My daughter is almost 5.5 years and a few weeks ago she started reading her first chapter book at school. Her lovely classroom Director realised that the books in the classroom were not challenging enough for her, so a first chapter book was borrowed from the school library for my daughter to read independently.
Keeping first chapter books in mind and speaking to a few friends, one friend suggested trying Charlotte’s Web by E.B White at home as this is the book she is currently reading to her children before bed. I read this book when I was younger and my children have seen the movie. A lovely but sad story.
Maybe you know who Bindi Irwin is? (Think Australia Zoo!) My daughter loves her book I managed to pick up from a second-hand store which is apparently part of a series. This book she can read independently. I am researching and keeping an eye out for any other age and stage, appropriate books. At the moment we just have the Bindi Wildlife Adventures book and The Ramona collection by Beverly Cleary which came recommended. I am yet to read through them all myself.
I remember reading Independently, when I was younger;
- Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
Other parents/friends suggestions for early readers;
- Millie Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankeester Brisley
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- Heidi by Johanna Spyri
- Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
More Montessori Blog links on first chapter books;
Do you read chapter books to your children or do they read them independently? Do you have any suggestions?