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My Child's First Reading Book

"You should publish it!"
-K.K., Parent of a Kindergartner
 "It's great!"
-C.C., Parent of a Kindergartner

"Thank you for such a great resource!"
-K.B., Kindergarten Teacher

"The pictures are gorgeous. This is great..!
-W.G., Certified Reading Specialist

"Andrew is having a ball!  He takes it to bed with him."
-J.H., Grandparent of a Four-Year Old

"Hannah already can't put it down!"
-M.B., Parent of a Kindergartner
"That book is so very cute."
-S.W., Parent and former Montessori Preschool Director
"You've really done a very good job with it."
-R.N., Preschool Director



"I've looked it over (and my first thought was how well put together the book is)..."
-P.W., Aunt of a Preschooler

"It is a great book and Nyah already loves reading out of it…"
-J.V., Parent of a Preschooler

"I think it's a great start for any pre-school, kindergarten or first-grade child…"
-M.H., Remedial Reading Teacher for over 25 Years


 "He loves it! He just picked it up. He loves it."
-J.B., Mother of a 4 & 1/2 Year Old

Evolution of Content & Titles

We've had an evolution of content & titles. For example, since this book really was my child's first reading book, I named it as such, My Child’s First Reading Book. However, my dear mom (one of the Preschool Directors credited with inspiring this book) suggested I re-title it. Since it has more general appeal (and she had seen it work in her preschool as well), she suggested a more general, broader title, hence just plain First Reading Book (FRB). Now, notice I said evolution, not revolution. The basic page design and organization have remained intact. But, I felt I could give more help on the actual reading pages, by hyphenating the 3 letter word. Some parents may still prefer the more "whole language" approach to the reading pages. So, we kept those the same in FRB, and added the title The Phonics Reading Book, housing those more hyphenated reading pages. Finally, to really get after it at the preschool level, and cover the alphabet as well, not to mention pre-phonics (the bridge from the alphabet to phonics), I introduced The Alphabet Book, and Pre-Phonics for Preschoolers, not to mention the all-inclusive title, Alphabet to Phonics, Vols. 1-3 [Vol.1 Alphabet & Pre-Phonics; Vol.2 Short Vowel Book Skills; and Vol.3 Long Vowels, Blends & Segmenting of Big Words].  –Nicholas J. DeCandia, Author & President, DPC
What if Congress mandated a study (the National Reading Panel; ) to see how children learn best to read? They enlisted: "leading scientists in reading research, representatives of college education, teachers, educational administrators, and parents." 

The Panel started with "about 100,000 research studies on reading that had been published since 1966."  Narrowing the studies down to only the highest quality, they met "over a period of two years to discuss their findings and prepare the results."  
"What did the Panel conclude about phonics instruction? The Panel determined that systematic phonics instruction leads to significant positive benefits for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade and for children with difficulty learning to read. Kindergartners who receive systematic beginning phonics instruction read better and spell better than other children, and first graders are better able to decode and spell words. The students also show significant improvement in their ability to understand what they read. Similarly, phonics instruction helps older children spell and decode text better although their understanding does not necessarily improve."
National Reading Panel. (2001). Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved November 14, 2013

So, the results are clear and conclusive: "systematic, beginning phonics instruction" is the light at the end of the tunnel!
The question becomes what is "systematic, beginning phonics instruction"?

Well, let's break that down.

First, what is "phonics"? Phonics is "a way of teaching reading that stresses learning how letters correspond to sounds..."
Therefore learning to read is really all about 2 steps:
(1) knowing the letter sounds &
(2) putting those sounds together.

Back to our question, what is "systematic" instruction?
I think we can all agree, good systematic instruction would be organized from easier to harder.
Well, this is the exact approach My Child's First Reading Book takes! 
For example, we cover the easier short-vowel sounds (and consonant sounds via 3-letter words) in Section 1. And we save the more challenging long-vowels & blends for Section 2. Then, cover segmenting of long words in Section 3.  



My Child's First Reading Book
LOOK INSIDE (Less Signature Page Design)

By the End of Section 1 - They Have the Tools to Read Short Vowel Books.
By the End of Sections 2 / 3 - They Have the Tools to Read Any Beginning Book.

75 Lessons
111 Pages
8.5" x 11"

* Electronic (pdf) Version, eBOOK: $4.95
* Trade Soft Cover: $12.95
(+$3 shipping)


   MCFRB, eBOOK: $4.95
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MCFRB - Trade Soft Cover
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Note worthy:
(1) Under recommendation from a Preschool Director, for the 3rd Edition and beyond, we undertook a name/title change from "My Child's First Reading Book" (MCFRB) to "Student's First Reading Book".
(2) Therefore, MCFRB is now only available through Den Publishing Company (a limited number of print copies and eBook formats).
(3) Student's First Reading Book is available through Den Publishing Company-HERE and Amazon-HERE.
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