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Learning begins and continues at home.
    It is nurtured, encouraged, and inspired by you.

We can help your  PK-3 children
  become successful readers...

...with books that are interesting, fun, and educational.
Structured to develop new and current skills.



If you have questions, explore our FAQs or
call us at 800-262-0787 or
write us at: phyllisgreenspan@rcowen.com
 


Reading at Home PK-3 Packages


 

Draft Writing Books
 Grades PK-3

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BYL Reading at Home Books In English Or Spanish PK-3
Unfamiliar with our books? Pick a package by grade level of your child.
   Get a special price on great books.

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  EMERGENT Stage    EARLY Stage   FLUENT Stage

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PK-K (Emergent)

 
  
My Dog Fuzzy                   Pigs Peek 

     
         Zippers                        So Sleepy      

 
  There Was a Mouse


Five Books English
Item Code – SPO15

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Five Books Spanish
Item Code – SPO15-sp

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Reading at Home PK-3 Packages

English or Spanish
Five Books in Each Package
$10.00
Plus $3.50 SHIPPING

To learn more about each book click on the title. To see the Spanish cover of the book once you get to the page, click on the title in Spanish.

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1-2 (Fluent)

  
   Mama's Llamas        Pat and Pea Soup


    
     Watermelon        Diving for Treasure
 
 
The Dollar


Five Books English
Item Code – SPO15fl

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Five Books Spanish
Item Code – SPO15fl-sp

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K-1 (EARLY)

        
 Pancakes for Breakfast          My Bug Box     

     
         Henry                        Andi’s Wool


Turtle Nest

Five Books English
Item Code – SPO15er
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Item Code – SPO15er-sp
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc.?

What is independent reading and how can it help my child?


What are the stages of reading development?


What are the right books?

Why are Books For Young Learners the right books?

How can I try Books for Young Learners?
  

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Parent Resources

 

 

PARENT Resources

Parents Request a Free Alphabet Card!

Recommended Article:  Engagement With Books – Before the Age of 5


Recommended Article:  Reading to your child: the difference it makes

Recommended Article:  Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them


Recommended Books about children learning to read and write


Recommended Book (downloadable) to help your child learn to read


Recommended Book about the magic of reading TO your child

Recommended book about teachable moments with your children

 

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Parents Request a Free Alphabet Card!
 

Using the Alphabet Card
by Marilyn Duncan
adapted from The Kindergarten Book

The alphabet card has features that support the development of sound-to-letter relationships (clay 1991).

For example, I know that going from the known to the unknown is an easier process for any learner. Children typically are able to say a word before they can write it. Therefore, going from the sounds the child can say to writing down the letter or clusters of letters that make the sound is easier than going from an isolated letter and trying to remember its sound.

The alphabet card links a familiar picture to the sound and the letter.  The link between the picture and the letter needs to be clear for the child, so it can be used almost immediately. The pictures are of objects that children can identify. I hear children saying, “Mom starts like moon—here it is!”

The letters on the child-sized card are lowercase only. Children usually come to school writing in capital letters. Writers use capital letters for specific purposes, so I want these students to make the shift to writing in lowercase as quickly as possible.

In addition to single letters, the alphabet card I use also shows three diagraphs (ch, th, sh). These combined letters have a unique sound that cannot be segmented when the child is listening for sounds in words.  The alphabet card provides support for the child with picture for common diagraphs ch—chair, sh—shell, th—thumb.

Familiarity with the alphabet is increased by playing alphabet games, working with the card one-on-one and in small groups, and using the card in writing demonstrations. The alphabet card should quickly become a valuable resource for the child, the teacher, and the parent.

 

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It's Easy as A, B, C!

The Alphabet Card is a tool for helping primary grade children as they learn to write.  It’s meant to help children learn how to form letters, and also to help make the letter/sound associations stronger. 

The images on the Alphabet Card were carefully researched and tested. The font was chosen on the basis of what most closely replicates actual handwriting rather than book print. Three diagraphs are included – “ch,” “sh,” and “th, - which are the most commonly used by primary-grade writers.
















 

 
 

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Reading to your child: the difference it makes

http://theconversation.com/reading-to-your-child-the-difference-it-makes-57473

"If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond.

So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference to their learning? If so, what aspects of their learning are affected?..."

 

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Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them

Posted WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News)  By HealthDay Reporter
http://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/brain-health-news-80/brain-scans-show-why-reading-to-kids-is-good-for-them-701897.html#.Vds62v1PJdY.email

"-- Brain scans reveal that preschoolers whose parents read to them regularly show more activity in key areas of their brains.

