Children need reading practice to become fluent readers. They need to read daily for at least 20 minutes. Because the Orton-Gillingham reading program goes by skill level, it is really difficult to find outside reading books that match the program to give these kids the extra practice they need.
In today’s post, I am going to give you Orton-Gillingham tutors, teachers and homeschooling parents out there tips and suggestions on which books you can read and use to encourage more reading practice outside of your Orton-Gillingham lessons. I am basing the Levels on The PRIDE Reading Program, but in general it should work with whichever OG program you are using.
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Orton-Gillingham Level 1
If your child is working through Orton-Gillingham Level 1 and learning beginning consonants and short vowels, then you will want to start with the simplest books, and as your child learns more letters, sounds and more sight words, you can gradually work your way up to longer and more interesting books. Here are some of my favorite simple books to begin with: click on the link to get more info on the book.
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers
Big Shark, Little Shark (Step into Reading)
Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat (My First I Can Read)
Meg and Jim’s Sled Trip (Books to Remember Series)
Jen’s Best Gift Ever (Books to Remember Series)
Orton-Gillingham Levels 2 and 3
Orton-Gillingham Levels 2 and 3 consists of long vowels, more sight words and beginning compound and multisyllabic words. The options of outside reading books finally opens up to so much more! Whew!!! Here are some of my favorites: click on the link to get more info on the book.
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
Snug House, Bug House (Bright & Early Books(R))
Fred and Ted Go Camping (Beginner Books(R))
Fred and Ted Like to Fly (Beginner Books)
Go, Dog Go (I Can Read It All By Myself, Beginner Books)
Wacky Wednesday (Beginner Books(R))
Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
Put Me In the Zoo (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
The Nose Book
Green Eggs and Ham
Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him! (Bright & Early Books(R))
Hop on Pop
Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
The Bike Lesson
A Fish Out of Water (Beginner Books)
Little Black, A Pony
Sam and the Firefly
The Big Honey Hunt, 50th Anniversary Edition (The Berenstain Bears)
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff: Dr. Seuss’s Surprising Word Book
I Want to Be Somebody New! (Beginner Books(R))
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You : Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright and Early Board Books)
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Robert the Rose Horse
The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone
A Fly Went by (Beginner Books(R))
The Bears’ Picnic
The Berenstain Bears on the Moon
The Berenstain Bears He Bear, She Bear
In a People House (Bright & Early Books(R))
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself)
Flap Your Wings (Beginner Books(R))
I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow (Beginner Books(R))
Stop, Train, Stop! A Thomas the Tank Engine Story
The Bears’ Vacation
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!
Fox in Socks (Beginner Books(R))
Have You Seen My Dinosaur? (Beginner Books(R))
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
The Tooth Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! (Dr. Seuss’s Book of Ridiculous Rhymes)
Thomas and Friends: Trains, Cranes and Troublesome Trucks (Thomas & Friends) (Beginner Books(R))
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Beginner Books)
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Beginner Books)
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! (Beginner Books)
The Bear Detectives
Babar Loses His Crown (Babar (Harry N. Abrams))
The Bear Scouts
The Digging-Est Dog (Beginner Books(R))
Honey Bunny Funnybunny (Beginner Books(R))
It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny (Beginner Series)
Frog and Toad are Friends
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book Level 2)
Mr. Putter & Tabby Toot the Horn
Henry And Mudge in the Family Trees
Poppleton Has Fun
Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective
Morris and Boris at the Circus (I Can Read Level 1)
Commander Toad and the Space Pirates
Orton-Gillingham Levels 4 and 5
Kids working through Orton-Gillingham Levels 4 and 5 can begin reading easy transitional chapter books. Here are some of my favorites: click on the link to get more info on the book.
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon
Niagara Falls, Or Does It? 1 (Hank Zipzer)
Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder
Nate the Great
Detective Camp (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, No. 1)
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!
Ivy & Bean’s Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3)
The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon, Book 1)
Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton, No. 1)
Bad Kitty Camp Daze
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds
Beezus and Ramona
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime
Junie B. Jones Complete First Grade Collection Box set
My Father’s Dragon
I hope this list gives you a nice selection of outside reading books to enjoy with your children while you are working through an Orton-Gillingham reading program. Please let me know if there is a book or series you think I should add to the list, as I’m always looking for suggestions. If you are looking for an Orton-Gillingham Reading Program that is easy to use, heavily scripted out and very affordable, please check out The PRIDE Reading Program.
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