Early Readers at Your Library
With back to school in full swing, it’s time to help your child not only read, but to become a good reader. To assist you, our library offers various level readers. Scholastic’s website informs that in “Using leveled reading instruction, you can help [children] become good readers who not only can read but do read.”
Resource sites, like Kids Book Series, Reading A-Z and Fountas and Pinnell, offer tips and tools, along with book titles, to get you and your aspired reader grasping basic concepts, recognizing upper– and lower-case letters, and developing phonological awareness skills.
Our Early Reader collection is divided into four levels that are color coded to make it easy for you and your child to find books that she/he can read and enjoy. Each level covers a range of language and content. The designated levels serve as general guiding tools in selecting reading materials and meeting stages of development.
|Early Reader color||Expected Grade Levels||Fountas & Pinnell Levels||Reading Development Stage|
|Orange||Kindergarten-1st Grade||C, D, E, F, G||Emergent|
|Green||1st Grade-2nd Grade||H, I, J||Early Fluent|
|Blue||2nd Grade-3rd Grade||K, L, M||Fluent|
Need help deciding on a book? Use the suggested Five Finger Rule!
Have the child read any text-filled page of the book she has chosen. For each word she does not know, have the child put up one finger.
At the end of the page, if the child has five fingers up, then the book is too hard; if no fingers are up, the book is too easy.
The child should try to have two or three fingers up for a book that is “just right.”
By using this method, the child can independently choose an appropriate book to help her grow as a reader.
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