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Maine Stories for Maine Children: A Raising Readers Collection

Author: Maine Authors

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ISBN: 9780547747729

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2012 - 2013

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Anthology

Maine Based
Book Acticity

This book is an anthology of five picture books, each created by an author or illustrator from Maine. It contains the wonderful picture books Baby Bear's Big Dreams, illustrated by Rockland artist Melissa Sweet; Too Many Frogs! by the Waldoboro author and illustrator team Ann and John Hassett; Cousin Ruth's Tooth by Falmouth author Amy MacDonald; Possum and the Peeper, created by the author/illustrator Anne Hunter when she lived in Portland; and Hugo & Miles in I've Painted Everything, set in Cornville, Maine, where author/illustrator Scott Magoon attended high school.


Age Group 5 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Matching each letter to the sound it represents
  • Identifying the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in spoken words like dog or sit
  • Saying new words by changing the beginning sound, like changing rat to sat
  • Starting to match words they hear to words they see on the page
  • Sounding out simple words
  • Starting to recognize some words by sight without having to sound them out
  • Asking and answering who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about a story
  • Retelling a story in order, using words or pictures
  • Predicting what happens next in a story

Your child likely will learn all the letters and their sounds this year. Some combinations of letters are still tricky for children to hear but they’re learning all the time. By making these connections, your child can also start to write and decode some easy words and begin reading short books to you. Their comprehension of what’s going on in the more complex stories you are reading to them will help them understand the simple stories they can read themselves. Continuing to read to your child, even when they’re able to read, will give you both a chance to talk about more complicated books and continue the beautiful relationship you started together 5 years ago. Reading together can still be the very best part of the day for you and your child!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 5-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

Each year we work with a publisher to find books that are created by talented writers and artists in our state. In 2012, we worked with the Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and they designed this beautiful book for Maine families. We make this special book because it is the final book in the Raising Readers program. We hope it sends the message that Raising Readers, the books' authors, illustrators, publishers, and, most importantly, your healthcare providers, have all enjoyed helping you raise a reader.


Book Acticity
Related Activities

There is something special about knowing there are people in our state who spend their days creating and illustrating stories just so that families like yours will have wonderful books to read together. Let your child know that this book was created just for them. There is a biography or description of each Maine author or illustrator. Read those biographies with your child. They just might like to know how and by whom this book was created.


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