Friday, June 3, 2016

Spotlight Friday - spotlight on early readers, part 1 6.03.16

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 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!

Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
by Tina Kugler
Published by HMH

Goodreads summary:
Combining deceptively simple art with clever wordplay, Snail and Worm—told in three comical, episodic shorts and ranging in topic from adventuring to having pets—will have both girls and boys delighting in the friends' silly antics, making it a perfect book for readers transitioning between picture books and chapter books.

My Thoughts:
This book is perfect for our readers who are engaging with print, using skills, but still need a little bit of help figuring it all out.  And the great thing is, Kugler shares an engaging short chapter book that will make kids laugh and want to reread!

The characters of Snail and Worm are reminiscent of the kind of friendship Elephant and Piggie have.  Each character has different traits, but those traits compliment each other and make them endearing to the reader.  Even with minimal text, Kugler has made these characters complex enough there is much to talk about - look at the actions of each character, what does it tell the reader about them?

What a wonderful plot line in each of the 3 chapters of this book.  What a wonderful sign of a well written book, when the reader has to infer and draw conclusions.  I love that although this is a beginning chapter book, it still has the reader doing deeper thinking as they go through the story - Kugler leaves it up to the reader to determine what a character means at time, humor that is not always explained and must be interpreted.  I love that these higher level skills are being asked of even young readers.  One of the chapters focuses on mental images and how they can differ.  

So glad to see authors giving us wonderful readers.  Join me next week as I share some more new books for our young readers!

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