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Kids’ Summer Reading Lists: Emerging Readers / Ages 4-8

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 3, 2010

So you think your child is emerging as a reader? Summer may just be the season to nurture your child’s desire to read, by reading books with him that are engaging and predictable and have pictures that clearly relate-to and illustrate the story line. If you’re not sure whether your child is an emerging reader, you may enjoy this article: How to Tell if Your Child is Ready to Read by Lynn Maslen Kertell, Bob Books Publications.

The following recommendations have been selected because of their large text, repetitive patterns, repeated vocabulary, wide spacing, limited text on pages, and familiar concepts. They have been listed from easiest to more difficult.

Dinosaur Hunt (Max Spaniel) Dinosaur Hunt (Max Spaniel)

by David Catrow

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Orchard Books (August 1, 2009)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Spaniels, Dogs, Bones

There is so much to love about this book. Dinosaur Hunt has minimal, large, repetitive text with a touch of rhyme—perfect for emerging readers—and it still manages to pack a powerful punch of entertainment. Max Spaniel, who is not a dog but a great hunter, is off on a dinosaur hunt. He discovers many house and garden items which he mistakes for dinosaur parts—rightly so, when you see the final illustration. David Catrow is a master illustrator who also has a knack with words. Bravo!

Add this book to your collection: Dinosaur Hunt (Max Spaniel)

More “Max Spaniel” summer reading: Funny Lunch

Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl

by Tedd Arnold

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (January 1, 2010)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Flies, Friendship

Fly Guy is a great series for emerging readers due to the fact that it  has limited, large-sized text on each page—not to mention Tedd Arnold’s very funny illustrations. In this installment, Buzz and Fly Guy are bored and discover that new adventures can bring chance meetings with new friends. The latter makes a great topic for summer reading.

Add this book to your collection: Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl

More “Fly Guy” summer reading: I Spy Fly Guy

Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (I Can Read Book 2) Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (I Can Read Book 2)

by Diane Degroat

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

What to expect: Beach, Surfing, Opossums

This is a book for children that are strengthening their literacy skills but are still needing some help. It’s broken down into 3 short chapters with large text and wide spacing. The overall story of Gilbert’s family beach vacation is quite amusing—Gilbert forgets to pack his bathing suit, his mother purchases him some new “surfer dude” trunks that are a little too big, which he loses while learning to surf (he finds them, of course)! The illustrations are fun and relatable. Thumbs-up!

Add this book to your collection: Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (I Can Read Book 2)

You may also enjoy the following summer reading list: Kids’ Summer Reading Lists: Prereading / Ages 3-5

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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