All journeys have a starting place.
This is a weekly place to find books and tools
that you may use with readers at the start of their reading journey.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.
I am so impressed with the books coming from Penguin Workshop. These books are intended for those readers who are starting to read independently - whether it's reading picture books or chapters. The topics appeal to this age reader and there is a variety of realistic fiction and fantasy. I also love the number of books that feature humor!
Some of my favorites:
Please, No More Nuts
by Jonathan Fenske
Squirrels eating too much to the point where their cheeks can't hold any more nuts? Yeah, there will be giggles.
A Pig, A Fox, and Stinky Socks
by Jonathan Fenske
This series is my favorite of his. Rhymes and practical jokes - that means words that help with predicting words and laughter!
Pass the Ball, Mo!
by David A. Adler
I love this chapter book series. The sports topic is a huge draw. It's going to attract young readers who are ready for some longer reading, and it's going to attract my readers who are struggling with independence but want a topic that looks "cool".
Maud the Koala series
by J.E. Morris
This series will appeal to both young readers and their parents. Maud has many characteristics that are relatable to young kids - in these first two books Maud is afraid of getting shot at her wellness checkup and she's overly excited for her birthday but gets overwhelmed when the number of guests that show up. Kids will also love how many of the pages feature graphic novel type frames.
Parents will like the tips in the back of the book. In Not Afraid of Doctors, Morris talks about helping your child with visualization techniques when they visit the doctor and shots are involved. In Much Too Much Birthday, Morris talks about kids who have some sensitivity issues and how to plan for them when in an overwhelming situation.
Do you work with readers who are starting their journey on the road to reading? Join Alyson Beecher from Kid Lit Frenzy and me every Thursday as we explore books and ideas to help readers have a successful start to independent picture book and chapter book reading. If you blog or have a Goodreads page, please link up with us!