The new LEGO Batman Movie is released on 10th February 2017 and I have gathered together a treasure trove of brilliant books for LEGO Batman Movie fans to enjoy. I am always looking out for great books that will engage my children as 90% of the battle with getting kids reading is trying to find books that they really, REALLY want to read. I hope that some or all of these books will excite fans of the LEGO Batman Movie and help you to get your children reading more.
The LEGO DC Comics Superheroes box set is amazing. It’s a set of phonics readers that my two children actually fight over! Who has heard of a set of phonics books that children are so desperate to read that one of them permanently carries the set around by the little red handle, just to prevent his older brother from reading them!!
This set includes 10 short story books and two short workbooks. These books pre-date the new LEGO Batman Movie, however, my two boys will read anything Batman related at the moment and the appearance of other superheroes in the set (Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman) doesn’t put them off. The stories do include the ‘old-style’ Robin, so keep this in mind if you are only looking for LEGO Batman Movie books.
Each book has a focus phoneme, or sound, and they are short with only 8 pages of text – perfect for emerging young readers at the beginning of their reading journey. Book 3 Quick! Help Batman! is slightly confusing as it sometimes refers to “the Flash” instead of simply “Flash” but overall the set is worthy of recommendation and because it involves Batman my two are happy to pick the books up and start reading.
The workbooks that come with the set are short but they seem to be more challenging than the reading level of the books. We haven’t tackled the workbooks yet but it is good to know that we have some Batman activities on hand if I ever need them.
Team Batman is a fantastic title for LEGO Batman Movie fans who are learning to read. This book is an information, or non-fiction, book that introduces the characters and main features of the 2017 film release. You will meet Batman, Robin, Batgirl, The Rogues and find out more about Gotham City and some of Batman’s cool vehicles. The book also includes the features of a non-fiction book that children should become familiar with (contents page, glossary, index) as well as a short quiz. It also has a hardcover which gives it a better chance of surviving regular re-reading.
Team Batman is a Dorling Kindersley Level 1 Reader and is aimed at children towards the beginning of their reading journey. The sentences are kept short but the vocabulary can sometimes be a challenge for children just starting to read. At only 24 pages it is a really good length for early readers and it means you can read through in one sitting, which is great for building confidence in children who are beginning to read. The book is filled with bright and colourful illustrations and is packed with LEGO Batman Movie facts.
Rise of the Rogues is Dorling Kindersley Level 2 Reader and it has double the number of pages (48) and more text than the Level 1 Reader. The format is very similar to the Level 1 Reader. It is a hard back information, or non-fiction book. Although there is more text there are still plenty of colourful illustrations. You will meet The Hero Team and each of The Rogues in detail.
If your child is not ready to read the whole book themselves this is a great one to share and read together. Now I know all about Clayface, Killer Croc and Mr Freeze, as well as villains I had already heard of like The Penguin, The Riddler and The Joker. Rise of the Rogues is the perfect stepping stone towards reading chapter books. It’s a bold and engaging book, linked to the LEGO Batman Movie and I haven’t had any trouble getting my two to sit down and read, or listen, to this one.
The LEGO Batman Movie Essential Guide contains everything that any LEGO Batman Movie fan needs to know. It is a brilliant book for LEGO Batman Movie fans: bright and bold, packed with top LEGO Batman Movie facts. It’s a book that we pick up and dip into rather than reading from cover to cover. It is 64 pages long and has the look and feel of an annual. LEGO fans will be excited to know that there are even fantastic photographs of LEGO sets that will no doubt be arriving in stores to accompany the new movie.
The vocabulary in the LEGO Batman Movie Essential Guide is more challenging than the Level 1 and 2 Readers, but this hasn’t stopped my two from picking it up and poring over the pictures and finding bits they can read, as well as really trying to read new and challenging words. We all give The LEGO Batman Movie Essential Guide a huge thumbs up. It is a fantastic, fun read for dedicated LEGO Batman Movie fans.
The LEGO Batman Junior Novel is a paperback novel featuring the story from the LEGO Batman Movie. This is a great book for confident readers who are ready to, or are already reading chapter books. Scholastic are catering for a more mature reader with this book. If you are looking for a more challenging read, then the LEGO Batman Junior Novel is perfect. The Junior Novel does not have many illustrations included (only 8 pages of colour illustrations) but the text is clear and well presented and I am sure that the subject will motivate plenty of confident readers to pick this title up and read all the way through.
If you are looking for books to motivate emerging readers then the DK Readers Team Batman and Rise of The Rogues, mentioned above, would be more appropriate.
Enjoy reading Batman fans!