DK Readers: LEGO Ninjago & LEGO City!

The DK Readers in this post are some fun titles that feature LEGO! There are different reader levels available that are suited for beginners readers and those more advanced. I am featuring a level 4 and a level 2 reader below.  If looking for a last minute gift suggestion or something for kids to spend that bookstore gift card on, why not give these titles a look. The price point is right as I’ve seen these for around $3.00-$5.00 each for the paperback versions!


 About DK Readers

Trusted by parents, teachers, and librarians, DK Readers combine a highly visual approach with nonfiction stories that children want to read. Each book is written and reviewed by literacy experts, and contains a glossary and index, making them the perfect choice for helping develop strong reading habits among kids ages 4–12.

Since 1988, DK has sold 49 million Readers and published more than 200 titles in the series. Now, after consulting with today’s leading experts in children’s literacy, DK has transformed their approach with modern subjects and enticing covers that compete for the time and attention of digital-era kids.

Four levels of DK Readers are aimed at different reading abilities: Level 1: Learning to read, Level 2: Beginning to read, Level 3: Beginning to read alone, and Level 4: Reading alone.

DK Readers L2: LEGO City: Heroes to the Rescue

Join the firefighters, paramedics, and police officers of LEGO® City as they race to save the day! Featuring an exciting range of brand-new 2016 minifigures and sets, this well-loved LEGO theme will capture kids’ imagination as they begin to read.

Perfect for 5–7 year olds beginning to read fluently with support, Level 2 titles contain carefully selected photographic images to complement the text, providing strong visual clues to build vocabulary and confidence. Additional information spreads are full of extra fun facts, developing the topics through a range of nonfiction presentation styles such as diagrams, and activities.

My Thoughts… 

My nearly six-year-old son likes reading and looking through this book.  It’s pretty cool as it features all the heroes that are found in LEGO City and that would exist in our own cities! Police, firefighters, coast guard, ambulances, paramedics, and more are taught about! Action and adventure are found throughout. There’s plenty of photos which are fun to look at but they also encourage my son to take his blocks and try to recreate the scenes for himself!

I like that in the back of the book there’s a quiz section. This section features questions about certain things mentioned in the book. This is a great feature to help kids with their reading comprehension skills. My son had no trouble reading this book and has done so many times over. I think it’s a wonderful themed book to talk about family emergency plans and to look for the helpers in our own world!

DK Readers L4: LEGO NINJAGO: Team Ninja (DK Readers: Level 4)

 Join Cole, Jay, Kai, Zane, and Nya in their latest adventure across the exciting land of Ninjago. New enemies are rising-does the team have what it takes to defeat them?

LEGO® NINJAGO™: Team Ninja features brand-new LEGO NINJAGO 2016 minifigures and sets. Jump straight into the heart of the action as Sensei Wu’s brave pupils embark on an epic new adventure. Combining DK’s four-level reading scheme with the popular LEGO NINJAGO theme, LEGO NINJAGO: Team Ninja is at Level 4 and will help kids learn to read-and to love reading.

Reading becomes a fact-discovering adventure with these engaging nonfiction chapter books for children confident in reading independently. Supporting and encouraging a lifetime love of reading, subjects are clearly explained, described vividly, and brought to life with true encounters, fascinating statistics, and dramatic photographic images. Additional information spreads are full of extra fun facts, developing the topics through a range of nonfiction presentation styles, such as articles, journals, and timelines.

My Thoughts…

 My almost 6-year-old son loves Ninjago but he’s not quite ready for this books reading level. However, it’s a great book to sit down and read together. I let him read a few things and then if he says he’s tired I continue on. There are chapters so the whole book doesn’t have to be read all at once. It’s not a bad pick for bedtime either.

The story is good. The book doesn’t feature quite as many pictures say as a level 2 book but I feel that’s a good thing. It’s getting whoever is reading the book ready for stories without.  The pictures that are included are up close and if a child might want to recreate some of the cool places, vehicles, and scenes for themselves, I’m confident they could.

As with the other readers from DK, I am liking the book quiz at the end so children can be tested on their reading comprehension skills in describing and discussing what was happening, who the characters were and so on.  I feel that child of the series that loves to read would be quite happy with this reader and many more like it in the series. I highly recommend it!

* I have received this product for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased product review; all opinions are my own.*