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    More Early Readers

    July 31, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    Every time my son reaches the end of his personal book pile, I get nervous. What do early readers read, anyhow? And didn’t I just buy him books? Why is he done already? Why is all the book money going to someone who isn’t even four feet tall?

    When I’m done with this internal minitantrum, I go straight to Amazon and start my hunt. I want books that aren’t too hard, but aren’t too easy, either. I want them to be an enjoyable read for him, but also a challenge. So far, we’ve bought some good books.

    Amazon’s 4-for-3 sale came just in time. Combined with the free shipping, our order was practically stealing. Here are the next eight books he will be reading, in particular order:

    Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

    Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

    Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

    Nate the Great and the Musical Note by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

    Nate the Great and the Stolen Base by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

    Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

    Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

    Doctor De Soto by William Steig

    I am sure Kristie will appreciate the introduction of the Nate the Great books into our curriculum.

    Lest you all think that we only buy brand new books around here, I feel compelled to explain that I am in the process of building a very long book list. When we are on our trip in September, there will be at least one used bookstore within walking distance of where we are staying. We plan to take our list and scour the bookstore for finds. My hope is that we can build a substantial library for the coming year while paying only pennies on the dollar.

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