The Inly Summer Reading List – Part Two

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Today’s focus is the “emergent” reader, a reader who is emerging like a butterfly from a cocoon.

According to Bonnie Campbell Hill’s reading continuum, the characteristics of an emerging reader are:

–         text reflects common experiences or familiar objects

–         patterns change only slightly

–         1-3 lines of print per page

–         illustrations clearly support text

 Here are the books from Inly’s summer reading list, but keep in mind that I also include books that children enjoy hearing read to them -not only books they might read themselves.

Watermelon Day by Kathi Appelt

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett

A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker

Duck Tents by Lynne Berry

All of the Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli – the newest one is Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear

Pedro’s Burro by Alyssa Satin Capucilli  (I Can Read, My First Reading)

Books by Eric Carle

The Black Book of Color by Menena Cottin

 Books by Donald Crews

Thunder-Boomer by Shutta Crum

Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon

Personified numerals join hands with elaborately costumed characters in this inventive, visually dazzling interpretation of favorite nursery rhymes that feature numbers.  (Publishers Weekly, Best Children’s Books of 2007)

Books by Lois Ehlert

Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

 My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

“A quiet gem of a picture book about a small bunny with a big imagination. “When he hopped through the high grass, he wondered what it would be like to be green.” Each burst of curiosity is followed by a spread of envisioning. For example, when he wonders what it would be like to be tall as a fir tree, readers are treated to a depiction of a huge rabbit leaning on the upper boughs of a hemlock, communing with the birds. In the tradition of Eric Carle’s The Mixed-Up Chameleon (Crowell, 1975) and Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942), Little White Rabbit is perfect for preschoolers. The colored pencil and acrylic illustrations in cheery springtime pastels have fuzzy textures and broad outlines that are enormously appealing. Henkes often manages to combine the static and kinetic so that his protagonist seems frozen in mid-leap. And just when you think this little rabbit has settled in for the night with his loving family, that lively curiosity reappears, ready to begin another adventure.” (School Library Journal)

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

“Henkes has created a thoroughly delightful character filled with curiosity and sweetness and placed him in a simple tale that unfolds with a natural, rhythmical pace…Old Bear will enrapture young listeners for years to come.”  (School Library Journal, starred review)

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

“Award-wining author and illustrator Kevin Henkes’s latest book reminds us that even at a tender age, days can be challenging.  With watercolor paintings outlined in bold ink and simple text, Henkes provides a reassuring, perfectly balanced circular tale.  (Politics and Prose, Favorite Children’s Books, 2007)

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell

Books by Pat Hutchins – Recommended titles are Rosie’s Walk and The Wind Blew

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

“Two young children celebrate the joy and challenges of life with their new pet. Puppy is exuberant, energetic, and as undisciplined as can be. The kids are thrilled with their uncontrollable new friend, chasing him, playing with him, and trying to get him to behave. In the spare text, the authors’ repetitive dialogue rings true, echoing the sounds of children’s excited screams and squeals. Nelson’s illustrations are full of movement, switching perspective often to create a frenzied atmosphere. The children and puppy are appealing, dominating each page and keeping the focus clearly on the action. This book would be fun to read to a group, small or large, and the text is easy enough for beginning readers.” (School Library Journal)

At Night by Jonathan London

Albert the Fix-It Man by Janet Lord

Bears by Ruth Krauss

Books by Bill Martin Jr. (Brown Bear, Brown Bear and others)

Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

Not a Box by Antoniette Portis

Not a Stick by Antoniette Portis

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Dinosaur v. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

            2008 winner, Caldecott Medal

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Books by Mo Willems, including the Elephant and Piggie books


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