After a long day of school, required reading isn’t always easy. Kids work hard at school and when they get home there is often homework and required reading looming over their heads. This is tough on everyone — especially new kindergarteners.
When my daughter was in kindergarten last year, we often opted to skip the homework (thankfully, it was optional) but we never skipped reading. There is heaps of research that shows just how important daily reading is for kids. As parents, we really do need to get this checked off as much as we can. I’m not suggesting you skip required homework…I’m just begging you not to skip the reading.
And here's the great news: just because it’s required doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. In fact it should be fun. These 12 books for early readers are just that — super fun reads that make easing into a required reading routine easy-peasy!
Check out these fun early readers:
Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus by Jane O’Connor
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan
Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea
Zack’s Alligator by Shirley Mozelle
Splat the Cat and the Quick Chicks by Rob Scotton
Lulu Goes to Witch School by Jane O’Connor
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems (Elephant & Piggie)
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems (Elephant & Piggie)
Fly Guy Presents: Space by Tedd Arnold
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
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