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Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start!

When your child knows some basics like the alphabet and his or her name it’s time to start exploring books that can be read independently. The library has a lot of great books for these early readers but they’re not always easy to find. I love helping parents and new readers find beginner books!

Here are some of my picks for those parents who want very basic beginner books.

turtles All About Pets: Turtles
written by Martha Rustad
Reading true books can sometimes be more motivating for new readers. This great series, All About Pets by Pebble Books, has bright photographs accompanied by one sentence per page. The words are simple and the pictures give helpful clues about the text.
fall leaves Fall Leaves
written by Don Curry
This is a Rookie Reader Level A. There are probably at least 20 books in this series and each one has colorful art and an engaging story. There is never more than a phrase or sentence on each two-page spread so new readers will not be overwhelmed.
ted Ted in a red bed
written by Phil Co & Stephen Cartwright
This book is part of the Usborne Phonics Readers series and as the title and series name suggest each book focuses on a particular element of phonics. The text is a bit more complex with more than one sentence per page and some extra stuff like quotation marks but it still makes a good book for beginners.
come see my bugs
Come See My Bugs
written by Rozanne Williams
There are several books in this Sight Word Readers series. Repetition and simple words guide readers along through the book.
ducks Ducks Go Vroom
written by Jane Kohuth
According to the publisher, the Step Into Reading Level 1 books have “big type and easy words, rhyme and rhythm, and picture clues” to help beginning readers. This one is available in eBook format too!

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girl readingParents, educators, other interested adults… did you know that 1 in 10 children exhibit symptoms of dyslexia*? And that these symptoms, if not addressed, can cause children to struggle in school – and beyond?

The good news is there are many resources available! Representatives from local organizations will be in Children’s Services at the Main Library speaking and answering your questions, including:

Local author and youth advocate Laurie Gray will provide advice and resources for dealing with bullies.

Hands-on demonstrations of assistive technologies, some available from Easter Seals Crossroads, will be available.

Come and learn more about the symptoms of dyslexia and the technology and resources that are available to help.

When?  Saturday, October 12, 2:00 p.m.
Where?  Children’s Services @ Main Library

*International Dyslexia Association: www.interdys.org/

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Did you know that there are now 19 Elephant and Piggie books?  Mo Willems makes learning to read so much fun with these two friends.  If you’re a fan of the books you may want to join us for our Elephant and Piggie Parties this week.  Take a look at our schedule.

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Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge.  To powerfully engage the grown-up who is listening to the story is even more difficult, but this is exactly what Keven Henkes accomplishes  in Penny and Her Marble.

As a fan of Kevin Henkes books, I was expectPenny and Her Marbleing  another delightful tale.  I was not expecting Penny’s soul searching, thought provoking honesty.  Does the marble really belong to Penny and if not, what should she do with it?

With a particularly engaging storyline, this a great read-aloud –  something not often true with beginning readers. Henkes imaginative descriptive writing is highlighted by his soft water color and ink illustrations that lead the reader forward toward a satisfying conclusion.  You will want to leave plenty of time for discussion.  Perhaps you can even come up with some alternative endings to the story.  So snuggle down with your little ones or early readers and enjoy!

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let's go for a driveThe Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year; honor books can also be recognized.

This year, Mo Willems received a Geisel Honor for his book Let’s Go for a Drive!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems, and published by Hyperion Books for Children.

Check out his reaction video:

I love Mo Willems!  Do you have a favorite Elephant and Piggie book? My favorite is We Are in a Book!

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This December, our Mock Geisel Election for Families was held here at the ACPL Main Library.  There were clear winners that tied for first place.  It may come as no surprise that families who already love Mo Willems books selected Listen to My Trumpet and The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? as their favorite books for early readers.

We are now eagerly awaiting January when the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award  to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”  In the mean time, be sure to enjoy one of the past winners  that will delight beginning readers.

 Listen to My Trumpet duckling gets a cookie

Please add your own comments below. If you have a book that you would like us to consider, please email us.

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Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge. Each January, the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award  to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”

Past winners  make a great starting place for enjoyable books that delight beginning readers.  In anticipation of next year’s Geisel winners, we are always on the look-out for new books that meet the official criteria. On Mondays, you will find these books posted here.

  Clara and Clem Take a Ride
Ethan Long, author and illustrator
Summary: “When Clara and Clem build a car out of blocks, they have no idea where it will take them. But with a little imagination, the two take the trip of a lifetime down winding roads, up tall mountains, and across the sky”– Publisher.

Please add your own comments below. If you have a book that you would like us to consider, please email us.

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