When I was young and a new reader, I liked books that have now become classics in the beginning reader genre. Books like Put Me in the Zoo, Are You My Mother?, and Robert the Rose Horse. I read these over and over and probably have a tattered copy or two tucked away in a box somewhere. These books are still great (and are still being published), but there are some newer titles and series that are equally as wonderful. Here are a few of my current favorites.
While I didn’t like comics as a kid, as an adult, I’ve become a convert to graphic novels. The Toon Books are perfect for new readers who love the comic book format. Benny and Penny, a brother and sister mouse duo, are some of my favorite Toon characters. Check out their nighttime adventure in Benny and Penny in Lights Out!.
For the more fact-minded child (or one who simply likes great photos of animals), National Geographic has published a series of readers. Who wouldn’t be enticed by the lion cub on the cover of Safari or fascinated by the ugly fish on Weird Sea Creatures?
For the more advanced beginning reader, I love the Ruby Lu chapter books by Lenore Look. Ruby Lu is an irrepressible “almost-8-year-old” who has lots of fun with her friends and Chinese-American family. There are three so far in the series. Start with Ruby Lu, Brave and True.
Check out our brand new booklists for children at the various stages in their early reading lives. You may find some new favorites!