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May 2011 I Can Read Celebration

Posted on | May 13, 2011 | 11 Comments

A big warm welcome to this month’s celebration of early literacy, easy readers and short chapter books! The I Can Read carnival is all about sharing finds, approaches, successes and more when it comes to books aimed at those just beginning to read for themselves, or those consolidating their reading skills.

If you’ve a review, commentary, or an experience you want to share on this topic, please leave a comment on this post including a link to your piece and I’ll add you to the carnival. The carnival will remain open until the evening of Monday 16th May so if you haven’t got a blog post all ready to submit you’ve a few days to write one to be included. Infact we’re happy to accept posts up to a year old – so really there’s every reason to join in :-)

  • Over at Fantastic Reads Claire and her son Liam have reviewed Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr. Liam and him Mum took turns in reading parts of this book, which “is split into lots of short stories for easy reading and while each one carries a similar theme of whether Wolf will ever catch Polly, the content is imaginative and varied as he tries every trick in the book.” I’m glad to say I have reserved it at the library on the basis of Claire and Liam’s review!

  • Anita writes beautifully about passing on the book bug, and the importance of adults being excited about reading if their kids are ever to feel the same way.

  • Over at Chez Spud, in New readers…beyond Biff & Chip Spudballoo writes about the (UK) reading schemes which have worked brilliantly for her and her sons, focussing on those that consist of “decodable books”, rather than “look and say” books. I found some useful suggestions there – so do go and check her recommendations out.

  • Julie at Just Playin’ Around has written about Stages of Reading Development and very helpfully has included several (US) book series recommendations for each stage.

  • Catherine speaks the truth (at least in my experience) when she writes Books for emergent readers can be boring over at Adventures with Kids. In her post she shares a tip about making reading more interesting for young learners, a simply thing we could all try if our kids are bored with their books and are loosing focus on the text…

  • Melissa at Imagination Soup reviews Flip a Word Books from Blue Apple Books – she describes them as “the most enticing early readers – colorful, bold, and absolutely perfect for learning to read and learning word families.

  • Over at A Bit of This and a Bit of That, Jo writes about the process their family has gone through so far to help support their son’s (bilingual) reading, including instilling a respect for books from an early age and a regular reading routine.

  • Katie at Secrets and Sharing Soda has a review of Mildred and Sam and Their Babies by Sharleen Collicott a book written specifically with learner readers in mind.

  • Over at A Patch of Puddles you can read about about 4 children in one family have each learned to read – each has taken a different approach to learning to read and Merry ends with an interesting observation: “It seems, from my experience with the girls, that for a child to fail to learn to read, you have to actively stop them, actively prevent the process.” Do you agree with her?

  • Jennifer at the Jean Little Library has a review of the latest offering from Toon Books – Midway Monkey Madness by Sarah Stephens, illustrated by Art Baltazar. This book has led Jennifer to question whether “interest in superheroes in general is dying down – will the kids who are now in grade school be interested in the superheroes of Marvel and DC when they grow up?” – go read her review and tell Jennifer what you think!

  • Becky aka This Reading Mama has a super post about helping kids read more fluently, full of concrete tips. I like her specific suggestions to help provide kids with real reasons to re-read.

  • Se7en Sneaky Tactics to Encourage the Almost Reader is a post “about getting to the stage of reading for pleasure. The “I can’t come to a meal I am reading…” kind of reading“. I think it’s a brilliant post – great concrete suggestions both in terms of actions and books. Don’t miss it!

  • Melanie at Library Mice has not one, not two but three book series to recommend to families and children learning to read in her post Reflections on early reader books. The first two sets are books we’ve used and loved at home with M, so I will definitely be looking for the third series she recommends.


  • This celebration continues through to Monday night, so you’ve time to write a piece to be included :-) Just leave a link in the comments and I’ll add your post as soon as I can.


    Next month’s celebration (for June) will be over at Secrets and Sharing Soda where Katie will be hosting. If you’d like to host later in the year, please get in touch with Terry (@readingtub).

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    11 Responses to “May 2011 I Can Read Celebration”

    1. Jennifer
      May 13th, 2011 @ 3:53 am

      Hi, I have a review of the newest Toon Books offering, http://jeanlittlelibrary.blogspot.com/2011/05/patrick-in-teddy-bears-picnic-and-other.html

      I’m really excited about this since Patrick was a favorite of mine when I was little…
      Jennifer recently posted..Midway Monkey Madness by Sarah Stephens- illustrated by Art Baltazar

    2. Catherine
      May 13th, 2011 @ 7:24 am

      Looking forward to checking out all the contributions
      Catherine recently posted..ebook review – How to Have Your Cake and Eat It- Too!

    3. Library Mice
      May 13th, 2011 @ 11:23 am

      I was writing my post last night when Blogger decided to do some maintenance so could not finish it! I will finish it today hopefully when I am back home and will post a link :0)
      Library Mice recently posted..FABULOUS FIVE- Alex Latimer presents five picture books I wish I still owned

    4. Becky
      May 13th, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

      Hi Zoe,

      http://thisreadingmama.com/2011/05/10/tuesdays-teaching-tip-9/

      Above is the URL to the post about helping kids read more fluently that you asked me to send your way for the carnival Other outstanding reading teachers & bloggers also posted their ideas in the comments, so you can take a look there for more ideas.

      Thank you,
      Becky
      http://www.thisreadingmama.com

    5. spudballoo
      May 14th, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

      Thank you for including me, and for all the fabulous posts. Off to have a good read of them now!

      x

    6. Ali B
      May 14th, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

      Thank you Zoe- I agree, Claire and Liam’s review was great! So many fascinating things to read, it’s really inspiring.
      Ali B recently posted..The finding is in me- and the finding finds a way

    7. se7en
      May 15th, 2011 @ 2:43 am

      Oh I love this… and I have spent ages reading through the posts – fabulous!!! Here’s a book post I just posted: Encouragement for those Almost Avid Readers… http://www.se7en.org.za/2011/05/15/se7en-sneaky-tactics-to-encourage-the-almost-reader

    8. Library Mice
      May 15th, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
    9. How Our Home Educated Children Learned to Read | Home Educating the Puddle Chicks.
      May 15th, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

      [...] was written for the I Can Read carnival at Playing by the Book and included in the Reading Carnival at Making it Up. (When she posts it, I’ll link to it!) [...]

    10. Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #69 » se7en
      May 16th, 2011 @ 1:54 am

      [...] have to look at Playing by the Books: “I Can Read Celebration” totally fab!!! All sorts of “how to read” and “What to read” posts… [...]

    11. Camille
      May 16th, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

      I have an early reader at my house and have found far too many of them to be boring. But we are currently reading the Mercy Watson series and they are well written and not boring – hooray!

      http://childliterature.blogspot.com/2011/05/mercy-watson.html

      Thanks for hosting this children’s literature carnival. I am excited to read all of the posts for ideas for my own emergent reader!
      Camille recently posted..Mercy Watson

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