Archive for the ‘Early Readers’ Category

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

February 25, 2013 - 12:14 pm No Comments

I know it seems like a weird time to be blogging about Christmas books, but now might actually be a great time to check out Christmas books from the library because everyone is done with them and you can pick whichever books you want, not whichever books are left.

Also, there was a time in our house where all our youngest wanted to read was Halloween books. We must have read Halloween books for a year. I am pretty sure that we checked out every Halloween book our library had to offer.

Anyways, I love this book. (I know, I always say that, but if I didn’t love it I wouldn’t be telling you all about it.) 🙂 I love the illustrations and I love how it calls itself to be read in a quiet voice…perfect for bedtime reading, perfect of naptime reading. Shhhhhhh…..

Hour of the Olympics and Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osbourne and Natalie Pope Boyce

July 13, 2012 - 8:48 am No Comments

Both of my kids LOVED the Magic Tree House series which we call “the Jack and Annie books” in our house. If you have not discovered this awesome series it involves Jack and Annie who are brother and sister and they have a magic tree house near their house that takes them on adventures to different time periods. What I love about these books is that Jack and Annie’s adventures always begin with a book they have in their tree house and that with each adventure the reader learns a little piece of history. Our kids love the stories and the suspense and are learning all at the same time. LOVE it!

The Magic Tree House series has two books that focus on the Olympics. One is Hour of the Olympics which is about Jack and Annie’s adventures in Ancient Greece during the first Olympics. The second is Ancient Greece and the Olympics which is a non-fiction companion book to Hour of the Olympics.

These books are so fantastically well written and so much fun. I will warn you though, once your kiddo gets started on the Jack and Annie series it’s going to be a while before they read much of anything else. 🙂 There are a lot of these books and they are all fantastic and kids just eat them up.

One Summery Day by Larry Dane Brimmer

June 26, 2012 - 4:40 pm No Comments

I am loving all of these summery books I have been reviewing this week! They make me want to head to the beach ASAP. This is another book that celebrates all things wonderful about summer…sleeping in late, tire swings, lemonade and trips to the beach. Also, this is a great book for reading out loud, but it’s also an easy reader for those little readers who are beginning to read on their own.

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures

April 16, 2012 - 11:31 am No Comments

Many early elementary students are first introduced to Flat Stanley at school with the original Flat Stanley story in which poor Stanley gets flattened by a bulletin board. It’s fun at first because he can slip under doors and he gets to go on vacations simply by being mailed in an envelope. Being flat does get old after a while though and Stanley really just wants to be a normal boy like everyone else.

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures takes Stanley’s adventures to a whole new level and does so in easy to read chapter books complete with adventures to different countries. If you have an early elementary reader who is ready for beginning chapter books and loves to learn about new places (Stanley travels to places like Australia, Washington, D.C., Japan, Egypt, Africa and Mt. Rushmore.) then these will be a huge hit in your house.

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

April 5, 2012 - 10:30 pm No Comments

Frog and Toad are tried and true. They have been around since I was in elementary school, which means they have been around a long, long time. 🙂 These books are perfect for children who are just ready to step into chapter books. The font is larger and there is at least one picture on every page and, most importantly, there are chapters. There are also several other Frog and Toad books, so if your child really likes the first one, then the others will keep them reading and reading to follow Frog and Toad on their next adventure.

Stuart’s Cape by Sara Pennypacker

March 26, 2012 - 10:59 pm No Comments

Stuart has just moved to a new town and he has no one to play with. School hasn’t started yet either and he wants something interesting to happen…NOW! He makes a cape out of neckties and things definitely get more interesting-right away. I love this book because so many children know that things only get better when you’re wearing a cape and Stuart knows that, too. Kids will really identify with Stuart and will laugh at his adventures. This beginning chapter book has chapters that are a little bit longer, but still has those ever important pictures to accompany the story.

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg

March 25, 2012 - 8:42 pm No Comments

This book is a GREAT beginning chapter book for so many reasons. One, the chapters are really, really short. This is great for children who are just beginning chapter books…you don’t want them to tucker out too quickly or feel too overwhelmed. Two, there are pictures mingled in with the story. Children who are just beginning chapter books will often look to make sure a book has pictures before deciding to read it. They are ready for more words, but not quite ready to give up the pictures. Three, this is the cutest story ever that many children could relate to. Eleanor is having a very bad day. Her babysitter, who she has known her whole life, is moving away. Many children have dealt with change and bad news and Eleanor deals with it in the best way she knows how and learns that even though change is hard and not any fun, that sometimes things can turn out okay.

The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka

March 23, 2012 - 1:15 pm No Comments

The Time Warp Trio series is great because not only is it funny and silly in a way your kids will love, but there are some covert history lessons in the books too as the characters travel through time. This series is great for kids who are still not ready for “true” chapter books, but are getting closer. There are still some pictures and the chapters are shorter, but the print might be a little smaller than some of the easier chapter books.

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

March 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm No Comments

When you have a child who is at that stage where they are ready to read chapter books, this series might be a good one to start with. It is still easy to read, it doesn’t have too many words per page, it has colored pictures, but most importantly….it has CHAPTERS!!! They always feel so accomplished when they can say they’ve read a book with chapters. It’s also a good pick because there are a lot of Henry and Mudge books and if you can get those young readers started on a series they will read and read and read until they’ve read every book in the series.

If you are wondering who Henry and Mudge are, they are a boy and his big loving dog who are also best of friends.

Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows

March 19, 2012 - 2:51 pm No Comments

When Ivy moves into the neighborhood, Bean’s mother encourages her to go and meet Ivy. They are both 7 years old and could be friends. Bean says she has enough friends and isn’t interested in being Ivy’s friend because she looks boring. Well, it turns out Ivy isn’t so boring. Bean finds out how great Ivy is when Ivy rescues Bean from her angry older sister and they become quite the duo.

Not only do these books celebrate friendships between girls, but they are also a series which is great because children who are just beginning chapter books tend to latch onto a series and stick with it which gets them reading even more.