May 2011 I Can Read Celebration

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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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