Books for Early Readers

  • Peek-A-Book by Lee Wardlaw, author; Melissa Sweet, illustrator. Jaunty rhymes and clear pictures carry a young listner happily through a toddler's day, discovering surprises under flaps, with a double surprise at the end, which happens to be bedtime, making this book a good review and conclusion of the day. Small children will like memorizing the flaps and confirming that their world is reliable. As a bonus, because the words in the rhyme are phonetic, early readers will have an easy time with this book, providing a second round of enjoyment. (ages 2 to 3)
  • The Trojan Horse. A short book designed for early readers, it tells the story of Odysseus's defeat of the Trojans. (ages 4 to 6)
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop (editor). Short, literate stories, each with a moral, allowing a child to get the idea of drawing a generalization from a story. The brevity makes them understandable as wholes and a manageable size for older children to read. (ages 4 to 6)
  • The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne. A brother and sister find a library in a treehouse in the woods near their house. There is something magic about the books: opening one on any subject and making a wish brings the children to that place and time. The vocabulary and sentance structure are simple enough that an early reader can read these for the adventure of the story.
  • The Little House Series, (9-Book Boxed Set) by Laura Ingalls Wilder. These fascinating stories recount the life of Laura, Mary, baby Carrie, Ma and Pa from the late 1870s in a log house in Wisconsin, to a sod house on the Kansas prairie and on as they grew up. They are readable by a young though not beginning reader. Children from about four on can enjoy having these read to them, though only the first three books are suitable for the youngest listeners. (ages 4 to 10)
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White. A boy and a young trumpeter swan, born mute, become friends. Through courage and enterprise, the swan triumphs over his obstacle while the boy becomes a young man. (ages 7 to 10)