It’s one of my favorite phases, when that jumble of letters and spaces on a page suddenly come together, and everything clicks, and a whole new world opens up to them. And they get so proud of themselves as they learn to read, too. Suddenly, they want to read everything (side note: it’s inconvenient, but you can no longer spell things out in front of them. They’re on to you, and once you start with “I-C-E-C-R…” they start yelling, “I know where we’re going! We’re getting ice cream! Yeay! Let’s get ice cream!” and the question you were asking your husband about whether maybe you should take the kids out just became an absolute certainty. It’s a small price to pay.)
So here are some of our favorite books for new readers. They have short words and simple stories that kids can follow easily — but they still manage to be interesting, or hilariously funny, or quirky, or comforting. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a few of these before bed to practice those new skills.
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel — Owl’s quirks and silly predicaments are sure to make everyone giggle and come back to check on him over and over.
–It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw — the repetition and pictures give kids a few helpful hints as they read along
–Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion — a family favorite. My daughter laughs hysterically at the ending every time.
–The Little Bear series by Else-Homelund-Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak — beautiful, comforting stories about a little bear, his friends, and his mother who is always there to take care of him.
–George and Martha by James Marshall
–Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans — a classic. You’ll need to help with longer words (like appendix!), but such a fun book to read together.
–This is My Family (A Little Critter Book) by Gina and Mercer Mayer
–Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner — fun rhymes and pictures in this book on animals going about their day on the farm
Alisha Ross says
Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you really understand what you’re speaking about! Bookmarked. Please also talk over with my web site =). We may have a link change arrangement between us!
Thanks for sharing these. My son is starting to read and I really have no idea how to start. I’ve bought him a good combination of absolutely boring books and ones with too many big words that are too hard for him right now. We already have the Frog and Toad books, so I’ll start with that one.
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
Ooooh, you shared some great books here! We love “It Looked Like Spilt Milk”! Such a great book!
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).
Wishing you a lovely evening.
So many wonderful books in this list! Thank you for stopping by the Learn & Play Link Up! This post is featured on Christian Montessori Network this week.
Theresa @DearCreatives says
Little Bear was one of our all time favorites. Nice to see it on your reading list for little ones. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Pinned & shared.
This list is very helpful. My daughter is almost to this point in reading. We are getting through Bob Books and a few easy readers, but not quite to the reading everything stage and finding good readers can be difficult. I may have to check into the spilt milk book!
I recently shared a list of books on my blog about Children’s books that were my favorites that my daughter now enjoys…. https://bluebirdbeginnings.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/old-books-new-life/
Cute! I’ve never heard of those books.
Thanks for sharing at #everythingkids!
Erin @Nourishing My Scholar says
Great list of books! You are so right about not being able to spell words out loud anymore! Love it! #Shine-blog-hop
Mother of 3 says
My youngest son loved the Biscuit series and also all the Mitten books that seemed to go hand in hand with them.