Early Readers, Graphic Novel, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/7/23

Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading.  Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Nat the Cat Takes a Nap by Jarrett Lerner (Ready to Read Pre-Level 1)

Jarrett Lerner’s books are always a hit with my students so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered he was writing a series for emergent readers!  Sleep is all Nat the Cat wants to do, but the narrator keeps interrupting him by well, narrating!  Breaking the fourth wall, an annoyed Nat engages in a dialogue directly with the storyteller in the hopes the narration will stop.  Will Nat be successful?

Fans of LaRochelle and Wohnoutka’s See the Cat and See the Dog will love Nat the Cat! The banter between Nat and the narrator is hilarious making me laugh out loud as an adult so I am certain kids will love! With repetition, sight words and decodable text,  I am so thrilled that my primary students will be able to read the majority of the story on their own.  Using a limited palette, Lerner’s clean and bright illustrations clearly show Nat’s changing emotions throughout the story. Stay tuned for Nat the Cat Takes a Bath which publishes in May 2023. 

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for sharing a copy. Nat the Cat Takes a Nap recently published on January 17, 2023.  

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Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends by Kaz Windness (Ready to Read Graphics 1)

When Worm and Caterpillar meet, they instantly become best friends.  Worm thinks it is because they share similarities and while they may outwardly resemble each other and both dislike birds, Caterpillar disagrees stating they are different.  Gradually, Worm understands asking Caterpillar to never change but of course, we know that is not physically possible.  Not long after, Caterpillar turns into a chrysalis and Worm is afraid of losing their friendship.  When Caterpillar emerges from the cocoon, will their friendship survive the metamorphosis?  

Windness’ adorably Worm and Caterpillar and simple, concise text will hook and hold readers.  She perfectly captures each character’s range of emotions as they both learn that true friends accept one another for who they are.  Full of humor and heart, Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends is a story all kids need in their lives. 

Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends is a great introduction to graphic novels for emergent readers.  Before the story, children and their parents learn the fundamentals having elements such as speech bubbles and panels defined.  The story is easily accessible with mostly one or two panels per page with some wordless page spreads. Kids will love comparing and contrasting the life cycle of the worm and butterfly as well as step by steps directions for drawing both characters.  Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for sharing a copy. Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends celebrated its book birthday last week on January 31, 2023.  

Bella’s Dog Pick of the Week

Wanting to spread the dog love, Beagles and Books has a weekly feature of highlighting a literary selection with a canine character.

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Dog Can Hide by Laura Gehl Illustrated by Fred Blunt (Ready to Read Ready-to-Go)

Dog, Cat, and Frog are playing hide and seek.  Cat is first to seek.  The amphibian’s appetite helps Cat find Frog and together, they look and locate Dog.  When Dog seeks, he quickly finds Cat but where is Frog?  Dog gets an idea to make Frog appear.   

With a length around 100 words, simple sight words, and word families, the Ready to Read Ready-to-Go level are written for emergent readers to read independently.  As a reading specialist, I admire Gehl’s ability to craft a fun and engaging story with a limited number of words.  Blunt’s entertaining and expressive illustrations match the text providing additional support to the reader.   Before the text,  children are introduced to the characters as well as list of all the words used in the story.  Parents can also check comprehension by orally asking the questions on the last page of the book.  To check out the rest of Gehl’s and Blunt’s books in their series, click here. 

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for sharing a copy. Dog Can Hide recently released on January 17, 2023.  

Bella and I thank you for visiting Beagles and Books!

“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.”
Jim Butcher
#IMWAYR is dedicated to dear Etta, my original book beagle. Blessed that Etta is part of my story.

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