Reading Skills PreK–5th

For productive and enjoyable lifelong reading, these recommended reading skills will turn poor readers into good readers, and good readers into great readers.

Reading Skills for 4-Year-Olds to Kindergartners

Children at this age learn letter recognition, beginning phonics, and easy Dolch Sight Words. Children learn to read simple words and short sentences, and develop a love of books and reading.

Recommended Reading:  Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!, Jilli, That’s Silly!, and Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!

Reading Skills for 1st and 2nd Graders

Children at this age become independent readers. Phonics, Dolch Sight Words, and reading fluency and comprehension are key. Building confidence and cultivating a love of books and reading continues.

Recommended Reading:  Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR!Parts of Speech Parade, New York City, A Hand Truck Named Dolly, Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest, Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon, The Rocket Ship Bed Trip, and The Afternoon Moon.

Reading Skills for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders

Children become skilled, enthusiastic readers. Long-word decoding, reading fluency, and strong comprehension skills are developed. Reading comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction helps children be more successful in school, and reading becomes enjoyable.

Recommended Reading:  Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series, Voices in St. Augustine, Trouble on the St. Johns River, Adventures on Amelia Island, Ghosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

Reading Resources for the above recommended reading are noted on the respective book description page.

Reading Group Guide: Teddy Tales

16-Teddy_Tales-Reading_Group_GuideWhat kind of dog is that?

Teddy, the rescue dog, is a mixed breed of love, fun, and curiosity. When he comes to live with Kay and Sam, their neighbor boy, Josh, learns that kids and dogs have a lot in common. And everyone joins in the adventures.

Teachers, counselors, parents, and grandparents will enjoy reading Teddy Tales with children, as a pet-assisted guide to discuss:

• adoption  • bullying  • caring for pets  • choices in eating  • going to school  • grief and family illness  • making friends  • running away  • scary haircuts  • sleepovers  • the meaning of family  • unique qualities

Teddy’s friends invite you to share his adventures: 

Teddy Tales is a seriously fun look at how caring for a special dog can help us better understand our own choices and behavior.”

—Otto Fad, Jr., professional animal behaviorist

 

Teddy Tales is delightfully told and insightfully written. Combining her ability to craft a story with her counselor’s heart, Spruill uses the ordinary adventures of a dog to give us all a deeper understanding of what it means to truly experience healthy, balanced living.”

—Sandra Doran, Ed.D., Executive Director, TheTeacherTrack.com; SchoolDreamsUnlimited.com

 

Teddy Tales is a must-read for anyone who loves dogs or children—or both! It is a true story, told with compassion, insight, and humor.”

 —Patti Boyle, President, Buddies for life, Inc., Orlando, Florida

Reading Group Guide for “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”

Reading Group Guide for OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters

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1. How does the author parallel out back the yard to Outback the Australia region?

2. What are Driew’s perceptions of his big sinister, Killiope? Could Killiope have been perceived differently if he understood her sooner?

3. Can you relate to siblings as Bothers and Sinisters? Have there been times when your actions were bothersome or sinister toward your siblings? Were those feelings resolved?

4. In what way has Killiope forced Driew to grow? Is there a defining moment in Driew’s maturation?

5. How does Gulia’s family life contrast Driew’s? Would Gulia have the same experience as Driew if they were switched at birth?

6. How do you think Killiope would have handled being the youngest Qweepie sibling? What are some ways the youngest girl might be treated that the youngest boy wouldn’t be?

7. What stops Killiope’s anger in the Blue chapter? Is there a line she has drawn that keeps her from going too far? Do you have lines drawn in your own family relationship?

8. How does the tornado resolve the issues Killiope has with Driew? How might their relationship be different if the blue had happened sooner?

9. How does Driew’s relationship with Killiope affect his relationship with Ida Mae and Gulia?

10. What role does Ida Mae play in the novel as a permanent fixture on the farm and in Marq’s family?

11. What role does Jameson Junior play in Driew’s story? How does he influence Driew’s actions?OUTBACK 3D-book-72DPI-RGB

12. For most of the novel Eli, the diary, has influenced Gulia and Driew’s friendship. What are other influences that affect both characters’ relationship?

13. Does the Outback appear to be a safe haven for children?

Summer Reading List: “Magic Mountain”

Determined to be the first to climb the fabled and ever-changing Magic Mountain, Mitch sets out to reach the elusive summit. As he and his colorful companion encounter rock slides and ravines designed to prevent them from reaching the top, Mitch learns about focus, fear, commitment…and himself. In so doing, he gains treasure beyond anything he’d imagined. Come learn the secret to summit your Magic Mountain called life!

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Magic Mountain is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “My Friendly Giant”

We all have a Limitless Giant living within us. Our giant is our best friend and our biggest fan! He encourages us to believe in ourselves and to strive to reach our full potential in life. When we are down, our Limitless Giant helps lift us up. He lets us know we are loved.

My Friendly Giant is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

My Friendly Giant written by Lauri Rubinstein and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.

