Book Reviews Homeschool Picture Books

A Set of Emerging Reader Books

   Two weeks ago, my sister-in-law sent me a text with a link to these Chrysalis Phonics Books on Kickstarter.

They are books for emerging readers (similar to BOB books) meant to help teach phonics and early reading skills, and they are darling.

They are written and illustrated by Wendy Ahlman, who has been a preschool teacher for more than 20 years (including teaching several of my nieces and nephews). She’s also a single mom of five kids, two of which have autism. She wrote this book series a few years ago to help teach her own children and the children in her preschool classes how to read.

As part of her Kickstarter, you can buy the whole set of 12 books for $16.

Of course, because my sister-in-law is awesome, she sent me a set of them as a little gift and, like everything she’s ever sent me over the 12+ years we’re known each other, they are fantastic.

Ani’s just starting to show some interest in reading, and she was SO thrilled when I showed her these books and insists that they are HER reading books.

These kinds of books were instrumental in helping Ella make the jump from understanding the basics of phonics to actually READING and doing so much more fluently, so I’m glad to have our own set now to help Ani as that transition approaches (you can read more about how Ella learned to read here, if you care).

The Kickstarter campaign is trying to raise $5000, so it’s not a huge amount, but it closes on Monday, so if you’re interested in a set, you’ll want to pledge sooner rather than later.

And if you’re not in the market for these types of books, you could certainly do your good deed for the day by sharing the campaign with someone who might be or on Facebook or another social media platform.

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  • Reply Heather Cook February 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

    We love Miss Wendy, we love Chrysalis Preschool and we love these little books! Not to mention the darling redhead featured in the pictures along with the rest of her family. So excited for little girl number four to make her appearance!

  • Reply Rae February 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I love this idea and the books look great. However, there is so little info and such a lack of details on the Kickstarter page that I wouldn’t want to pledge.

  • Reply Wendy February 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for your kind words! So glad your daughter likes the books. Your family is darling! xo, Miss Wendy

  • Reply Paige February 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    These are so fun! We’ve loved our Bob books so far, but I’m totally going to contribute to her campaign too!

  • Reply Beth @ Turn2theSimple February 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    The home school curriculum we use (Sonlight) has a similar set of books (a set of 28!) That we have loved and have made learning to read easy…two kids down and one more in the middle of this program. I’d love another set of books that are at this same level!
    Thanks for the info!

  • Reply Christine Boatwright June 20, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I realize I’m a little late to the game, but I have a little emerging reader who would love these. Any idea if and where I could still get them? Thanks!

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