Thank you for this wonderful guide. It is sorely needed! I am a private tutor and I have found it difficult to find appropriate levels for some of my readers. I just want to add one thing. I also find the Primary Phonics are great for true beginning readers and they go along well with the foundational levels that teachers use to stair-step their students slowly up.
Also, Steck Vaughan readers that were written 20 years ago and you can only find used are also very good. Thank you for those recommendations, Cyndi! I included only what I could find at my library, but I will keep an eye open for those. I have been trying for days to find out what were the right books for my kindergarten, grade 1 and 2. This is the answer. Thank you Anna , this means a lot to people like me. Well done! As a K-2 reading specialist, I have tried to level books for years and tried to direct parents to books that they can use at home to support their beginning readers.
Just because it is labeled as a beginning reader or a level 1 does not mean that it is truly a book for a new reader.
This is a valuable resource! Thank you. Wow this is an amazing resource! I am an ESL teacher and finding books at lower levels can be challenging especially since I just transitioned to this position. My husband and I were literally just talking about how there is such a wide variety in these early reader books and that there should be a universal system, and then I randomly fell upon your blog from google and this post mostly solved my problems! Thank you! This is indeed very helpful as I am a homeschooling mom and require some pointers to point to where I should head next with my daughter.
TIA for your advice and guidance. If you could tell me the names of specific Little Critter books she is reading, I might be able to figure it out. Thank you so much for this resource! I am always on the lookout for great easy readers for my classroom library and am often frustrated by how uneasy most of them are and the disparate leveled ratings. This is a great resource!!
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I have been a subscriber for two years now and for some reason this year I cannot get past the subscribe page. What can I do to access these great new freebies? Sorry about the delay in my reply! Thank you so much for your time in putting this together and sharing for free. Just wonderful! I will look at your lists more closely but at a quick glance I see the same problem here too. You may have to special order something from publishers that specialize in creating simple text for older readers. There are also many excellent series of decodable books that are phonics based and in a sequential order with and a gradual use of high frequency words.
These are perfect for readers from years of age. Some are written for catch-up readers too. They have good storylines. These are all produced by Phonic Books. All of these books are highly recommended for all children to understand and crack the code for reading. They are brilliant. Did you? Yes No 0 of 0 people found this helpful.
Yes No. They're a lovely little set of books and very entertaining. Yes No 5 of 5 people found this helpful. Yes No 7 of 7 people found this helpful. Shopping in Finland? You can now shop in Euros. Owen sends Granny a hug. He hugs Mr. Nevin at the Post Office, who hugs Mrs. Porter, who hugs someone else … all the way to Granny. The humor associated with each hug passing appeals immensely to children. Find The Giant Hug at your local library. Buzz meets a fly that can say his name and decides it should be his pet.
Trying to convince his parents and the judges at a pet contest is another story.
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Find Hi! Fly Guy at your local library. Comic-style pictures and uproarious text keep kids interested. Is it possible for a few words and squiggles to convey both humor and emotion? Presto, chango! Jules Feiffer does the impossible! Find I Lost My Bear at your local library. Ambivalent emotions, perfectly depicted. McElderry, pages. If you have a fan of humorous verse in the vein of Jack Prelutsky or Shel Silverstein, crack open Oops!
He writes poetry based on the wild antics of his four children. Topics such as leaving fingerprints, fighting with siblings, waiting for the school bus and more fill the pages. Find Oops! Unexpected and beautifully illustrated, this book is a sure delight. Find Sally and the Some-Thing at your local library. This book opens simply enough, with two piglets waking up to the pre-dawn sounds of the garbage men making their rounds. Find Smash!
There Goes the Trash! The private lives of cats are explored in this question-and-answer exchange between a precocious young boy and an extremely smart cat. Everyone is penguin-crazy these days. Who can resist these lovable winter birds? Tacky and his friends have been around since and, in this newest volume, form Team Nice Icy Land to compete in the Winter Games. Tacky learns that being on a team takes hard work and dedication. The challenge here is to keep from laughing out loud with your child at the silly antics of Tacky and his friends.
Hilarious and raucous fun. Find Tacky and the Winter Games at your local library. Glen Rounds takes the flood story, bends it completely out of shape, and stretches it into a ridiculous, very funny tall tale. Noah goes into a snit when a bunch of wild animals lumber aboard and overcrowd the newly finished ark. Nor is her mood improved by the fact that she is unable to wash while it rains. By the 41st day, she is thoroughly disgruntled, and her family is thoroughly dirty.
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On that first sunshiny morning, she is determined to let nothing stand in her way — most certainly not a minor detail like the lack of a clothesline. When Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play baseball in the major league, racial discrimination and segregation were rampant. Despite the protests and prejudice, one teammate named Pee Wee Reese stood up for Jackie. This story about a legendary time in history is important to share with children.
Find Teammates at your local library. The cartoon-strip organization of the book guides young readers through the text. They enjoyed following the word bubbles to find out what job the young worm would take on. Find Worm Gets a Job at your local library. This book will appeal to the child who dreams of becoming a ballet star. The illustrated verses, repeated sentence structures, and controlled vocabulary make this lively story accessible to beginning readers.
Alex lived for it. The emphasis is on hard work, the spirit of determination and joy in the game. Find Out of the Ballpark at your local library. For older children who love music this book will be a treat. Find M is for Music at your local library. For each letter of the alphabet, four paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have been selected to illustrate a word starting with the letter.
The paintings come from ancient to modern times, demonstrating the universality of some subjects, such as apples, cats, games, and light. Find Museum ABC at your local library. With an undercurrent of family humor, the author describes how a family trip to an art museum inspired him to pursue art. The book will challenge children to look for the story and details in paintings they see. Maybe they, too, can play the shape game in an art museum. Find The Shape Game at your local library.
