My son began to show a more serious interest in learning how to read at the beginning of the year. I had never pushed the issue, and waited for his lead on when to start the process. By that time, he was familiar with the letters of the alphabet and most of their sounds, but I wasn't sure where to go from there. When I asked around for other moms' advice on a good book to help teach your child to read, this book kept coming up.
So, I checked it out from the library to give it a little test drive. It does not have fancy illustrations (it looks more like a text book), and it takes a little preparation on your part to learn how to conduct the lessons, but my son seemed to enjoy it. It teaches the sounds of the letters, etc. so it's not necessary for your child to have any previous knowledge. I just wanted to throw it out there for you moms whose children might be approaching this new milestone. I had never heard of it before I started asking around.
(I understand after my son becomes more proficient at reading, that I will have the joy of hearing him sound out graffiti and expletives. I can't wait!)
Any other great resources out there?