When I evaluate early readers, I consider the text to picture ratio, the visual appeal, the quality of information, and the interest level to kids. These early fove reader series do an excellent job in each of those categories.
Be aware the each publisher creates their own criteria for the leveling of their books. Use your own judgement on which level to buy for your children or students. Look through the sample pages before you commit to buying anything.
NONFICTION EARLY READER SERIES
1. Usborne Publishers
Dogs by Emma Helbrough
My kids and I love this early reader series — the format and information in all the Usborne Beginning Reader books are excellent. (In fact, I think we have almost all of the books in this series.)
2. Newmark Learning
How Many Fruits? by Anne Diorio
“I have 1 watermelon. // I have 2 bananas. // I have 3 oranges.”
What Can a Bird See by John Serrano
“A bird can see streets. //A bird can see fields. // A bird can see mountains.”
The Newmark Learning books really are for beginning readers with repetitive text and helpful picture clues. Their website is filled with amazing books for all levels of reader.
3. National Geographic Kids
Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh
I love the simple text matching each beautiful photograph. These books are bright, colorful, and informative — just perfect for any beginning reader.
Planets by Elizabeth Carney
Information, interesting facts, and quizes make this another win for National Geographic Kids. It has a good text to picture ratio, is interesting and well-laid out!
4. Time for Kids
This level 3 early reader book is visually appealing with solid information and good photographs like all the TFKs books and their magazine. I couldn’t find a good interior picture to show you so click through to see an example on Amazon.
5. Fly Guy Presents
Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs by Tedd Arnold
I adore Fly Guy. And I think it’s such a genius idea of Tedd Arnold to create a nonfiction easy reader series with his popular characters! In Dinosaurs, Fly Guy and Buzz visit the museum and learn about dinosaurs. I like the combination of comics and photographs as well as narrative and informational text. Each of the books in this series are a field trip to learn about the topic.
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