Which are good reading books to read by yourself?
Reading books is an exciting task for school beginners and first graders. Reading a book by yourself does not only mean recognizing and understanding letters, but also capturing their meaning. First reading books are adapted to the needs of beginners and simplify the first steps.
Therefore, reading literacy should also be promoted and supported besides school. Reading is a complex process that requires a lot of endurance and practice. For this purpose there are special first reading books, which fulfil certain criteria in design, content and language. The child is motivated to read if the text consists of a suitable font size and a modest number of letters.
We have compiled important criteria for a good reading book for first graders:
- the book is structured in paragraphs, sections and chapters
- large, sans-serif font in block capitals
- large font size and a large line spacing
- left-aligned flutter set (the eye can detect it faster and better)
- little text with a high proportion of images
- short, understandable sentences and few subordinate clauses
- a short line length and line breaks after sence steps
- word separations should not be present
- few abstract nouns, nouns or difficult adjectives
- a tense in the present tense
Books that suit the children’s interests are a good fit. If the book also contains colourful illustrations, it also helps to understand what has been read. Books for first-time readers should contain short stories from the children’s world with entertaining value. First reading books can tell about actions and persons that tie in with the child’s own experiences.
The text should be written in a language suitable for children and have a linear narrative style. Changes of perspective and time jumps are not recommended for first reading books. Ideally, reading books for first graders are about identification figures and have a clear, happy ending. Beautiful and numerous images support the understanding of the content.
The grandparents can give the child the first reading book for school enrolment or have the first reading book selected in bookstores when buying a school bag. This makes the child curious about the content.
What to do if children have problems learning to read?
If children have problems learning to read, the syllable method can help. Syllables are the structure of the German language and the syllable method is a basic technique or learning to read.
The syllable method can be an intermediate step in understanding a word. Here the letters are merged into syllables – into several units. In this way, a word is captured step by step. In books for beginners who work with the syllable method, the syllables are colored in one word by the hyphenator. The division makes it easier to recognize the word as a whole. Many book publishers offer first-reading books with the syllable method.
Which children’s book series and books for beginners are available?
If a child has discovered the desire to read, the reading material at home should not be missing. From beginners to experienced readers – many book publishers offer children’s book series and books in different reading levels. Since school children usually have an exact idea of what they like to read, it is advisable to select a suitable book together with the child.
With a lot of practice, fun and support, the path to fluent reading is easier to master. And school children still love to get something read aloud to them by their parents and grandparents. Reading aloud, audio books and radio plays are wonderful companions for learning to read.