Finding an interesting selection of books to bridge the gap from when a child first begins to read until they are able to read with sufficient fluency can be difficult, especially if that time period is prolonged. I’ll be posting books that worked well for us at this stage, dividing them into different categories. Most of them work well for around the ages of 4 to 8 years. I read these aloud (many times over) to my non-readers but my children loved to read them on their own when they first started reading for themselves. The ‘Science I CAN READ’ books are well-illustrated and interesting, narrative non-fiction and there is a wide range available secondhand. These are some we used & liked:
Elephant Seal Island by Evelyn Shaw
A Nest of Wood Ducks by Evelyn Shaw
Red Tag Comes Back by Fred Phleger
Ants Are Fun by Mildred Myrick
Caterpillar Green by Marla Martin
This book is published by Rod & Staff Publishers and is unusual in that it is a chapter book of 139 pages of good sized print with words broken down into syllables. The story is about a classroom of children who follow the journey of a green caterpillar as it becomes a beautiful butterfly. The story is told in both prose and poetry and is helpful in developing reading fluency with words of multiple syllables in the context of an interesting aspect of the natural world.
The Microscope by Maxine Kumin
An illustrated poem about the Dutch scientist, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, who was more interested in looking through his handmade microscopes than in keeping his shop. He saw things with the microscope that no one had ever seen before.
‘Germs all all around you, but they are too small for you to see. Many germs are harmless, but two kinds, viruses and bacteria, can make you sick. Read and find out about germs, how they make you sick, and how your body works to fight them off and keep you healthy.’