Poppleton Series Book Poster Image
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Each book has three short, sweet stories about kindhearted pig Poppleton and his animal friends. The series books are great to read together and can help a newly independent reader build confidence.

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Book Poster Image
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Everyone thinks twin sisters Ling and Ting are exactly the same, but they're not. Through six chapters, readers learn about their differences. A simple, funny, unpredictable story with bold and colorful illustrations. A delight for beginning readers.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue: Mercy Watson, Book 1 Book Poster Image
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Kate DiCamillo's series about a pet pig whose owners treat her like a dog is most appealing to very young kids. This first book offers cheery pictures and funny moments, like a grumpy neighbor chasing Mercy while wearing curlers and a bathrobe.

The Princess in Black Book Poster Image
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This rollicking story follows an adventurous princess who wears a frilly pink dress in her castle, then sneaks out to rid the kingdom of troublesome monsters as the brave and daring Princess in Black. Lots of humor and cartoonish monster-bashing.

Today I Will Fly! An Elephant and Piggie Book Book Poster Image
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Like his Pigeon picture books, Willems' learn-to-read books are smart and entertaining, with broad-stroke illustrations and funny characters. Few words are used, yet somehow a lot happens in the world of this deadpan elephant and exuberant pig.

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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.