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First Readers

Is your child beginning to read and ready to tackle a whole book? Here is a sampling of some of the easier books in our JR READER section, organized in steps from easier to more difficult. Unless otherwise stated, all books are located on the shelf in the JR Readers section organized by the author’s last name.

Step One: 3-7 letters per word, 3-6 words per page, 10-40 unique words per book

Cat Got a Lot
by Steve Henry

Sam and the Bag
by Alison Jeffries

Hiccup
by Taylor Jordan

What I See
by Holly Keller (Look for other Green Light Readers, Level 1 by this author)

I See and See
by Ted Lewin

Cars! Cars! Cars!
by Grace Maccarone

Surprise!
by Mary Packard

Feet
by Dana Meachen Rau

In the Yard
by Dana Meachen Rau

Pig Wig
by Harriet Ziefert (Look for other books in the Flip-A-Word series)

Step Two: 5-10 letters per word, 6-8 words per page, 20-50 unique words per book

The Snowball
by Jennifer Armstrong

Wheels!
by Annie Cobb

I Can Read
by Louise Gikow

Nice Wheels
by Gwendolyn Hooks

The Mess
by Patricia Jensen

Cat Hat
by Michelle Knudson

Hog and Dog
by Diane Wright Landolf

My Pal Al
by Marcia Leonard (Look for other titles by this author)

Up, Tall and High
by Ethan Long (Look for other titles by this author)

Otis’s Busy Day
by Loren Long

Game Day
by Cari Meister

See Otto
by David Milgrim (Look for other books in the Otto series)

Big Dog and Little Dog
by Dav Pilkey

Oh, Jet!
by Jillian Powell

Gus Makes a Gift
by Frank Remkiewicz

Need more practice? Try some book kits:

Brand New Readers: Blue Set
J KIT 372.465 BRA

BOB Books, Stage 1, First Stories
by Lynn Kertell  J KIT 372.462 KER

BOB Books, Sight Words, Kindergarten
by Lynn Kertell  J KIT 372.462 KER

Next Steps:

Books to try if you want more words per page:

Brave Fire Truck
by Melinda Crow

I Said, “Bed!”
by Bruce Degen

Happy and Honey
by Laura Godwin

Four Good Friends
by Margaret Hillert (Look for other titles by this author)

The Ear Book
by Al Perkins

Books to try if you want more unique words per book:

Hot Pot
by Cynthia Amoroso

Boats!
by Shana Corey

Get the Ball, Slim
by Marcia Leonard

Play Ball
by Mercer Mayer

The Long Dog
by Eric Seltzer

Books to try if you want interesting stories and characters:

Biscuit
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Look for other books in this series)

Gossie
by Olivier Dunrea (Look for other books in this series)

Big Train
by Adria F. Klein (Look for other books in this series)

Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend
by Cynthia Rylant (Look for other books in this series)

Today I Will Fly!
by Mo Willems (Look for other books in this series)

Series to try if you want to focus on particular letters and sounds:

The Sound Box Books series
by Jane Belk Moncure  JR MONCURE

The Phonics Friends series
by Cecilia Minden and Joanne Meier  JR PHO

The Wonder Books: Phonics series
by various authors  JR WON

You may also find it helpful to browse our lists of Fountas & Pinnell leveled readers, organized from least to most difficult. You can see the lists at http://www.stcharleslibrary.org/node/161.