Styling Librarian: Partner Reading Treasures
Partner reading treasures:
What a wonderful experience it is when your child is able to partner read with you. *And then read TO you!
I adore reading with my son in partner reading situations. We’ve grown to the point of him trading off reading every other page or chapter of fun books such as George and Martha by James Marshall and Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant. Also we’ve jumped to him reading fun books such as Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems and Super Fly Guy by Ted Arnold to me.
Here are my favorite partner reading resources:
1. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You – all of them! by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley
Poetry/rhymes/stories combined! What treasures these are! I recommend reading one a day, at least!
2. We Both Read books! Have you seen these? Purposefully created for parent/child or older/younger sibling or upper grade/younger grade read together time! I really appreciate the intention of these books. I especially find the non-fiction titles the most appealing. They’re terrific for parents concerned about co-reading without intimidating text and also providing students the opportunity for successful, interesting reading.
Here’s the webpage with samples and more information- I recommend looking into your local library for some of these titles:
3. Read poetry books together! I’m not joking. I believe to thoroughly engage your child from beginning on, you should read a poem a day, even if it is the same poem every day. Pick a book that is interesting to you and your child.
Read lines, have a child read back a line, choose a line or word in the poem you think your child will be successful reading with you. My son and I read one poem a day from I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky and enjoyed quite the humorous poem here and there.
Then when we were done with this poetry book, I began this poetry book, Nest, Nook & Cranny by Susan Blackaby since my child now is interested in animals…
4. Use Rebus Stories! It is fun to have your child successful decode stories and co-read the books (or magazines). I love rebus books but honestly loved reading Your Big Backyard magazine because I knew that I’d get to the rebus story that I could co-read. Big Backyard plus The rebus book I was excited about recently is:
5. Last but not least, pick a favorite book you’ve read aloud numerous times and see how well you and your child can partner read together- my favorite experience with this is Sandra Boynton’s books. Personally, I turned almost every one of her books into a song (probably because of her brilliant book/cd combos) so it wasn’t too hard to trade off pages/lines of the song. Here are my absolute favorite Sandra Boynton books: – the bottom three are top FAVORITES, filled with terrific songs, often sung by quite cool bands!
Here are wonderful reading together tips for parents which includes fabulous book list as well: http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/readtogether
Here are a few other book books to read together: http://www.blackriverfallslibrary.org/youth-services-2/ten-books-your-teacher-wont-tell-you-to-read/ten-books-to-read-together/