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Looking for a list of the best kids books about easy readers?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to easy readers. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about easy readers.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about easy readers, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Little Bear to popular sellers like Green Eggs and Ham to some of our favorite hidden gems like Are You My Mother?.

We hope this list of kids books about easy readers can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Top 10 Books About Easy Readers

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo! book
#1
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo!
Written by Rosetta Stone & illustrated by Michael Frith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Little things can have a big impact, as in this funny Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss (writing under the name Rosetta Stone) and Michael Frith. When a little bug sneezes, he unknowingly sets off a hilarious chain reaction that wreaks havoc clear across town. From a toppled turtle to a sinking ship to a disrupted circus parade, Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! takes a hysterical look at consequences in a way that only Dr. Seuss can.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

There's No Place Like Space book
#2
There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.

There's a Wocket in my Pocket book
#3
There's a Wocket in my Pocket
Written by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In this silly Bright and Early Book classic by Dr. Seuss, a young boy goes exploring in his house and finds an array of fun characters! Are you certain there’s a Jertain in the curtain? Or have you ever had a feeling there’s a Geeling on the ceiling? From the pesky Nooth Grush on a tooth brush to a sleepy Zelf up on the shelf, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket will have young readers eager to explore their homes and the wonders of rhyming and wordplay.
Combining brief and funny stories, easy words, catchy rhythm, and lively illustrations, Bright and Early Books are an ideal way to introduce the joys of reading to children.

Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry? book
#4
Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Learn about deserts, what they are, and what animals live in them with the Cat in the Hat.

Safari, So Good! book
#5
Safari, So Good!
Written by Bonnie Worth & illustrated by Joe Mathieu and Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Visiting Africa with the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally meet an amazing variety of animals including giant cats, elephants and giraffes while learning an array of interesting facts. TV tie-in.

Dr. Seuss's ABC book
#6
Dr. Seuss's ABC
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Arguably the most entertaining alphabet book ever written, this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss is perfect for children learning their ABCs. Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters—from Aunt Annie’s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl—Dr. Seuss’s ABC is a must-have for every young child’s library.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Are You My Mother? book
#7
Are You My Mother?
Written & illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Never having seen his mother, a baby bird makes humorous mistakes trying to find her.

Oh, the THINKS You Can Think! book
#8
Oh, the THINKS You Can Think!
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Young readers will delight in Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! which celebrates the imagination and encourages young readers to think . . . about thinking! “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the Thinks you can think up if only you try.”

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

If I Ran the Horse Show book
#9
If I Ran the Horse Show
Written by Bonnie Worth & illustrated by Joe Mathieu and Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Accompanying Nick and Sally to a horse show, the Cat in the Hat explains the longtime relationship between people and horses, introduces the work of a farrier, identifies basic horse anatomy, and shares facts about popular breeds.

Green Eggs and Ham book
#10
Green Eggs and Ham
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This Dr. Seuss classic starring Sam-I-Am will have readers of all ages craving Green Eggs and Ham!

And don’t miss the new series adaption of Green Eggs and Ham coming soon to Netflix – featuring the voice talents of Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Daveed Diggs, and more!

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

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Books About Easy Readers and Animals

Safari, So Good!
Written by Bonnie Worth & illustrated by Joe Mathieu and Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Visiting Africa with the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally meet an amazing variety of animals including giant cats, elephants and giraffes while learning an array of interesting facts. TV tie-in.

I Wish that I Had Duck Feet
Written by Theo LeSieg and Dr. Seuss & illustrated by B. Tobey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A boy imagines what it would be like if he had such things as duck feet, a whale spout, and an elephant’s trunk, but eventually realizes that he is better off just being himself. Reissue.

Click, Clack, Peep!
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s beloved story about a noisy duckling is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read!

There’s more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won’t go to sleep, and whose play-with-me “peeps” are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him.

Peep! Peep! Peep!

How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out—and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all…

Honorable Mentions
  1. Otter: I Love Books! - On her next adventure, Otter—the irrepressible character sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—discovers a love for books and reading. Otter: I Love Books! is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

  2. Today I Will Fly! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Today, I Will Fly! is the funny introduction to the characters. Piggie is determined to fly. But Gerald the elephant knows that’s impossible—isn’t it?

  3. Listen to My Trumpet! - When Piggie plays her new trumpet for Gerald, the elephant decides he must be honest in his response.

  4. Click, Clack, Moo/Ready-to-Read: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) - New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s Caldecott Honor–winning book is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read! Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears: Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes! Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!

Books About Easy Readers and Bugs And Insects

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo!
Written by Rosetta Stone & illustrated by Michael Frith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Little things can have a big impact, as in this funny Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss (writing under the name Rosetta Stone) and Michael Frith. When a little bug sneezes, he unknowingly sets off a hilarious chain reaction that wreaks havoc clear across town. From a toppled turtle to a sinking ship to a disrupted circus parade, Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! takes a hysterical look at consequences in a way that only Dr. Seuss can.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Diary of a Worm
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Harry Bliss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One small worm . one big world! This is the diary . of a worm. This worm lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn’t have legs, he just can’t do the hokey pokey – no matter how hard he tries. This hysterical picture book by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss tells the daily doings of a small worm in a gigantic worm world. Ages 4–8

The Very Busy Spider
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

A spider, blown by the wind to a fence post near a farm yard, begins to build her web and cannot be distracted from the task at hand–not by the horse, cow, sheep, goat, or dog. But when the rooster asks if she wants to catch a pesky fly, the busy spider is able to catch it in her web immediately!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hi! Fly Guy - When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

