Easy Books for the Beginner Reader

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Alphabet and Word Books
Clifford's Word Book, Norman Bridwell
BR Bri
Clifford the big red dog and Emily present a pictorial dictionary of their surroundings and activities.

Bug in a rug: reading fun for just-beginners, by Joanne
Cole BR
Col Includes simple stories and poems, labeled pictures, and rebuses to help young children discover the pleasure of reading.

The cow is mooing anyhow, by Laura Geringer
BR Ger
An influx of rowdy animals representing the letters of the alphabet disrupts a peaceful breakfast.

The dragon ABC hunt, by Loreen Leedy
BR, E Lee
Ten little dragons try to find an object for each letter of the alphabet.

Alphabatics, by Suse MacDonald
The letters of the alphabet are transformed and incorporated into twenty-six illustrations, so that the hole in "b" becomes a balloon and "y" turns into the head of a yak.

Dr Seuss's ABC, by Dr Seuss
BR, E, AE Seu
Colorful illustrations help demonstrate the sound of each letter in the alphabet.

B is for Bulldozer: a Construction ABC, by June Sobel
BR Sob
As children watch over the course of a year, builders construct a rollercoaster using tools and materials that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

My First Word Book, by Jane Feder
E 423 Wil
More than 1000 words are introduced by labeled pictures grouped topically under clothes, home, food, playtime, the country, colors, and other familiar things and places.

Arthur's really helpful word book, by Marc Brown
E 428 Bro
Uses labeled illustrations and brief text showing Arthur and his family and friends at the zoo, in the snow, in the kitchen, at Grandpa's farm, and in other settings to present vocabulary words.

Just one more, by Michelle Koch
E 428.1 Koc
Labeled pairs of illustrations explore the plural forms of irregular nouns such as child/children, goose/geese, and leaf/leaves.

Big, small, short, tall, by Loreen Leedy
E 428.1 Lee A variety of performing animals introduce thirteen pairs of opposites such as first-last, hot-cold, and up-down.

Easy Stories
Hide and snake, by Keith Baker
BR Bak
A brightly colored snake challenges readers to a game of hide and seek as he hides among familiar objects.

Goodnight moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
BR, E Bro
A little bunny says goodnight to all the familiar things in his room. A great end of day story.

I like books, by Anthony Browne
BR Bro Willy the chimp declares his love for all kinds of books, from funny books and scary books to song books and strange books.

I can read more (and other Stories by Dick Bruna), by Dick Bruna
BR Bru
Brief text and illustrations introduce familiar words such as clock, bed, and flower.

Wheels, by Annie Cobb
BR Cob A rhyming storybook that introduces readers to all kinds of wheels, from plane wheels and train wheels to gear wheels and rear wheels.

Surprise, by Jane Fine
BR Fin
A surprise is in store as three children prepare breakfast in bed for their mother.

Jen the hen; Mig the Pig, by Colin Hawkins
BR Haw Fun, rhyming stories about a hen a pig and their friends.

Spot series, by Eric Hill
BR Hil Lift the flap fun with Spot the dog.

Goodnight owl!, by Pat Hutchins
BR, E Hut
Owl was trying to sleep, but all the animals were making too much noise. However, as night time falls, the noisy animals get a surprise!

Rosie's Walk, by Pat Hutchins
BR, AE Hut
Although unaware that a fox is after her as she takes a walk around the farmyard, Rosie the hen still manages to lead him into one accident after another.

Ladybird Start Reading series (level 1)
BR Lad
This series introduces reading vocabulary and progresses from two words on a page to a simple sentence on each page. The pictures also provide clues to the words.

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?, by Bill Martin Jr.
BR Mar
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.

Polar bear, Polar bear, what do you hear?, by Bill Martin Jr. E,
BR Mar
Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.

Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten, by Joseph Slate
E Sla
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

Boom! Zoom! by Judith Bauer Stamper
ER Sta
Ray blasts off into space, where he crash lands on a strange planet and must escape from an alien being. Includes related phonics activities.

Mouse count, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
E Wal
Ten mice outsmart a hungry snake.

Mouse paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
BR, E Wal
Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.

Cookie's Week, by Cindy Ward
BR War Cookie the cat gets into a different kind of mischief every day of the week.

Rosemary Wells Books
E, AE Wel
These highly imaginative stories are loved by millions of young children and are perfect first books.

More Advanced Stories

Arthur (series), by Marc Brown
E, AE, ER Bro
Read all about this famous aardvark and the fun and adventures he has with his friends and family.

Eric Carle Books
E Car Take some time to enjoy these timeless stories with wonderful illustrations.

Listen to the rain, by Bill Martin Jr.
E Mar
Describes the changing sounds of the rain, the slow soft sprinkle, the drip-drop tinkle, the sounding pounding roaring rain, and the fresh wet silent after-time of rain.

Curious George (series), by H.A. & Margret Rey
E Rey  Read all about the adventures of this famous curious monkey!

Dr. Seuss Books
E Seu Great stories for any age!