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Incoming First Grade

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Your children have all become readers over this past year!  Summer vacation is a wonderful time to keep their love of reading alive. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

* Do not force your children to read.  We want them to enjoy reading and not feel that it is a chore.
* Keep many readable (at their level) books available.  Children will be able to judge if a book is too hard or too easy.
* Take your children to the library.  Encourage them to find books that are interesting.  If the books they choose are too difficult for them to read, let them enjoy the pictures.
* Model reading.  Show them how you enjoy sitting down with a good book during your free time.
* Most importantly, keep reading to your children.  Always make time when your children can listen to you read to them!!  This is wonderful quality time that you can spend together.

Picture Books:
Cherries and Cherry Pit, Williams
A Chair For My Mother, Williams
Music, Music, Music, Williams
Something Special For Me, Williams
The Important Book, Brown
Peach & Blue, Kilborne
Lyle The Crocodile, Waber
Lou Gehrig, The Luckiest Man, Adler
Heckedy Peg, Wood
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Barrett
Pickles in Pittsburgh, Barrett
Dr. DeSoto, Steig
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Steig
Gregory the Terrible Eater, Sharmat
Tar Beach, Ringgold
Strega Nona, de Paola
Tom, de Paola
Madeline, Bemelmans
Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak
In the Night Kitchen, Sendak
Lilly's Plastic Purple Purse, Henkes
Chrysanthemum, Henkes
Yoko, Rosemary Wells
Knuffle Bunny, Willems
The Gardener, Stewart
The Drinking Gourd, Monovo
Madlenka, Sis
Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Viorst

Independent Reading Series Books:
Mr. Putter & Tabby, Rylant
Henry & Mudge,  Rylant
Cam Jansen Jr., Adler
Frog and Toad, Lobel
Amelia Bedelia, Parish

Good Read-Alouds
Mr. Popper's Penguins, Atwater
Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren
The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Cleary
Ramona the Pest, Cleary
Stuart Little, White
James and the Giant Peach, Dahl
The Wizard of Oz, Baum
26 Fairmount Avenue, de Paola

Other Interests:

Weather books
Jewish holiday books and stories
Magic School Bus Series
Sports books
Books about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Books about our Presidents/The White House
Fairy tales
Folk tales