A cornerstone of student reading engagement is the ability to actually read the books they have self-selected. On the first day of school, we teach students 3 Ways to Read a Book. In this video, we tour David's book box. His ten or so books fall beautifully into the three categories: Read the words, Retell the story, and Read the pictures.
We love the Danny Books by Mia Coulton. If you aren't familiar with them, they are simple but brilliant books that emergent readers fall in love with, laugh at, and share with each other.