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Brand New Readers Winter Fun! Box PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• These are the BEST Learn to Read books on the market.
• These have been created with the help of literacy experts and it shows.
• Candlewick, the publisher, bundles these books in different ways. You can do a set of ten, set of four or buy them
• If you have a newly independent reader, or emerging reader, the set of ten is a great thing to have for summer
Sweet Book Summary:
Recently, when I was talking to a friend who is a reading specialist, we were brainstorming book titles for her summer reading program. She mentioned Candlewick's Brand New Reader books and commented that she thought they were the best on the market, to which I whole-heartedly agreed. I realized while I have used them with each of my children, I have never reviewed them. So I am rectifying that here. I am technically reviewing the Winter Fun! set (because that is the one I have on hand), but there is an almost identical but more seasonally appropriate set titled Summer Fun!. Both of these sets are for the truly emergent reader who is just starting or is on the verge of decoding print. Candlewick has published other sets that are for a more advanced beginner reader. Click here to be directed to the terrific Brand New Reader Website that explains the different book sets and levels and has a lot of informative literacy information.

The set comes with ten short books, plus a reading chart and stickers to track each title as your child masters it. There is a reading certificate to motivate, a make-your-own Brand New Reader book to make the reading/writing connection and a parent guide, to help you help your budding reader. For those of us out there who haven't been trained as reading teachers, this is immensely helpful. It demystifies the process, giving us very clear instructions on what to do and not to do, when helping our young readers with the acquisition of literacy.

Each book is full color, with appealing and familiar characters. Each spread has a consistent placement of print, an abundance of picture cues, smooth flowing language (no old-school, stilted readers here) and plenty of sight words. The stories are cute and humorous, absolutely perfect for emerging readers, period! The set is especially good for new readers taking a summer break from school. You don't want them to lose any of the momentum they have gained, and this little set gives you a literacy project in a box! With clear and simple instructions, you can feel really confident taking this on with them.
Author: Various Illustrator: Various Published: 2010, 10 books of 8 pages each
Themes: Animals, Humor, Friendship
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Which is your favorite book in the series? Why?
• Which character would you like to read more about: Tabby, Piggy, Eddie, Monkey, Worm, Otter or Edna?
• Which character is the funniest?
• What are you going to write about in your Brand New Reader?
• Which book was the hardest to read and which was the easiest? Why?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Elephant & Piggie: Should I Share My Ice Cream?, Mo Willems
Max Spaniel, David Catrow
Cat the Cat Who Is That?, Mo Willems
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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