Reading has always been important in our house and I’ve enjoyed the special bonding time it has given Caterpillar and I from when he was very young. As he now approaches his first year at school I’m excited to share the other side of the reading journey with him; helping him learn to read himself.
As a childhood bookworm, this is so exciting for me but also a total minefield. It’s beginning to feel like a really long time since I was in primary school and a lot appears to have changed. Yes, we had colour bands on our books and it seems that principle remains but now we have phonics and word groups and many other terms that leave me a little baffled.
I’m not concerned as I trust Caterpillar’s school to hold his hand (and mine) through this next step but there’s no harm in getting a little clued up in advance. On this note I’m really happy to share these books from Maverick’s Early Readers series.
Early Readers follow the same colour band system as schools, beginning at pink and going through to purple. I previously reviewed some of their orange and turquoise bands, from a purely picture book perspective, in this post but today we’re looking at some of the lower band books which my four year old may begin exploring in the next year or so.
The pink band books each contain two stories each – we read Cool Duck & Lots Of Hats and Peck Hen Peck! & Ben’s Pet. At the beginning of each story a key letter is illustrated in both upper and lower case, with helpful arrows to encourage children to know how to form the letter. This was especially handy for us even now as Caterpillar has just begun learning how to write his name and to copy other letters.
High frequency words are also listed at the beginning, along with helpful illustrations to demonstrate. The simple story then follows, with one line per page accompanying a lovely illustration and sometimes speech bubbles too. Even though my son is nowhere near reading yet he has shown an interest in words and often asks what things say etc so this was a new type of reading experience for us where by I pointed to each word as I read it to help familiarise him.
The red band books also contain two stories each with the same format at the beginning. We especially enjoyed Buzz & Jump! Jump! because, although obviously very short and simple, the stories still had a very clear plot and are fun and humourous. The repetition is really useful too.
The yellow band books contain only one story each and don’t have the key letter and word sections at the beginning. Again, the stories are really cute. In Izzy! Wizzy!, Izzy is a wannabe magician who wishes for lots of items which don’t come quite true, it’s only when she uses “please” with her wish does she get what she wants (a lesson I’m still trying to drum into my son).
I love the realistic storyline of Can I Have My Ball Back? and the surprise invention at the end. And as mentioned in my earlier review, the quizzes at the end are a great touch – my son loves doing them.
Early Readers are a great series and I really look forward to Caterpillar reading them to me in the future. If you’d like to win a set of these six books please enter the giveaway below. Or to find out more about the Early Readers series visit Maverick here.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, words & opinions are all my own.