Friday, June 10, 2016

Spotlight Friday - spotlight on early readers, part 2

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

Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon
Duck, Duck, Porcupine!
by Salina Yoon
published by Bloomsbury

Goodreads summary:
Big Duck likes to boss around her younger brother, Little Duck, and she fancies herself the leader of their trio--when joined by their gentle friend Porcupine. Little Duck doesn't speak yet, but through his expressions and his actions, he shows that he has a better grasp on any situation than his older sister. Told entirely through dialogue and visual storytelling with subtle humor throughout, Little Duck ends up getting the trio out of whatever jam they are in.

This book is begged to be read out loud and enjoyed over and over.  Watch your audience and notice when the clever reader picks up on the clues that Big Duck and Porcupine miss over and over.  It's the clever reader and the clever Little Duck that notice the little details that Big Duck and Porcupine keep missing.  I love how Salina Yoon uses small details in the illustrations and text to add more to her stories.  In each chapter, it's Little Duck who is always in the know.  He knows it's about to rain in the first chapter, and then shows his friends how to make a rainy day fun.  In the next chapter, Little Duck knows exactly what Big Duck forgot, yet it's Little Duck's attempts to let Big Duck know what she forgot that will make readers laugh.  Finally, in the last chapter when it's time to go camping, it's Little Duck who remembers what is important.

I am a big fan of Salina Yoon's books.  I think she has great talent in conveying the story through her bright, bold illustrations and concise text.  They appeal to so many readers.  I start my school year off with her books because they get kids excited to read.  And have you seen her books as part of Kohls Cares?  I picked up a Bear and Penguin for my young readers to share and love as we read her books next year.  Now, I am excited to share this book with young readers!  I asked her the other day about more in the series and she shared the next one will be out in January 2017 and book 3 in the fall of 2017.  Yippee! 

I'll leave you with this adorable image she sent me!  Thank you, Salina! 

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