I wasn’t really sure how to divide up the books lists after preschool, so I decided to do it this way! Some kids are ready for full-sized chapter books between K and second grade, but other kids still prefer picture books. I’ve included some of both, so use your best judgement when purchasing for the child in your life!
The Berenstain Bears Series by Stan and Jan Berenstain
These were some of my favorite books to read to myself when I was in second grade.
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
Children that love rhyming and silly stories will love these. Some are quite long, which is better for the older age group, while many are short enough for an advanced Kindergartener or first grader to read.
Little House Box Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder
My mother read these to us before I could read, and after I learned to read I read them over an over. These books are some of the best historical fiction I’ve ever read about pioneer times. The author based the stories off of true events from her own life.
Amelia Bedelia Collection by Peggy Parish
These stories are funny to young children because the main character takes everything literally. Most of the books are written on a first or second grade reading level which is perfect for young children.
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Winnie the Pooh is a classic series that is funny even for adults. I’ve read Winnie the Pooh many times and enjoy it more every time. This book is still a read-to book for this age group.
Arthur Adventure Series by Marc Brown
These stories about a second or third grade aardvark are fun for children to read on their own.
The Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel
These short stories are perfect books for new readers. The subjects kept me amused as a child for hours on end. All except the one about the dream. That one actually scared me.
Magic Tree House Series by Mary Osborne Pope
My 2nd grader could not get enough of these books. She loved each and every one. The small size of the books prevented her from feeling overwhelmed, but the stories were interesting enough to hold her attention. I am quite pleased with the quality of these books!
What books do you love for early readers?