Superhero Fun with Early Readers

Superman Escape from the Phantom ZoneMy son is trucking right along learning how to read, but he still can’t just pick up any book and get through it.

This month, he’s gotten two superhero-themed readers to tackle. One from the library, and one was a stocking stuffer from Grandma. That made him *very* excited. They were an excellent balance between readability and high interest.

Grandma gave him Superman: Escape from the Phantom ZoneSuperman Classic: Escape from the Phantom Zone: I Can Read Level 2 (I Can Read Book 2), and it was a great gift for him. It’s right at his reading level (with a bit of help for a couple of words in the text, but most of it he could handle independently), and he loves Superman and Batman, so he was highly motivated to read it all.

Batman Dawn of the Dynamic DuoThe library book he’s read is Batman: Dawn of the Dynamic DuoBatman Classic: Dawn of the Dynamic Duo: I Can Read Level 2 (I Can Read Book 2), another level 2 book and another one that’s ideal for him. Not that challenging, but it gives him confidence as he reads, which I think is a good thing. Another one that was a big hit because, well, it’s Batman!

These aren’t the sorts of books I want him to spend all of his time reading, but he gets a lot of higher quality books as well and will continue to do so. These worked well as motivation and just fun reading time. I’m fortunate that my library has so many early readers that I’ll be able to get lots of variety, in addition to the ones we own through his school items.

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  1. Those books have made an appearance at my house recently, too! I’m trying to convince my extremely smart son that he can actually read… even though he’s convinced he can’t. We have the BOB books and he can sound out all the words, but then he starts wanting to just guess what they are from the pictures and gives up trying to actually figure out the words. Argh… frustrating.

    • That would be frustrating! G does that occasionally, but usually I can just question him on that word “really? It says {insert incorrect word here}” and he looks again at it and corrects himself. So I don’t have any real experience with that.

      Recently I heard about some early reader books designed to address that issue – they’ll have an illustration and then there are options of text, where the reader has to pick the correct sentence or paragraph. They get tricky where the kid has to pay attention to words that are likely to be misread, and can’t just look at the picture and quickly guess.

      Of course, I don’t remember what those books are right now, but I’ll see if I can come up with them and pass the titles along to you. It wasn’t that long ago I heard about them – surely the info is still rattling around in my brain somewhere.

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