  2. The Very Quiet Cricket - One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello–the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . . As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise–an actual chirp! Full of Eric Carle’s gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making. As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise–an actual chirp! Full of Eric Carle’s gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

  3. I Spy Fly Guy! - The 7th book in the bestselling Fly Guy series—with fun foil covers! When Fly Guy and Buzz play hide-and-seek, Fly Guy hides in his favorite place—the garbage can. But as Buzz finishes counting, the garbageman drives away with the garbage and Fly Guy, too! A very worried Buzz follows the truck to the dump, where he sees zillions of flies. Where is Fly Guy?! Time after time, Buzz thinks he spies Fly Guy, only to be snubbed, boinked, or bitten. Then he realizes they’ve been playing a game. He yells, “I give up. You win!” And Fly Guy leaves his new hiding place—he was on top of Buzz’s hat all along!

  4. I See - A book that’s just right for first-time readers! I see an ant. I see a snail. I see a butterfly. I see a nest. I see eggs. I see birds. With high-energy artwork by an award-winning author-illustrator, this book is perfect for first-time readers and kindergarten readers. This book is a companion to Joe Cepeda’s Up, a Guided Reading Level B I Like to Read book and I Dig, a Guided Reading Level C I Like to Read book

Books About Easy Readers and Science And Nature

Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Learn about deserts, what they are, and what animals live in them with the Cat in the Hat.

Inside Your Outside!
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick on a trip in his Inside Your Outside Machine.

Clouds
Written by Anne Rockwell & illustrated by Frané Lessac
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Do you ever wake up and wonder what the weather will be? Instead of turning on the TV to find out, you can just look out your window at the clouds. How do you know what type of clouds can forecast a change of weather? Read and find out.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Speediest! 19 Very Fast Animals - Through illustrations, infographics, facts, and figures, readers will see how big each animal is compared to humans, where it lives on the globe, and just how quickly it can move! With his signature art style, Steve Jenkins’ Extreme Animals reader series explores nature’s truly superlative animals. These readers are fact-packed and span the globe, detailing the astounding abilities of every shape, size, and species. Each installment focuses on amazing and unusual animals, making these nonfiction readers accessible, informative, and fascinating.

  2. How Flowers Grow - This exciting information book for young readers uses simple concepts, combined with easy-to-read text and vivid illustrations for a great reading experience.

  3. Bones - Describes how bones perform different functions as part of the human body.

  4. Stinkiest!: 20 Smelly Animals - Through illustrations, infographics, facts, and figures, readers will see how big each animal is compared to humans, where it lives on the globe, and just how putrid it can be! With his signature art style, Steve Jenkins’ Extreme Animals reader series explores nature’s truly superlative animals. These readers are fact-packed and span the globe, detailing the astounding abilities of every shape, size, and species. Each installment focuses on amazing and unusual animals, making these nonfiction readers accessible, informative, and fascinating.

Books About Easy Readers and Cats

The Cat in the Hat
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 in response to the concern that “pallid primers [with] abnormally courteous, unnaturally clean boys and girls’ were leading to growing illiteracy among children, The Cat in the Hat (the first Random House Beginner Book) changed the way our children learn how to read.

There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.

Cat the Cat, Who Is That?
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Cat the Cat sure likes her friends. You will too! Join this spunky feline as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world, where a surprise is waiting in every book!

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! - The riotously funny follow-up to The Cat in the Hat celebrates its 60th Anniversary! The Cat is back—along with some surpise friends—in this beloved Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. Dick and Sally have no time to play. It’s winter and they have mountains of snow to shovel. So when the Cat comes to visit, he decides to go inside and to take a bath. No problem, right? Wrong! The pink ring he leaves in the tub creates is a very BIG pink problem when he transfers the stubborn stain from the bath onto Mother’s white dress, Dad’s shoes, the floors, the walls, and ultimately, over the entire yard full of snow! Will the kids EVER clean up the mess? You bet they will, with some help from the Cat and his helpers: 26 miniature cats (AKA Little Cats A-Z) who live inside the Cat’s hat! This classic Dr. Seuss story is the perfect choice for beginning readers and read-alouds, especially on snow days! And with a peel-off 60th Anniversary sticker on the front cover, it makes a perfect gift for all ages. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

  2. Splat the Cat and the Lemonade Stand - You know Splat the Cat from his bestselling picture books and Level One stories. Now get ready to graduate with Splat into Level Two readers and find out what funny adventures Splat will get into next! School’s out, and Splat can’t wait to visit the waterpark, but first he needs make some money—selling lemonade! Splat opens a lemonade stand to make enough money to buy a ticket to the Super Jump Water Park. But when Spike opens another lemonade stand right across the street, Splat is in for some friendly competition. He’s going to have to think fast to beat his rival! Splat the Cat and the Lemonade Stand is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. Beginning readers ready for Level Two will love this fun Splat the Cat adventure.

  3. I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! - Read up a storm with Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat–plus his friend Young Cat! The more that you read,
    the more things you will know.
    The more that you learn,
    the more places you’ll go.
    The Cat in the Hat can read in purple and in brown, in a circle and even upside down! Can he teach Young Cat to do the same? A perfect stepping stone for emerging readers to show off their skills, this book will  show kids all the wonderful ways and wonderful things you can read. Originally created by Dr. Seuss himself, Beginner Books are fun, funny, and easy to read. These unjacketed hardcover early readers encourage children to read all on their own, using simple words and illustrations. Smaller than the classic large format Seuss picture books like The Lorax and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, these portable packages are perfect for practicing readers ages 3-7, and lucky parents too! “Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama

  4. Pete the Cat's Train Trip - Pete the Cat is back in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s beginning reader Pete the Cat’s Train Trip. Pete can’t wait to visit Grandma, especially because he gets to take a train ride to see her! The conductor gives Pete a tour of the train, and Pete gets to see the engine and honk the horn. Pete even makes new friends and plays games on board. What a cool ride! Pete the Cat’s Train Trip is a My First I Can Read Book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Fans of Pete the Cat will delight as Pete takes the grooviest train trip in this hilarious I Can Read adventure.

