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17 Fantastic Books for Beginning Readers

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Over the last year, my 5 year old has fallen in love with reading. She finds so much satisfaction from sounding out words and entertaining her brothers during our home story time. As her mama, it has been super fun to see her grow in her confidence as a beginning reader.

In her board book days I purchased many books for our home collection, but as she grown in her reading abilities, we’ve turned more and more to the library. That way we can easily enjoy series and experiment with book themes that may or may not become favorites.

One of her most favorite series is Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo. This past fall we were lucky enough to catch a stage rendition of the book, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, at our local family theater! Due to our love of Mercy, I’ve started looking for similar books both in silliness and reading level. Here is the list of books we plan to work through in the coming months. They all fit the bill perfectly for new readers – beginning words, fun pictures, and engaging stories!

Hooray for Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Minnie and Moo series by Denys Cazet

Houndsley and Catina by James Howe

Pinky and Rex by James Howe

Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown

Bink and Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Annie and Snowball series by Cynthia Rylant

Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant

Mr Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant

Poppleton series by Cynthia Rylant

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse by Poppy Green

Tales from Deckawoo Drive books by Kate DiCamillo

Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole by Wong Herbert Yee

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden Guest

Do you have a beginning reader? What are some of their favorite books?

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