#Road2Reading Challenge: Picture Books To Use With Early Readers

Recently, I spent some time with kindergarten teachers talking about the role of shared reading in reading workshop. As part of our time together, I provided the teachers with several different picture books that they could consider using as shared reading texts. It was interesting to watch as the teachers read through a text and thought about how they would share it with their students. When I share books, I always am asked for additional titles that can be used. While I read through a stack of picture books this weekend, I added a few books to my list of picture books that I would use as mentor text or shared reading text with kindergarten and first graders. 

Here are the titles that jumped out of the pile...

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Firefighter Duckies! by Frank W. Dormer (Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2017)

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Bold, simple illustrations and text are featured in Firefighter Duckies! 

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This makes for a fun read aloud or a text that can be read in a shared reading format with beginning readers. 

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Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus (Beach Lane Books 2017)

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The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. The one above almost makes it seem like you can touch the shells or the feathers of the duck. 

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The text is just enough of a challenge for beginning readers that it makes for a nice option to use in a read aloud. 

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Watersong by Tim McCanna, Illustrated by Richard Smythe (Simon & Schuster 2017)

This book won my heart on several levels. The illustrations are beautiful and the use of onomatopoeia words makes this a book that can be used as a mentor text with young readers. 

In addition to a mentor text, this would make for a lively shared reading text. 

Look for these books at your local indie bookstore or public library. 

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