Since we do home preschool, I have lots of early readers. I decided to have them to sort the books and arrange them by main subject.
Early Reader Book Sort:
You will need:
- A variety of books (early readers or otherwise)
For this activity, all you need is a variety of books. Have your preschoolers sort the books by category.
Possible ways to sort the books:
- Main subject. The categories that emerged for us were animals, people, transportation, insects and outer space.
- Sight words such as ‘the’ and ‘a’ in the title
- Books that start with letters A, B or C, then D, E or F etc.
- Main color of the cover
- Number of words in the title
- Series (such as Frog and Toad or Fancy Nancy)
Once you are done sorting, have the children count how many were in each category and figure out which one had the most and the least. You could also have them do a simple bar graph showing the differences. We discovered that animals were the subject of the majority of our books followed by people, transportation, insects and the solar system. It is fun for them to look at books you already have in new ways.
Here are some of our preschoolers favorite Early Readers:
- Sleepy Dog by Harriet Ziefert
- No More Monsters for Me! by Peggy Parish
- Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr
- Oh No! by Scharlaine Cairns
- Mud! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
- I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown
- Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
- Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel (and others from this series)
- Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
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