Books About Easy Readers and Food

Green Eggs and Ham
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This Dr. Seuss classic starring Sam-I-Am will have readers of all ages craving Green Eggs and Ham!

And don’t miss the new series adaption of Green Eggs and Ham coming soon to Netflix – featuring the voice talents of Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Daveed Diggs, and more!

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Walter the Baker
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

By order of the Duke, Walter the Baker must invent a tasty roll through which the rising sun can shine three times.

Bread and Jam for Frances
Written by Russell Hoban & illustrated by Lillian Hoban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won’t touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets. Unless Mother can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Yasmin the Chef - Yasmin’s family is hosting a big party, but Yasmin is worried that the traditional food her family is cooking is too spicy—so her family challenges Yasmin to come up with a dish of her own.

  2. The Greedy Python - In this classic picture book from Richard Buckley and Eric Carle, a greedy python eats every creature he comes across in the jungle. From a tiny mouse to an enormous elephant, the eaten animals befriend one another in the belly of the snake, where they team up and kick the inside of the python until he spits them out. This humorous tale about manners, respect, and friendship will delight readers!

  3. Picky Nicky - Picky eater Nicky declares that she would rather eat bees and parrots than peas and carrots until her inventive family devises a clever plan to overcome her finicky habits. Original.

  4. Tales for Very Picky Eaters - A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.

Want to see books about food?

Books About Easy Readers and Imagination And Play

Jack at the Zoo
Written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli, an uproarious early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog.

Jack, Rex, and the Lady visit the zoo. But when Jack gets hungry, he sneaks into a koala’s cage to steal some snacks. In a case of mistaken identity, the Lady takes the koala home and leaves Jack stuck in the cage. How will Jack escape, and will the Lady and Rex be happier with the new Jack?

Welcome to the laugh-out-loud and irreverent world of Jack, a new early reader series by the New York Times bestselling and award-winning team of Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli.

Can I Play Too?
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Can I Play Too? Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to join in a game of catch. But don’t you need arms to catch?

Andy & Sandy and the First Snow
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Andy and Sandy play in the snow in this third book of the easy-to-read picture book series about friendship, from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis. When the first big snow of winter hits, Sandy wants to play outside—but Andy isn’t so sure. After all, snow is very wet and very cold! But Sandy drags Andy along to make a snowman, go sledding, and make snow angels. Will Andy discover that snow can be fun—despite being wet and cold? Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Are You Ready to Play Outside? - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

  2. Watch Me Throw the Ball! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald is determined to teach Piggie that ball-throwing is serious business… but Piggie is just as determined to have serious fun.

  3. Yasmin the Superhero - Yasmin gathers a cape and mask and sets out to find a villain to defeat with her “super powers”—however there are no villains hiding on her block, just neighbors who need a little help.

  4. Harold & Hog Pretend For Real! - Hog is careful. Harold is not. Harold cannot help smiling. Hog can. Hog worries so that Harold does not have to. Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog’s friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?

Books About Easy Readers and Action And Adventure

Are You My Mother?
Written & illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Never having seen his mother, a baby bird makes humorous mistakes trying to find her.

I Am Invited to a Party!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Am Invited to a Party! Piggie is invited to her first party. She doesn’t know what to wear, though, so she asks her best friend Elephant for help. Elephant’s advice is odd to say the least, so Piggie will try on all sorts of zany outfits before finally arriving at the party for a hilarious surprise.

I Am Going!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Am Going!, Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald she is going. If Piggie goes, who will Gerald skip with, play Ping-Pong with, and wear silly hats with?

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Big Honey Hunt - Papa Bear tries to teach Small Bear how to find honey in a honey tree.

  2. Teen Titans Go! (TM): Ninja Party! - The Teen Titans are on a mission to train Beast Boy in the ways of the mysterious (and totally stealthy) ninjas! As one of the loudest Titans, he’s going to have his work cut out for him. Does he have what it takes to replace Robin as the Ninja Master? Passport to Reading Level 2 TM & © DC Comics. (s17

  3. Zack's Alligator - When Bridget the alligator arrives in the mail, she’s only the size of a key chain! But after Zack soaks her in water, she grows into a real live alligator. Bridget wrestles the garden hose and swings from the monkey bars. And what other alligator can do cartwheels? Children’s Books of 1989 (Library of Congress)

  4. The Yellow House Mystery (The Boxcar Children: Time to Read, Level 2) - Years ago, a man disappeared from the yellow house on Surprise Island. Why? The Aldens have found a clue to the mystery! Adapted from Gertrude Chandler Warner’s story of the same name, this early reader allows children to start reading with a Boxcar Children classic.

Books About Easy Readers and Values And Virtues

Should I Share My Ice Cream?
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a latest entry in a Geisel Award-winning series, the friendship between reserved Gerald and fun-loving Piggie is tested when Gerald faces a difficult decision. By the Emmy Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 100,000 first printing.

Waiting Is Not Easy!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more…

A Big Guy Took My Ball!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too…but is he big enough to help his best friend?

