A Bunch of Books for Beginning Readers—Fiction


A Bunch of Books for Beginning Readers—Fiction


Today’s books are for kids who are just getting the hang of reading. Some books are labeled as early readers, others are simply good books with reading levels less than grade 2.0. All are, in my view, great reads. I relied on the reading levels provided by Kansas Book Connect (an excellent book resource).


 The Jellybeans Love to Read by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Four friends, a dog, a pig, a cat, and a rabbit have very different interests. But in each book of this series, they find ways to join together and have fun. In this book, each friend finds just the right library book to match each girl’s interest.


 My Brother, Ant by Betsy Byars, illustrated by Marc Simont

A boy tells four stories about his little brother Ant (short for Anthony). Ant’s older brother gets rid of the monster under Ant’s bed, accuses Ant of drawing on his homework, tries to read a story, and helps Ant writes a letter to Santa. Each story has lots of dialog and is great fun to act out.


 Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland by Wong Herbert Yee

Mouse and Mole are good friends. In this book, they wake up to a beautiful winter day. For Mouse, it’s a perfect day for playing in the snow. For Mole, the day is perfect for staying snug in bed. Through four chapters, they have a day at first apart and then together. This is a great series about good friends.


 Morris the Moose by B. Wiseman

Morris is a moose who thinks any animal with four legs, a tail, and things on its head is a moose. A cow, a deer, and a horse disagree. I think Morris the Moose books are funny!


 Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Fly Guy – is he a pet or is he a pest? And can he win the Amazing Pet Show? This is book 1 of the Fly Guy series and each one makes me laugh.


 Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Splat is very nervous about the first day of cat school and so brings his friend, Seymour the mouse, with him. All goes well until the other cats see Seymour. You can guess what they do then. Not to worry, it all works out.


Cat on Ice by Susan Schade and Jon Buller

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Friends Cat and Rat get new skates for Christmas and Hanukkah. They wait all winter for the river to freeze but it never does. Fortunately, there is an indoor rink. Cat and Rat train for an ice skating show. On the day of the show, they both perform as snowballs and Cat gets to be a star. The rhyming text is paired with fun illustrations. This is part of the Road to Reading series.


 Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes

Bailey’s brother and sister are going camping. Bailey wants to go too, but everyone says he’s too little. Bailey’s parents can see how unhappy he is so they let him do all the fun camping things right at home.


 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Pete the Cat has a favorite shirt with 4 buttons, his 4 groovy buttons. But… one by one they pop off. No problem, he can still sing his song. There is a link given to hear the book read and the song sung. My only problem—the song is now stuck in my head!


 Katy Duck Goes to Work by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Henry Cole

Katy Duck is going to work with her dad, so of course she wears her best tutu, her boa, and a sparkly crown. Katy has a great time, although she does have to tone down some of her dance moves.  This is a level 1 Ready-to-Read book.


 Chicken Soup by Jean Van Leeuwen, illustrated by David Gavril

The chickens all skedaddle when Mrs. Farmer takes out the big soup pot. They all know what that leads to—chicken soup! Everyone runs out of harm’s way except for Little Chickie, who keeps sneezing each time she finds a new hiding spot. What will she do?


 Pizza for Sam by Mary Labatt, illustrated by Marisol Sarrazin

Sam’s family is having a party. The guests bring cake, cookies, and pie but no one lets Sam eat them. Then the pizza is delivered and Sam knows this is the perfect party food for him.


 I am Going! by Mo Willems

Gerald is upset when Piggie says she is leaving. Mo Willems knows just how to turn a few words and a simple situation into a funny and moving story. Well done!


There are lots of great books for beginning readers. In a few weeks  I’ll have a bunch of nonfiction ones.


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