I am looking for some ideas for a student who is at the Beginning Basic Education level in reading. We have been working out of the Steck-Vaughn "Reading for Today" series, but at our last session, he told me he would like to try to "read a real book, like from the library." I am having trouble coming up with some ideas of books to use with him. He has told me several times that he thinks the stories in "Reading for Today" are "really weird." Can you reccomend and non-text book books that I could use?
Thanks so much!
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Books for Beginning Readers
I have searched high and low for "adult-appropriate" books at low levels. I am happy to share that I have had success with the High Noon series available from Academic Therapy publications. I select carefully because many of the books have adolescent characters. The ones that tend to be of most interest to any-age adult are the non-fiction series at low levels (1st-5th grade) but with high interest (18+ years).
New Readers Press also has high interest/low level books that are "condensed" versions of popular novels. They also have a series called "Writer's Voices".
The Marshall ABE website is wonderful for beginning readers. The site has different levels that the students can start at, they time and graph their progress. The stories are ADULT written. I personally know the author and this was a HUGE factor for even developing these stories. She wanted them to be relevent to the adult audience.
There are other links on the website to help studies with life skills, like telling time, money, job interviews, etc. It's an awesome website.
Explore and enjoy.
Following are some publishers that have easy reader books in a range of topics, fiction, folklore, science, biography, some have accompanying tapes or CDs. Many of these are geared towards children at K12 level, but many, in particular the science, bios and some folklore, can be used nicely with adult learners. We have samples of these in the MLC library for anyone who wants to take a look.
Hampton Brown www.hampton-brown.com 1- 800-333-3510 - High Point Basics Bookshelf series - Leveled readers with audio cassettes
Benchmark Education Company www.benchmarkeducation.com 1-877-236-2465 - non-fiction readers for grades 1-5
Dominie Press, Inc. www.dominie.com 1-800-232-4570 - Leveled Dual language readers (English/Spanish) pre-k- grade 5.
Rosen Classroom www.rosenpublishing.com 1-888-436-4643 Rosen Real Readers - grades 1-8 leveled readers.
Recorded Books LLC www.recordedbooks.com 1-800-638-1304 - literature with multi speed recordings and supplementary student text.
I am also challenged by the content of the low level books in our library. I am also new to the school and to ABE. I did find a series that I am excited about. Rookie Biographies. It includes some modern people as well as historical figures. You can see a sample page of the books on Amazon.com