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Early Readers are slightly longer than picture books, have fewer illustrations, and more complex plots. These books introduce children to larger vocabulary words and more intricate plot lines. Often, early readers are written in series, so children can follow along with familiar characters, making reading practice more enjoyable. Below, see some recommendations for both stand-alone books and early reader series.
Stand-Alone Early Readers
Stand-alone early readers are usually still technically picture books, but are controlled for things like vocabulary and length. Some could be transitional chapter books, but these are more likely to be found in series.
Reading goes to the dogs in this timeless Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. From big dogs and little dogs to red, green, and blue dogs, dogs going up and dogs going fast . . . who knew dogs were so busy? And laughter will ensue at the repeated question "Do you like my hat?" Like P. D. Eastman's classic Are You My Mother? Go, Dog. Go! has been a go-to favorite for over fifty years, leaving audiences of all breeds wagging their tails with delight. 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.
Join Dr. Seuss in this classic rhyming picture book-"the simplest Seuss for youngest use." Full of short, simple words and silly rhymes, this book is perfect for reading alone or reading aloud; The rollicking rhythm will keep kids entertained on every page.
Pickles and glue ... A pumpkin head, too Monsters' teeth A smelly old shoe All in a pot For our witch's stew. Beginning readers will love this collection of scary poems, rhymes, and short tales ... told by a ghost! Lively words by Joanne Rocklin and bright, funny pictures from JoAnn Adinolfi make this a perfect treat for any time of the year.
Early Reader Series
Early Reader series are often transitional chapter books, still controlled for vocabulary and length, but now divided into small chapters. The storylines are much simpler than regular chapter books, but provide an ongoing plot readers will be excited to follow. Below are some recommended series for young eager readers!
Dive into the lives of two loveable characters with the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems. These two friends will take readers on different adventures which are always loads of fun!
Best friends Elephant and Piggie decide that they will try to surprise each other, with unexpected results.
For beginning readers who want a few more pages, a bit more plot, and a good mystery, look no further than the Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Follow Nate as he solves his cases along with his dog, Sludge!
Nate, the great detective, depends on his dog, Sludge, to help him solve all of his cases. But Sludge cannit help him this time: Sludge is lost! Lost inside a big department store on a rainy day. Nate frantically searches for his best friend and trusted helper. Salespeople have spotted a wet, slippery, sloppy dog running about. Is Sludge hiding from them? Nate looks high and low, and in places he'd rather not look at all. But every clue leads to a dead end . . . until Nate realizes that Sludge CAN help him with this case!
The Penny series by Kevin Henkes follows young mouse Penny as she sings and plays. Wonderful for beginning readers!
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.
For people who know and love Judy Moody, the Stink books are a must! Meet Stink, Judy's little brother, and follow him on his adventures. Young readers will laugh at his tricks and games! A sure way to engage a beginning reader.
Spurred by a newfound awareness of false advertising, Stink Moody becomes the proverbial kid in a candy store as his letter-writing campaign yields him heaps of free rewards.When Stink buys a mammoth jawbreaker that doesn't break his jaw, he writes a letter of complaint to the manufacturer - and receives a ten-pound box of 21,280 jawbreakers for his trouble! This unexpected benefit of acing the art of letter-writing in school sure gets Stink thinking. Soon Stink is so preoccupied with getting free stuff sent to him that he overlooks a scribbly envelope in the mail pile - until his best friend, Webster, starts acting standoffish and looks as mad as a hornet.In this hilarious new episode from Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds,