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If you read my post about the books Landry loves to read, then it’s no surprise to you that Luke also loves reading! We are a book family! One of our favorite things to do snuggle up with a good story. Landry is into longer, action & adventure novels, but Luke is in 1st grade so bright, colorful short stories are more his game. These days, I’m trying to find a balance between short, phonics readers for him to practice on, and fun, imaginative stories for us to read together. When we read together, we usually take turns reading pages.
Nibbles is a very naughty monster who makes at least a weekly appearance in our home! He is a Book Monster who, in his debut story, eats his way through some of our favorite fairy tales. He is HILARIOUS and perfect for Luke since he has a pretty mischevious side!
In a companion story, Nibbles finds himself in a Dinosaur Guide! As he eats his way through the guide, we find him eating words in very inconvenient locations leaving dinos, like the poor Triceratops, with descriptions that say “Scientists say they had big bumps and large stumpy feet.” Nibbles is an Usborne Books exclusive title and can be picked up here.
We first purchased this adorable book as a story for our family tradition of “24 books of Christmas” (post coming soon)! It’s a beautiful story about Little Pipkin the penguin trying to understand how big a million is. He sets out on a mini-quest (with permission from his mom) and finds 10, 100, and 1000 and a new friend, but not a million. When he gets home, his momma takes him outside and shows him a million! I don’t know why, but it makes me tear up! How Big is a Million? can be purchased through Usborne Books!
I would be remiss if, as a Boy Mom, I didn’t have stories about farts! I mean, who doesn’t love a good fart joke??? Probably girl moms, but I wouldn’t know! Farts are in high demand in our home! “Walter the Farting Dog” easily could have been written about our own farting dog, Miss Ella!
In fact, Ella will normally walk in while we are reading about Walter with a perfectly timed fart! “Walter the Farting Dog” was adopted from a shelter, another topic dear to my heart, but settling into his new home doesn’t go as smoothly for Walter as it did for Ella! Poor Walter almost farts his way out of his new family until his farts save the day! He now has a whole series of hilarious stories, all about how his farts save the day! Pick up all of Walter’s tales on Amazon!
“The Dragon Hunters” is part of a 3 part series about two brothers who find themselves in some daring adventure with some dragons! Flynn and Paddy have recently moved to a secluded island when, all of a sudden, a dragon swoops down from the sky and nabs their dog! They embark on a quest to save Coco!
All three stories can be picked up on Amazon and make a wonderful addition to any child’s collection! We also used this year for our Book Character Parade at school! I didn’t want to over complicate the costume, so we picked up this Dragon Cape on Amazon and Luke was good to go!
“How the Leopard got his Spots” is another beautiful book in a series of stories! In this one, Leopard was all sandy brown and living in a desert. When all of his prey moved to the jungle to hide, Leopard became hungry and needed to leave the desert. He found that he couldn’t blend into the jungle! He became friends with a man and together they figure out what they both need to do in order to hunt! It is beautifully illustrated and engaging. and can be found at Usborne Books!
In Kindergarten & 1st grades, it is really important to get your children to start reading on their own a little bit! Early phonics readers are great if they’re the right story. I can’t tell you how many we’ve purchased over the years and just end up being super boring, and tossed aside! The story needs to be simple enough for them to read independently, but not so basic they won’t become engaged!
“Shark in the Park” and it’s other corresponding stories, are perfect for your early reader. The pictures are bright and happy, and the words are big, sentences short, and it all rhymes in a fun rhythm. When the animals in the park think a shark is there, they all get worried until the silly twist at the end that will have your early reader giggling as they finish the story on their own! You can pick up “Shark in the Park,” “Toad Makes a Road,” “Crock gets a Shock” and other silly stories at Usborne Books!
Appealing again to Luke’s mischevious side, “The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar” is a silly story about a T-Rex who is a bit of a prankster! He loves sneaking up behind his buddies and scaring them, but they don’t think it’s so funny. When Sid, the T-Rex, loses his voice and his friends start to tease him, he learns that it’s not so fun to be at the other end of a joke! This silly story, and others like it, and can be purchased at Usborne Books! (Are you seeing a trend? They really offer the best titles for young readers!)
The boys go to acting camp every summer, and two years ago, Luke’s play was Billy Goats Gruff! Since then he has loved hearing the story over and over! I found “The Billy Goats Gruff” in a level 3 reader and thought it would be a good challenge for him! It’s a great in-between book for those early readers who have mastered their sight words, but still, need a little help sounding some words out!
First Grade is a great year to start to introduce early chapter books for story time! I will usually read out of a chapter book a few nights a week, and then read a storybook together the other nights!
Landry’s 1st Grade teacher turned us on to the Magic Tree House series & we haven’t looked back! Brother & Sister duo, Jack & Annie, find a treehouse that allows them to travel through time! There are a ton of these stories, and the best part is that you do not have to read them in order! Each book is independent, with a few that run a quick series. Young readers can find themselves transported to lands of dinosaurs or pirates, or find themselves sitting at King Arthur’s Round Table. Pick them up at Amazon!
“Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive” is another great series for early readers! Sam is an elementary school hall monitor who finds out his school is alive! He and his friends have to defend it against all kinds of spooky monsters! These books got Luke hooked on the idea that cliff-hangers at the end of a chapter were AWESOME and left him wanting “just one more chapter” every night!
Ending each day with a good story has been part of our bedtime routine for 10 years! I’m convinced it is why our kids have such huge imaginations that will, one day, take them far. Instilling not only a love of learning but the necessary skills, at an early age is essential to your child’s success in school & beyond. What stories do your early readers love? Maybe its something I should add to my library! Let me know in the comments!Follow Our Story