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Read, Read, Read

  1. A Great Start in Literacy Begins with A Few Children’s Books:


Books That Help Bolster Literacy & Some Educator Hints on Use Follow:
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The books in this library would be perfect gifts at your child’s baby shower or birthdays - it is never too early for a good book! Reading daily to a child is a top predictor of academic success, and it creates priceless memories.
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Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss, age 1 or higher

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss  (introduces rhyming and word play)
ISBN 978-0-375-82837-9 board book  
Hop on Pop (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) by Dr. Seuss (Jan 27, 2004)

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet, age 1 or higher

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet (interactive book demonstrates word meaning)
ISBN 978-0-15-2167738 board book 
Tails by Matthew Van Fleet (BOARD BOOK) by MATTHEW VAN FLEET (2003)
Repetitious Children’s Books Great for Teaching Sight Words & Reading:
 (These magical books make teaching a child to read simple and fun)
From age 2 to 6: read and re-read repetitive stories to children. Children have heard common sight words in conversation and when read stories for years.  Now is the time to convert that knowledge into the ability to read. Once your child has part of the text of repetitious books memorized, play “I spy” with common sight words that are repetitious in the text.  To play, write a sight word like “go” on a post-it note and let the child look at the post-it while searching the text for that word on every page of the book before that page of the story is read. The sight word and repetitious language are hooks that draws a child into the reading the book.  If your child is not interested, wait a week or two and try again. Soon, your child will be reading the story.         
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carl
  1. 1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle

ISBN 978-08050-4790-5  board book
sight words:  I, see, a, at, me, do, you,  we (2),
and later the sight words  what, looking
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (Sep 15, 1996)

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
  1. 2. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer ISBN 0-06-205185-7  hardcover

sight words: no, go, the, and, a, said, of,
and later practice the sight words now, went, out
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Jun 3, 1999)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  1. 3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle ISBN 978-0-399-24745-3  board book

sight words: he, the, but, was, a, on
and later practice the sight word one
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Mar 23, 1994)


  1. 4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr &John Archambault ISBN 0-671-67949-X   hardcover

sight words: and, on, you, at, the, said, to, will, no, is, of, like (1),
and later the sight words up, all, there, be, look
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition
by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault and Lois Ehlert (Sep 22, 2009)

greeneggs and ham

5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss   (hardcover or boardbook)
sight words: I, am, do, not, like, and, you, in, or
and later practice the sight words them, here, there, would
Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss (Aug 12, 1960)

Good Reads: More educator picks of captivating & beloved children's books!
Children’s books capture a child’s imagination and make a child yearn to learn to read.  So many essential early literacy skills are taught by reading to your child daily: how to hold a book, that the illustrations represent the words read, that text is read top to bottom and left to right on a page, that words are made of letters, etc. Educators and parents can turn to children’s books to teach other skills such as addition, sequencing, prediction, and much more.  Children’s books should be read many, many times just for the enjoyment of a good story and used as helpful teaching tools.  Children love these books because the stories are so captivating!

something in my attic 

1. There’s Something in My Attic by Mayer  A little suspense & take charge attitude.

rainbow fish

2. Rainbow Fish by Pfister A tale of how sharing can change lives.

the story of findland

3. The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf    Do what you want for a happy life.

leo the late bloomer

4. Leo the Late Bloomer by Krause   A watched bloom won’t bloom. Add patience for blooming.

little quack

5. Little Quack by Thompson  Leaving the nest can be hard but rewarding. (Addition 1-5)


6. Olivia by Falconer   Dream big but expect a few hiccups along the way.

no david

7. No, David by Shannon   Life can be full of “no” but you are still loved. Great for toddlers!

the kiss that missed

8. The Kiss that Missed by Melling  What a little kindness, like a blown kiss, can do.


9. Elmer by Mckee      Being different doesn’t have to mean you are alone.


10. Halloweener by Pilkey  Sometimes we do things to please others, and it works out OK.



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P. Hamm, Founder & Educator

Educators helping children ages 3-7 learn how to read & write easily