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!
Thank you to Rosemary for these great suggestions!
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti by Anna Grossnickle Hines
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!
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
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
The Good Bad Cat by John Sandford
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 are 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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