I have heard many times over the years how BORING beginning reader books can be for both parent and child. Sure, short sentences and limited vocabulary can stifle the creativity of even the best authors—but not all. Enter Elvis the Rooster, a spin-off character from Denys Cazet’s popular Minnie and Moo series. His purpose in life is to bring the sun up with his crow, but one day something unthinkable happens. The sun comes up without him, making Elvis feel that his life is over.
“Worthless,” Elvis muttered. “I might as well be a cow.”
Melodramatic Elvis thinks he is headed for the great barnyard in the sky, while his farmyard friends band together to bring back his cluck. There is a lot to enjoy in this independent reader: rich vocabulary (strut, pluck (spirit), teeter), whimsical illustrations (with chickens wearing glasses and suits) and slapstick humor. Best of all, Elvis features a group of friends that will do anything to cheer their friend up, even if it involves a little deception and mortal danger.
Other favorite beginning readers to look for are: Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas, and The Viper by Lisa Thiesing. Any of these–and countless others–can make daily reading sessions with young readers even more fun!
Do you remember the name of the first book you read on your own?