Book Recommendations for Emergent Readers

Do you have a young child in your life that is just starting to ‘get’ reading? Emergent readers are those that have developed an understanding of the alphabet, phonological awareness, and early phonics. They have command of a significant number of high-frequency words, reads in a left-to-right and top-to-bottom progression, may tell the story from memory, may invent text, and are developing a firmer grasp of comprehension strategies and decoding skills. They can recognize fiction and nonfiction, and understand that there are many reasons to read.

Books for these readers should have increasingly more lines of text per page, a more complex sentence structure, less reliance on repetitive pattern and images, as well as more detailed looks at familiar topics. These books are typically Fountas & Pinnell Levels D-J or DRA Levels 6-16.Our library has labeled and cataloged a number of paperback books in levels A through G. However, our hardcover easy readers and higher level books are not leveled in the same way, and it sometimes takes a little extra time to find books that are interesting to your emergent reader and of the correct difficulty to help them continue to enjoy reading and still advance their skills. Here are some recommended books for emergent readers.

1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and more by Bill Martin Jr.

2. Hop On PopOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,  and many more by Dr. Seuss

3. Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

4. Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

6. Frog and Toad Are Friends (and the entire Frog and Toad series) by Arnold Lobel

7. Look by Ted Lewin (I Like to Read series)

8. See Me Dig by Paul Meisel (I Like to Read series)

9. Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks

10. Let’s Go for a Drive! (and the entire Elephant and Piggie series) by Mo Willems

Did you think I could stop there? There are more and more worth while books for readers of all skill levels and ages out there every day. While many recommended books on my list are classics, there are new offerings as well. If the books already suggested have already been devoured, there are plenty more to add to your reading list. Do not forget to comment with any of your favorites that I might have missed! You might also want to check out:

Car Goes Far by Michael Garland, Perros! Perros!/Dogs! Dogs!: A Story in English and Spanish by Ginger Foglesong Gibson,  Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler, Eight Animals Play Ball by Susan Middleton Elya,  Froggy’s Best Babysitter (or any Froggy books) by Jonathan London, SuperHero ABC by Bob McLeod, Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas, No, David! by David Shannon, Mr. Putter And Tabby Bake The Cake (or any Mr. Putter books) by Cynthia Rylant, or Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All (or any Henry and Mudge books)  by Cynthia Rylant.





Great Seuss Books You Might Not Remember

Sunday March 2nd would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 110th birthday. In honor of the wonderful and well loved Dr. Seuss, who also wrote under the name Theo Le Sieg, I want to mention some of his wonderful books that you might not remember. We all recognize the titles The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish. My daughter is extremely fond of The Lorax, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and so I can recite those on demand. Most of us even have vague recollections of less known stories like Daisy-head Mayzie and that the devoted elephant Horton starred in more than one story. However, how many of these other titles have you read?

My Many Colored Days This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.

I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!  A boy is so sleepy that he vows nothing will get him out of his morning bed, neither peas and beans nor the United States Marines.

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! The students of Diffendoofer School celebrate their unusual teachers and curriculum, including Miss Fribble who teaches laughing, Miss Bonkers who teaches frogs to dance, and Mr. Katz who builds robotic rats.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
Presents seven Dr. Seuss stories first published in magazines between 1950 and 1951, with an introduction and commentary on each. The Bippolo Seed, The rabbit, the bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga, Gustav, the Goldfish,Tadd and Todd, Steak for Supper, The Strange Shirt Spot, and The Great Henry McBride.

And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street  A boy imagines a series of incredible sights on his way home from school so that he will have an interesting report to give his father.

And then there is: Hunches in Bunches, Great Day for Up,Wacky WednesdayThe King’s Stilts, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Scrambled Eggs Super! Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, and On Beyond Zebra for children as well as You’re Only Old Once! and  The Seven Lady Godivas for adults.

This list barely touches the surface of a long list of books by Dr. Seuss. Which of his is your favorite?