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With straightforward writing and formulaic (in a good way!) stories perfect for new chapter-book readers, this extensive series adds a dash of fantasy to real historical people and places.

Nate the Great Series Book Poster Image

Nate and his ethnically diverse group of friends solve everyday neighborhood mysteries kids can relate to, like a lost cat or something eating out of the garbage at night. Perfect for new readers.

Where the Sidewalk Ends Book Poster Image

Shel Silverstein's fanciful illustrated rhymes never fail to delight kids. From "sick" little Peggy Ann McKay (who canNOT go to school today!) to Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (who will NOT take the garbage out), the poems are both funny and relatable.


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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.