Here's some information on children's books for beginning readers that will help you find a book that's at the correct reading level for your child.
Time Required: 20 minutes
- Check in the children's section of your public library and see if there is a separate section of books labeled "Beginning Readers." Many libraries do have at least several sets of shelves set aside for beginning readers.
- If not, you will have to ask the librarian if she can assist you. At the same time, ask her if she has a list of books at the various reading levels that you can have. Many libraries offer online booklists.
- If you use an online bookstore, you can usually do a search to find out what the store has in the beginning reader category.
- If you go to a bookstore, particularly one of the larger ones, you will probably need to look in several sections.
- Random House is the publisher of Beginner Books. On the front cover of all of the books is a logo with an illustration of the Cat in the Hat on it. The books include humor and rhyme and, as the title suggests, are directed to the beginning reader.
- Beginner Books are often shelved separately next to Beginning Books and Early Readers. While the Beginner Books are hardbound, almost all of the books in the other categories are softbound.
- There are a large number of short chapter books available for young readers.
- Other reading series include Step into Reading, published by Random House, Green Light Readers, published by Harcourt Brace and DK Publishing's Eyewitness Readers.
- Beginning readers need books with a controlled vocabulary, books that were specifically developed for children to read to themselves.
- Many books that are suitable for listening to have too difficult a vocabulary for independent reading.
- Take the time to review the selection of available books so that you can choose a book that suits both your child's interests and reading level.
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