There are many early reading titles that have been created to meet the needs of newly independent readers (typically kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade), with easy-to-follow plots, simple vocabulary, and plenty of sight words.
The most important thing you can do to support your early reader is to help them love reading, says Katie Carella, a former teacher and executive editor at Scholastic who oversees the Acorn and Branches book series for early readers.
"When I was teaching, that moment where I saw kids light up about a book was when I knew I'd made a difference," says Carella. "If you miss that window in the first, second, or third grade, kids go on to say, 'I'm not a reader' and 'I don't like reading.'"
Here is a varied list of early reader books, with input from Carella, that will turn your child into an avid reader.
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Try a Simple Series
The books in the Acorn line provide an entertaining perspective on topics kids care about. Your child will grow their reading confidence with the short chapters, each of which can be read as a stand-alone story. Each book has a Grade 1 Scholastic reading level, but is designed to appeal to kids in kindergarten through second grade.
"As a teacher, it was hard to find fresh and engaging stories for this age group," says Carella, who launched the Acorn line. "I wanted to create books that could really light a fire in kids."