Beyond the Readers

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Once your child is reading fluently, you’ll want to introduce him/her to books that will whet their appetite for independent reading. Here are some of our favorite books my children have enjoyed.

Level 1
Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
Go Dogs Go! P.D. Eastman
One fish, Two fish, Dr. Seuss
Little Bear and series Else H. Minarik
The Best Nest, P.D. Eastman
Flap Your Wings, P.D. Eastman
The Foot Book, Dr. Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Dr. Seuss
Are you my Mother? P.D. Eastman
Ten Apples up on Top, Dr. Seuss

Level 2
Milk and Cookies, Frank Asch
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss
Curious George Flies a Kite, H.A. Rey
Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow, Martha Freeman
Sammy the Seal, Syd Hoff
Danny and the Dinosaur, Syd Hoff
The Golly Sisters and series Betsy Byars
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby, Peggy Parish
Ms. Turtle the Babysitter, Valerie Gorbachev
Emma’s Magic Winter, Jean Little
Frog and Toad and series Arnold Lobel
Owl at Home, Arnold Lobel
Cowboy Sam and series Edna Walker Chandler
Tales of Amanda Pig and series Jean Van Leeuwen
Tales of Oliver Pig and series Jean Van Leeuwen
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Easy Reader Classics, Mark Twain
Treasure Island, Easy Reader Classics, Robert Louis Stevenson
Richard Scarry’s Best Read-it-Yourself Book, Richard Scarry

Level 3
The Big book of Berestain Bears, Stan Berenstain
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie Peter Roop
The Littles and the Secret Letter, T.R. Slater
Prairie Friends, Nancy Levinson
Sacagewa and the Bravest Deed, Stephen Krensky
Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka and series Maj Lindman
Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and series Maj Lindman
Billy and Blaze, and series, C.W. Anderson

Beginners’ Chapter Books
The Boxcar Children and series Gertrude Chandler Warner (only the first 18 are by the original author)
The Littles and series John Peterson
B is for Betsy and series Carolyn Haywood
Happy Little Family and series Rebecca Caudill
Ramona and Beezus and series Beverly Cleary
Henry Huggins and series Beverly Cleary
The Plain Princess, Phyllis McGinley
The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh
Raggedy Anne Stories and series Johnny Gruelle
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and series Betty MacDonald

Want to find even more? Check out Sarah Mackenzies’ blog, Series Books that Will Turn your Struggling Reader into a Voracious Reader as well as her Read Aloud Revival website. She has wonderful book lists and podcasts there… an absolute treasure trove of the best books in children’s literature.  And talking about Treasure Seeking, next week I’ll give you a list of even more excellent sources for finding books your children will love.

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