It's National Reading Month--the perfect time to dive into a new series. Here are a few favorite children’s book characters young readers will be glad to get to know.
Meet Franklin, Edward, the Berenstain Bears, and the Mole Sisters. These wonderful friends, by turns gentle, funny, fearful, and optimistic, experience events that young readers encounter every day. These characters will introduce your new reader to worlds filled with fun, adventure, challenges, friendship—worlds they will come back to again and again. These short, sweet stories are just the right length to capture the imagination of a new reader without being overwhelming. Once hooked, kids won’t be able to resist reading all the adventures in each series.
Franklin From confronting his fear of the dark to planning what to get his mother for her birthday, Franklin shares the kind of experiences that so many preschoolers face. In this bundle of Franklin in the Dark, Franklin Says I Love You, and Franklin and the Thunderstorm, he shows readers that it’s okay to be scared or concerned, and that with a little help from friends and family, a happy ending is never far away.
Did You Know? Even though their language skills may be improving dramatically, preschoolers still rely on facial experssions, tone of voice, and gestures to help them understand things.
Edward Almost Ready Edward is a little bear who shares with many preschoolers the fear of trying something new. His supportive parents offer him sandwiches, cinnamon toast, and bedtime stories to make him feel better and more secure. In Edward Almost Goes to School, young readers will be reassured that not everyone is ready for things at the same time.
Did You Know? There are a number of things parents can do to prepare children for the first day of school: taking your child to visit the classroom and meet the teacher; having a playdate with one of the other children who will be attending the school; providing a transitional object, like a favorite blanket or teddy bear or even a story so the teacher can read it; and giving lots of reassurance that "Mommy's coming back" or "Daddy's coming back."
The Berenstain Bears Whisk your child away to a place everyone wants to go... a tree house! Meet the Berenstain Bears, a fun family of four. Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear model the ups and downs of many families, but they also function as individuals with their own opinions. Young readers may relate to one character but still identify with the whole family. In this series, young readers will love anticipating how the different Berenstains will respond to the world around them. In The Berenstain Bears and the Eager Beavers, the Berenstain parents react very differently to the busy habits of their new neighbors. Predicting Mama Bear’s delight and Papa Bear’s frustration invests readers in the story.
Did You Know? There are plenty of easy things you can do as a family: Use time together, such as mealtimes, to talk and share a laugh. Have one-on-one chats with each family member to build and strengthen individual relationship. Do fun things together on a regular basis. Make decisions together about what to do for special events such as birthdays.
The Mole Sisters The Mole Sisters books are full of entertaining onomatopoeia (words that imitate natural sounds), which makes them especially fun to read aloud. The sisters’ confidence and happiness emanates from each beautifully illustrated page. With never a dull moment, these delightful stories will make even the most hesitant young reader smile. The Complete Adventures of the Mole Sisters: Volume One introduces these wonderful characters and role models who exemplify a positive attitude and joy in everyday life.
Did You Know? The National Institute for Literacy estimates that one out of every five children in the US will experience a reading or writing problem at some point during their school years. Children introduced to reading early on tend to start reading sooner and excel more in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age.