Honorable Mentions
  1. We Are Growing! - Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

  2. Penny and Her Marble - Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s award-winning Penny returns in the third easy-to-read story about a sweet and curious mouse, perfect for fans Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Chrysanthemum. When Penny spots a marble in Mrs. Goodwin’s front yard, she picks it up, puts it in her pocket, and takes it home. It’s a beautiful marble—it’s big, shiny, blue, smooth, and fast, and Penny loves it. But does the marble really belong to Penny? Penny and Her Marble was named a 2014 Geisel Honor book by the American Library Association. This annual award, given to the most distinguished books for beginning readers, is named for the world-renowned children’s author Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Kevin Henkes is a master at creating beautifully illustrated books that resonate with young children. The Penny books are new classics for beginning readers and will appeal to fans of Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Henry and Mudge. Don’t miss Penny’s newest adventures in Penny and Her Sled, coming this fall!

  3. The Cookie Fiasco - Four friends. Three cookies. One problem. Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . and four of them! They need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!

Books About Easy Readers and Elephants

We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader.

Let's Go for a Drive!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Let’s Go for a Drive! Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road! But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.

I'm a Frog!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I’m a Frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie’s new identity?

Honorable Mentions
  1. I Will Surprise My Friend! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other-but the biggest surprise is the one they least expect.

  2. Pigs Make Me Sneeze! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Pigs Make Me Sneeze!, Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever?

  3. Happy Pig Day! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities? Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt story about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party!

  4. I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie can’t wait to show Gerald her brand new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

Books About Easy Readers and School

The Big Stink
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Something smells terrible in Miss Winkle’s classroom, and no one knows what it is! When the class bully picks on the new boy, saying he’s the smelly one, Pedro steps in and stands up for his new friend. But the class still needs to know where that stench is coming from! Like all Pedro books, the story is supported with a glossary and reader response questions, making this a fun and functional choice for libraries.

Fancy Nancy: My Family History
Written by Robin Preiss Glasser and Jane O'Connor & illustrated by Aleksey & Olga Ivanov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Nancy has to write a report on her ancestors for school, she can’t help exaggerating a little—at first. After all, what’s wrong with making her family history sound fancier? But Nancy goes too far and has to deal with truth and consequences! Readers will sympathize with Nancy’s quandary in this engaging Fancy Nancy I Can Read story.

Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream
Written & illustrated by Rob Scotton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Splat and his class go on a field trip to an ice cream factory in this delectable I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. Splat can barely sit still during the bus ride. He’s imagining the mountain of ice cream he thinks he’ll get to eat! But when Splat gets there, that mountain becomes more of an avalanche. It’s up to Splat and his classmates to save the day! Beginning readers will practice the –eam sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Big Lie - Jake’s new toy plane is missing. No one knows where it is, except Katie Woo. But Katie wants to keep the plane. What should she do?

  2. No More Teasing - A mean boy always teases Katie Woo. It makes Katie sad and mad. How can she make the bully stop teasing her?

  3. One Funny Day - Wagner has been fooled by just about everyone this April Fools’ Day—his best friend Pearl, his teacher, and even the librarian. Tired of being on the receiving end of all the pranks, Wagner is determined to have the last laugh. This easy-to-read installment of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor-winning Pearl and Wagner series promises a whole lot of giggles for young readers!

  4. Katie Woo Has the Flu - Katie misses school while she is home with the flu.

Books About Easy Readers and Dogs

Houndsley and Catina through the seasons
Written by James Howe & illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Follow two adorable friends all year long in this four-in-one collection of adventures featuring the sweet, endearing Houndsley and Catina.

Funny, friendly, and just right for emerging readers, the world of Houndsley and Catina is the perfect place to escape to at any time of year. Whether they’re watching fireflies, canoeing through the water, cheering each other up, or savoring the first snow of winter, these best buds will delight new readers and encourage them to keep turning the pages. This bind-up includes:

Houndsley and Catina Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time

Go, Dog, Go!
Written & illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Different kinds of dogs drive cars, wear hats, run around in mazes, and even have wild parties in treetops.

King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats
Written by Dori Hillestad Butler & illustrated by Nancy Meyers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery. Kayla made peanut butter treats for Jillian’s new puppy Thor. But now the treats are missing. What does Kayla know? ―There are three treats missing. King was in the kitchen. King’s breath doesn’t smell like peanut butter. What does King know? ―There’s an intruder in the house. How will they solve the mystery?

Honorable Mentions
  1. Goodbye to Goldie - Katie Woo’s dog, Goldie, was very old. Goldie became sick and died. Katie will miss her friend. She is glad that she has lots of happy memories of Goldie.

  2. The Case of the Stolen Drumsticks (Detective Paw of the Law: Time to Read, Level 3) - Detective Paw and Patrol Officer Prickles reunite for The Case of the Stolen Drumsticks! Vinnie “The Crash” McClaren’s drumsticks disappear right before the Battle of the Bands! Can Detective Paw and Patrol Officer Prickles find the culprit before the show? Young readers can learn about police procedures and detective work as they follow along with Detective Paw and try to solve the case themselves!

  3. Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page - Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, love reading their favorite books over and over. So when Mr. Putter sees a sign at the library that says “Read Aloud with Your Pet at Story Time,” he signs up! But then Mr. Putter’s friend and neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, wants to join. If Mrs. Teaberry brings her good dog, Zeke, to the library, who knows what will happen? With Zeke up to his usual tricks, story time might get too exciting! This volume in the beloved Mr. Putter and Tabby series was named a Geisel Honor Book by the American Library Association.

