Sunday, February 3, 2013

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Xist Publishing

This week we're all about Valentine's Day and sharing resources that both you and your children will love. To kick things off, I want to introduce you to Xist Publishing. The modern publishing company specializes in children's picture ebooks for technology devices such as Kindle.

I had the chance to take a peek at two of their Valentine's Day titles, Be Mine by Brenda Ponnay and I Love You! by Calee M. Lee.

Be Mine is a vibrant and lovely book for little children. It is part of the Little Hoo series that features the adorable owl on the cover. Each page has simple, yet rich, illustrations of various animals accompanied by phrases typically associated with love and Valentine's Day. Though the target age range is probably for children 5 and under, this book is also GREAT for beginning readers. My son enjoyed reading the text and I liked the opportunity it gave him to practice reading vowel dipthongs ("ow," "ou," "oo") and vowel digraphs ("ea," "ee," "ie," "ey"). Here's a sample...

Aren't they super cute?!?

I Love You! is another adorable picture book. Tricia Tharp's child-like illustrations are sweet and engaging for little readers. The story line describes all the different ways that the narrator loves their child. This book is also fits the category of an emergent reader, as once again the words are easy enough for a beginning reader to read and is a great way for them to practice different vowel and consonant combinations.

If you are looking for some picture books to read to your child, or books that your beginning reader can read to you, I recommend both of these. The inexpensive eBooks are available for instant download on Amazon.


Disclosure: I received review copies of both these books. All opinions state above, however, are strictly my own.


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