The Inly Summer Reading List – Part One

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As I wrote yesterday, I will post one section of Inly’s summer reading list each day – along with the characteristics of the kind of reader who might enjoy these books.  There are places where a case could be made to move a book to a category above or below where it landed, but it’s the kind of book a reader at that stage would enjoy.  In other words, if you subscribe to a strict interpretation of  Bonnie Campbell Hill’s continuum, there may be places you disagree with my list!

I hope you enjoy some of these books with a young child sitting on your lap…

Today: The Pre-Conventional Reader

–         illustrations provide strong support

–         wide spaces between words

–         few words per page

Look What I Can Do by Jose Aruego

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

Books by Byron Barton

Across the Stream by Mirra Ginsburg

Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? by Joan Nodset

Books by Tana Hoban

Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Blue Sea by Robert Kalan

“On a deep-blue background, the words ‘blue sea’ appear…and then the first of Crews’s eye-filling paintings….The author and illustrator of Rain have invented another winner.” (Publishers Weekly)

Look at the Animals!  by Peter Linenthal

How Many Baby Pandas? by Sandra Markle

A Closer Look by Mary McCarthy

Fire Engine Shapes by Bruce McMillan

Tom and Pippo (many books in the series) by Helen Oxenbury

Moon Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge

White is for Blueberry by George Shannon

Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! By George Shannon

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri

In this Caldecott Honor winner, a mother duck loses her eighth duckling, and asks the other pond animals for help (though the missing one is never lost, only cleverly concealed in each picture). “Children will giggle as they glimpse the hider, a feature that makes the book a game as well as a story and a series of lovely paintings.”  (Publishers Weekly)

Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas

“Fat Cat’s sheepish grin is the running punch line in this cheerful, boldly designed picture book. Fun to read aloud, it would also make an effective early reader for preschoolers. . . . By the end, the cow, a pig, a dog and a chicken can be thankful to a mouse for providing a nice fat chair.” (New York Times Book Review)

Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla


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