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Books for learning to read

Since very young we as parents have never been allowed to read to miss A as she has always snatched the book and tried to read it herself. This year we decided to set the goal of Miss A learning to read as we felt she was ready. We then discovered that her pre-primary class was going to be taking steps to learn to read (no pressure on kids that weren’t ready).

Since covid-19 meant we were now schooling Miss A at home we decided to expand her nonexistent library of reading books. Finding books miss A liked was hard as she doesn’t share a lot about school or the books her class read that she likes. This meant I had to find books to ask if she wanted it, or blogs. Finding blogs for kids books from actual parents was hard (I couldn’t find any) so I have decided to make my own to hopefully help other parents.

Books miss A is enjoying learning to read at 5 years old

Wombat Stew: At the moment miss A can only read the chorus but this is her favourite book. Wombat Stew can be bought from Kmartau or Booktopia

One day, on the banks of a billabong, a very clever dingo caught a wombat and decided to make a gooey, brewy, yummy, chewy wombat stew! In this classic Australian picture book, a dingo catches a wombat and wants to cook him in a stew. But the other bush animals have a plan to save their friend. They trick the dingo into using mud, feathers, flies, bugs and gumnuts in his stew, and the result is something the dingo will never forget!

Why I love Australia: Miss A enjoys this book an can nearly read it. She has decided that when we can travel again (Covid-19 lock down) she would like to go visit some of the places in the book such as the 150 big things, the Great Barrier Reef (because nemo), Sydney (because nemo) and the rainforest. Why I love Australia can be bought from Kmartau and Booktopia

This beautiful book combines endearing things said by children about Australia, with fun illustrations of cute Australian animals. And from the beautiful scenery to the plentiful outdoor activities, there is certainly a lot to love!

First Readers: I have to thank Stories of a mum for first sharing about these books on her instagram stories. These great simple fairytales that are easy to read, Miss A can nearly read the princess and the pea. There is a few in the collection (we have 6) and can be purchased from Kmart or BigW

The Easter bunny comes to Australia: we got this book last year from Aldi (special buys), Miss A is not a fan of the story, but it is nice and easy for her to read (for some reason I read it in a sing song 🤷‍♀️). I found it (and the state specific version too) at Booktopia

Follow the Easter Bunny as he hides eggs all over Australia, with a final stop at your house!

The day the crayons came home: I bought this book as I thought it was the first in the series, and because miss A really wanted it. In my opinion due to the way it’s structured it’s not the best for teaching to read (big paragraphs) but miss A did enjoy having it read to her. I bought this through Booktopia

The hilarious sequel to the international bestseller THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT!

Watch out – the crayons are back and they’re crosser than ever! One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a pair of underpants! A hilarious text and joyful illustrations combine to show that crayons have feelings too in this laugh-out-loud sequel to bestselling picture book The Day the Crayons Quit.

Little people Big dreams

Agatha Christie:

The book follows Agatha Christie, who taught herself to read at the age of five, on her journey to becoming the most famous crime writer of all time. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Agatha’s life at the back.

Disclaimer: If you purchase from Booktopia using the links in this blog I can earn a small commission percentage from the sale of that product.


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