One of the ways that I have been teaching J and Little E to read is through the use of books that are specially written for emerging readers.
These are little picture books that use a controlled, repeated vocabulary, with one or two sentences on each page printed in a large and clear text. These easy-to-read books are great for helping kids to match spoken words with print and for building up confidence in reading. Although there are plenty of beginners books on the market, I find it rather difficult to find really good books that use natural language and contain engaging subject matter.
However, when Armour Publishing introduced me to the homegrown Timmy and Tammy ‘Let Me Read’ series written by Ruth Wan-Lau, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the books were not only beautifully illustrated (by Eliz Ong) and well-written but also appealed very strongly to Little E. At the moment, we keep the books at the Aged P’s house and they are her current go-to books. She is always bringing them to the Aged Ps to get them to read along with her!
Part of the charm of the series lies in the fact that the stories are all set in Singapore and revolve around Timmy & Tammy’s adventures to popular local attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, Changi Airport and the Fire Station. Little E gets a real thrill out of pointing out familiar landmarks featured in the books and talking about cultural experiences mentioned in the books that are uniquely Singaporean.
I am not at all surprised to find out that the Timmy & Tammy series was selected to be part of the SG50 Jubilee Baby 2015 welcome package! That means Baby #3 is going to receive a set later this year! Woohoo!
A Special Something for Owls Well Readers: The kindly folk over at Armour Publishing are generously sponsoring a set of 5 Timmy & Tammy books to ONE lucky Owls Well Reader! Thank you, Armour Publishing!
To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:
1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page
2. Be a fan of Timmy & Tammy Facebook Page
3. Leave a comment below telling me about a book or book series for emergent readers that you or your children have enjoyed. Don’t forget to leave your Facebook name and your email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you’re really shy, you can email your details to me separately at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. (Optional) To double your chances of winning, share or reblog this giveaway on any form of social media that you fancy and leave a comment below with the link!
(This giveaway is open to people living in Singapore and ends on 24 March 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete the 3 required steps!)
Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been emailed – thanks for playing!