Summer Reading List: “Polly and Her Pigtails”

Polly believes that nothing is more important than being the prettiest girl at school. But an incident with the class bully helps Polly discover the meaning of true beauty.

Polly and Her Pigtails is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Written by Debra Latiolais and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978098905050
Retail Price:  #16.95

Summer Reading List: “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!”

Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!

Written by Christa Blaney and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams

Nicholas Wallaby was always doing ridiculous things! And his mom was always letting him know. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! she’d say—at least thirty times a day. Finally, Nicholas’s mom realizes that Nicholas, isn’t being ridiculous—he’s just being a boy! With this lighthearted story, children can relate to Nicholas and the ridiculous things he does. Parents can learn to appreciate and enjoy the humor behind these happenings. INSIDE! A BOOK TALK to engage children in discussion, imagination and perception.

Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! is part of our Summer Reading List for Students!

Summer Reading List for Students

Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.

This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR* (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!

  1. G’DAY: Aints*M. W. Adams
  2. DOWN UNDER: Kussins*M. W. Adams
  3. OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters*M. W. Adams
  4. Eli’s BalloonCandace Ruffin
  5. Frozen FloppiesJohn Hope
  6. Parts of Speech Parade: New York CityIrina Dolinskiy
  7. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy*Christa Carpenter
  8. Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl*Christa Carpenter
  9. Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog*Christa Carpenter
  10. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!*Eddie Price
  11. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!*Eddie Price
  12. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Falls in the Pool!*Eddie Price
  13. Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their ParentsKaren Spruill
  14. Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends*Karen Spruill
  15. King for a Day, the Story of Stories*Mark Wayne Adams
  16. Good NightMareMark Wayne Adams
  17. Miss Mary’s Missing Book BagMark Wayne Adams
  18. Field of DreamsMark Hoog
  19. Treasure IslandMark Hoog
  20. Dream MachineMark Hoog
  21. Your SongMark Hoog
  22. Magic MountainMark Hoog
  23. Johari’s JoyCarol Hensel
  24. Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes—Derek Sabori
  25. Guinea in My Cap?Wanda Hughes
  26. Lost in Boston*Jane R. Wood
  27. Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country*Jane R. Wood
  28. Trouble on the St. John’s River*Jane R. Wood
  29. Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure*Jane R. Wood
  30. Voices in St. Augustine*Jane R. Wood
  31. Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden ForestDiane Harper
  32. Jace’s Adventure at Crystal LagoonDiane Harper
  33. A Dolly, A Dog, and A Camper—Kay Whitehouse
  34. Dolly Becomes a Scout—Kay Whitehouse
  35. A Hand Truck Named Dolly—Kay Whitehouse
  36. Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?Jayne Rose-Vallee
  37. The Rocket Ship Bed TripN. Jane Quackenbush

The Midwest Book Review, Education Shelf: “Parts of Speech Parade, New York City”

Parts of Speech Parade, New York City
Irina Dolinskiy, author
Mark Wayne Adams, illustrator

Parts of Speech Parade: New York City is a gorgeous tale in verse that teaches the main parts of speech, using the vehicle of a fabulous kids’ parade in New York City. Stunning multi-hued action illustrations show children of many different races (even including a king in a wheelchair) having a fun filled balloon-studded outing in downtown New York City. Kids are invited to meet and greet the parts of speech that make language, communication, and reading favorite books possible, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. This charming, educational book is bound to appeal to kids of all ages. It ends with: “Our Parts of Speech Parade is done. Happy reading, everyone! Now that you know our sound and look… we’ll see you in your favorite book.”

Read more at The Midwest Book Review…

Meet Christa Blaney

Christa Blaney is a mother of two wonderful children who inspire her to write. She enjoys teaching first-grade to be leaders using Dr. Steven Cove’s The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. HerWallaby Series has won numerous awards. The books are part of the national AR (Accelerated Reader Program).

Christa lives in Florida with her son and daughter, Nicholas and Jillian, their funny dog, Eddie and their clever cat Rex.

Christa’s Book Awards:

Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being A Dog

  1. FAPA President’s Awards Gold Medalist – 2018 

Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being A Girl

  1. Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award – 2014

  2. Ben Franklin Award Silver Medalist – 2013

  3. FAPA President’s Awards Silver Medalist – 2013 

  4. Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medalist – 2013

  5. National Indie Excellence Award Finalist – 2013

  6. Finalist – Eric Hoffer Award – 2013

  7. Finalist – International Book Awards (Parenting & Family) – 2013

  8. Finalist – International Book Awards (Picture Book) – 2013

    Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being A Boy

  1. Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist – 2010

  2. Independent Publisher Award Silver Medalist – 2011

  3. Finalist – Eric Hoffer Award – 2010

  4. Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medalist – 2009

“YOU ROCK!!! Not to mention, You’re hired.  🙂  You’re truly amazing Mark. And you are right, you never sleep. I can’t wait to meet with you on Monday.” —Christa Blaney