20 Must-Read Easy Reader Books
- May I Please Have A Cookie – Jennifer E. Morris – Scholastic – Level 1 – Alfie, the adorable alligator learns the best way to get his hands on a delicious, fresh out of the oven, cookie.
- Biscuit Goes to School – Alyssa Satin Capucilli – I Can Read! – My First – Even though dogs aren’t allowed in school, Biscuit the dog finds a way to sneak inside.
- Too Many Cats – Lori Haskins Houran – Step Into Reading – Step 1 – Ready to Read – I am especially partial to this one, because it was the first book my second daughter read to me. Now my twins are practicing reading it (in between laughing at the cats in the pictures).
- Drip Drop – Sarah Weeks – I Can Read! – Level 1 – Pip Squeak the mouse tries to fix a leaky roof but nothing seems to work. A charming rhyming book that your new reader will have fun sharing with you at story time.
- Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend – Herman Parish – I Can Read! – beginning reading 1 – Amelia has had a bit of an updating since I was a child (which was not that long ago, thank you very much!) but she is still just as charming to today’s children.
- Mouse Makes Words: A Phonics Reader – Kathryn Heling & Deborah Hembrook – Work with Mouse to substitute letters in words to make a new word that rhymes.
- “What is That?” Said the Cat – Grace Maccarone – Scholastic – Level 1 – A very funny book and the perfect way for young readers to practice new sight words.
- Just Critters Who Care – Mercer Mayer – I Can Read! – My First – An important lesson about helping your neighbors taught by some classic, lovable characters.
- Silly Milly – Wendy Cheyette Lewison – Scholastic Level 1 – Milly is quite a silly woman with rather unusual likes and dislikes. Milly only likes things with double letters in their name.
- I Like Bugs – Margaret Wise Brown – Step Into Reading – Step 1- Ready to Read – This book is filled with bug illustrations as well as easy to read, short sentences.
- Splat the Cat Takes the Cake – Rob Scotton – I Can Read! Beginning Reading 1 – If you aren’t familiar with Splat the Cat, then you are in for a treat. This time, Splat breaks the television and must win a cake-baking contest to get a new one.
- Look for the Lorax – Tish Rabe – Step Into Reading – Ready to Read Step 1 – If your children enjoyed the full version of The Lorax (or the movie), then this early reader will be a delight – same cute characters with easy to read sentences and rhymes.
- There’s a Mouse in the House – Wendy Cheyette Lewison – Scholastic Level 1 – A mouse walks into the house and everyone else wants him to leave, except for the kids. (He’s a much cuter mouse than ones I’ve seen in real life).
- Mac and Cheese – Sarah Weeks – I Can Read! Book 1 – The story of two alley cats who are best friends despite the fact that they are completely different from each other.
- Elmo Says Achoo! – Sarah Albee – Step Into Reading – Step 1 – Elmo’s constant sneezing is causing quite the mess, but he’s still just as cute as ever.
- Danny and the Dinosaur – Syd Hoff – I Can Read! Book 1 – A classic book for beginning readers, this is the tale of Danny and the day he spent with the dinosaur from the museum.
- Fire Truck to the Rescue (Lego City Adventures) – Sonia Sander – Scholastic Level 1 – If your children love Lego’s as much as mine do, then you are in luck because there are plenty of Lego-themed easy reader books available. This one happens to be a favorite at our house.
- Fancy Nancy and The Mean Girl – Jane O’Connor – I Can Read! Beginning Reading – I have to admit I wasn’t a huge fan of Fancy Nancy at first, but now I adore her and my kids love to hear all of the fancy words in her books.
- DC Super Friends Flying High – Nick Eliopulos – Step Into Reading – Step 1 – Tales from Gotham City will delight even the youngest of comic book fans. Batman is cool no matter what age you are.
- Pinkalicious: Pink around the Rink – Victoria Kann – I Can Read! Beginning Reading 1 – (there are quite a few in this series, so if she becomes a favorite character of your child’s, be sure to check them out)
Don’t forget to check out our other books lists: 20 Must-Read Books for Kindergarteners, 25 Modern Read Aloud Books For Families, 20 Classic Read Aloud Books for Families and 50 Must-Read Books for Preschoolers.
What are some of your families easy reading books? Do you remember the first book your child ever read to you?
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