• Maeve Binchy, Quentins

  • Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

  • Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess

Has anyone found some good beginners readers books?? My 5 year old recently started reading and we have some books that grandparents bought over of fairy tales. They're great but I was looking for a series maybe? In England when I was growing up we had Topsy and Tim. It went through all the different reading levels for Elementary School. I'm wondering if there's anything similar??


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:57 PM) 

I'm not familiar with a series though I'm sure there are some like that. We just randomly add new books to our kids' library based on their interests, their reading level, and what we like. :)

Some beginner books my kids loved:

Dick and Jane -- old-fashioned, but super easy to read and my kids enjoyed the cute illustrations

Hans Wilhelm's level 1 Hello Readers (I Am Lost, I Love Colors, Don't Cut My Hair, etc.)

Harold and the Purple Crayon books, by Crockett Johnson (advanced beginner)

Any books about their favorite things they would read and reread (and still do). For my daughter, it's cats; for my son, it's space.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:14 AM) 

My 4 1/2-year-old really likes the Little Bear series. Easy words, good combination of sight words and phonics, sweet illustrations (and beautifully written - the story about Mother Bear and the little bird she rescued when she was little makes me cry every time I read it).

Some of the Dr. Seuss books are great for early beginning readers, too -- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a favorite, as is There's a Wocket in My Pocket and Go Dog, Go! The emphasis in these is on phonics, but they are silly and fun to read.

We keep these in a pocket in our car and Phoebe loves being able to read to her little brother when we have unavoidable delays (traffic, doctor's waiting room, school pick-up).



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:44 PM) 

The Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant is really good.

So are the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel.

In the "beginning readers" area of the library they have lots of Berenstain Bears early reader books which can be fun.

Hope that helps!


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