2014 has been a very exciting year for emerging readers. Publishers finally got the message and started paying more attention to readers who are ready to move beyond leveled readers, but not quite ready to make the jump to chapter books like Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones. With less pages, more illustrations, larger font, I have labeled these series Bridge Chapter Books. For years, the BOB Books have been the best and only game in town when it comes to the very first steps a child takes in learning to read. These box sets of tiny books with black and white illustrations are almost as boring as dirt, but they get the job done. Now, my favorite line of leveled readers, I Can Read, home of Frog & Toad, Amelia Bedelia and Frances the Bager, among other greats, is introducing My Very First I Can Read, the newest level of this program, which was created in 1957 specifically for beginning readers.
This new level kicks off with Tug the Pup and Friends, written by Dr. Julie M. Ward and is based on the latest in early literacy research as well as being Common Core aligned. And, while the first book in Box Set 1, Level A, titled "Big Pig," may kick off the series a few steps ahead of the BOB Books, which begin with the book "Mat," ("Mat. Mat sat. Sam. Sam sat," and so on) new readers will want to work that much harder to enjoy the colorful illustrations. Established picture book illustrator and author, Sebastien Braun (I Love My Daddy, the Meeow the Cat series) provides vibrant characters and simple visual cues that will aid readers and inspire them to keep on reading!
Source: Review Copy