Reading to young children is well known to have benefits, including better language skills. And experts already urge parents to have a regular story time with their kids, starting at birth. It's been assumed that the habit feeds youngsters' brain development.

But the new findings, published online Aug. 3 in the journal Pediatrics, offer hard evidence of that theory..."

 

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               Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them

 
Want to know more about children learning to read and write? 


 

Assessing and Teaching Beginning Readers and Assessing and Teaching Beginning Writers are books that explore reading and writing with young children.  Both books were written initially for pre-school teachers and classroom teachers.  We believe they also provide useful information for homeschooling parents and parents providing support for their young children. 

Both books are written in a style accessible to those without formal teacher training.  The language and concepts are presented in a caregiver/parent-friendly manner.  In both books there is an emphasis on oral language and comprehension, and the books start with basic ideas about literacy that emerge in the years before children enter kindergarten.

 
 

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Assessing and Teaching Beginning Readers



Assessing and Teaching Beginning Writers

 
 

Want a source for good information to help your children learn to read?

Parents with young children will greatly appreciate
the valuable information in the booklet— 
Helping Your Child Become a Reader created by 
Donna Scanlon, Kimberly Anderson, Mary-Jo Morse, 
and Thea Yurkewecz. 

The booklet can be Freely downloaded from the 
SUNY Albany website and may be reproduced for 
non-commercial purposes.   
http://www.albany.edu/crsc/pdfs/Parent Booklet
2012 bw.pdf

SUNY Albany Website http://www.albany.edu/crsc/parents.shtml

 

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Want to know more about the magic of reading TO your child?

Reading Magic author Mem Fox explains why reading aloud to young children has an incredible impact on their ability to read -- and on their entire lives.  With passion and humor, Fox describes when and where to read aloud and  demonstrates with clear, easy-to-follow examples how to get the most value and joy out of a read-aloud session.




 

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http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Magic-Children-Change-Forever/dp/0156035103/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439233693&sr=1-1&keywords=reading+magic+by+mem+fox

 
 

Want to know more about impromptu teachable moments with your children?

THE TEACHABLE MINUTE, by Connie Hebert, is a golden opportunity to teach kids something, anywhere, FAST. It can be caught at any time, in common places, where we all live and go. It appears in a car, at the mall, around the kitchen table, at the post office, in the yard, on a plane, in an elevator, at the beach, on the subway, in a rocking chair, at the park, in the bathtub, and anywhere else you can think of. ALL kids are naturally curious. ALL kids want attention.

Dr. Hebert’s goal is to help parents become experts at catching THE TEACHABLE MINUTE so they can interact with kids of all ages, anytime and anywhere. The simple format of the book makes it quick and easy to learn. There are hundreds of ideas for what to show, ask, and teach younger and older kids in 77 common places!

 

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http://www.theteachableminute.com/
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

is Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc.?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
Who is Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc.?

We are an educational publisher north of New York City dedicated to developing the best resources for children learning to read and write. We have been committed to that goal for over thirty years.

Our Books for Young Learners (BYL) are used in classrooms by teachers who work with children in small reading groups to help them develop their skills. The books are also used in classrooms for independent reading.  Our purpose here is to provide books for independent reading for children at home. All English titles have been classroom trialed.


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 Books For Young Learners PK-3

For readers in PK-3 Emergent, Early, and Fluent stages of reading development
  

174 English titles and 82 Spanish titles are in the complete collection and filled with beautifully depicted, engaging stories. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is independent reading and how can it help my child

 



 


What is independent reading and how can it help my child?

 

 
What is independent reading and how can it help my child?

Independent reading is reading without adult support.

Research tells us that all children need frequent opportunities to read many books at their stage of reading development—books they can access easily and quickly on their own, books that pose very few challenges. Success builds confidence. Struggle can result in frustration and undermines motivation. Reading books independently at their reading level can help children consolidate learning and enjoy reading.  Independent reading is not a destination at the end of the process, but is encouraged from the beginning. 

We want your child to say “I can read it myself!”. This will happen earlier in the experience of learning to read if the child has the right books.

                  BOOKS FOR YOUNG LEARNERS

   Your Child’s First Books for Independent Reading

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Independent Reading
 
Want to know about the RESEARCH on independent reading?

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www.EdPlace.com - Effects

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helpful information and resources

You can learn more about our Books for Young Learners collection.

