The Ready Readers Series – Children’s Literature (Volume 1)

By: Adam and Missy Andrews


The first volume in the Ready Readers series provides a discussion of ten children’s picture books. Although the content is primarily useful as a tool for teaching K-3 students the basics of literary structure and style, it is also helpful for introducing older students to literary analysis at a more approachable level.


Product Description

From the Publisher:

Ready Readers is based on the Teaching the Classics approach to reading, which involves working with stories at or below a student’s reading level.  While the volumes in this series are appropriate to the reading level of a specific age group, they can be applied to grades at their reading level and up.

Many parents and teachers asked for a set of example lessons to help them apply the Teaching the Classics model in their classes.

Ready Readers: Children’s Literature fills this need with complete discussion notes for 10 classic picture books.  Each lesson includes a full set of Socratic discussion questions with comprehensive answers keyed to the text.  Questions cover Conflict, Plot, Setting, Characters, Theme, Literary Devices, and Context. In addition, a completed Story Chart graphically outlines the major structural and thematic elements of each story.

This exciting resource is appropriate for use with students of all ages, depending on their needs:

Reading Comprehension

Ready Readers helps develop good reading comprehension in the very youngest students.  It encourages them to ponder well-designed questions about structure, style, context, and theme in every story they read.

Literary Analysis 

Though the books discussed here were written for children, they provide excellent examples of the structural elements common to all stories.  They are therefore useful even in discussions with older students, who read at a higher level, but may be new to the techniques of literary analysis.

Titles Included

Brave Irene by William Steig
Sam, Bangs and Moonshine by Evaline Ness
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson
Fishing in the Air by Sharon Creech
Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox
Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen
The Clown of God by Tomie DiPaola
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Ready Readers: Children’s Literature Package 

Each volume in the Ready Readers series provides complete discussion notes for a collection of classic stories, including questions from the Socratic List on all major structural and stylistic elements:  Conflict, Plot, Characters, Setting, Theme, Context and Literary Devices. Each question is answered in full with references to the text. Ready Readers also provides completed story charts and a short author biography for each title.

Want to see an example?  Click here to download our notes on The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare.

Additional Information

Weight .6 kg
Dimensions 11 × 8.4 × 0.7 in



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