A Feast for New Readers: The I Can Read Gathering for January 2012

Ah, January! The month that launches a fresh start and new worlds … just like reading, wouldn’t you say?

This month, Family Bookshelf is hosting I Can Read!, a mid-month(ish) meme just for recognizing developing and new readers. For the next week, we invite you to share a review of easy readers and early chapter books, as well as any ideas you might have for helping new readers hone their skills.

Your post can be up to one year old, so posts back to January 2011 can be included!! Feel free to add your post via inLinkz until January 26, 2012.

[amazon_link id=”0061719137″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Dixie (I Can Read Book 1)[/amazon_link]Let’s start with the Cath in the Hat … Catherine Nichols. She shares her review of not one but THREE early reader books in a post titled Going to the Dogs. Check out her thoughts on: Aggie Gets Lost (Aggie and Ben Series) by Lori Ries; Dixie (an I Can Read Book) by Grace Gilman; and See Me Run by Paul Meisel. With an opening like this, you have to keep reading …

It used to be said in publishing circles that the way to ensure a book’s success is to write about Lincoln, dogs, or doctors. Therefore, a book entitled Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog would be a guaranteed bestseller. I don’t know how true that is today, but I do know that books about our four-legged best friends are a sure hit for the learning-to-read crowd. Here are three beginning readers featuring dogs.

[amazon_link id=”1617721573″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Polar Bear Cubs (Wild Baby Animals)[/amazon_link] Jennifer Wharton at Jean Little Library has wonderful reviews … I can’t keep up with her reading. This month she is sharing her Nonfiction Monday review of the Wild Baby Animals series by Ruth Owen. This quote captures it all:

These are the perfect introductions to a variety of animals for beginning readers. The sentences are short and simple, with enough interesting vocabulary words to give readers a good mental workout! The photographs are adorable and plentiful, and the books are excellently formatted to give children an introduction to good nonfiction, with the back matter that is included.

Our sincerest thanks to Jennifer and Catherine for their suggestions and recommendations on books sure to be a hit with new readers.

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