This list of easy reader books will delight your emerging reader while giving him or her essential practice in their new skill. These books are great for first and second graders, and advanced kindergarteners, to read on their own or with guided reading.
By Michael RosenRhythm, rhyme and repetition follow this classic story of a family going on a bear hunt. The frequent use of common words will give your child confidence reading this story of suspense and humor.
By Keith BakerChildren's Poem with Picture Book
By Akimi GibsonFrom the Traditional Childrens' Song
By Bernard WisemanEarly readers can enjoy the antics of Morris the Moose just as their parents and grandparents did. Corny humor, large print, and simple words make reading easy.
By Margret ReySome modern critics have wanted to eliminate the curious monkey from the list of children's books, but he remains popular. This is one of the easier reading books about Curious George and the man with the yellow hat. It's length (over 70 pages) and number of words per page make it appropriate for a second grader.
By Laura Joffe NumeroffOkay, it isn't quite a classic yet, only twenty-five years in publication. But this series will make the fifty year mark. In the first book, the boy makes the mistake of giving a mouse a cookie and then having him make all kinds of additional demands like milk, straw, etc. He apparently didn't learn his lesson, so in other books he went on to give a Moose a Muffin, a Pig a Pancake etc. Children enjoy the humor, colorful pictures, and simple sentences on each page.
By Dr. SeussMost of Dr. Seuss stories are appropriate as easy reader books. The three easiest include:
By Ezra Jack KeatsA snowy winter morning and a little boy named Peter star in this simple reading book. Children can relate to the quiet adventures of tracking through the snow, making snow angels, and getting cold and wet.
By Syd HoffA circus elephant is looking for a new home - but who would want him? Oliver finds out where he really belongs. All of Syd Hoff's stories are easy reader books for kids.
Illustrated by Sue WilliamsA modern picture book that combines the words to "Jesus Loves Me" and "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands." Repetition of phrases and simple sentences on each beautifully illustrated page help children gain confidence reading the familiar lyrics. Emphasizes God's love to each child and to international communities around the world.
Retold by Iza TrapaniNew pictures and a new twist to a very old and familiar classic song. Colorful and appealing illustrations of a friendly spider with a vew lines on every page make this one of the easy reader books that will be read over and over.
By Eric CarleEric Carle's books have the distinct honor of being loved by preschool listeners, early readers, and lovers of colorful art. In this beautiful tale, a young cricket cannot find his voice. A happy and surprise ending await the cricket - and reader.
By Leo LionniA chameleon longs to have his own special color like other animals instead of changing. Instead of a color, he finds a friend. Simple color illustrations with one sentence per page. Great review of color words.
By Audrey WoodBeautiful illustrations, simple print, and an affirming message make this 30 year old book a strong candidate for the halls of classic childrens readers. One line per page, the text is great for introducing and reinforcing phonics.
By Karma WilsonKarma Wilson's new "Bear" books get my vote for irresistable easy reader books AND books destined for the halls of classic literature. Children enjoy the rhythm and repetition of the poem and relate to poor Bear as his friends try to make him better.
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