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I'm so very disenchanted after sampling several of the more popular series of books on the reading list my seven year old has brought home from first grade! So, I have decided it's time to highlight the books the children in our large extended family love. Some of these books are favorites across three generations and as such have produced many accomplished readers. I only hope it helps someone … Read more


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Now I'm Reading! for Beginning Readers by Nora Gaydos
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun!, Jan. 27 2004
Kids and Parents Love it! My kindergarten kid loves this set of books. Not only do the books progress in a logical series, building skills one upon the other, there are "study questions" and a list of skills covered at the back of each book. And, a Parent Guide to assist you in using the program.
Font Counts! Importantly, the FONT used in the book corresponds to the letter forms children use when learning to write. (For example, the "a" in the font I'm writing in is not the form used in Kindergarten printing lessons where lower-case "a" looks like a circle stuck to a stick.) The use of a "child-friendly" font enables us to reinforce… Read more
Storybook Treasury Of Dick And Jane And Friends by William S. Gray
I used to be a little chagrined to admit I learned to read in Kindergarten (1964) with Dick and Jane! It was almost "out of fashion" then -- in Grade 1 I remember the teacher introducing something "new" called phonics that was much more difficult to master than "sight reading" had been. (By Grade 1 I was already reading chapter books such as "Honey Takes a Trip" using my D&J skills.) So, when my own Kindergartener was not having much success with "Bob Books" and was in fact expressing great frustration, I was worried. I thought it was her "readiness" -- I never dreamed it might be the approach I'd selected. That became instantly apparent when she got her yellow D&J anthology. By the end… Read more
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
I got this book when my daughter was 3 years old because I loved it when I got it in 1967! She adores it! In fact, she took to calling out at every construction site "there's Mary Anne, there's Mary Ann!" Her babysitter didn't get the connection and thought she was recognizing a neighbor -- she finally asked me "Who IS Mary Ann?" I responded by buying her children the book! Now, my daughter has invented names for all the machines who work with "Mary Ann" including Mary Lou (Back Loader), Mary Sue (Bulldozer) and Mary Beth (dump truck).
My husband so loved this book he bought the Virgina Lee Burton anthology with all the stories, Choo Choo, Mabel, Mike & Mary Ann, and Katy. These… Read more