The Inly Summer Reading List – Part Four

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Here we go!  This section of the list is for children beginning to read on their own.  As you could see from the past few days, many of the books in the first three categories of the continuum were selected because they are good read alouds. When writing book lists for very young children my first priority is that the stories are engaging. Summer is the best season to read for pleasure!

Today’s list is for the Beginning Reader. You know these kids – once the light switch has been turned on, there’s no stopping them!  Generally, the kids who will most enjoy these books are between five and seven years old.

According to Bonnie Campbell Hill’s Reading Continuum, the characteristics of the Beginning Reader are:

–         developed storyline with little or no use of patterns

–         texts include simple plots and only a few characters

–         illustrations often represent sequence of events

–         vocabulary primarily consists of familiar words

Again, I have a mix of books for independent reading and stories that would be fun to hear after a day at the beach/lake/pool/sprinkler!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jim Aylesworth

Slow Down for Manatees by Jim Arnosky

 Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Golly Sisters series by Betsy Byars

 Little Rat Rides and Little Rat Sets Sail by Monika-Bang Campbell

Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss

The Tub People by Pam Conrad

Red Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley

Dodsworth in New York by Tim Egan

“Dodsworth is convinced to live life to its fullest and have an adventure inNew York City.  But a crazy duck stows away in Dodsworth’s luggage, and Dodsworth spends his time in hot pursuit of the wily creature.  Young readers will laugh out loud at this easy-to-read chapter book.”   (Politics and Prose, Favorite Children’s Books, 2007)

Dodsworth in London by Tim Egan

Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming

Poetrees by Douglas Florian

Benny and Penny: Just Pretend by Geoffrey Hayes“Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff

City I Love by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Houndsley and Catina by James Howe

Construction Zone by Cheryl Willis Hudson

My Father’s Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

The Ugly Ducking retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins

“Jenkins introduces trustworthy human companions, touching on evolution, domestication, behavior and physical characteristics.  Filled with fascinating facts and lovely, lifelike cut-paper collages, this vivid volume will captivate pet enthusiasts, who can read about one species and then flip it over to read about the other.”  (School Library Journal, Best Books of 2007)

Moon, Have You Met My Mother? The Collected Poems of Karla Kuskin

Bats at the Beach by Brien Liesin this grand adventure. (School Library Journal)

Bats at the Library by Brien Lies

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin

Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel

Cinderella, retold by Barbara McClintock

Trickster tales from Gerald McDermott

            Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest

            Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon

            Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest

            Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa

Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne

Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

 Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein

Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agnes Rosenstiehl

Poppleton books by Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant

Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant

Bug Are Insects by Anne Rockwell

Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust by April Pulley Sayre

Dog and Bear: Two’s Company by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw

All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino

“Yaccarino’s family is proudly Italian, but their immigration story is universal. Readers of varied backgrounds will be able to identify with the search for a better life in a new country, the passing along of values and heirlooms, and the addition of new family members. The story will make an excellent family-history discussion starter.” (starred review, School Library Journal)


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