I love my "puppy" so much that, like a Wild Thing, I could just eat her up.
In kindergarten we have begun having our students read "just right" books.
"Just Right" books are books that children can read either independently or with a little support from an adult or more knowledgeable peer. The books contain predictable text, usually with patterns (I see the dog, I see the boat, etc.), strong picture support and some easy sight words (I, my, the, etc.)
Based on current assessments most students could use some assistance tracking print with his/her finger (one to one matching) to establish word boundaries and use of initial letters to figure out unknown words and deepening comprehension of a text.
The latter can be done by questioning him/her during and after the reading about specific text items or extending the ideas in the book to his/her own experiences.
One of my favorite "Just Right" book series is about a Saint Bernard named Winnie. The illustrator, William Benedict, must have certainly spent quite a bit of time around Saints. He captures their charm, tenacity and brilliance in each picture. I love them!
If you are searching for these types of books for your emergent reader take a look at Brand New Readers. Not only do their books feature Saint Bernards but there are also MONKEYS!
Just another reason for me to love my work!