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Nephi Running

32 Books That Will Educate and Entertain Young Readers
Written by Doris A. Johnson and Illustrated by Rebecca W. Miller

Little Books

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The Book of Mormon Little Books series currently has thirty-two books divided into six levels, beginning with Level A for beginning readers and gradually increasing in difficulty to Level F.

 
Baby Nephi

Level A looks at everyday happenings that could have taken place in Lehi's household to help children connect with these Book of Mormon characters.

           
Level A:
Book 1,
Lehi's Family

Level A:
Book 2,
Baby Nephi

Level A:
Book 3,
What Does a Mother Do?
Level A:
Book 4,
What Does Sam See?
Level A:
Book 5,
Lemuel has a Puppy
Level A:
Book 6,
Laman and the Animals
           
   
Nephi Running

Level B continues with stories about the everyday life of Lehi's family, allowing children to relate their own experiences to the stories.

           
Level B:
Book 1,
The Outdoor Market
Level B:
Book 2,
The Boy Nephi
Level B:
Book 3,
Lehi Teaches His Boys
Level B:
Book 4,
Lehi's Family Lives in Jerusalem
Level B:
Book 5,
What Does Sam Watch?
Level B:
Book 6,
Nephi Looks for Sam
           
   
Mother Sariah

Level C continues with commonplace events and begins incorporating scriptural ideas into the stories of Lehi's family.

           
Level C:
Book 1,
Mother Sariah
Level C:
Book 2,
Lehi Is a Prophet
Level C:
Book 3,
Making Bricks
Level C:
Book 4,
The Brick Wall
Level C:
Book 5,
Other Prophets in Jerusalem
Level C:
Book 6,
The Prophet Lehi Prays
           
   
Lehi Warning

Level D relates simplified versions of the scriptural stories about Lehi and his family.  Each book contains scriptural references.

           
Level D:
Book 1,
Lehi Sees a Vision
Level D:
Book 2,
Prophet Lehi Warns the People
Level D:
Book 3,
Heavenly Father's Command to Lehi's Family
Level D:
Book 4,
Lehi's Family Gets Ready to Leave Jerusalem
Level D:
Book 5,
Lehi Obeys God
Level D:
Book 6,
Nephi Prays to Know
           
   
The Brass Plates

Level E is directly based on scriptural accounts in The Book of Mormon with direct quotes and references so children encounter scriptural verse while reading the stories.

       
Level E:
Book 1,
Another Dream, Another Commandment
Level E:
Book 2,
The Mighty Laban
Level E:
Book 3,
The Brass Plates
Level E:
Book 4,
Ishmael's Family Journeys into the Wilderness
       
   
Ship

Level F is also based on the scriptures, and is the most advanced of the Little Book levels.  Fluent Level F readers should be able to read the actual Book of Mormon.

       
Level F:
Book 1,
Lehi's Dream and More!
Level F:
Book 2,
Eight Years in the Wilderness
Level F:
Book 3,
Nephi Builds a Ship
Level F:
Book 4,
Voyage to the Promised Land
       

 

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Six Most Frequently Asked Questions
An Interview with the Author, Doris Johnson
Doris Johnson, Author

1. Why did you write Book of Mormon Little Books?

While using leveled little books to teach reading in the public schools I was able to steadily accelerate children's reading abilities.  Knowing that the Book of Mormon helps us all draw near unto Jesus Christ, I often thought, "It would be wonderful to have leveled little books using Book of Mormon stories!"  The more I thought about this need for beginning readers, the more I felt prompted to write these books, and now, my 32 leveled little books have been published!

2. How do these books help children to learn to read?

Book of Mormon Little Books for beginning readers have direct correspondence between the text and the pictures.  Patterns, repetition, and consistent text format appear in the beginning levels.  As the levels increase the patterns diminish, print becomes smaller, vocabulary becomes more difficult, and the picture predictability decreases.  The artwork portrays a clear connection between the text and the illustrations.  Total word count and 95% accuracy level are printed on the back of each book.  A beginner should fluently read each book with this accuracy level before going on to the next book.  A child who can fluently read level F books will be able to read the actual Book of Mormon.  A companion book, Scripted Lesson Plans for Book of Mormon Little Books, which includes lessons for all 32 books, has been published in conjunction with this series.  Click the red link and go to number 2, "research" to see how "The Big 5 Essential Components to Teach Reading" are included in every lesson! 

3. What is your teaching experience and education?

I have taught all grades K-6 for over 25 years in the public schools in California and Arizona.  I presently serve as an Arizona State Reading Specialist, consulting with principals, reading coaches and teachers to support the implementation of Scientifically Based Reading Research practices.  My Master of Education degree emphasized teaching children to read and write.  I used a unique method of teaching my own five children the scriptures by preparing 2,241 Book of Mormon Picture Pages

4. How hard was it to write leveled books and how did you accomplish this task?

As I attempted this endeavor I realized that the story line was too complicated for the simplistic lower patterned levels. I was distraught and felt like giving up because I didn't know how to accomplish this goal, yet I felt I must write these books.  While praying I was inspired to introduce the family of Lehi by creating stories that would help beginning readers connect with everyday happenings that could have taken place during Lehi's time period.  Levels A and B fit into this category.  Level C continues with commonplace events and starts incorporating scriptural ideas into the stories of Lehi's family.  Each book in Levels D through F includes the scriptural reference at the beginning of the book and relates scriptural stories.  Quotes are footnoted on each page. See the descriptions of the levels.

5. What is the central theme of your books and what can they do for children?

This first series of Book of Mormon Little Books tells the story of Lehi's family—from when his children were young to the time his people reach the Promised Land.  Young readers will learn the stories, strengthen their testimonies, and feel the joy of actually reading and re-reading these little books.  The small size of the book, repetitious words in the script, and direct picture correspondence develop a sense of ownership and self confidence in young readers.  See pictures of each book in shopping cart.

6. How are your Little Books different from other LDS books for young children?

Being a seasoned teacher of reading, I find that the read-aloud children's books available in LDS bookstores and catalogues are generally too difficult for beginning readers—an important time to start developing reading proficiency. Book of Mormon Little Books fill that gap so the very young will be able to actually read on their own.  These books enable young children to start with lower leveled materials, and increase their abilities little by little as they continue mastering higher levels.  While reading and re-reading they will acquire an appreciation and love for the Book of Mormon characters and stories, and lasting impressions will be with them as they continue to learn the gospel truths throughout their lives!  Scripted Lesson Plans for Book of Mormon Little Books enhance scriptural discussions and provide a supplement for teaching reading.