instead of Bob books, best early readers for kids, best easy readers for kids, first books kids can read by themselves.

Best Easy Readers for New Readers

Best Early Readers

It’s so exciting when your child first begins to really read. I don’t know why, but my kids all hit this milestone in January. I know that it’s something that has been in the works for a long time, but, like a bulb planted last Fall, the leaves have sprouted and the bud is finally in bloom!

My first had just turned 6-years-old in Kindergarten, the 2nd was 5 3/4-years-old in Kindergarten, and now my youngest is just starting to read at 5-years-old in Preschool. There must be something about 4 months of academic exposure at school that coalesces to explain the January timing. I wanted to share some of the books that are great for the very newest of readers. And might I add how much we hated the Bob series books — complete waste of money for us. My kids thought the Bob books were so boring with absolutely no plot.

What was the first book your child read? And what are your favorite very easy books? Please share! Thank you!

Reader Suggestions

Thank you to Rosemary for these great suggestions!

 Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

My Car by Byron Barton

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Eric Carle


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold

This series keeps winning the Geisel Award. We just discovered it in the nick of time. My son thinks these books are really funny!

Sandra Boynton — anything by her!

There are so many good ones. Here’s a few of our favorites that were the among the first books my kids read to me. I think the first book that my kids ever read to me was Blue Hat, Green Hat.

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Be sure to spot the mouse on every colored page. An enduring sweet classic.

Cat at Bat by Jon Buller

Out of all the books on this list, this one is slightly harder but it’s a great story about good sportsmanship.

Biscuit series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

My middle child loved these sweet and very simple stories.

Five Little Monkey series by Eileen Christelow

A repetitive plot is a good thing for brand new readers and Eileen’s Five Little Monkeys never fail to please young ones. I think kids can all relate to being naughty, little monkeys!

Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb by Al Perkins

Another classic that can be a full body, percussion experience.

Frogs in Clogs by Sheila White Samton

A rhyming story that uses a small number of words very effectively AND it actually has a plot!

The Good Bad Cat by John Sandford

A few words goes a very long way to tell a story about a cat who, in being bad, is good! At least when it comes to a mouse in the house.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

I used to hold my toddler in my lap and make her feet match the book. She thought it was hysterically funny.

Max’s Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells

This might be the outlier book but my son says this is the first book he read. It’s true.  We were reading this book and I was thinking that he had memorized it because it’s one of his favorites but he was actually sounding out the words.

Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems

My son and I love these books. Mo Willems wonderful, expressive illustrations practically tell the story and his two starring characters have a lot of personality! Here’s a few of our favorites. We Are In A Book won a Geisel and it’s especially good because Elephant and Piggie talk directly to you, the reader! It’s really fun for little kids in that way!

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instead of Bob books, best early readers for kids, best easy readers for kids, first books kids can read by themselves.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Lynette Mattke

    A nice list of classics and newer treasures. Thanks for sharing the list!

    • Thank you so much! We are also enjoying your iPhone/iPad ebooks! Congrats, by the way, on winning the entrepreneurial award to start your business! I root for all mompreneurs!!!

  2. Thanks for all of this great information. These are wonderful suggestions. Also, I never heard of Explode the Code and it look great.

  3. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss was far and away my daughter’s favorite first by-herself read. Others: Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti by Anna Grossnickle Hines, Time for Bed by Mem Fox, My Car by Byron Barton, and, as noted above, Goodnight Moon. Many of the Eric Carle books are also very good for beginning readers, with lots of repetition: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, etc.

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