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New reader book suggestions?

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Oct 26, 2011, 12:09pm

I'm posting this multiple places in hopes of getting multiple recommendations:)

My son, Gman, is just learning to read. He's able to sound out 3 letter words and is working at school (and at home) to read more complex things. He gets frustrated at home and tries to go too fast. I don't push him to read when he doesn't want to, but I do encourage it as I love to read and I think it's great hobby. He has worked his way through the first set of Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen and is starting the second set. Does anyone have any recommendations for books that he might enjoy that are not too difficult?

Jan 24, 2012, 2:10pm

Jan 25, 2012, 9:33am

Fév 24, 2012, 9:22pm

If your school does scholastic book clubs, they have sets of "leveled readers" which are pretty decent for just starting out. His teachers might know what level is right -- they go alphabetically. They also sell other learning to read phonics type sets (eg. Clifford books, Curious George) that he might enjoy.

My son enjoyed Berenstain Bear early readers quite a bit.

Fév 27, 2012, 8:09am

I recommend that you continue to read to him, with him, and get him a variety of books. It is nothing wrong with helping your child read words. I do book recommendations for children in all grades. I have tons of lists on, but I found this one on-line:

I also recommend that if you have a son to log on to This is not a website, but a movement to keep boys reading. :)

Fév 27, 2012, 7:31pm

TinyBookworm (now 4, nearly 5) enjoyed Hop on Pop. He also loves Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, and I think his confidence was boosted by the fact that he knew these stories from an audiobook version first, so he could piece together for himself the connection between the words he remembered and words on the page. Even when he was very small we were reading him things like This Little Baby, I Like it When, Dinosaur Roar, and the Maisy Mouse books by Lucy Cousins.

At the suggestion of a colleague with a slightly older son, we also started him on the old-fashioned but still very worthwhile British series of graded readers known as "the Peter and Jane books" (the Ladybird Key Words Reading Scheme): they are graded, and Book 1a is Play with Us. These were the first books that he puzzled out by himself with a bit of help from us.

I love to read and I think it's great hobby

For children, it's not a hobby, it's a vital gateway to practically everything else.

Modifié : Fév 29, 2012, 2:56pm

My daughter loved the You read to me, I'll read to you books when she was a beginning reader. They are made up of very short rhyming stories and the text is colour coded - 1st reader, 2nd reader and read together. The vocabulary is probably too advanced for him now but he'll be able to pick out sight words and there is plenty of repetition. Between sight words, memory and the rhyming he'll be reading the stories to you in no time.

Mar 17, 2012, 9:07pm

Danny and the Dinosaur was one of my favorites. The book Panda Cake is out of print, but easy to find online and I've never met a kid that didn't immediately love it.

James Marshall, Virginia Lee Burton, andRussell Hoban are great choices. I think reading to him is the best way to keep him interested and less frustrated. He'll pick up new words that way and learn to recognize more words.

Mar 20, 2012, 8:34pm

There are a number of fantastic beginning reader series available. And, because they are part of a series, picking the next book is simple! Some of my favorites include: "Little Bear" by Else Minarik, "Danny the Dinosaur" by Syd Hoff and "Amelia Bedelia" by Peggy Parish.

Mar 26, 2012, 6:26pm

Elephant and Piggy books by Mo Willems!

Juin 27, 2012, 12:10pm

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Try Mother Maria's Wonderful Bedtime Stories. You may purchase this book via Amazon Books for about 5.00. My son sure enjoyed those stories! He also enjoyed the comprehension building exercises following each story. Hope that I helped you out there!

Juil 23, 2012, 11:28pm

Another vote here for Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggy books. My son especially liked My Friend is Sad and There is a Bird on Your Head. Also the Fly Guy books by Ted Arnold. I think the first one is Hi! Fly Guy.