Several years ago, I read a note online from a teacher who worked with children still struggling with reading. In it, she mentioned how she used Dr. Seuss books with these students and how much their reading levels had increased as a result. I’ve tried the same approach with my more reluctant reader, and I’ve had good results as well.
Dr. Seuss books have been favorites with children for years — the fun illustrations, quirky rhymes, and easy-to-read text. Many of the books have a controlled vocabulary (the Cat in the Hat, for example, contains only 236 words), making them good first books for children beginning to read on their own. And for the reluctant reader, they are a good read-aloud choice that can be completed in one sitting, giving the child a sense of accomplishment.
If you have a child who is working on his reading skills, check your library for some of these titles by Dr. Seuss:
- The Cat in the Hat
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Hop on Pop
- Fox in Socks
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
- Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
- The Foot Book
- Are You My Mother?
- Oh, the Things You Can Think!
- I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
Books for more advanced readers or for you to read aloud:
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
- The Lorax
- Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book
- Happy Birthday to You!
- The Butter Battle Book
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
- Horton Hears a Who
- Horton Hatches the Egg
- The Sneetches
- If I Ran the Zoo
- Yertle the Turtle
- And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
- On Beyond Zebra
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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