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 BYL Introduction


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the stages of reading development?



 

 

 

 

 
What are the stages of reading development?

All children begin life as emergent readers.  Most children will  progress to the early stage around age five and enter the fluent stage sometime in second grade.  For more information about the characteristics of children at each stage, click the link to the right.

Throughout these years children need to have books read to them, and during the early school years they need effective instruction from skillful teachers who will provide shared reading experiences and guided reading lessons. Good teachers are also providing children with opportunities for independent reading. Independent reading at home complements what happens in school.

   
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Emergent, Early and Fluent are stages of reading development
Want to know more about reading development stages?

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Reading Development Stages


Using the Reading Development Stages will assist you and your child in quickly selecting the right books for his or her reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the right books?

 

 


What are the right books?

 
What are the right books?

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BOOKS FOR YOUNG LEARNERS (BYL) are ideal for independent reading at three stages of your child's reading development —emergent, early, and fluent. The collection  consists of 174 English and 82 Spanish high-quality, soft cover books  intended for children who are just learning to  read, or who are struggling with reading.
 

Books for Young Learners
provide meaningful insights and understandings about life, people, nature, and the world we live in. The content is presented from a child's point of view—exploring concepts like sharing, family, friendship, humor, diversity, adversity, culture, and animals—to hold their interest, which is key in getting children to read, and read often.   

Want to read a few of the books?  Fourteen ebooks are available for reading.  Click the link and take a look.
                                                                      
LOOK INSIDE OUR BYL EBOOKS

BYL books feature
     * Identification of reading stages guide book selection
    
* a wide variety of genre and subjects
    
* complete stories with charm, impact, and appeal
    
* rich text that is inviting and meaningful 
    
* fiction and nonfiction stories
    
* eye catching art that connects to and supports the text
    
* page counts from 8-16 pages appropriate for independent reading
    
* various formats and sizes

 

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More Features of
Books for Your Learners

Our books vary in shape and in size which replicates what you find in a library or trade store. They provide wide range of genre, fiction and nonfiction.

Click on:
BYL listed by Genre




For Spanish Speaking Parents
82 of our Books for Young Learners titles are available in Spanish translations. They can be purchased as separate titles or as Spanish/English companion sets.

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BYL in Spanish
              

      

      
  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are Books For Young Learners the right books?


 

 

 
Why are Books For Young Learners the right books?

They are structured to build your child's reading skills. The books in the collection increase in complexity and concepts at each reading stage to support your child's reading development.

All of the BYL books in English are class-tested or trialed in classrooms across the country before publication. This process provides data we use to determine the appropriate reading stage for that book, and
to learn what supports the child in achieving success as they move forward in becoming fluent readers.

The stage determination helps you and your child know what books your child will need to support and build his or her stage of reading development.
 
       
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Want to know more about how we trial
our Books for Young Learners?

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Trialing





For parents who are interested in, or who are currently home schooling their children, we have several books of our website on early education.

Click on:
Assessing and Teaching Beginning Readers
  
Assessing and Teaching Beginning Writers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can I try Books for Young Learners?

 

 

 

 

How can I try Books for Young Learners?

Order the Special Parent Offer  of your choice and we will send you  books for your young reader that are representative of the collection. 

Give the books to your child and watch her reaction.  Does one of the books catch her eye? Watch what she does with the book.  Does she hold it properly?  Does she look at the pages in sequence?  Do her eyes move from the illustration to the text and back?  Allow her to read the book any way she wants to.   

If she appears interested but uncertain  what to do, offer to read the book to her.  Read slowly with expression.  Point to each word if you wish. Be willing to read the book again and again with no expectation that she will take any responsibility to read.  

Your primary task is two fold:  Make the experience enjoyable and encourage your child to spend a small portion of each day with her own books.

Want to know more about how to select books appropriate for your child and how to support him as a reader?  Call us at 1 800 262-0787 or write to phyllisgreenspan@rcowen.com



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Order additional independent reading packages appropriate for your child's stage of reading development.

Independent Reading Packages

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     EMERGENT Stage
     EARLY Stage
     FLUENT
Stage
                                         
While we have been focusing on Independent reading, all the books in the Books for Young Learners collection can be used for reading to and with your children. You will find the stories interesting, funny, and touching. Both you and your child will enjoy the time spent  reading.

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"Reading at home improves reading at school!"

Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 585 * Katonah, NY 10536
800/262-0787

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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