Beginner Books

All children just beginning to read benefit from using several approaches. The phonics method assigns a sound to each letter; children may also memorize words (called sight words) that cannot be sounded out easily. Some children will also recognize and "read" words by using the illustrations as clues. Also, the content of the story may sometimes lead to the recognition of new words. Another helpful way to make reading easier is to look at a vocabulary list before reading so that when the word appears in the text it may be recognized. For some, this might help to make reading smoother instead of a stop/start-again routine. By using various techniques or a combination of them, most children and their parents will find learning to read a positive and rewarding adventure.

The books on the following lists have limited vocabularies and some have word lists in the back of the book. These books are appropriate for children just beginning to read independently.  Many authors listed have more titles suitable for this reading level.
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New Books for Beginner Readers

Some of these books can be READ BY a beginner reader, others are good for READING ALOUD TO a beginner reader.

Nate the Great, Where Are You? by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Reading Level: Grades K - 2

Nate the Great and Sludge his dog have five cases in one day. Nate the Great does not want to have five cases. He and Sludge would like to take a break from being detectives Nate the Great and Sludge go to a costume shop to get disguises so they do not have to solve their cases or look like detectives. Nate the Great does not like any of the disguises so they do not get any. They go to the woods to be alone and quiet and everyone thinks they have been lost and come after them. The real mystery is: will Nate the Great and Sludge ever get some peace and quiet?

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Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

Poor Mister Bud has a bad hot spot and has to wear a cone for the day, and his brother, Zorro, is not overly sympathetic.

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Reading Level: Ages 3-7

Morris Micklewhite likes Sundays when his mother makes him pancakes. He also loves Mondays because he gets to to go school, and there are lots of activities he likes there: painting, singing, snack time, the list goes on. The very best thing about school is the dress up box, where he always finds his favorite bright tangerine dress to put on. The other kids aren't very accepting of Morris wearing a dress, but he is able to find solace at home where he paints pictures inspired by his dreams and imagination.

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This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

A director is trying to make a documentary about the mighty moose in his natural environment, but the moose wants to be an astronaut.

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Itsy Bitsy Spider by Dosh Archer

Reading Level: Grades K - 3

On a rainy day an injured spider is rushed to City Hospital with injuries caused by a terrible waterspout accident.

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