Go, Dog. Go! Book Poster Image
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All kinds of dogs are on the go here. They're up, down, going around in a Ferris wheel, even hitting tennis balls atop a big balloon. First published in 1961, this classic boasts that it teaches 75 words through lots of action and repetition.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Book Poster Image
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In this perfect early reader from Dr. Seuss, simple rhymes, colors, and objects are paired with real and imagined creatures (like a seven-hump wump) and presented in funny scenes. Rhymes invite kids to fill words in and sound words out.

The Cat in the Hat Book Poster Image
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The classic rhyming book about a top-hatted cat who brings fun and mayhem to two bored children is a great early reader book. Children will be so amused by the chaos that descends while mother is out that the learning happens naturally.

Frog and Toad Are Friends Book Poster Image
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These two amphibians star in some of the simplest and most enjoyable chapter books for new readers. Focusing on themes of friendship and growing up, Arnold Lobel's writing is sweet but never cloying, and the vocabulary is basic but not babyish.

Green Eggs and Ham Book Poster Image
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Even the pickiest eaters will get a kick out of this Dr. Seuss classic, in which the put-upon main character fights persistent Sam-I-Am's attempts to get him to eat the quirky title food. Fabulous rhymes, great humor, and a good message: "Try it!"

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Common Sense Tips

  • Set aside time just for reading -- turn off the TV, computer, and cell phone.
  • Making up your own stories, songs, poems, and word games are all effective ways to strengthen literacy skills.