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.

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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Outfoxed by Mike Twohy

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Fox wants chicken for dinner so he makes a quick grab from the chicken coop. When he gets home he finds that he has grabbed a duck by accident, and that duck keeps insisting she is a dog.

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Los vecinos de la c/Quiénsabe by Cristina Zafra

Reading Level: Grades 2 - 4

In this Spanish picture book a young girl meets the neighbors who have moved into the new building next door. Each neighbor she meets is a bit strange. For example, the first neighbor she meets has umbrellas for hands...

En este libro una chica les conoce a los vecinos en el edificio nuevo al lado de su casa. Cada vecino que le conoce es un poco raro. Por ejemplo, el primer vecino tiene paraguas como manos...

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Give Up, Gecko! by Margaret Read MacDonald

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

The lakes and rivers have dried up and all the thirsty animals agree that whoever digs to water will be their king. When it is gecko's turn to dig all the other animals all laugh at him and call for him to give up, but gecko won't listen.

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Moo! by David LaRochelle

Moomoo Moomoo: Moo Moo - Moo

Moo moo moo moo moomoo moo moo moo moo moomoomoomoo moo moo moomoo moomoo moo moo moo.

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Reading Level: Ages 2 - 6

When cow sees the farmer has left his car unattended he can't resist taking a joy ride.