When encouraging a new reader, it's important to find books that fit the child. Book Aunt wrote a great post a few weeks back about choosing the right books, if you are looking for specific tips. I've noticed that my daughter has definite preferences when it comes to books she wants to read independently. She loves books about baby animals, especially kittens, and she also gravitates towards books with a little girl as the main character.
We recently stumbled upon an I Can Read! book series by Lola M. Schaefer about a little gray kitten named Mittens. The books are "My First Readers" and are on the easier side of the beginning reader levels, perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners and emergent readers. She adores this series because a). a cute little kitten is the main character and b.) she can read the books herself without any trouble whatsoever. We own all four in the series, and they've been in her book rotation all week long. The books remind me of the popular Biscuit series books, except, of course, they are about a cat instead of a dog. The illustrations are similar in style to the Biscuit books and the reading level is about the same. My daughter wishes that Mitten's owner was a little girl instead of a boy.
Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung. HarperCollins (April 2007); 9780060546618; 32 pages
Follow Me, Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung. HarperCollins (March 2008); 9780060546670; 32 pages
What's That, Mittens? by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung. HarperCollins (May 2009); 9780060546649; 32 pages
Happy Halloween, Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung. HarperCollins (July 2010); 9780061702211 ; 32 pages
A favorite from the library this week was Shadow by Suzy Lee. Shadows are on our mind lately as we enjoyed a few sunny days last week and could see and chase our shadows outside.
Shadow by Suzy Lee. Chronicle Books (September 2010); ISBN 9780811872805; 32 pages
Some kids are scared of shadows in rooms. Others imagine them as fabulous playmates. In this nearly wordless picture book, a little girl plays by herself in a cluttered storage room with an overhead light. All the items in the room cast shadows onto the opposite page. With a little imagination, shadows turn into exotic plants and various creatures. A slightly scary fox shadow crosses over from the shadow world into the little girl's world. She escapes and eventually the two worlds combine. It's a fascinating, discussion provoking book about an imaginary adventure and one you have to see for yourself to fully comprehend.
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