Finding books that kindergartners can read independently at the beginning of the year can be a little tricky, because emergent literacy skills such as text tracking, sight word recognition and letter/sound associations are just starting to blossom. I want my students’ first experiences with independent reading to be successful so they can think of themselves as readers from the get-go. With that in mind, I created this set of 26 Alphabet Emergent Readers. Each book focuses on one letter sound, has pointing fingers under the words to reinforce text tracking, and follows a 1, 2, or 3 word text pattern that uses only one of three basic sight words (a, the or my). All of these elements put together will allow even the most beginning readers to say, “I can read it myself!” These are great to use when establishing routines for independent reading during Readers' Workshop in the beginning of the year.
For each letter of the alphabet there is:
- An 8 page, full sized, color version of the book – great for shared reading or to put in your classroom library.
- A matching black and white student reader that the kids can color and then keep at school for independent reading or bring home for practice.
- 8 pocket chart pictures.
Download the preview for a free sample book (The Letter A).
The vowel books have words that begin with both long and short sounds.
The Letter X book has words that both begin and end with the letter x.