Learning to read can be tedious. When some children are learning to decode words, they need a lot of practice. Listening can be a chore for mom or dad, especially if the text isn’t very interesting. This is a sample of an early reading book by Margaret Hillert.
Here is a little cowboy.
And here is a big cowboy.
Here is something for the little cowboy.
It can go. It can run. (snore)
Mary Ann Hoberman’s You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You Series can help take the drudgery out of reading practice. These books are designed for children and adults to read together. There’s lots of rhymes and funny dialogue. Here is a short section from Very Tall Tales to Read Together:
Reader 1: Annie Oakley, what a shot!
She could hit most any spot!
In a contest with a gun,
Bet your britches, Annie won!
Reader 2: When she was a little kid,
She learned shooting, Annie did.
Shot to keep her family fed,
“Had to do it.” Annie said.
Here are some other books in the same series:
These books are fun to read. They share a lot of the silly poetry that children love. They are likely to forget that this is reading practice. Rhyming and repetition make for great phonics practice for beginning readers.
These books can be a challenge to locate at the library. They have unusual call numbers. Some can be found in poetry (J 811.54) and some in folk tales. (J 398) It’s better to request them online.