  4. Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club - Rosamond has started a book club called Rosamond’ s Ready Readers. But she claims there’s an evil page monster on the loose. This monster has ripped and ruined a page of the cookbook Rosamond uses to make treats for the club. Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, go to the next meeting of the book club . . . as undercover detectives. All the members are there. They are reading a book when one of Rosamond’s Ready Readers discovers that a page is missing. Has the evil page monster struck again? Nate and Sludge know they have a real case. Their search for evidence takes them to Rosamond’s kitchen and to a school book sale where a librarian gives them important clues. Can the pancake-eating detective and his bonemunching partner solve their hungriest case yet?

Books About Easy Readers and New Experiences

Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show
Written by Tomie dePaola & illustrated by Jim Lewis and Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Andy and Sandy hit the stage in this fourth book of an easy-to-read picture book series about friendship—from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis. Outgoing Sandy convinces shy Andy to do a dance at the big talent show. The only problem? Andy doesn’t know how to dance! Luckily, Sandy is a good teacher. But when showtime finally arrives, it’s Sandy who freezes up! A true friend through and through, Andy overcomes his shyness to save the performance. Let’s give a standing ovation to friendship! Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

Andy & Sandy And The Big Talent Show
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Andy and Sandy hit the stage in this fourth book of an easy-to-read picture book series about friendship—from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis.

Outgoing Sandy convinces shy Andy to do a dance at the big talent show. The only problem? Andy doesn’t know how to dance! Luckily, Sandy is a good teacher. But when showtime finally arrives, it’s Sandy who freezes up! A true friend through and through, Andy overcomes his shyness to save the performance. Let’s give a standing ovation to friendship!

Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

My First Yoga Class
Written & illustrated by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers can learn all about what happens at yoga class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text and photographs of yogis-in-training! It’s the first day of yoga class in this early reader by Biscuit creator Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Roll out your yoga mat! What will it be like? Yoga students stand on sticky mats and learn poses with animal names like “downward dog” and “lion pose.” Young readers will love seeing kids their age practicing yoga in this adorable introduction to the sport! Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic yoga poses—to be done with a parent or guardian’s supervision.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Cartwheel Katie - Katie is enrolled in a gymnastics class, but when she has trouble doing some of the moves she gets discouraged and considers dropping out.

  2. The Best Seat in Kindergarten - On the first day of kindergarten, everyone is new at school—including Sam! Beginning readers will love this warm introduction to all the excitement and uncertainty of starting kindergarten. From the team who wrote and illustrated The Best Seat in Second Grade, this prequel is a heartfelt story that’s perfect for all children getting ready for kindergarten and other big early steps. It’s Sam’s first day of kindergarten, and he’s not so sure what to expect. Sam’s teacher, Ms. Tate, takes the class on a nature walk, and at the very end, everyone gets to show off what they found! Sam makes new friends when he helps everyone find interesting things for show-and-tell. The Best Seat in Kindergarten is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

  3. Tooth Fairy's Night - 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.

  4. Katie's Noisy Music - Katie Woo wants to learn an instrument, but she is having trouble deciding what kind of music suits her best.

Books About Easy Readers and Feelings And Emotions

Pedro's Monster
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Despite his father’s reassurances, Pedro is frightened by the monsters in his dreams—until he finds a way to use his love of monster trucks to defeat his dream monsters.

Pedro's Big Break
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When Pedro breaks his arm racing his bike he has to cope with the frustration of wearing a cast for a whole month—but with the help of his friends he discovers that there are still fun things to do.

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Good for Nothing Button
Written by Mo Willems & illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something! The hilarious debate that follows takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that pokes at the power of imaginative play.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Penny and Her Doll - Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s award-winning Penny returns in the second easy-to-read story about a sweet and curious mouse, perfect for fans Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Chrysanthemum. When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll’s name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn’t know. What should Penny call her? Kevin Henkes is a master at creating beautifully illustrated books that resonate with young children. The Penny books are new classics for beginning readers and will appeal to fans of Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Henry and Mudge. Don’t miss Penny’s newest adventures in Penny and Her Sled, coming this fall!

  2. Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move - In Henry and Mudge’s eighteenth adventure, Henry’s cousin Annie is moving — right next door to Henry! Annie likes Henry and Mudge, but she’s nervous about leaving her friends, and about changing schools, and about what might happen to her things on the moving truck. She’s so nervous she’s broken out in blotches. But Henry knows just the thing for a bad case of nerves — a snuggle under a blanket with a big dog like Mudge!

  3. Keep Dancing, Katie - Katie loves being the best dancer in her dance class, so when Mattie joins the class and begins to outshine her, Katie is jealous.

  4. Boo, Katie Woo! - Disappointed that her monster costume does not frighten anyone, Katie Woo still finds a way to have a happy Halloween.

Books About Easy Readers and Social Themes

Fish is Fish
Written & illustrated by Leo Lionni
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From beloved Caldecott winning picture book creator Leo Lionni, this charming tale of sticking together and imagination shows how powerful friendship can be.

Two best friends, a minnow and a tadpole, are practically inseparable until the tadpole grows legs and decides to explore the world beyond the pond. When the tadpole, now a frog, returns to tell his friend of the extraordinary things he’s seen, the minnow, now a fish, tries to follow in his footsteps, but quickly finds that land is not what he expected. Friendship truly saves the day in this imaginative tale of a fish out of water.

The Slithery Shakedown
Written by Tracey Hecht & illustrated by Kate Liebman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Now children ages 5-7 can join the trio of unlikely animal friends in a new Grow & Read Early Reader story with the Nocturnal Brigade.

