Book Recommendation: List for New Readers

As your child is treading slowly into the world of reading books independently. Hold her hand and gently help her transition into a confident reader. As she wades through the text on her own, give her books with the right balance of words and illustrations. A storyline that holds her attention and keeps her curiosity piping but doesn’t daunt her.

Books for New Readers (for being read to or for reading independently):

Hook Books Series

by Duckbill Books

Themes that interest young readers, characters they can relate to, emotions they experience all the time, and lots of humour. Hook books are a perfect hook for new readers. These are even great for reading aloud and adding to your child’s collection of books and stories.

Brave Irene

by William Steig

This story is so beautiful that I consider it one of my favourite picture books. Everything about it is amazing. The illustrations, in William Steig’s typical style, are heartwarming and almost alive, the storyline is captivating, the language is rich and uplifting and the characters absolutely lovable!  Irene goes through a terrible time in the book and at times her hopelessness is almost palpable yet as a reader you will find yourself rooting for her, hoping that she makes it. A story that never fails to inspire! 

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Thatha at School

by Richa Jha

At some point in our lives, we have been embarrassed by our family, our parents, grandparents, and even siblings. A time comes in everyone’s life when keeping appearances becomes very important. This is also a struggle young children face. This story has handled contrasting emotions and dilemmas beautifully. A wonderful book that is also a great conversation starter.

A Bad Case of Stripes

by David Shannon

This book will not just appeal to your child, it will also make you think about your growing up years and the overwhelming peer pressure that growing up years brought with them. Camilla Cream, the protagonist of the story is a character that grows on you and you begin seeing yourself in her. A story everyone can relate to and will make you think of each time you caved in or changed yourself to please another person. Of course, David Shannon’s humor and clever wordplay never fail to entertain.

Library Lion

by Michelle Knudsen

Who expects a lion in a library? Well, that’s what this book is about. Finding comfort in the unexpected. When a lion unexpectedly turns up at a library, he is not very well received until everyone adjusts to him and he learns how to follow the library rules. Until one day he really must break a rule. The right amount of words on each page will offer confidence to your child to attempt reading independently too! 

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Rohini Vij

Rohini is a professional storyteller, educator, listed & certified Jolly Phonics UK trainer, curriculum developer, parenting coach, founder of NutSpace. She is on a mission to raise readers and is actively engaged with curriculum development for schools and her own ed-tech platform - Nutspace Edtech.

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