If your kids are beginning readers, ages kindergarten to second grade, you’ll want to buy or borrow enticing beginning reader books that will keep your kids reading over the summer. Here are lots to choose from. When you choose, remember to consider your child’s interest and reading level.
Beginning Reader Books
Monkey and Elephant Get Better
by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Galia Bernstein
Hooray, another early reader that doesn’t stink! Clever adventures of friends, monkey and elephant, with bright, bold illustrations.
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse
a Toon Book by Frank Viva
Mouse’s explorer friend sails to the Arctic where he shows mouse all that there is to see – whales, penguins, and more all the while mouse interrupts with “Can we go home yet?” every few pages. A great early reader cartoon book!
Pinch and Dash and the Terrible Couch
by Michael J. Daley
Perfect for very beginning readers who don’t want to read nonsensical phonics books. Pinch and Dash has charming characters, a silly problem, and a perfect ending.
by Cecil Castellucci & Sara Varon
A comic-style book with beautiful illustrations that accompany the story of friendship. Theodora loves er normal, orderly duck life. When the strange bird, Chad, moves in next door, she’s determined to show him how to be more normal. A lovely book about learning to accept others for who they are.
Claude in the City
by Alex T. Smith
Another great easy reader with an interesting story and adorable main character – Claude, a beret-wearing, adventurous dog, with a best friend Sir Bobblysock. (Who is a sock.) Claude goes shopping, goes the museum, and even takes Sir Bobblysock to the hospital when he’s feeling ill. All without his owners realizing. Very cute book.
Beginning Reader Chapter Books
Amy and the Missing Puppy (Critter Club)
by Callie Barkley
This series about animal-loving girl friends gives growing readers an entertaining chapter book they can read by themselves.
Zeke Meeks vs the Stinkin’ Science Fair
by D.L. Green
Zeke Meeks books are some of my newest favorite chapter books for boys. I haven’t read this book yet but imagine it’s just as funny as the others in the series.
A Whale of a Tale (Mermaid Tales)
by Debbie Dadey
A fun new series about a third-grade mermaids at Trident Academy. My second grader loves these books and it’s a nice change from the Magic Rainbow books!
Lights, Camera, Girl Power! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Lego Friends)
My 2nd grader loved this story – it’s perfect for any LEGO Friends fan ready for chapter books.
Get to Work, Hercules! (Myth-O-Mania)
by Kate McMullan
This book got us hooked on the Myth-O-Mania series. It’s so hilarious! Hades narrates the TRUE stories of the Greek Myths with panache. (Apparently, his younger brother Zeus is a big fat liar and edited all the myths to make himself look good.) In this story, Hades watches over his young, not-too-smart nephew, Hercules whom Hera has it out for — since he’s the son of Zeus from another woman. LOVE it!
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amelia Bedelia Unleashed
by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril
I’ve been enjoying these updated Amelia chapter books by the original author’s son. In this story, Amelia searches for the perfect puppy.
Swamp Thing vs the Zombie Pets
by John Sazaklis, illustrated by Art Baltazar
Batman needs help from Swamp Thing and his Down Home Critter Gang of animals with a fire at the Great Dismal Swamp. Everyone leaves except Ace, who stays to protect the Down Home Critter Gang’s swamp. But it’s not long before the Zombie Pets show up. You’ll like the colorful, playful font styles and the adventurous story!
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer
by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Another enjoyable book in the Nancy Clancy series. In this book, Nancy and her best friend, Bree, decide to play matchmaker for Nancy’s babysitter, Annie, and her guitar teacher, Andy. Funny and fun!
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It’s mid-May so stock up with books your child can read starting in June. Coming up next, I’ll give you book ideas for middle grade (9+), then learning apps, and independent learning adventures. Stay tuned!
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