BEST BOOKS FOR NEWLY-INDEPENDENT READERS
This list of must-have books is for little readers who are just starting their independent reading journey and can read a text with minimal assistance. Age range varies here as reading progression happens at various ages and stages. These books are generally aimed at little readers from 6 – 8 but are suitable for readers outside of this category.
Publishers do tend to make decisions about covers which affects parent and educator perceptions of ‘what is a book for a boy and what is a book for a girl’. I would urge you to consider these books for all readers rather than limit your young reader to books which have been given a ‘gender’ and do take the time to read Jacqueline Harvey’s thoughts on this here. Obviously your child will have particular interests and obsessions (my ten year old will only read horse books at the moment for goodness sake!) but it’s important to read widely and across text types.
'Ginger Green' (series)
by Kim Kane. Illustrated by Jon Davis
'Lola’s Toy Box' (series)
by Danny Parker. Illustrated by Guy Shield
'One Rule for Jack'
by Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Illustrated by Craig Smith