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Books for Beginning Readers

 
 
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Books for Beginning Readers
by Laura Prettyman - Friday, 12 January 2007, 1:19 PM
 

Hi, everyone!

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!


Laura Prettyman

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Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Marn Frank - Thursday, 1 March 2007, 3:34 PM
 

Laura-

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".

Marn

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Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Laura Prettyman - Tuesday, 6 March 2007, 9:19 AM
 

Thanks, Marn! I will have to look at those!

I appreciate your help!


Laura

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Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Paige D - Thursday, 9 August 2007, 2:14 PM
 

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.

PD

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Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Nancy Hislop - Friday, 24 October 2008, 1:45 PM
 
Have you tried looking for some of the Newberry Award books at the appropriate level? They are excellent books and will hold the interest of an adult. You might want to check out this website http://eduscapes.com/newbery/date.html
Susan WB
Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt - Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 1:29 PM
 

Hi Laura,

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.

Nima

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Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Laura Prettyman - Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 3:44 PM
 

Great! Than you, Nima!

I appreciate the time you took in looking up that info!

Thanks for your help!

Laura

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Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Bella Hanson - Thursday, 8 March 2007, 10:19 AM
 

Hi Laura,

Marshall ABE has a cd , "Books," which has about 15-20 books on it.  I have not "read" them.  They are not fiction, but are about money, computers, my home, etc.

marshallabe@starpoint.net

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Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Leslie Cotter - Monday, 23 June 2008, 4:04 PM
 

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

Leslie

Susan WB
Re: Books for Beginning Readers
by Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt - Tuesday, 24 June 2008, 11:26 AM
 
Thanks for the tip, Leslie.  I searched on Amazon and browsed several titles (George Washington, Henry Ford, Amelia Earhart) and was pretty impressed.  They are aimed at children by don't seem too childish to use with adults, based on what I saw.  If you do get them for your library, keep us posted on the learners' reactions!