Award winning, Budding Reader Book Set 1: Cat and Rat is the first of five learn-to-read e-book sets in the Budding Reader series. Developed in consultation with the former Director of Language & Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and illustrated by an Emmy Award winning artist, these eBooks are designed to make learning to read easier and more fun for children, even struggling readers.
Intended to be a child’s very first set of readers, Budding Reader eBooks employ research based best practices to ease children into reading. Previewing a book dramatically improves comprehension which is why the first book in each set is wordless; children are encouraged to preview the story before any words are introduced. Repetition aids brain development, so subsequent books repeat and expand the story while slowly building vocabulary. This unique format teaches children, even preschoolers and reluctant readers, that: 1)They can learn to read if they try; and 2)The more words they learn to read, the more interesting the story. To better understand what makes Cat and Rat unique, take a peek behind the cover.
Budding Reader Book Set 1: Cat and Rat, which won Gold in the Mom’s Choice Awards for Best in Family-Friendly Products (or Services), was first published in December, 2011 by a socially responsible independent publisher. Inspired by TOMS Shoes one-for-one business model, Budding Reader donates an e-book to a child in need every time they sell one. By partnering with non-profit literacy organizations that distribute digital books to children in need, Budding Reader eBook sets reach children around the world.
To learn more about how eBook technology is bringing books to the developing world, check out this 2011 video from one of Budding Reader’s non-profit partners, Worldreader:
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