There’s nothing like the joy a child has when he has read his very first book! We can give that joy to children as young as three years old by creating very simple books they can read themselves.
But wait a second.
If they’re just using the pictures and memorizing the pattern of the book, how is that reading?
Put “reading” in quotes if you will, but don’t discount the confidence building that occurs when children read (or recite) predictable books all on their own.
Not only do they have the great excitement of knowing they read a book all by themselves, they also learn valuable concepts of print.
- They practice holding a book and turning the pages in the right direction.
- They learn that each word on the page represents a spoken word.
- They see that text is read from left to right.
The world needs more of these little books! That’s why I’m excited to introduce a new series of printable first books for preschoolers. These would also work great for beginning readers in kindergarten and first grade.
Introducing… my Color Me Readers collection of emergent readers.
Each set of three books will be based on an early childhood theme. This set of books was designed to go along with my giant transportation book list. After reading some of those books to your child or class, print a Color Me Reader for each child.
While the Color Me Readers do feature sight words, we won’t be going in a particular order or progressing level of difficulty like my sight word readers do.
These were created simply to give joy and confidence to future readers. However, you might find that your child learns some of the sight words by reading these books over and over. And beginning readers can certainly build their sight word vocabulary by reading these little books!
The bonus is that each set of three books comes in three different levels. Print the level that’s right for your child, or do all three.
The level one book is the simplest. Each page has a new vehicle.
A car. A bike. A train. A helicopter. A tractor. A fire truck. A police car.
Since my Three knows the letter A, he could “read” this book all by himself. So fun!
The level two book goes like this:
Go, school bus! Go, garbage truck! Go, taxi! Go, airplane! Go, motorcycle! Go, tow truck! Go, car!
Level three has a longer sentence on each page. But it’s still super simple.
I see the car. I see the bus. I see the hot air balloon. I see the mail truck. I see the raft. I see the truck.
How to assemble
1. Print the four pages for each book, single sided.
- Level 1 – pages 2-5
- Level 2 – pages 6-9
- Level 3 – pages 10-13
2. Cut along the bold lines on each page.
3. Stack the pages together to make each book.
4. Staple along the left side of each book.
I hope you get a lot of use out of these!
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