Amelia Bedelia Book Poster Image
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The Rogers family's maid follows instructions to the letter; she trims a steak like a Christmas tree, draws drapes in a notebook, and dresses a chicken in a smart little suit. The first of many Amelia Bedelia books is funny wordplay for new readers.

Bink & Gollie Book Poster Image
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The stories this early reader/graphic novel hybrid are fun and silly, and kids get a feel for the challenges of being a good friend. There's just enough text -- with a nice vocabulary -- to convey meaning, and the quirky pictures are captivating.

Dory Fantasmagory Book Poster Image
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Hilarious, strong-willed, 6-year-old Dory has a lively time with imaginary monsters, some friendly and others scary, while annoying her older brother and sister. This inventive tale captures the way kids really think, feel, and act.

Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
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This award-winning book about two very different girls who become friends and have neighborhood adventures is the first in a consistently funny and engaging series. It's a great beginning chapter book for kids just emerging from early readers.

Judy Moody Was in a Mood Book Poster Image
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Impulsive, feisty, often crabby, and completely charming, Judy Moody is like Ramona with attitude. Packed with witty cartoon illustrations by Peter Reynolds, this wickedly funny take on third-grade life is right on the money.

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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.