It’s been a while since I’ve done a bookshelf post. Honestly, we’ve been basically reading the same books over and over lately, or using the learn to read books, such as We Both Read where the parent has a page to read and then the child does. I’ve been finding these very helpful. I am constantly getting, “Can’t you just read it me?” With these books it’s specified as parent page and child’s page.
My boys both needed help in reading this year so we’ve been focusing on easy to read stories to help build their skills and confidence.
Logan loves the Jane Yolen dinosaur books. He’s confident reading them and will sit and read them to his brothers, which just melts my heart. I’m trying to find some books that challenge him more, but that he’s interested in. The child is seriously obsessed with non-fiction and dinosaur encyclopedias. Not the best of reading material for a good night story.
When meeting with the reading specialist she mentioned the “Magic Tree House” books. I, myself, have never heard of them, but everyone I’ve talked to seems to have. I looked them up online and saw that book #1 was Dinosaurs Before Dark. Perfect. I was seriously excited and immediately went out and purchased it. I found it right in Target. I was thrilled. I glanced through it and it combines a fictional story with real facts about dinosaurs. I brought it home and the first thing he said was “Where are all the pictures?” May I preface, yes there are pictures in these books. They just don’t have elaborate colored illustrations. So we went from Jane Yolen, quick and easy reads, to chapter books.
I jumped the gun too fast and overwhelmed him a bit. We started reading the books together instead. I’m thrilled to say he’s excited for each new chapter. Now I just need to build his confidence so he realizes that even though he reads slowly, he can still read the stories to himself. We’ll get there eventually I supposed. What I really need is an in between type book.
So I’m looking for recommendations. What’s on your bookshelf for your first and second graders? Any good books that they enjoy to read independently?