Better Together

By: Delana H. Stewart

Like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck . . . reading together (parent and child) is much better than either


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parent or child reading to the other.

My daughter and I discovered a series of books that we love. The series, titled WE BOTH READ, is designed for the parent and child to read together. In each of the books’ 20-35 or so pages, the parent reads the left hand page and the child reads the right hand page. These books are available in fiction and non-fiction, as well as the following levels: K, K-1, 1, 1-2, 2, and 3. As each level progresses, the parent’s side is more in depth and so is the child’s side. The K level has the child reading a few words. K-1 includes short sentences. Levels 1, 1-2, and 2 include longer and more sentences. The child’s side has font that is larger than the parent’s side. Both sides include challenge words (or new vocabulary) in bold type.

What type of learner will benefit from the WE BOTH READ series?

  • The Early Reader will
    • Enjoy a more fully-developed story than they are actually able to read;
    •  Feel he is playing an important role in the reading process;
    • Pick up new vocabulary (and pronunciation) that is just above what they are reading.
    • The Average Reader will
      • Build vocabulary,
      • Develop fluency,
      • Enrich their comprehension.
      • The Developmentally-delayed reader or ESL student will
        • Appreciate hearing and participating in a story that is more than “the fat cat sat on the hat” or other basic stories;
        • Boost their reading level and fluency;
        • Increase their comprehension more rapidly.

The quality writing and good illustrations make these books enjoyable. We are especially thankful for the broad scope of fiction and non-fiction offered. Here are some we have read:




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  7. I’m a huge proponent of parent and child reading together, and I always try to encourage my children’s ministry students’ parents to read with their kids. You’ve listed some great books that look perfect for some of my students. I’m going to email my kids’ parents the recommendations right now! Thank you for sharing!

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