Candlewick Press has published the series Brand New Readers for over ten years. The addition of the Sesame Street characters is new to this wonderful series of books which are "short, funny stories with words and pictures that help children reading for the very first time succeed - and have fun!" Each book opens up to information for parents on "Helping Your Brand-New Reader". For parents of young children, these are wonderful tips in helping to make the child's reading experience a success. For instance before each of the four short stories included in each book there is an introduction. The first tip is to read the introduction to your child, then do a picture walk through the story. This will help your child see what is happening in the story and allows them to predict the text.
The Brand-New Readers series has always had fun stories for young readers, but the addition of the Sesame Street characters is exciting. I believe these characters will motivate young children to want to read the books. My young students flock to favorite characters' books all of the time. By making these books with predictable text and information for parents, I truly believe these titles will not be on the shelf for long. I highly recommend this series of Sesame Street Brand New Readers for preschool libraries and personal libraries of families with young children.