Sunday, March 28, 2010

Early Reader and Beginning Chapter Book Read-Alouds

There is a wealth of good books to discover in the E-R (Early Reader) and J Fiction (Juvenile Fiction) sections of the library. You don't have to wait until your child is reading on their own to share these books with him or her either! We've created a booklist featuring suggested books to read aloud to younger listeners (roughly 7 years and younger). You can check it out here: Below are a few enjoyable early reader and beginning chapter books to share with preschoolers and kindergartners:

Mouse and his downstairs neighbor, Mole, discover that when they help each other, housecleaning and other daily tasks are much easier.

Dodsworth in New York by Tim Egan

Before you read Dodsworth in New York (and the sequels: Dodsworth in Paris and Dodsworth in London), share the story of how Dodsworth's travels begin in the picture book The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan. In Dodsworth in New York, Dodsworth sets out on a trip to the grand city of New York. Unbeknownst  to Dodsworth, a crazy duck stows away in his suitcase and creates adventures for Dodsworth along the way.

Pearl and Wagner, a rabbit and a mouse, work together to build a robot for their science project. Follow their further adventures with Pearl and Wagner: Three Secrets and Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.

Contains: My father's dragon -- Elmer and the dragon -- The dragons of Blueland.

A compilation of three tales which relate the fantastic adventures of Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris.

It's dawn and time for bats to go to bed, but Fang's brother Fink can't sleep. Soon the whole family tries different bedtime stories to lull Fink to sleep.

One day when Daisy is late for school, an encounter with a butterfly leaves her suddenly able to communicate with animals, and when Boom, a stray dog, is caught by the pound, she enlists the help of a host of other animals to rescue him.

At the first annual meeting of WOOF--Words of Our Friends--assorted dogs preserve their heritage by sharing tales of canines throughout history, including Abu, who ruled all of Egypt except for one pesky cat, and Zippy, who simply must find the squeaky toy.

What starts out as a perfectly ordinary day in the Small house turns into Stiches Saturday when Cleo gets a cut on the head after her twin brother, Jack, accidentally pulls down their "Toy House."

Because he suffers from asthma, six-year-old Monty is nervous about starting first grade but he soon learns to cope with his illness and use his special talents to make friends.

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