I love a great early reader. As kids are learning to read, they want to feel a sense of independence and accomplishment.
They also want to tackle big kid books. They feel proud when they can turn to the last page and know that they finished a book all by themselves.
Successful early reader books have few words per page and illustrations that help the child decode the words and understand the story. They also have a fun narrative that is worth working through and some humor as a reward.
I am profiling three early readers that I love this week. They have all been recognized with the Theodor Geisel award or honor which is given to distinguished beginning readers. An award doesn't necessarily mean your child will enjoy the book, but in the case of these three, I am pleased to say that they are both distinguished and appeal to children.
So let the reading begin!
Title: Let’s Go for a Drive
Author: Mo Willems
Target: Preschool - Grade 1
Theodor Geisel Honor Book
What this book is about:
In the latest Elephant & Piggie book, Elephant decides that they need to go for a drive. As they collect everything they need for the trip, they do not realize until the end that the one thing they are missing is, in fact, a car! What will they do now?
Why I love this book:
First off these books are just fun and funny. With only 6 words per page, Willems manages to create a wonderful storyline that is clever and complete. The illustrations add so much to the story, and the fact that he has carried the fun to the inside book covers, just keeps the cleverness going! Don’t forget to check them out.
Who this book is for:
These books are for children just learning to read. Most of the words are simple and are repeated but he does throw in some challenge words.
Just when I think author Mo Willems may run out of ideas for these two fabulous friends, he comes up with a new and quick-witted story!
To see all my early reader reviews this week, visit my website at www.onegreatbook.com