readers now have engaging plots, characters that readers relate to, and issues that young readers understand.  

Here are some of my favorites:

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover        Rabbit and Robot and Ribbit
Rabbit and Robot series
by Cece Bell

A Pig, a Fox, and a Box
A Pig, A Fox, and a Box
by Jonathan Fenske

Freckleface Strawberry: Backpacks!        Freckleface Strawberry: Loose Tooth!
FreckleFace Strawberry series
by Julianne Moore

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Ling & Ting, #1)        Ling & Ting Share a Birthday (Ling & Ting, #2)
Ling and Ting series
by Grace Lin

Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey        Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure
Pigsticks and Harold series
by Alex Milway

What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig        What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch
What This Story Needs Is series
by Emma Virján

Poppy the Pirate Dog. Liz Kessler        Poppy the Pirate Dog and the Missing Treasure
Poppy the Pirate Dog series
by Liz Kessler

Penny and Her Marble        Penny and Her Doll
Penny and Her Marble
by Kevin Henkes

Bink & Gollie (Bink & Gollie, #1)        Two for One (Bink & Gollie, #2)
Bink and Gollie series
by Kate DiCamillo

Big Bad Wolf (Urgency Emergency!)        Itsy Bitsy Spider (Urgency Emergency!)
Urgency Emergency! series
by Dosh Archer

and for those who are ready for something a little bit longer, but maybe not as long as a transitional chapter book:

Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson #1)         Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson #2)
Mercy Watson series 
by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, #1)         Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, #3)
Tales From Deckawoo Drive series
by Kate DiCamillo

The Princess in Black (The Princess in Black, #1)        The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde (The Princess in Black, #3)
The Princess in Black series 
by Shannon and Dean Hale

The Meanest Birthday Girl
The Meanest Birthday Girl
by Josh Schneider

Tales for Very Picky Eaters
Tales for Very Picky Eaters
by Josh Schneider

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny        Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny series
by John Himmelman

This summer I wrote a series featuring some new early readers.  Check these books out:
PART ONE featuring Snail and Worm by Tina Kügler
PART TWO featuring Duck, Duck, Porcupine by Salina Yoon
PART THREE featuring HMH's Green Light Readers series

Happy Reading to all!

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