The Itchy Book!
Written & illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Triceratops has an itch. . . so does Pterodactyl. . . and Brontosaurus. . . and T-Rex! But Dino-Mo reminds them all of the BIG rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch! What’s an itchy dinosaur to do? Find out in this hilariously charming beginning reader by author/illustrator LeUyen Pham.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Ada Lace Sees Red - Ada Lace is building a new robot! She’s determined to beat Milton in the upcoming robotics competition. But she’s distracted—Ada finds her dad’s art class impossible, while Nina is the star of the class, basking in the glory of being Mr. Lace’s star pupil. When Mr. Lace suggests that Nina put on an art show, Ada becomes jealous and loses her temper. Now Ada isn’t speaking to her dad, she’s falling behind in art class, and she still doesn’t know how to fix her robot. As the competition looms closer, Ada starts to wonder if there might be a way to use both science and art to solve her problems. Will Ada make up with her father in time to test her hypothesis? Or will her hurt feelings leave her seeing red and without a medal at the end of the day?

  2. No Fighting, No Biting! - Poor Cousin Joan! She can’t read her book when Willy and Rosa are pinching and squeezing and fighting. So she tells them stories about two little alligators who are always fighting and biting—just like Willy and Rosa!

  3. Bootsie Barker Bites - Seeing bully Bootsie Barker get her comuppance is guaranteed to make young readers smile. It’s the worst when Bootsie Barker comes to my house. Bootsie’s the one who pulls my hair and tears my books. She hates Charlene, my pet salamander. She says that I’m a turtle and she’s a turtle-eating dinosaur. Uh-oh, I think I hear a car pulling up. That’s her now! Eeek!

  4. Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover - Rabbit’s carefully planned visit with Robot doesn’t work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends. Rabbit is excited: his friend Robot is coming to spend the night! Rabbit has left nothing to chance and has drawn up a list of all the things they will do. First off is making pizza, but Robot only likes nuts and bolts and screws on top (good thing he has magnetic hands). Next on the list is watching TV, but the remote is missing, and Rabbit is panicking! Will Robot find a logical (and rather obvious) solution to the problem? Number three is . . . uh-oh! Why is Robot lying down instead of playing Go Fish? And what is that message reading “BAT” printing out from a slot on his front? New readers who like silly stories will race through this funny adventure about a rabbit who likes to be in control and an obliging robot who calmly keeps their friendship humming.

Books About Easy Readers and Foxes

Fox in Socks
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A collection of tongue twisters for the young reader to read by himself

Fox the Tiger
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one! Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever? In Fox the Tiger, this winning trickster character and his animal friends learn that the best thing to be is yourself. Fox the Tiger is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox Is Late, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride.

A Pig, a Fox, and a Box
Written & illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Jonathan Fenske tells three humorous stories of two friends, Pig and Fox, and their shenanigans with a cardboard box (all of which involved Pig accidentally crushing Fox in the box). With comic art and simple language, this Level 2 reader is sure to have kids rolling with laughter.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Stop, Fox! - Fox talks a LOT! All the other animals are tired of hearing him talk. But Sloth doesn’t want Fox to stop talking—it helps him sleep! That’s perfect for Fox! Or is it?

  2. Fox Is Late - Fun-loving, mischievous Fox is late for lunch, so he hops on his skateboard. Go, Fox, go! What is this winning trickster character doing, zooming over and under and around on his skateboard? His animal friends follow him home to find out—and get a big surprise! Fox Is Late is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox the Tiger, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride.

Want to see books about foxes?

Books About Easy Readers and Places And Regions

Katie Saves Thanksgiving
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When a snowstorm causes the power to go out, Katie and her parents think their Thanksgiving dinner with JoJo and Pedro is ruined, but by being a good neighbor, Katie manages to save the day. Simultaneous.

Moving Day
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie Woo’s family is moving to a new house. Katie will miss her old room, and she thinks her new house seems a little weird. Her parents say it will feel like home soon enough, but she’s just not sure.

The Tricky Tooth (Katie Woo)
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Everyone in Katie Woo’s class has lost a tooth, except her! She tries everything she can think of to make her wiggly tooth fall out, but nothing works. Will she ever lose her tricky tooth?

Honorable Mentions
  1. Star of the Show - Katie is sad when she is cast as an earthworm in her school play, because that means she cannot be the star.

  2. Red, White, and Blue and Katie Woo! - As Katie, her parents, and friends celebrate Independence Day with a parade, games, a picnic, and fireworks, the few things that go wrong do not interfere with their fun.

  3. Katie's Lucky Birthday - Katie looks forward to celebrating her birthday at school, and then finds a way to make it even more special when her friend Pedro mentions that he has a summer birthday.

  4. Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! - Ling and Ting are twins. They have the same brown eyes. They have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles. Ling and Ting are two adorable identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving—people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same.

Books About Easy Readers and Bears

Little Bear
Written by Else Holmelund Minarik & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Celebrate the timeless warmth of a mother’s love with the very first ever I Can Read book.

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday.

This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains as beloved today as it was then. An ALA Notable Children’s Book, this Level One I Can Read is full of warm and lovingly playful stories that are perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

Masha and the Bear: Reader #2
Written & illustrated by Lauren Forte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An exciting leveled reader featuring Masha and the Bear! After the Bear’s birthday, Masha gets excited about her own special day—and all of the presents she’ll get. But when her birthday finally arrives, she can’t find her friends. Where are they? Did they forget?!

