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 gamewhy 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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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 options12:40 Get the list13:50 Readers by All About Reading19:16 Early/easy reader books + Cynthia Rylant22:14 Another favorite author/illustrator24:08 Arnold Lobel - a master!26:02 Little Bear27:10 Mouse & Mole, Ling & Ting and Frances29:15 Fox & Crow and Inch & Roly30:00 Mo Willems and reading from memory31:12 Classics!33:01 Let the kids speak

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