Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fall Reading 2015 Dear Dragon Goes to the Library


Those of us who are teachers or parents of young children may already be familiar with Margaret Hillert's books, including those that feature Dear Dragon. The books have a controlled vocabulary of common sight words and even feature a word list at the end along with suggestions for how to help early readers. In this story Dear Dragon watches as his boy gathers up books from all around his room and loads them into a wagon. Dear Dragon pulls the wagon to the library and helps to carry them up the stairs (see cover illustration). Once they enter the library, the boy sees a notice for story time and wants to go. Dear Dragon sits on the floor with the children and listens to the story, then they see what other fun they can have. They find a floor puzzle of dragons, and choose more books to take home, including Dear Dragon's A is for Apple.

Young readers will enjoy the cheerful illustrations and probably wish for their own dragon. (Who doesn't?) Adults will appreciate the short sentences and sight words that help build reading fluency for their children and students. This would also make a good read-aloud for someone getting ready to visit the library for the first time. Teachers and school librarians might wish to pair it with a short nonfiction book on libraries such as, A Visit to the Library by Mary Lindeen.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Norwood Press has provided teacher's notes and correlations to the Common Core for this title.

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