A Kiss for Little Bear
Written by Else Holmelund Minarik & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss.

How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will delight children just learning to read.

Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, the creators of the first Little Bear book for beginning readers, once again blend their extraordinary talents in a tender story filled with warmth and laughter.

This beloved classic is an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Little Bear's Friend - One summer Little Bear makes friends with a girl named Emily. But when summer ends, Emily must leave. Little Bear is very sad—until he finds a way to stay close to his new friend even when she is far away!

  2. Little Bear's Visit - Little Bear likes to visit Grandmother and Grandfather Bear. He likes Grandfather’s hat and Grandmother’s cooking. But most of all, he loves to listen to their stories!

  3. The Adventures of Paddington: Paddington and the Painting -

Want to see books about bears?

Books About Easy Readers and Pets

A Fish Out of Water
Written by Helen Palmer & illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A fun-filled reading experience for the beginning reader about a little boy who overfeeds his fish

Mr. Putter & Tabby Toot the Horn
Written by Cynthia Rylant & illustrated by Arthur Howard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Mr. Putter’s neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, decides that they should join a band, but finding the right one isn’t as easy as it sounds—for them or their pets.

Biscuit
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Snuggle up at bedtime or anytime with Biscuit, the very first book about everyone’s favorite little yellow puppy. It’s time for bed, but Biscuit doesn’t want to sleep! Before Biscuit gets into bed he wants one more snack, one more story, one more kiss. Will he ever go to sleep? Woof, woof! This familiar bedtime drama is perfect for shared reading at bedtime and makes for a lovely gift to new parents. Children love the warmth of the Biscuit stories, which have helped introduce generations of boys and girls to the joy of reading.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Amelia Bedelia Gets a Break - Learn to read with young Amelia Bedelia! The Amelia Bedelia books are great for growing the vocabularies of newly independent readers. In Amelia Bedelia Gets a Break, Amelia Bedelia is put in charge of caring for her class hamster over a school vacation. But Amelia Bedelia gets more than she bargained for when the hamster goes missing! Amelia Bedelia is left in charge of her class pet—a hamster named Harry—over school break, and she’s excited to learn all about caring for an animal. But when Harry goes missing, Amelia Bedelia is upset. Her friends Dawn and Clay help her search the house and make “lost pet” signs, but it seems hopeless, until Amelia Bedelia puts herself in Harry’s shoes and finds him hiding in her favorite spot in the house. A Level 1 I Can Read book featuring the childhood of America’s favorite housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia. More than thirty-five million Amelia Bedelia books sold since 1963!

  2. Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas - Since its creation in 1987, the Henry and Mudge series has grown into one of the most beloved and acclaimed beginning-reading series ever. With more than two million copies sold, the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, Parents’ Choice, The Horn Book Magazine, the International Reading Association, the American Booksellers Association, and most importantly, the thousands of children who belong to the Henry and Mudge fan club have recommended these wonderful books. Created by renowned Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and acclaimed illustrator Suçie Stevenson, the Henry and Mudge series is without a doubt a classic for all time.

  3. Katie and the Class Pet - Katie is so excited when her name is drawn to take the class pet, Binky,home for the weekend. Things start off great, and Katie takes good care of Binky. But when she loses him, she dreads telling her teacher and classmates.

Want to see books about pets?

Books About Easy Readers and History

George Washington and the General's Dog
Written by Frank Murphy & illustrated by Richard Walz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Children will delight at this little-known-story about our nation’s first president, George Washington, that makes for perfect President’s Day readers!

Boom! Bang! Guns fire! Cannons roar! This Step 3 History Reader is about George Washington fighting in the American Revolution. He sees a dog lost on the battlefield. Whose dog is it? How will it find its master? Early readers will be surprised to find out what happens in this little-known true story about America’s first president.

Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics. These books are for children who are ready to read on their own.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by Kitson Jazynka
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Introduces the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Geographic Readers: Rosa Parks
Written by Kitson Jazynka
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Find out about the life of Rosa Parks and how her actions in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 helped end racial segregation in America. This book follows the same standards as other National Geographic Readers with the same careful text, brilliant photographs, and fun approach that kids love. The life story of Rosa Parks has enduring lessons to teach us and this biography should appeal to kids, parents, and teachers.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Breakout! Escape from Alcatraz - An easy-to-read study of Alcatraz, “The Rock,” describes how America’s renowned prison housed some of the country’s most notorious criminals.

  2. Women Who Launched the Computer Age - This book was chosen by the Children’s Book Council as a best STEM book of 2017! Meet the women who programmed the first all-electronic computer and built the technological language kids today can’t live without in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet!” In 1946, six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without any programming languages or tools, and by the time they were finished, the ENIAC could run a complicated calculus equation in seconds. But when the ENIAC was presented to the press and public, the women were never introduced or given credit for their work. Learn all about what they did and how their invention still matters today in this story of six amazing young women everyone should meet! A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus interesting trivia facts about how computers have changed over time. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so much fun!

  3. Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter - 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.

  4. Alexander Hamilton: From Orphan to Founding Father - Fans of the Broadway musical Hamilton and American history lovers will want to share this illustrated biography of Alexander Hamilton with their young readers. Did you know that one of our Founding Fathers was not born in America? An orphan from the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton came to the colonies and played an important role in the Revolutionary War, rising to become General George Washington’s right-hand man. But his accomplishments don’t stop there! He helped obtain the ratification of the Constitution; he was America’s first secretary of the treasury; and he established the first national bank and the U.S. Mint. A man of ambition, loyalty, and principle, he is now being celebrated as the prominent patriot he was. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics—for children who are ready to read on their own.

