Our CVCC Emergent Readers, the fifth set in Shala Books series of eBooks, can be read independently by young children or with an adult. These eBooks are a valuable teaching resource for all young children who are learning how to read and write, including homeschooled early readers and children who are learning English as a second language. Our eBooks are foundational for new readers, progressing according to new readers’ scholastic reading development. Shala Books unite phonics and whole reading with visually appealing illustrations and audio buttons, crafting the optimal language learning scaffold for new readers. The eBooks can be read online and are also printable. Our innovative teaching ideas constitute a supplementary educational guide for both teachers and parents. We hope to make your children’s reading journey a wonderful and happy one. Please share your own teaching ideas with us by sending an email to


Ask children questions before, during and after reading. Here are some examples:

  • What was your favorite picture? Why?
  • What was your favorite word? Why?
  • Can you find all the words that start with the letter/letters ... ?
  • What is the common initial or ending sound in the eBook.
  • Can you find all the words that end with the letter/letters ... ?
  • What letter(s) does the word start with?
  • What letter (s) does the word end with?
  • Can you sound out all the letters in the word?

Picture Walk

Before reading the eBook, have children look at the pictures and talk about them.



Have children come up with additional words that rhyme with the ones in the eBook. The words can be real or nonsense!


Reading Buddies

Have children read the eBooks to siblings, to friends or to other students at school during reading buddies. Being able to read one or two words per page is a great accomplishment for young learners. By sharing their abilities with others, it builds confidence and gives them a sense of pride!



Free apps and software such as Page Marker, Web Paint and Microsoft Edge will allow you to draw on the eBooks while open in a web browser. Some writing activities include:

a) Have children write a sentence or sentences  using the word(s) on the page.

b) In "presentation" mode, you can show the    word(s) without revealing the picture. Ask children to illustrate what they think the word or words mean.

c) In "presentation" mode, scroll backwards so that the picture is revealed first. Ask children to try and spell the word(s) for the picture. This can be done independently as children will be able to self-correct.

d) Printing Practice - Have children trace the letters with a computer pen or their finger.

e) Ask children to circle certain initial letters or word endings.

f) Structured Word Inquiry - If you are using this as a teaching method, you can choose a word in an eBook as a base. Vocabulary webs can be drawn on the eBook itself.

g) Have children write words that rhyme with the one on the page.

h) White out a portion of a word. See if the children can fill in the missing letter(s).

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