Aug 17

Two Books for Beginning Readers

by Hannah Holt »


School is just around the corner. With that in mind, I have two new books for the free reading library.

The simple and playful texts of these books will help new readers gain confidence. Younger children might read with a parent, while older children can read by themselves.

I hope your school year gets off to a great start, and I hope these books give young readers a boost.

Book #1: I Can!

Summary: Come join Sam as he plays, jumps and learns to read.

Teaching Concept: Verbs. This book centers around seven common verbs: sit, stand, run, look, jump, play, and read. Each verb is used twice and is illustrated.

Possible Discussion Topics: What is a verb? What activities can you do by yourself? What do you need help with?

Sight words: Click here for a flashcard sheet with all the words from I Can!  (pdf)

Classroom Copies: Click here for a condensed printable version of the book (pdf).

Art Project: Have children make an I Can! collage with magazine pictures of activities they like to do.

Suggested Games/Activities: Follow the leader, Have children act out each verb as you read the book.

Book #2: What is it?

Summary: Jacob has hidden a toy. Can you guess what it is?

Teaching Concepts: Nouns and making guesses.

Possible Discussion Topics: What is a noun? How can you come up with a good guess? Is each hidden object a person, place, or thing?

Sight words: Click here for printable flashcards with all the words from What is it!  (pdf)

Classroom Copies: Click here for a printable booklet of What is it! (pdf)

Art Project: Children can make their own What is it? book. Draw a classroom object on each page of the book. Then cover the drawing by gluing a tissue paper flap over the top. Consider having children write clues about each object (its color or shape).

Suggested Games/Activities: 1) I Spy. 2) 20 Questions 3) Bring a blanket to class. Have one child close her eyes while another child picks a small object in the classroom to hide. Cover the object in the blanket. Have the first child try to guess the object by feeling it through the blanket.

If a child is comfortable reading both these books, they might also enjoy reading The Sun Came Out (also in the bookshelf).

  1. Kirsten

    You have so many cool ebooks, Hannah. We will have to check them out. The boys have been doing very well getting themselves ready for school. I hope it continues!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Kirsten. It sounds like you are getting the school year off to a great start. Enjoy your writing time. :)

  2. Stacy S. Jensen

    When Enzo finishes his nap (well, he’s supposed to be napping), we’ll check out the books.

    • Hannah Holt

      I hope Enzo enjoys them (and takes a good nap, too)!

  3. Tina Cho

    Awesome work, Hannah! You know, these are the kinds of guided reading books I write for educational publishers. Maybe some day you can sell your work to them! BTW, did you used to be a teacher? I forgot.

    • Hannah Holt

      Yes, Tina. I remembered you have quite the CV in educational writing. I don’t have any plans to sell these, but it does make for a fun project.

  4. Erik -This Kid Reviews Books

    Cool books!

  5. Hannah Holt

    Thanks, Erik.

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill

    You are so creative and clever Hannah! These look great – and so many options for discussion and activity! YAY!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Susanna. You are the clever and creative one. :)