Why I created my sight word books
When my oldest was just starting to read, I found it nearly impossible to find simple books that she could read all by herself. I was looking for books with:
- just a few words per page
- bright and engaging pictures
- repetitive text
- sight words for children to learn at an easy pace
When I taught her younger siblings to read, I created my own set of emergent readers! We used these along with This Reading Mama’s fabulous Reading the Alphabet curriculum for preschoolers. (Talk about a hands-on, age-appropriate approach to learning to read!)
Since Reading the Alphabet teaches a new sight word per week, I created a set of four readers featuring each sight word. So if you’re using set 5 of my readers, you’ll find lessons to go right along with them in Reading the Alphabet, Lesson 5.
Here’s a sample page from Set 1, Farm Animals.
Here’s a sample from Set 6, The Cookout. You can see how the text is getting more challenging.
Here’s a sample from Set 13, A Snowy Day — the sentences are longer and require more attention to phonics
Download each set individually
You can find the post which shares each set of readers by clicking below. When you get to the post, scroll to the bottom to download the set of readers.
After creating the first 26 sets to use alongside Reading the Alphabet, I had requests for more books, so I created additional sets.
Note: If your child is reading these books, s/he moving at a quicker pace. For that reason, each set may introduce more than one new sight word.
How to assemble the readers
1. Print the readers front to back. Each two-sided page is a single book. Cut across the horizontal center of the book.
2. Fold the two half sheets and insert the middle pages.
3. Unfold and staple with a long arm stapler.