Book Sharing Monday :: The Elson Readers

This week I am sharing a series of books that is partly curriculum. 

Celeste uses them to practice reading aloud every school day . Adrienne and Andre also do, but not as regularly. We haven't enjoyed readers in the past. We didn't like that a story was cut up or too short to be enjoyed, but my children really like these! I think it's because of the content of each short story or passage and the quality of literature.  

The Elson Readers were written by William H. Elson, who also wrote the Dick and Jane series, in the early 1900s. As the back cover explains " The real beauty of The Elson Readers series is the kind of literature within its covers--wholesome literature that views the world of nature with awe, upholds the ideals of service to others and our country, and encourages sound moral development in the reader". As the levels go up, the reading selections increase in difficulty. For example, the Elson Readers book five concentrates more on understanding the meaning of the story or poem. There are discussion questions. There are also teacher's guides available.

All the readers are seperated in sections, in themes. The primer that Celeste is reading now is divided into Animals and Birds, Nature, Festivals and finally Slumberland. As the levels increase, the themes stay similar, Nature, Adventure, Home and Country, and more. As the levels increase, the stories change from being re-written at the lower levels to being actual excerpts.  
You can read more about the Elson Readers at the Lost Classics Books Company. You can also read The Elson Readers, Book Five at Project Gutenberg.

The book you see open in the photo is the Elson Readers Primer, the one Celeste is using right now. She loves it!


    Hi from waddlee-ah-chaa. We're highlighting a bunch of books this week. Starting with our giveaway today: Move Over Rover, incorporating science into journal writing. At the end of the post you can also find books on spelling and grammar.
    Tomorrow we're heading to the pumpkin patch with a FREE printable book and also a list of pumpkin books. Thanks for the book link-up! We love books at waddlee-ah-chaa!

  2. Ooops... I entered me twice. LOL!

    Interesting readers. Last year I purchased McGuffey's readers but Austyn doesn't seem interested in them.'s+readers&hl=en&ei=ttSpTOHtKoronQetu-yjDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false

  3. ooooh! I'll have to look for these ... they look great!

  4. I will have to look for those. They are beautiful.

  5. I love how these books are separated in themes. Thanks for sharing these :}. Another great book you might enjoy for this Christmas is by British author Peter John Lucking called, "Santa & The Little Teddy Bear." My daughter, five, absolutely loved reading the story and singing the amazing carols inside. The author has beautifully illustrated his book and shows his young readers the real history behind Saint Nick. Not only is this book informative, but it is very enjoyable.

  6. That series looks nice! In the past, we have stayed away from leveled readers, but I am finding that my boys need the success that they get from reading them. The All About Spelling readers have super cute pictures and the stories are actually pretty humorous, but there are only three in the series.


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