1. Learn-To-Read Treasure Hunts: 50 Skill-Building Games for Beginning Readers and Their Parents (Learn to Read) by Steve Cohen, Scot Ritchie, Paperback: 464 pages, Publisher: Workman Publishing
What’s more fun than a treasure hunt? Few other activities offer such excitement and challenge, or the wonderful sense of accomplishment. Now, imagine a treasure hunt that encourages your kids to start reading. From the author of Games for Reading comes the perfect learning aid for beginning readers and their parents. This book, featuring 50 treasure hunt games, provides weeks of family fun, and enables busy parents to help their kids become better readers. There’s a new treasure hunt every day, each consisting of three or four clues. Every perforated page is a written clue that parents tear off, fold, hide, leading to familiar items and places in the home-from the fridge to the bed to the bathtub. As kids sharpen their reading skills, hunts become progressively more difficult. A bonus phonics game on the back of the final clue reinforces what kids learned that day.
2. Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet by Artie Knapp, Reading level: Ages 5-10, Paperback: 36 pages, Publisher: MightyBook Inc
Synopsis: Tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash, Thurman the turtle decides its time to take action.
“Thurman the turtle is a good mentor to help kids want a cleaner planet!” The Albuquerque Journal
“”A delightful story that uses whimsical animal characters and engaging art to show younger readers that everyone can make a difference, no matter how small!” The Detroit Free Press
“Brightly colored illustrations featuring large, expressive characters (animal and human) invite closer examination. Young readers will explore the pages trying to identify potentially hazardous litter (plastic rings, sharp metal lids) cleverly depicted in the illustrations. Knapp delivers a compelling message about determination and the power of an individualâs actions while raising readersâ awareness of environmental issues and skillfully incorporates information about carbon footprints, recycling and ecofriendly solutions. Students (preschool through 3rd grade) will root for Thurman and be motivated to take action to protect our planet. A thought provoking tale sure to inspire budding environmentalists and a wonderful read aloud for Earth Day.” Chalk Full of Books
3. Brand New Readers: Blue Set, Paperback, Publisher: Candlewick Press
The Brand New Reader system is a great way for new readers to gain confidence in their newly-developing reading skills. There’s, also, a packet in this that lets your child write her/his own book.
4. 25 Read & Write Mini-Books That Teach Word Families by Nancy I. Sanders, Paperback: 64 pages, Publisher: Scholastic
Fun and Interactive Rhyming Stories That Give Kids Practice With the 25 Key Word Families-and Put Them on the Path to Reading Success! Fosters the Fun of Reading! Rhyming, reproducible storybooks that use a few simple words to help kids practice reading and writing words from 25 key word families.
5. My Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Aliki (Illustrator), Paperback: 32 pages, Publisher: HarperTrophy
The complete retelling of favorite Disney movies in a true read-aloud style.
6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Read-Aloud Storybook (Read-Aloud Storybook) by Liza Baker (Adapter), Hardcover: 72 pages, Publisher: RH/Disney
Through your five senses! Each sound and taste, each smell, sight, and touch helps you to discover something new. So find out more about your senses-what they are and what you can learn through them about the exciting world.The world awaits!