You sent me a message a few weeks ago asking me about reading levels in second grade and thinking about the reading your own special boy is doing. Learning to read is a journey and you've mentioned it's a struggle over the years. This night we chatted you said he had brought home a nonfiction book and nonfiction is hard. You made me stop and think. Nonfiction can be hard but does it have to be? I wondered how can we simplify it a bit for those early readers so they can have some independence.
My wondering turned into collecting books I thought your special boy might be able to read. You'll notice the nonfiction features are simple and not hectic busy. The text is larger, sometimes with a pattern and definitely pages with white space. I love white space! You will notice many of these are books have a series/collection from the same publisher giving you way more than ten ideas, maybe 100. Some of these books are old and dear to my book loving heart. I picked books that might spark some interest in fun animals, animals you might see while camping, and a few that could connect to your gardening.
These are all books I have on my shelves right now and I can send them over to you via school mail. Just let me know.
BAT LOVES THE NIGHT by Nicole Davies
narrative format sharing bats nightly activity
tidbits of facts here and there
CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON by Joy Cowley
I love Joy Cowley books!
photographs are quite fascinating
carefully chosen words for accessibility
RED-EYED TREE FROG by Joy Cowley
Joy Cowley again!
more fascinating photographs
text a bit easier
HOW A SEED GROWS by Helen J Jordan
illustrations tell a story, maybe an early narrative
reader follows the journey of a few different seeds
might help readers enjoy nonfiction
RACCOONS by William John Ripple
lots of interesting facts
a sentence of two on a page
pure nonfiction for early readers
Seed to Sunflower by Camilla de al Bedovere
lots of nonfiction text
you'll want to grow sunflowers
Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins
beautiful playful language
Opossums by Mary R. Dunn
an animal I wouldn't dream to think about
filled with interesting facts
easily accessible for early readers
Busy Squirrels by Melvin and Gilda Berger
probably an easy read - confidence builder
up close photos
one sentence per page
My tenth book for second grade readers might require a treasure hunt - Where Do Birds Live? by Ron Hirschi. It appears to be out of print. Lovely photographs, one line of text, with more at the end of the book. I hope you can find it at the library or you can borrow mine.