Five Best Resources for Early Reading

Early Reading

Current research shows that the optimal time for teaching children to read is from age six to eight. But nowadays, we see schools, parents, nurseries start teaching children to read as early as four years or even before that. Many advertisements of early reading promote reading as early as two and a half years. Is it necessary? No, I don’t think so. Is it harmful to try? Not really, but always remember while trying to teach early reading, don’t pressurize your child. Make it fun; otherwise, it will lead to the fear of reading, and the child will run away every time you show them a book.

I experienced it with my daughter. She reached all her milestones on time, is good at speech, and has good memory and understanding of the surroundings, but she runs away or fumbles every time I tell her to read. All the phonics and phonemics that I taught her went down the drain because I put unnecessary pressure on her to read. If you are on this page and trying to figure out early reading, you are well versed with the terms “phonics” and “phonemics”. Phonics teaches people how to read and write the alphabetic language, and phoneme is a distinct sound in a specified language that distinguish one word from another. For example, “c” in the word “car” actually sounds “K”. There is a total of 44 phonemes in the English language, which include consonants, short vowels, diphthong and triphthongs. Complicated stuff! Trust me. I never thought of all these nitty- gritties while reading. I assumed reading comes automatically to a child, just like speaking. It does not. It has to be taught and that too in a structured manner.

I understood all these details when I had to sit with my 4-year-old for her online classes. Yes, they also had an online class in covid. Hence I started my research on early reading and the importance of early reading on the internet. When I came across the resources, I found them helpful and hoped they might also benefit other struggling parents. These are not affiliates. I don’t get any money for mentioning them here.

What is early reading?

How soon can a child start reading? Reading age 3-4 years — this blog is about how to help a 3-year-old child begin on his journey of reading. Oxford Owl is a website that gives expert advice, good educational resources and free ebooks to support early reading at primary school and home. They have age-wise categories from 3 years till 11 years. Some of the products listed are not free, but they have enough free pdf downloads to try. Do explore this site.

Early Readers/bedtime stories

Before reading, a child needs to listen to words, different sounds, and pronounced words. The more they hear, the more the phonics will improve, and they will relate to it while reading. Story berries .com has many quality phonic books to help your child learn to read, including A,b,c books and early reader books. You just need to click on the picture, and then the audio begins. Your child can also read along with the narrator.

11 ways parents can help their children become early readers

 Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. He gives 11 practical recommendations for helping preschoolers and school-age children learn to read. is a blog meant for struggling readers and covers A-z topics about reading. It has resources to help struggling readers build phonemic awareness. phonics fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills. I found this blog very helpful.

28 best level 1 book for early reading

Level 1 books are for first-time readers, ages 3 to 6 years. They usually have supportive picture clues. They are exciting and not very difficult to read. You typically see repetition in sentence structure as well as rhyming words. Both of which keeps the reader interested as well as help them understand and read new terms.

Readbrightly .com has listed 28 best level one books for early readers. They are not free. They have to be bought, but no harm in going through the list. Nowadays, many Indian authors are also coming up with level one books. Always remember that if you are introducing reading to your child, start with level 1. They can also be different from those listed here.

I like books by Dr Seuss and by Eric Carle, and my daughter also enjoys them. You can check for their free pdf versions on the internet.

Free printable books for early readers is by a mom blogger who has four boys and one girl. She has listed two books that can be printed. The kids can read and colour the book. the link for the same is also has many free printable worksheets for early readers. If you visit the site, click on the menu, then click free worksheets. You will see that they have over 1 million pages of free worksheets. Unfortunately, ads are running on this page, and it can get difficult and irritating to navigate through it. Therefore have a reasonable amount of time and patience when you go through this site.


Early reading. early readers

I am sure there are many more resources, but these are the ones that I found helpful. I would also like to add that there is no unique formula for making every child an early reader. They will start reading at their own pace. Every child is different, and no two children will learn to read at the same time or speed, so please don’t compare them. In the meantime, you read aloud stories for them, read along with them, make reading fun for them, make a game out of it and find ways to encourage your child’s curiosity and interest. Reading ability does not develop overnight, and parents have to be very patient. Best of luck. Happy Parenting

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