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Are you a parent of a new reader?  This is a critical time for children to experience the joys and independence of reading. But you may be
struggling, while at the library or bookstore, with which book to get your child that won't be too hard to frustrate, them and yet not too easy either. The problem with many of these books is that different publishers have a different leveling procedures making it confusing for the parent and the child. Many major publishers have a complete division of emergent and beginning chapter books and they have their own system. I'm going to list some of the newest readers that I think youngsters will really enjoy reading to you - or by themselves! Starting with emergent readers

: **Who's Hat is it?, Sam and the Bag by Jeffries, Best Friends by Michaels, Lucy's Quiet Book by Medearis,

**Brand New Readers: Red Set, Blue Set, Bob the Builder Boxed Set, *Where is the Green Sheep? by Fox, *Maurice Sendak's Little Bear by Minarik, *The Frog and Toad Collection, by Arnold Lobel, *I Can Read Halloween Treat Boxed Set,* *The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice by Dr. Seuss *Puppy Mudge Series: Loves His Blanket by Rylant,. Early Readers with levels 2 or higher: *Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by
Parish, *Minnie and Moo Series: The Night of the Living Bed by Cazet, *Emmett's Pig by Stolz, *Space Cat by Cushman, *Prairie Friends by Levinson, *Inspector Hopper's Series: Mystery Year by Cushman, I Am the Turkey by Spirn, Tigers by Thomson, Fitch & Chip Series: Who's Afraid of Granny Wolf? by Wheeler, *Stories of Famous Americans: Clara Barton-Spiritof the American Red Cross by Lakin. Early Chapter Books: *Iris and Walter Series: and the Substitute Teacher by Guest, *Mr. Putter & Tabby Series: Write the Book by Howard, *Harold at the North Pole by Johnson. Chapter Books: *Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Look, Class Pets-Battle in a Bottle by Asch, *Ready, Freddy!Series: Homework Hassles by Klein, *AmberBrown Series: Is Green With Envy by Danziger, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Collection by Pilkey, My Weird School Series: Miss Daisy Is Crazy! by Gutman, The Black Lagoon Adventure Series: Class Trip From the Black Lagoon by Thaler, The Kid of Einstein Elementary Series:The Last Dinosaur by Mlodinow & Costello, Lenny and Mel Series: After-School Confidential by Kraft, *The Princess School Series: If the Shoe Fits by Mason, Moongobble and Me Series: The Weeping Werewolf by Coville, *The Geronimo Stilton Series: The Phantom of the Subway, Get Ready for Gabbi Series by Montes, The Freaky Joe Club:- The Case of the Smiling Shark by Memahon, *Say What? By Haddix, *The Lighthouse Family Series: The Eagle by Rylant, *Judy Moody, M.D. Series: The Doctor Is In! by McDonald, *The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King-Smith, Lenny and Mel-After-School Confidential by Kraft, *Stanley Series: Flat Again by Brown, *Mermaid Mary Margaret by Hazen *Exceptional

Here are a few of the major publishers that have leveled books, along with their educational websites:
 Random House www.randomhouse.com/kids <http://www.randomhouse.com/kids>
 www.goldenbooks.com <http://www.goldenbooks.com/> www.magictreehouse.com
 <http://www.magictreehouse.com/> www.randomhouse.com/kids/andrewlost
 <http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/andrewlost>
 www.randomhouse.com/kids/junieb <http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/junieb>
 (Step into Reading Series)
 Hyperion www.disney.com <http://www.disney.com/> (Shanna's First Readers)
 Harcourt www.harcourtbooks.com <http://www.harcourtbooks.com/> (Green
 Light Readers)
 Candlewick www.candlewick.com <http://www.candlewick.com/> (Brand New
 Readers)
 Scholastic www.scholastic.com <http://www.scholastic.com/> (Scholastic
 Reader Level Series, Hello Reader!, Hello Math Reader )
 Little Brown www.twbookmark.com/children
 <http://www.twbookmark.com/children>
 Simon and Schuster www.siomonsayskids.com <http://www.siomonsayskids.com/>
 (Ready to Read Series)
 Harpercollins www.harperchildrens.com <http://www.harperchildrens.com/>
 (My First I Can Read Series, I Can Read Series, Festival Readers and Let's
 Read and Find Out Science Series)
 CBC (Children's Book Council) www.cbcbooks.org <http://www.cbcbooks.org/>

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 Here are some tips of what to look for in a beginning book:
 If you have a new reader - there should be very few words that repeat.
 If you have a new reader that can handle this, there can be more words on
 a page. However, remember new readers need the reinforcement of
 repetition.
 If your reader is a bit more advanced, look to see that the text is
 getting smaller, less repetition and a more words on a page.
 Beginning chapter books begin to build a real storyline with many more
 words and fewer pictures. However, this is where many parents begin to
 have problems. So, take some time to skim through the book to capture what
 the story is about. At this stage, children really don't have a favorite
 genre because they haven't been exposed to enough books to really know
 what they like. Therefore, it's good to present different types of books
 for them to enjoy. However, make sure there aren't too many words, and
 that the print isn't too small for this stage of reading. The reason for
 skimming the book is to make sure the story is enjoyable. This stage is
 critical because you want the child to not only be able to read the book,
 but really enjoy it too. It's always a good idea to be nearby when your
 child is reading so that it's easy for him/her to ask questions about a
 word or concept enabling the child to keep reading. Remember, as your
 child becomes more fluid in reading, he/she can handle more words on a
 page and less pictures.
 So, get involved, stay involved and support your child's reading
 experience. It will last a lifetime!