Beginning readers (ages 5, 6, and 7) need plenty of good reading material to keep them practicing their new skill of reading. I’m delighted to share with you a newly published crop of books just perfect for the job — from easy reader books to easy chapter books, see what might appeal to your growing reader.
Easy Reader Books
I Really Like Slop by Mo Willems
I haven’t reviewed an Elephant and Peggie book in forever because it’s a given that every book is amazing and kid-favorites. However, if you’re new on the beginning reader scene, this is one of the most recent books in the series with Piggie making her favorite food, slop. She’s so exuberant about her slop, too. And when Elephant finally gets to try it, we learn just how it tastes . . . Funny and heart-warming.
Big Cat by Ethan Long
I love Long’s adorable illustrations which he pairs with basic repetitive text such as, “Big Cat can hide.” This is a great book for the earliest of readers with one sentence per page.
Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventure by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis
Two boys spend the day together. They dress-up and pretend in this easy reader.
Easy Chapter Books
Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
This is a charming and relatable story about science-fan Waylon and his life like struggles with friends (being left out!) and dealing with his newly sullen older sister.
Little Shaq Takes a Chance by Shaquille O’Neal
Trying new things isn’t what Little Shaq wants to do. Only when he does, he learns that they can be fun.
Stella and the Night Sprites Tooth Bandits by Sam Hay, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak
This is part of the Branches series of early chapter books and a sweet story about a little girl named Stella who sees a mischievous sprite steal her Tooth Fairy money. She learns more about why Stella wants the money and helps her find different ways to solve her problems and make friends.
Agatha Parrot and the Odd Street School Ghost by Kjartan Posit, illustrated by Wes Hargis
It must be a ghost that makes the school bell toll so much and so randomly, right? Agatha and her friends determine to find out in this light-hearted, not scary mystery.
Hamster Princess Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon
In this girl-power reimagined fairy tale, our hero, Harriet, the Hamster Princess, is off to investigate the mystery of the cursed 12 dancing princesses. She finds a terrible situation — the poor girls are sick of dancing, their dad is crazy, and they’ve been cursed by a witch. Lucky for them, Harriet, mostly kind of figures out a plan . . . Funny and fun to read!
Meet Mo and Jo: The Boulder Brothers by Sarah Lynn, illustrated by Pierre Collet-Derby
If you like funny, you’ll love these silly stories about two adventurous cave-boys. The text actually works quite well for a beginning reader because who needs proper sentence structure when you’re less evolved cave kids? Readers will find a combination of comic bubble dialogue and narrative text. For example, “The skunk liked the stink. Can MO and Jo run faster than the skunk?” is the narrative text while the dialogue bubbles on the same page are “Uh-oh! He mad” and “Run, Mo!“
Scam on the Cam (A Sesame Seade Mystery #3) by Clementine Beauvais, illustrated by Sarah Horne
Sesame is asked to investigate why the rowers on the Cambridge University crew team are getting sick. Is it someone from the Oxford team? And what is the locked treasure chest on the river all about? This is an fun adventurous mystery that 11-year old Sesame solves with the help of her friends.
Scarecrow’s Nightmare Maze Batman & Robin Adventures by J.E. Bright, illustrated by Luciano Vecchio
This is not a graphic novel; it’s an illustrated beginning chapter book that is action-packed and slightly scary. Scarecrow has taken over the corn maze where a group of terrified teenagers are trapped. It’s up to Batman and Robin to stop Scarecrow and rescue the teens. If you’re a fan of DC Comics, or even if you’re not, you’ll find this to be a great superhero adventure story.
The D.A.T.A. Set: March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hooper, illustrated by Sam Ricks
Three science-loving friends learn that their neighbor, Dr. Bunsen is a “mad” scientist. They’re thrilled to try out his newest invention — a growth ray. Which turns the kids’ plastic animals into real animals that are growing and growing and growing . . . What will the kids do? I always love to find new STEM-themed, easy-to-read beginning chapter book series like this. Can’t wait for more in the series.
Danger! Tiger Crossing #1 by Lin Oliver
When 10-year old Tiger and his friend, Luna, investigate an unusual neighbor woman’s house, they discover a magical golden frame that transports them into famous paintings. They get stuck in a Henri Rousseau painting where they meet a boy who was trapped there 50 years prior. Will they be able to escape the painting before they’re trapped forever?
MVP #1 The Gold Medal Mess by David A. Kelly, illustrated by Scott Brundage
It’s almost time for Olympics field day at school but someone is threatening the activities. These friends decide to solve the mystery so the games can go on.
Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus, illustrated by Paul Galdone
Living with the famous Sherlock Holmes is how Basil learns to be a skilled detective. He must race against the clock to find the kidnapped mouse twins before it’s too late. Kids will love these suspenseful beginning reader mysteries narrated by Basil’s friend, Dr. Dawson.
Good Books for 5 – 7 Year Old Beginning Readers