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Find expert reading strategies and useful tips to help introduce children to the wonderful world of reading on their own with I Can Read!

3 Reasons Why MY FIRST I CAN READ is Perfect for Shared Reading

It’s never too early to start reading aloud to your child. As they start showing signs that they may be able to begin to read on their own , shared reading offers many benefits. Among other things, it can help improve memory retention and build their vocabulary. It can also be a wonderful way to jumpstart their interest in books. My First I Can Read books are perfect for beginner readers who are just starting to recognize letters and have a few sight words. Here are just three ways in which My First I Can Read books are the perfect step towards shared reading:

They have the best characters! When children are first starting to learn how to read on their own, it can be helpful for them to be enthusiastic about the characters they’re reading about. This level of book offers plenty of independent characters, but it also has some well-known and well-loved characters that your child will gravitate towards. If they’ve watched Super Wings, they’ll want to read the stories as well. If you’ve read stories about Biscuit, Pete the Cat, or Little Critter aloud to them, they’ll be thrilled to find that they can start reading about them with you.

They often feature animals, which can be great for a child’s development. Many of the stories in this level of I Can Read books feature animal protagonists. Reading about animals helps children understand different perspectives and allows them to understand things about the world in a gentler way. One of our favorite animals featured is Otter. Otter is curious, charming, playful, and completely relatable. The newest book about Otter is perfect for shared reading. In Otter: What Pet is Best? , Otter tries to choose the perfect pet for her and Teddy. The youngest readers will be thrilled to be able to help read the story themselves or with a grown-up. Bonus points if they read to your family pet, which also has many proven benefits, including helping kids gain confidence in their reading progress!

Otter: What Pet is Best?

The stories are compelling. Learning to read a few words by sight can be so exciting for a child, but they also want to be engaged with a story. This level of I Can Read book offers both. They often repeat phrases and offer simple word and sentence structure. This gives emergent readers the opportunity to read some words aloud with their parents or even on their own. Along with featuring great characters, these books also provide compelling plotlines that will help with reading comprehension and improve vocabulary. Learning to read is hard work! Shared reading eases children into reading in a way that makes it fun. They’ll be happy listening to you and trying to read on their own. The best of both worlds!

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