Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reading Rainbow

It's that time of year again...homework time!
~Collective groan~ and that's just from the parents. My kids both have to do 20 mins of reading a night and while that doesn't seem like much, fitting it in with regular homework, after school classes, after-school sports, dinner, ain't easy.

This summer I signed my kids up for the summer reading program at the library and they read 40 books each. That's 80 books total! While the 2nd grade Kid is pretty set up with Magic Treehouse and Roald Dahl books, the Baby is just starting first grade and the transition between kinder and first is vastly different. Books need to be accessible, quick and most important: FUN

I like to have him read 'series' of books. The characters and overall rhythm stay the same which helps kids keep interest. I've done this many times before but I just love to showcase good books. So here are some of my fave series books for 1st grade homework reading. Let's start with Game of Thrones...KIDDING.

My absolute fave children's author is Mo Willems. Whenever he comes to town I try to take the kids to one of his readings. His pigeon books are a riot and very easy to read. He has a whole series of other books but the pigeon ones will always be my favorite.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!


Amy Krouse Rosenthal books are the best! The fun twists and turns - they are full of surprise and humor. My kids love these books and we read them over and over again.
Little Pea
Little Oink
Little Hoot


"If you give a..." by Laura Numeroff is another series full of humor and fun. While the books are similar in plot, they always bring you back to the same happy place.
If you give a pig a pancake
If you give a cat a cupcake
If you give a mouse a cookie

These are all great series to start. While they are def easy reads they will help the kids branch out into longer stories and more advanced words. Reading can be fun and easy if you just have the right books!

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Blogger Dot said...

I have the same issue... Newly minted first grader who loves stuff like Harry Potter to be read to him, but obviously needs stuff more on his reading level to actually practice his own reading. We've tried the Mo Willems books, and the others I remember from the old days of reading to him, will have to find again!

A few more that he DOES like, to add to your list:
the Charlie and Lola books (particularly Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato) (L. Child)
Mickey in the Night Kitchen (Sendak)
Shoe Baby (Dunbar)

Thanks for the tips!

Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:35:00 AM  

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