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Beginning chapter books make good readers

by Miriam Downey 22. October 2013 09:17

Early readers or beginning readers are the earliest "chapter books" that a kid can get. They are short with a few basic words and are broken up into "chapters" of two or three pages. Early readers love them because they feel like they are reading a book with real chapters. These books range from 32 to 60 pages long, with pictures, and most of them have been designed with strict guidelines for vocabulary and sentence structure. They are also graded so that kids can develop their reading skills and become independent readers. Many companies have books for beginning readers; some of these are called Step into Reading, Penguin Young Readers and the I Can Read! books.I would recommend these books for kindergarteners who are reading as well as first and second graders. Unfortunately, you will not find many of these books online, but they are available in libraries and bookstores. I did discover that Amazon has numerous beginning readers in electronic format, either free or for a very small price. You can find additional beginning reader books at We Give Books or other online book sources.

Children love to read about the same characters, like Pinky and Rex or Amelia Bedelia. I highly recommend that if your child finds a series of early readers that he/she likes and find more books from the same series. There is a real comfort level in reading about the same characters, and once your child is familiar with the characters, many of the words come easier.

Recently I had the experience of working with a large publishing company to make a list of the best books for children. In the course of making the list, we found more than 150 extraordinary books that beginning readers will love to read. I will include many of the books from this list today and next week I will add to the list. Happy reading!


The Cam Jansen series by David Adler

Dinosaur Hunter by Elaine Marie Alpin

The Snowball by Jennifer Armstrong

Wiggle and Waggle by Caroline Arnold

The Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold

Fire Cat by Esther Averill

On the Go with Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker

The Little Rat series by Monika Bang-Campbell

A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker

Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley

Nic Bishop Spiders by Nic Bishop

Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss

Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner

 I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown

Golly Sisters Go West by Betsy Byars

My Brother, Ant by Betsy Byers

 Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt by David Catrow

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express by Eleanor Coerr

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr

Big Egg by Molly Coxe

Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery by Doug Cushman

Inspector Hopper by Doug Cushmen

Stinky by Eleanor Davis

Wombat and Fox: Summer in the City by Terry Denton

26 Fairmont Avenue by Tomie de Paola

Snakes by Patricia Deumuth

The Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

The Quick Brown Fox Cub by Julia Donaldson

Go Dog Go! by P.D. Eastman

Dodsworth in New York by Tim Egan

The Cool Crazy Crickets to the Rescue by David Elliott

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz

Now I'm Reading: Amazing Annimals by Nora Gaydos

Now I'm Reading: Animal Antics by Nora Gaydos

See the Yak Yak by Charles Ghigna

Chicken Said, "Cluck" by Judy Ann Grant

The Princess Posey series by Stephanie Greene





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