Books for 5 year olds, part 2

This is one of those posts very much about five-year-olds, fair warning!

So, we’ve taken on some books this month with varying success (list here). Zita the Space Girl was a tremendous hit as was Ozma of Oz. Both are parts of series, which is nice. Both are also graphic novels. That worries me a bit with reading comprehension but she has BANG (every fifth Zita page) and CREE CREE CREE (winding Tik Tok the robot) and KUT-KUT-KA-DAW-KUT (Billina, the chicken) down pat. I’m not giving her enough credit here. She’s reading, really reading which is a relief since many Montessori educated kids trail behind a bit for a few months when they enter public first grade. I just don’t think she can read much at once and get it which I suppose is normal for her age. So CREE CREE CREE can’t be the sum total of her evening reading experience, even if it is super cute to see her apply it in robot situations outside of reading time.

The Boxcar Children and Choose Your Own Adventure: Return to Atlantis were a little old for her or a little less interesting, hard to say. She did manage to survive an entire Choose Your Own Adventure thread on her first try which is pretty remarkable if you have any experience with them. I think we’ll come back to the Boxcar Children later, or she can come back to them on her own. At least, assuming she isn’t buried in a graphic novel the rest of her life.

We also gave Inky the Indigo Fairy a go (part of the Rainbow Fairy series). It had only line drawings on every other page but the subject matter is near and dear to RR’s heart so it was a hit. I know she adores fairies (almost as much as princesses) but I had forgotten how utterly passionate she is about the color indigo and its placement in the spectrum. She has loved The Rainbow Goblins since she was small and, if you start talking rainbows, you had better be correct on indigo and violet lest you get a lecture on science.

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde is up next because, come on, that title.


7 Responses

  1. If she liked the Oz graphic novels, try the novels, especially the first, The Wizard of Oz. Owen liked it so much we’ve read it twice. It’s so much better than the movie. The later Oz books are written for a slightly older reader, so there are plenty to read as she gets older.

  2. You might find Usborne Books very first reader system works for her. They are fun and many home schoolers use them as well as people supplementing their child’s normal schooling. Here’s a link to some information.

    Also, there’s a free game called teach your monster to read that Usborne created that might be fun to do from time to time.

    Thanks for these links, I’m going to check them out myself. I have a running wish list on amazon for older books for Melody.

    Good luck!

  3. It sounds like she’s right where she should be. Even my oldest son (who is a voracious reader in 3rd grade and can read at a high school level), was only at simpler graphic novels at the end of kindergarten. He read Boxcar Children in the middle of 1st grade, and Harry Potter at the end of 1st grade. My younger son is in kindergarten now, and reading is much less his thing. He’s coming along and can do books with one simple sentence per page. They both did Montessori preschool and public kindergarten.

    Sometimes graphic novels can be “gateway” books. It’s more important that she learns to love reading than that she improves her reading comprehension right now.

  4. We are on the cusp of reading here but limited by content–anything with “scary parts” is right out. Sensitive soul.

    But enough about my kid; let’s talk about her and how she’s poised to become the world’s smallest biggest Indigo Girls fan. Obviously.

    • * “yours” not “her”

      I want to blame autocorrect (the enemy of teaching proper spelling) but I suspect it was actually me.

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