Scholastic Bridges Reading Gap With "Branches" Books! ~ snymed

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Scholastic Bridges Reading Gap With "Branches" Books!

My Son Reading Scholastic's Captain Underpants Book

I'd mentioned earlier on this blog that my son had been a reluctant reader in the past.  It used to be extremely hard to get him to do his 20 minutes of homework reading per night, although now it just takes a bit of coaxing.  The truth is that there are so many distractions at home that can call to an 8-year old boy.  Videogames and movies-on-demand are the two most persuasive distractions in my home; in my generation, it was television.

What made reading a more pleasurable experience for my son, was finding book series like Captain Underpants (Scholastic) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Both of these are comedic series that feature little cartoons throughout the book, which provide a break from solid text.  Although I don't hear it frequently, I'll never forget the day that my son cried: "I love reading this book so much more than playing videogames!"  Yes, he was engrossed in a new book from one of the two series, and it was music to my ears.
Books for Reluctant Readers from Scholastic
Boy Recommended
Have you heard of Scholastic "Branches" books for readers ages 5- to 7-years old?  It's a new line of illustrated early chapter books, that fills the gap between levelled readers and traditional chapter books.  It was this style of books that first got my son interested in reading, as it has a 50:50 text-to-art ratio with illustrations that reinforce test on every page.  At 80-96 pages per book, the book is not overwhelming in length either.    

Some of these books from the "Branches" collection include (shown below): Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe: Picture Day, by Susan Nees, and Kiki, by Kyla May.  I ordered these books for my 7-year old daughter, whom I'm also having a difficult job getting to read.  She completes her weekly reading homework with determination, but has no interest in reading on her own once her homework is finished.  

Scholastic "Branches" Books For Ages 5- to 7- Years Old
Recommended for Girls
I think that she has to build up her reading level a bit, as well as her confidence in reading, before she moves on to these books.  She does love Roald Dahl books very much like The WitchesCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.  My husband will read these books to her, and ask her to read a passage to him if she's receptive.

Nonetheless, I have given my daughter the Scholastic "Branches" books to look over and she has taken them to her bedroom.  I know that the Kiki book has caught her eye, and I will revisit it shortly and ask if she would like to read it to me.  I think that it will be quality mother/daughter time spent together, and help her build a love of reading.

If you have a reluctant reader who is 5- to 7-years old, I would suggest that you try out some of Scholastic's "Branches" books.  I think that the books with 50% illustrations break up the monotony of text, and make the books a more hospitable place for growing readers!

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16 comments:

  1. I *loved* getting the Scholastic book order form every term!

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  2. A friend was just asking me about captain underpants last week. She heard that kids loved it. our kids are 7 and 9.

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  3. Jedi academy would be a wiinner for sure in our house, just started the star wars movies.

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  4. Captain Underpants (Scholastic) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid were books brought home in our house. We always let the boys read at bedtime. They were aloud to stay up with books.

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  5. those look great! My son is 6.5, and had some difficulty getting into reading (he had a severe speech delay, which caused a delay with learning the basics for reading) He has come so far though, and he loves the captain underpants series. I started reading it to him, and now he can read some of it on his own! Thanks for the sharing about the Branches books - I will definitely be checking them out!

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  6. When my kids were younger we all looked forward to the Scholastic book order to purchase some great books. I love that they now have the Branches books to bridge the gap between the early reading books and the bigger chapter books. Reading is so important and acquiring a love of it now will last their entire life.

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  7. My kids love reading books with my right now. I hope it sticks once they get older.

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  8. What a fun set. I bet my little one would love them!

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  9. Mine was and still is The Hobbit. I was 9 years-old when I first read it. :) The kids love reading here!

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  10. I think this is a great idea! Whatever it takes to get the kids reading! :)

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  11. I would be all over that Jedi Academy book!

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  12. Hehehe I remember reading captain underpants when I was a kid!

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  13. I love Scholastic books and reading. We are avid readers in this household :)

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  14. I loved Scholastic books when I was younger! We are avid readers in this house :)

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  15. my son would so much benefit from these

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  16. I didn't know Captain Underpants and other similar books are called "bridge' books. Scholastic makes incredible books.

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