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Book Review: Mighty Reader Workbook: First Grade Reading and Skills Practice with Favorite Bible Stories by Heidi Cooley


Publisher’s Description

Who knows how to combine 20 minutes of reading practice and devotional time? A mighty reader! With the Mighty Reader Workbooks, your child can stay on top of his or her reading game while reading amazing stories from the Bible.

Author and current second-grade teacher Heidi Cooley knows how important daily reading is for a child’s learning development. But parents are often lost as to how to help their children practice reading and writing skills. The First Grade Mighty Reader Workbook offers a unique solution to this problem, combining biblical and educational learning. First graders will read stories from the Bible and then answer questions and complete tasks in the same way they would in their classroom. All questions are aligned with state standards, so parents can feel confident that their child’s practice is appropriate for the first-grade level.

Each lesson . . .

  • Offers 20 minutes of reading and skills practice
  • Aligns with state standards
  • Strengthens comprehension
  • Increases fluency
  • Boosts decoding skills
  • Encourages critical thinking
  • Improves sentence writing
  • Teaches biblical values

The First Grade Mighty Reader Workbook is a reading win for both parents and children!

Also available: Second Grade Mighty Reader Workbook

This B&H Kids book includes a Parent Connection, an easy tool to help moms and dads (or anyone else who loves kids) discuss the book’s message with their child. We’re all about connecting parents and kids to each other and to God’s Word. 

My Review

The Mighty Reader Grade 1 Workbook by Heidi Cooley is a book of thirteen Bible stories with six days worth of reading and skills practice for each story. The Mighty Reader Workbook begins with a Reading Strategies Guide and Reading Skills Guide, then breaks the content into thirteen weeks with each week having six days. Each week is a different story and each day are skills to work on relating to the story. Stories include Noah and the Ark, Jonah and the Great Task, Joseph and the Colorful Coat, Moses and the Ten Plagues, David and Goliath, Three Friends in the Fiery Furnace, Daniel and the Lions, Queen Ester, Jesus is Born, Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree, Jesus Feeds the 5,000, Jesus and the Cross and Jesus and the Empty Tomb. Each story covers vocabulary, and reading skills such as comprehension and synonyms. The story is a page long about 5-6 short paragraphs in length. Each day had skill activities starting with reading the story and including skills like writing, circling words, filling in the blank questions, drawing pictures, and answering comprehension questions. The animal graphics throughout the book keep this book child friendly and visually appealing.

I suggest this book for early readers of readers that need extra review. It is a great parent/ child reading book. The activities keep the readers engaged without being overbearing or stressful.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BH/Lifeway Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Im a stay at home, homeschooling mom of six awesome kids. But for fun on the side like doodles in the margin, I like to sew, edit books, design websites, make homeschool resources, study Biblical dream interpretation, decorate cakes, and make pinatas along with many other things including graphic design. I love books and researching. There is always something to learn.

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