9 Children's Books About Early readers

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
I Will Race You Through This Book! book
#1
I Will Race You Through This Book!
Written and illustrated by Jonathan E. Fenske
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

See if you can beat Book-It Bunny in a reading race! In this story designed to engage early readers, charming characters combine with simple text, lively illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor to help boost kids’ confidence and create lifelong readers! This easy-to-read adventure breaks the fourth wall as Book-It Bunny challenges the reader to race her to the end of the story. But with distractions and tricks up her sleeve along the way, the competition becomes both fierce and funny at the same time. On your mark, get set, read! Exciting, easy-to-read books are the stepping stone a young reader needs to bridge the gap between being a beginner and being fluent.

Chicks! book
#2
Chicks!
Written by Sandra Horning and illustrated by Jon Goodell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a family brings home chicks from a local farm, they must do everything they can to make sure their feathered friends thrive in their new environment. With the help of their knowledgeable parents, the children provide the baby chicks with food, water, warmth, and proper shelter. Young readers will chirp along happily page after page, learning to read as they watch the fuzzy little chicks grow into downy adult chickens, who will eventually lay eggs of their own!

Tooth Fairy's Night book
#3
Tooth Fairy's Night
Written by Candice Ransom
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

In this Step 1 early reader, a twinkly, sneaker-wearing Tooth Fairy zips around a dreamy neighborhood in a typical night at work. Readers will delight in exploring the details of her tiny world, and in the exciting brushes with danger. Any child who wonders what it would be like to be very small and have the power of flight will happily dig into this fanciful journey.

Pie for Chuck  book
#4
Pie for Chuck
Written and illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When tempted by his favorite dessert, Pat Schories's lovable Chuck recruits his friends to help him sneak a taste. Big Chuck is a woodchuck with a taste for pie. He daydreams about warm, flaky pastries and their fruity filling. When he spots a freshly baked blueberry pie cooling on the windowsill, he must have it. Chuck can't reach high enough, so he recruits his friends to help. Maybe Raccoon or Rabbit can get the pie? It takes some impressive—and athletic—teamwork for Chuck and his friends to reach the ledge, but their reward is so sweet! A companion to PANTS FOR CHUCK: An I Like to Read® Book.

Pants for Chuck book
#5
Pants for Chuck
Written and illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Big Chuck, a woodchuck, is having fun with Rabbit, Raccoon, Chipmunk and the mice brothers when he spots a pair of blue pants. Chuck must have the pants. He holds up the game while he struggles to put them on. "You are too big and the pants are too small," his friends tell him, but Chuck thinks he looks spiffy. Sidesplitting illustrations show a determined Chuck, stuffed into his much-too-tiny blue pants trying in vain to keep up. Comfort and fun finally trump fashion as Chuck sheds the pants and joins the gang for a game of hide and seek. Pat Schories's comic illustrations turn a stubborn woodchuck's misguided fashion statement into a laugh-aloud story about self-image and the well-intended advice of true friends.

Squeak the Mouse Likes His House book
#6
Squeak the Mouse Likes His House
Written and illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The illustrator of the best-selling Biscuit books has created an adorable mouse who inhabits a Borrowers-like world. To a tiny creature like Squeak, a sneaker can become a bed, a toy can become a vehicle, and a few crumbs can become a meal. Readers will be fascinated by the contrast in scale between the giant human world (inhabited by two unsuspecting children) and the diminutive mouse world. As an extra treat, there are fun mazes on the endpapers that follow Squeak's adventure!

Wild Weather: Hurricanes! book
#7
Wild Weather: Hurricanes!
Written by Lorraine Jean Hopping and illustrated by Jody Wheeler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This book discusses where hurricanes come from, what types there are, and what people should do when one strikes.0

Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake book
#8
Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

"Join the world’s greatest detective, Nate the Great, as he solves the mystery of his friend’s missing pet snake! Perfect for beginning readers and the Common Core, this long-running chapter book series will encourage children to problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! WILL THIS CASE SLITHER AWAY? Rosamond is having a birthday party for her cousin Lizzy! Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, are invited. So are Lizzy’s four pet snakes. Nate believes that a good detective knows his limits. Nate does not want to go to a birthday party filled with dangerous, slimy guests. But when one of these “guests” goes missing, Nate and Sludge must face their fears to save the day! "

Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter book
#9
Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter
Written by Nadia L. Hohn and illustrated by Gustavo Mazali
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Learn about the inspiring life of Harriet Tubman in this early reader biography. Harriet Tubman was a brave woman who was born enslaved in Maryland in the 1800s. After risking everything to escape from her slave master and be free, Harriet went on to lead many people to freedom on a journey known today as the Underground Railroad. This book covers some of the amazing aspects of Tubman's life: She led 13 escapes—all successful and at great personal risk—between 1850 and 1860. This book also covers some of the lesser-known amazing aspects of her life: During the Civil War, Harriet Tubman enlisted African American men to be soldiers. She served as a spy. AND she led a battle under the command of a Union Army colonel! Beginning readers will learn about the milestones in Harriet Tubman’s life in this Level Two I Can Read biography. This biography includes a timeline and historical illustrations all about the life of this inspiring figure, as well as a rare historical photograph of her. Much mythology and conflicting lore exists about Harriet Tubman. This book was carefully vetted by noted Harriet Tubman expert Dr. Kate Larson. Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter is a Level Two I Can Read, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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