How Parents Can Help Early Readers At Home

Confused about what books to buy your young readers? 
The predictable, repetitive readers your child reads in school aren’t readily available to parents. 

Libraries are filled with wonderful, beautiful storybooks, 
but 4, 5 and 6 year olds can become frustrated trying to read them. 

Here is a list of some book series and authors that cater to beginning readers:

Dr. Seuss Beginning Readers
Okay, this one’s obvious. But they’re great books. Repetitive, rhyming, silly and fun. Some books are harder and longer than others, but books with the “Beginning Reader” emblem on the spine are a great choice. Many of these books teach high frequency words and rhyming.
Green Eggs and Ham
The Cat in the Hat
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Hop on Pop
Fox in Socks

Elephant and Piggie Books By Mo Willems
These books are hilarious! Better than that, they’re easy to read, easy to memorize (Remember that’s an important early reading skill!) and they teach reading with expression. TIP: encourage your child to read with expression by having them act out what Elephant and Piggie are saying and feeling. 
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Let’s Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Today I Will Fly (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
I Am Invited to a Party! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
David books by David Shannon
Kids love these books and because they’re funny, there are very few words, and they can easily remember what to read on each page.
No, David!
David Goes to School
David Gets in Trouble

Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit Goes to School
Biscuit’s Day on the Farm
Biscuit and the Baby
Biscuit Visits the Doctor
Biscuit’s Birthday

Other Books with Repetitive or Easy Text
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Ook the Book: And Other Silly Rhymes by Lissa Rovetch Funny, and great for reinforcing chunks.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Ballerina Girl by Kirsten Hall
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom by Kirsten Hall
Dog and Cat by Paul Fehlner
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle
Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain


Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John R. Maslen
Small, simple, easy to read box set of books.They’re very plain, but little ones who like to color may enjoy them. (There is also a BOB books app.)
Bob Books, set 1
Bob Books, set 2
Bob Books: Sight Words, Kindergarten
Bob Books, set 3–Word Families


A free website with games, stories and videos created for early, emergent readers ages 3 to 7. 
Kids love the website ( and now you can buy the accompanying books.

First Little Readers Parent Packs: Guided Reading Books
Published by Scholastic, these are leveled readers that coordinate perfectly with most school reading levels, from late PreK to 1st grade. Each box contains 15 to 25 books, a parent guide, colorful illustrations and just one to two lines of text.
Level A (preK)
Level B (kinder)
Level C (kinder)
Sight Word Readers (kinder to 1st, includes activities and practices pages)
Folk & Fairy Tales (kinder to 1st)


* Don’t forget you can also print out my FREE readers

*AND you can make your own easy readers by adding sentences to coloring books. 
Write sentences on white masking tape you can find in office supply or teacher stores. 
I like Post-It Labeling and Cover Up Tape. Check out my blog entry on this here

*Tips to Remember:
Look for repetitive books, rhyming books and books they can easily memorize. Memorizing text–and learning to recognize the words they’re reading–is a great early reading step. This is how they develop a sight word vocabulary. 

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