The best American books published for beginning readers.

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I Spy Fly Guy
Tedd Arnold

ER ARNOLD

While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.


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Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator
Sarah C. Campbell

ANIMALS JNF CAM

A photo essay on a day in the life of a wolfsnail.


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Stinky
Eleanor Davis

GRAPHIC JE DAVIS

Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums – but is terrified of people!


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Bink and Gollie
Kate DiCamillo,Alison McGhee

JE DICAMILLO

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls — one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible.


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Chicken Said, "Cluck!"
Judyann Ackerman Grant

ER GRANT

Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken’s help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.


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Benny And Penny in The Big No-No
Geoffrey Hayes

GRAPHIC ER TOON

What will Benny and Penny find when they cross the line in The Big No-No? Benny’s favorite pail is missing, and there are mysterious muddy footprints. In this charming whodunit, Benny and his little sister Penny team-up to investigate, braving the dangers of the new neighbor’s yard, and finding something unexpected on the other side of the fence.


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Penny and Her Marble
Kevin Henkes

ER HENKES

Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin’s grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.


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I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen

E KLASSEN

A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.


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Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways
Laura McGee Kvasnosky

ER KVASNOSKY

In three short stories, two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and take advantage of some creative juice.


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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!
Grace Lin

ER LIN

Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.


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Up, Tall and High
Ethan Long

CONCEPT E LONG

Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.


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Hello, Bumblebee Bat
Darrin Lunde

ANIMALS MAMMALS BATS JNF LUN

Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand.


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See Me Run (I Like to Read)
Paul Meisel

ER MEISEL

A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park, in this easy-to-read story.


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The Watermelon Seed
Greg Pizzoli

E PIZZOLI

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.


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Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas (Henry and Mudge Ready-to-Read)
Cynthia Rylant

ER RYLANT

Henry (and of course Mudge) loves to visit Great Grandpa Bill. He lives in a house with a lot of other granpas who like to play with a little boy and his dog. But when Henry discovers a swimming pond near the granpas’ house, he finds out how much fun the grandpas really can be.


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Tales for Very Picky Eaters
Josh Schneider

JE SCHNEIDER

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.


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First the Egg
Laura Vaccaro Seeger

E SEEGER

Using simple text and illustrations, shows how animals and objects change, including tadpoles to frogs and seeds to flowers, in a book with cutouts so that certain colors from the previous picture help create the next picture.


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One Boy
Laura Vaccaro Seeger

CONCEPT E SEEGER

A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.


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Little Mouse Gets Ready
Jeff Smith

GRAPHIC ER SMITH

Little Mouse gets dressed to go to the barn with his mother, brothers, and sisters.


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Ball
Mary Sullivan

E SULLIVAN

A dog tries to get someone to play ball but has to entertain himself.


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Jazz Baby
Lisa Wheeler

E WHEELER

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.


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Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Mo Willems

ER WILLEMS

Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.


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A Big Guy Took My Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Mo Willems

ER WILLEMS

Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.


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I Broke My Trunk! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Mo Willems

ER WILLEMS

Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.


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There Is a Bird On Your Head!
Mo Willems

ER WILLEMS

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head—two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.


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We Are in a Book!
Mo Willems

ER WILLEMS

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?


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