RAR# 105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)

07.29.2018 - By Read-Aloud Revival

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Do you remember struggling through early reader books back when you were learning to read? Was it all Dick and Jane? Was it ... boring?

Think about this: nobody asks you now, as a grownup, how old you were when you became a fluent reader. Know why?

Because nobody cares.

What age your child is when s/he learns to read fluently (whether at age 4, or 7, or 9, or even older) doesn't bear on their ability to read well later on. Early readers are not consistently better readers when they are adults.

What does matter, though, (and it matters a LOT) is that your child's thirst and desire for stories is not hampered by the reading process.

We want our kids-- even through the slog of learning to read (and yes, it can be a slog for a whole lot of us)-- to know that reading is one of life's sweetest delights.

In this episode, you'll hear:

why reading aloud is critical at this stage of the game
why your kids need to read words - lots and lots of words! - as they are learning to read (and how to help them get that)
my suggestions for books that your kids will truly enjoy, and that will help you build warm memories as your child learns to love reading

Helping our kids become independent readers is a hugely important job for most of us-- and we want to do it well! If you have an early reader in your life, don't miss this episode.

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Listener Guide
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2:41 What are the stages of reading development?
4:48 It's ALL OK (no really. It is.)
7:14 Books for kids 'in the process'
8:46 You need options
12:40 Get the list
13:50 Readers by All About Reading
19:16 Early/easy reader books + Cynthia Rylant
22:14 Another favorite author/illustrator
24:08 Arnold Lobel - a master!
26:02 Little Bear
27:10 Mouse & Mole, Ling & Ting and Frances
29:15 Fox & Crow and Inch & Roly
30:00 Mo Willems and reading from memory
31:12 Classics!
33:01 Let the kids speak

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