Early Reader Books to Delight All Ages

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The last thing beginning readers need is a boring book from the early reader section. At best, the uninspiring ones provide dull, repetitive practice. At worst, they feel condescending and trite.

Drudgery is the opposite way to inspire a love of reading.

Don’t settle for them. Don’t think they’re an inevitability in the process of learning to read. There’s absolutely NO need to resign yourself to using those boring early readers to teach children to read.

Inspire them to read with compelling stories. Engage them in the process with delightful characters. They’ll be learning to read because they want to read the books.

Early Reader Books That Delight All Ages

Early Reader Books to Delight All Ages

We’ve collected some of the best and most delightful early reader books that your children (and even you) will enjoy!

A Baby Sister for Frances
A Bargain for Frances
A Girl Named Helen Keller
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
Bread and Jam for Frances
Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury
George the Drummer Boy
Grasshopper on the Road
Harry and the Lady Next Door
Harry the Dirty Dog
Henry and Mudge
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
Little Bear
Little Bear’s Friend
Little Bear’s Visit
Mouse Soup
Mouse Tales
Nate the Great
Owl at Home
Poppleton: Poppleton and Friends
Poppleton: Poppleton Everyday
Poppleton in Spring
Poppleton In Winter
Prairie School by Avi
Sam the Minuteman
Snow Is Falling
Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
The Fire Cat
Wagon Wheels
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Penny and Her Doll
Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
Penny and Her Marble
Frog and Toad are Friends
Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Penny and Her Song
From Seed to Pumpkin
Frog and Toad Together
Days with Frog and Toad
Frog and Toad All Year
Small Pig
Sammy the Seal
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia

What early reader books do you love? Do you see any childhood favorites in our list?

See more in our Book Finder.

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  1. Do you have a list for readers who are in between these type of books and full on chapter books? I have a 3rd grader.

    1. Learning Through Literature says:

      You can search our Book Finder by Age first and then filter by interests – this might be the best solution for finding something for a third grader.

  2. This is wonderful, thank you!

  3. Thank you for a wonderful list! I love your resources so much! I have just finished putting many of these books in hold at my library!

  4. Toni Vitrano says:

    Thank you so much. This is a wonderful reading list. I plan to get some of these to read with my granddaughter. She will start 1st grade in a few weeks and has mastered over 100 sight words. Would you recommend Level 2 for her? Thank you again for these wonderful recommendations and for your site as a whole. Have a delightful day.

    1. Learning Through Literature says:

      Hi, Toni! Level 2 is great for children who are reading but still need a little help. Level 1 books have shorter, simpler sentences and are for children just beginning to sound out words. We hope you enjoy reading some of these books with your granddaughter!

      1. Toni Vitrano says:

        Thanks so much!

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