The following is a blog post patterned after a painfully boring "beginning reader," which I listened to some Kindergarteners read today:
See me blog.
See me blog with a dog on my lap.
The dog can nap, nap, nap.
I can tap, tap, tap.
I can tap fast.
I can sip, sip, sip.
My blog is done.
Okay, so maybe my blog isn't done. But really, how dull does a beginning reader have to be? Are we trying to foster a love of reading in our children, or show them that reading will put them to sleep? For the good of all future "beginning readers," I hereby issue this challenge to any writer with the desire to rescue our children from literary misery:
Write an easy reader that is BOTH easy for a beginning reader and at least a little bit interesting. It's not easy to do, but you don't have to be Dr. Seuss to make it work. I've seen very simple, easy books that made kids giggle. Even beginning readers (just not many of them).
Are you up for it?