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Books About Easy Readers and Siblings

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy
Written by Laurel Snyder & illustrated by Emily Hughes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this heartwarming sequel to Laurel Snyder’s children story book, Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy. Follow along as they discuss being medium, pounce each other, sing the wrong songs, build blanket forts, and more. Paired with effervescent illustrations by Emily Hughes, this touching, funny children’s book is a celebration of imagination and bonding will enchant young readers.

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy
Written by Laurel Snyder & illustrated by Emily Hughes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible beginning chapter book—now in paperback! In this heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder’s award-winning Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy. Follow along as they discuss being medium, pounce each other, sing the wrong songs, build blanket forts, and more. Paired with effervescent illustrations by Emily Hughes, this touching, funny celebration of imagination and bonding will enchant readers young and old.

The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches
Written by Alice Low & illustrated by Jane Manning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A bewitching tale for beginning readers, the perfect early chapter book story for Halloween!

Wendy is a little witch who is afraid of her mean, bossy witch sisters—until one special Halloween night when she makes a magical discovery: Wendy’s sisters can fly fast, cackle loudly, and cast spells, but Wendy can fly even faster. Can she find a way to out-witch her sisters?

In this I Can Read Level 4 paperback—complete with full-color art and short chapters—Alice Low has adapted her popular story specifically for readers bridging to chapter books.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Mike's Mystery (the Boxcar Children: Time to Read, Level 2) - When the Aldens visit Aunt Jane, Benny’s friend Mike discovers a new mystery! Adapted from Gertrude Chandler Warner’s story of the same name, this early reader allows children to start reading with a Boxcar Children classic.

  2. Charlie & Mouse - Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible and award-winning beginning chapter book—now in paperback! Join Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana. With imagination and humor, Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes paint a lively picture of brotherhood that children will relish in a beginning chapter book format perfect for young readers graduating from picture books.

  3. Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children: Time to Read, Level 2) - The Aldens spend the summer on Grandfather’s island! Joe, the island’s friendly handyman, helps them with anything they need, but as the children continue to explore their summer home, they realize there is more to the island—and to their new friend—than meets the eye. Adapted from the feature film of the same name, this early reader allows children to step into reading with a Boxcar Children classic.

  4. Mystery Ranch (the Boxcar Children: Time to Read, Level 2) - The Alden children head to their aunt’s ranch for the summer and make an amazing discovery! Adapted from Gertrude Chandler Warner’s story of the same name, this early reader allows children to start reading with a Boxcar Children classic.

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Books About Easy Readers and America

Katherine Johnson (You Should Meet)
Written by Thea Feldman & illustrated by Alyssa Petersen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Get to know the woman who made many of NASA’s early missions possible in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people “you should meet!” Meet Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who worked at NASA in the early 1950s until retiring in 1986. Katherine’s unparalleled calculations (done by hand) helped plan the trajectories for NASA’s Mercury and Apollo missions (including the Apollo 11 moon landing). She is said to be one of the greatest American minds of all time. A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus inspiring careers for math lovers. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so much fun!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (You Should Meet)
Written by Laurie Calkhoven & illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Get to know Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the inspiring Supreme Court justice, in this fascinating nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people “you should meet!”

Meet Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also known as the notorious RBG, Ginsberg is only the second female Supreme Court justice in America’s history. She has spent her entire life fighting for equal rights for all, especially women. RBG is a true superhero and young readers are sure to love getting to know her.

A special section at the back of the book includes extras like the history of the Supreme Court and how to become a lawyer. With the You Should Meet series, learning about amazing people has never been so much fun!

Yasmin the Teacher
Written by Saadia Faruqi & illustrated by Hatem Aly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Ms. Alex is called away from the classroom, she leaves Yasmin in charge, but the other children just ignore her and start acting silly and noisy—until Yasmin thinks up a way to motivate them to finish the math assignment, quietly.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Abe Lincoln's Hat - Because of his absentmindedness, Abraham Lincoln begins to carry important things—letters, legal documents, his checkbook—in his trademark top hat. Simultaneous.

  2. Yasmin the Zookeeper - Yasmin’s class is going on a field trip to the zoo, and Yasmin is thrilled when she is chosen to help feed the monkeys; but when she trips and spills their food both she and the monkeys are upset—until she remembers that she has fruit in her lunch bag to share with her new “friends.”

  3. Alexander Hamilton: American Hero - Find out more about this famous Founding Father! With his face on the ten-dollar bill and an award-winning musical about his life, it’s clear that Alexander Hamilton’s story is one worth telling. Despite feeling like an outsider, Hamilton fought hard to form a united nation with a strong central government—and many of his ideas are still relevant today! With this illustrated leveled reader, kids can learn more about the man who, in many ways, was a true American hero.

Books About Easy Readers and Asian Americans

Too Much Rain
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When heavy rain causes flooding, Katie Woo and her parents spend the night in a shelter.

Katie's New Shoes
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie’s toes are feeling very squished in her old shoes. It’s time to shop for some new ones! She’s looking for just the right pair. They must have lots of pizzazz to be perfect for Katie.

Not Exactly the Same!
Written & illustrated by Grace Lin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ling and Ting are twins. They have the same brown eyes. They have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles.

Ling and Ting are two adorable identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving—people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Fly High, Katie! - Katie is flying to Florida to visit her grandmother, but she has never been on an airplane before.

  2. Katie Finds a Job - As Career Day at school approaches, Katie has great ideas for helping her friends present their future professions, but cannot think of a job that she would like to do.

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