Easy Readers that are Easy to Love
Let’s face it. It’s great when your child learns to read! But, the whole learning to read process can be decisively less fun… especially when your child is in that painstaking “sound out every third word while you silently pray for patience” phase. However, having a well written easy reader to work through can make things less painful for everyone. I guess having options other than “Fun with Dick and Jane” is one of the advantages of living in the modern age! Here are some of my favorite easy readers.
The Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold
Buzz and his pet Fly Guy star in this series. Each adventure is funny and well illustrated, and just gross enough to entertain a young reader without totally turning off Mom and Dad.
DK Non-Fiction Readers
These leveled readers come in a wide variety of topics and reading levels. I love the idea of practicing reading and learning something new at the same time!
The Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor
Nancy is a sweet little girl, whose books are always full of good lessons and lots of bows and ribbons! I like the way these books introduce new vocabulary. For example, in Earth Day is Every Day, O’Connor writes, “Our class discusses rules for being green. (Discuss means to talk – only it’s fancier and more serious.)”
The Pinkalicious series by Vicgtoria Karr
If your child enjoys the regular Pinkalicious series, she may enjoy these easy readers. There is guaranteed to be lots of pink, and maybe a couple sassy attitudes to discuss as well.
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
We’ve talked about this series before on Play Eat Grow. Love, love, love it. The books are entirely made up of conversation bubbles, and even though the text is simple they are fabulous at encouraging your young reader to read with expression. You’ll be laughing for sure!
The Marley series (I Can Read series by various authors)
Based on the book for adults, the I Can Read Marley series is perfect for any young dog lover. Marley’s misadventures feature in every book, as do the children who love him.
The Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
An oldie but a goodie! Published before I was born, this series about two friends is still relevant for today’s young readers. My boys love the story of The Old Dark Frog.
Any series by Cynthia Rylant: Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, or Mr. Putter and Tabby
Rylant’s books are perfect for slightly more advanced readers, with each book divided into short chapters. Each series features an animal friend and its owner. The stories have well thought out plots and are often funny or thought provoking. I love the themes of friendship, fun, and creativity.
Don’t forget that teaching your child to read goes hand in hand with teaching your child to think about what he or she reads. Here are some tips!
Does your child have a favorite easy reader?