Watch Me Throw the Ball! by Mo Willems
We’re huge Mo Willems fans in this house – especially his picture books featuring the Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, or Edwina the dinosaur- they’re all so much fun. I’ve read them over and over and over and still don’t get tired of them, they’re such great books.
It’s no surprise his early reader books are also big hits. My son thinks they’re funny, and they’re short enough that he doesn’t get discouraged and give up before he even starts.
(That’s really his biggest reading problem right now. He can read pretty well, but too much text on a page and he’s convinced he’ll never manage it. He does better with short sentences and paragraphs with a larger font size and plenty of white space around the text blocks.)
The Elephant and Piggie series books are perfect for him right now. Engaging stories, humorous illustrations, and plenty of space on each page so he’s not overwhelmed with text overload.
What he really liked doing with this book was tandem reading with me – he’d read Piggie’s lines, while I’d read Elephant’s. Then we’d immediately switch roles and re-read the book. Reading it that way completely delighted him!
We’re looking for additional titles in this series, as these are so wonderful for early readers. Happily, my library system has lots to choose from so we won’t run out of titles any time soon.
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