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Raising Readers 5 Stories from Maine

Author: Maine Authors

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ISBN: 9780803732

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2007

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Anthology

Maine Based

Created just for the children in the Raising Reader program, this anthology pulls together five stories from five Maine authors and illustrators. With so many talented children's book creators living in the state of Maine, it was not difficult to find five stories that will grow with a child. From the classic Robert McClosky's 'One Morning in Maine' to the latest picture book illustrated by Scott Nash, these stories make great read-alouds. They will also make good beginner books as a child learns to read on their own. By working with Maine talent, Raising Reader hopes to show the wider community of Mainers who care about great books for children. Raising Readers has partnered with the publisher, The Penguin Group on this anthology of Maine authors and illustrators. Titles in this special anthology include 'Little Loon and Papa' by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Margaret Spengler; 'Rainy Day!' by Patricia Lakin and illustrated by Scott Nash; 'Fluffy and Baron' written and illustrated by Laura Rankin; 'If I Built a Car' written and illustrated by Chris Van Dussen; 'One Morning in Maine' written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey.


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?

The Selection Committee is again delighted to offer five great stories for five year-olds. One of Maine's many advantages is that many children's book authors and illustrators make their home here. Each story here is either written or illustrated by a Mainer. From the tale of a timid loon to a group of adventurous crocodiles to an imaginitative boy to a Maine classic, the committee thinks children will find something to love in all these stories. The stories were chosen, also, to grow with a child into their school years.


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