Early reader books are not always the most engaging books on your shelf. As parents, we’ve purchased them in huge packs from discount stores, only to have our kids blow through them and not want to pick them up again.
They were just too boring.
Writing a good early reader is an art. The words need to be simple, repetitive, and easy to decode, yet the story still has to grab the reader. That is why you see so many character-driven books and series for early readers. The stories are lacking, but the characters ensure that kids will pick them up. But will they pick them up again and again?
The books selected here achieve that important goal. For your new reader to really shine, they need practice. And if you can get a few readings (the more the better) out of the same book, your child will have a better chance of refining his or her skills. New readers want to read, and when we as parents provide them with engaging books, that desire to read will strengthen, along with their reading skills.
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Here's a countdown of six parent-popular books that won’t bore your early readers.