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Learning to Read

Books for Emergent Readers
August 10, 2013 By M. J. Maynard

If you have a child who is just beginning to read, you probably know that it takes quite a search to find books that they can handle independently. There are plenty of "easy-to-read" books for children who have some of the reading process under control, but these are still too difficult for those in the earliest stages of learning.

The educational community refers to these early learners as "emergent readers." Their books need to be written in natural-sounding language with a simple vocabulary.  The text for these books often patterned and predictable, and is accompanied by supportive pictures.

If you are looking for material for your emergent reader, you only need to go as far as your computer. An internet search using the words "emergent reader books" will give you a wealth of choices, many of which are free printables! Some sites also have helpful explanations and advice for parents.

Another way to get readable books for your young learner is to simply make them. The books do not need to be fancy--stapled pages are fine. Pictures from clip art or stickers are quick and easy, and actual photos have a lot of appeal. Sentences can be made using a basic font in large, bold letters.  Incorporating your child's name makes the reading especially meaningful.  Your child would be delighted to read something like this:

           Tommy can run.

           Tommy can draw.

           Tommy can swim.

           Tommy can sing.

           Tommy can eat ice cream!

However you acquire them, it is important that your child gets plenty of practice reading a variety of emergent books. It is perfectly acceptable to reread the same books, because meaning is built with each reading, and new learning skills can be continuously applied.

A wonderful bonus to practicing with easily read books is that your child's self-esteem soars.  All children are eager to learn to read. It is a big step into the "grown up" world.  Everyone is proud when a child is able to say, "I can read this all by myself!"

One final note--the books in our Early Bells series are all designed for emergent readers. We hope your child enjoys them.






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