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Raising Readers, Stories for Maine Children

Author: Maine Authors

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ISBN: 9780547003627

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2008 - 2009

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Anthology

Maine Based

For the third year, Raising Readers is pleased to present five-year-olds with a collection of five stories that were created by authors and illustrators living here in Maine. Whether the story is about kissing toes, counting the way to supper, cats in trees, artists who love dogs or artists who love the color red, we think you will like these five stories pulled together exclusively for the Raising Readers program. The titles in this anthology include Rachel Fister's Blister by Amy MacDonald and illustrated by Majorie Priceman; Feast for 10 written and illustrated by Cathryn Falwell, Cat Up a Tree by John and Ann Hassett, illustrated by John Hassett; Little Dog written and illustrated by Lisa Jahn-Clough; Carmine written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.


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. 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 book's authors, illustrators, publishers, and, most importantly, your healthcare providers have enjoyed helping you raise a reader.


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