Rookie Biographies is an excellent series for stronger first-grade readers. The books utilize lyrical language and challenging vocabulary words, but also offer guidance with pronunciation keys and word definitions at the end of each book. The Dr. Mae Jemison biography is one of my favorites because not only was she the first African-American woman to travel into space, but she is an accomplished chemical engineer and jet pilot, making her a truly exciting role model for girls and boys alike.
Find Mae Jemison at your local library. Maltbie , illustrated by: Pau Estrada - Charlesbridge Publishing, 28 pages. The special friendship and loyalty of Minou, the cat, is heartwarming. Find Picasso and Minou at your local library. Lyrical text and thought-provoking photographs of children and their families around the world reveal their relationships to our most basic need: water. The book also includes some simple conservation tips. Find A Cool Drink of Water at your local library. This book discusses issues children may face around safety, nutrition and emotions.
Find Looking After Myself at your local library. Doreen Cronin has done it again with this first person narrative told from the point of view of a boy worm. This book introduces the concept of a diary in a fun way. Young readers will identify with all the escapades of a worm, as he interacts with family members, goes to school and vacations at Compost Island.
Children will laugh and learn facts in a fun way while learning to appreciate living creatures. Find Diary of a Worm at your local library. On one level this picture book seems to be a science fiction story of aliens from Mars landing on Earth. Wells The War of the Worlds, which caused panic and hysteria across the country despite broadcast disclaimers that it was only a play.
McCarthy uses the illustrations to distinguish fact from fiction by presenting real-life scenes in black and white and the fictional radio play in color. Find Aliens Are Coming! A bloodless joust is illustrated, and readers learn about armor and battles. Families can talk about what it must have been like to live during medieval times. They can compare our romantic ideal of castle life with the more stark reality presented in this pop-up. Find Castle: Medieval Days and Knights at your local library.
Preschoolers and kindergartners are sure to fall in love with this rhythmic read aloud. If your little one is mesmerized by animals of the jungle, then this book is a must have. Travel on a jungle adventure with a small group of ants and see what wild animals you may encounter.
Could it be a lion, a zebra or an elephant, too? Look inside and a surprise is waiting for you. Find Rumble in the Jungle at your local library. This book works best as a read-aloud for first-graders because of its third-grade reading level. Curious readers will be mesmerized by the vivid details of life aboard the Mayflower and the building of the colony. The idea of making friends with an Indian named Squanto proves to be even more intriguing.
McGovern paints a realistic picture of the hardships the colonists faced and the relationships that were forged with the Indians. Perhaps what is most stunning for young readers is learning about the strict rules and discipline children had to endure in Autumn brings colder temperatures, and with it magnificent fall foliage.
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But why do leaves change colors? Thanksgiving is the time of year when we think about what we are truly thankful for. This adorable picture book lends itself well to conversations with your child about the things we should be thankful for. This book is a heartwarming reminder of the true meaning of Thanksgiving: a time to give thanks for friends and family. Find Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks at your local library. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle is narrated by the bottle in question as it goes on a journey from a refinery plant to a manufacturing line to a store shelf to a garbage can and finally to a recycling plant, before reemerging, through the wonders of plastic recycling, as a fleece jacket.
The book is entertaining and at the same time eye-opening, pointing out the ecological significance behind consumer products and the resources used to make them.
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Illustrations help the reader see the unique aspects of the featured beetles. Find The Beetle Alphabet Book at your local library. Bergwerf Photographer - Sylvan Dell Publishing, 32 pages. This photo essay chronicles the rescue, treatment and ultimate release back to the ocean of a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle at the South Carolina Aquarium. The large print and simple vocabulary format should be accessible for beginning readers. OK, not to be overly technical, but not all of these creepy-crawlies are insects — some are arachnids, diplopods, or crustaceans.
Author Jerry Palotta chose 26 subjects, including stinkbugs, pill bugs, and periodical cicadas. Not only will kids learn that blister beetles are used for medicine and that honey pot ants make delicious snacks, but discerning readers will also notice that this is an ABC book in reverse, beginning with one zebra swallowtail butterfly and ending with 26 army ants. Made with recycled paper, this book shows how global warming affects two polar bear cubs and their family. An upbeat, topical picture book. Reptiles are endlessly fascinating to kids, so this book should be appealing to young non-fiction lovers.
Published by Dorling Kindersley, publisher of the wildly popular Eyewitness Series, this series is aimed at a younger group of readers with simpler vocabulary and less text on each page. The meanings of new words are clearly explained in context. Find Reptiles at your local library. Curto - Barron's Educational Series, 36 pages. Full of fun illustrations, this book includes four pages of activities followed by a two-page section for parents, explaining the subject in more detail.
This rhyming alphabet book provides young readers with facts about every facet of the state of California — its natural history, famous people and interesting landmarks. From Alcatraz to Yosemite to the 21 California missions, children are introduced to many unique features of the Golden State. These books would be a wonderful read before a vacation, a visit to relatives or a move to a new home. The best way to encourage your child to read is to cater to their interests with the books you choose.
And what first-grader is not fascinated by dinosaurs? Impressively illustrated and comically written, this book inspires children to draw some of their own scientific conclusions by showing how paleontologists have pieced together facts about dinosaurs over the years. Perfect for a long car or plane ride, Uneversaurus will be a summer favorite.
Find Uneversaurus at your local library. This book is an excellent resource for any classroom, school or home library! Colorful illustrations accompany the fun and informative text. Find Why?