First Early Readers
Published May 16, 2015
Is your child learning to read? The library has resources for parents to use to help their little readers practice their newly acquired skills.
First early reader book series are available that work well with children who are just learning to read. These series include first sight words, rhyming words, large print and pictures on every page to support the text. The amount of text varies with each series and title. You'll find these series in the Early Reader section of the children’s department at each library branch. If titles are not available at your home branch, you can make a request with a librarian or online through COOLcat.
Suggested first readers include:
- Sight Word Reader series by Kris Bonnell
- Sounds Like Reading series by Brian P. Cleary
- Beginning-to-Read series by Margaret Hillert
- Short Vowel Phonics series by Patricia J. Norton
- My First Reader series by Mary Packard
- Elephant and Piggie Book series by Mo Willems
- Cat the Cat series by Mo Willems
- Flip A Word series by Harriet Ziefert
In addition to these series, there are several recommended resources available online:
Starfall is a free online website for learning to read and is used by many kindergarten classes throughout the country as part of their regular reading practice.
The websites listed below offer free, printable emergent readers designed by teachers.
Hubbard’s Cupboard, a free web site for early childhood educators and parents, offers printable booklets for emergent readers.
The Measured Mom offers printable sight word readers.
This Reading Mama offers 31 lessons with free printables including printable readers. Scroll down to the heading "Free lesson outlines, posts and printables." A zip file link to the lesson’s printables can be found at the bottom of each lesson’s post.
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