Beginning Readers

Beginning Readers

Beginner Books

All children just beginning to read benefit from using several approaches. The phonics method assigns a sound to each letter; children may also memorize words (called sight words) that cannot be sounded out easily. Some children will also recognize and “read” words by using the illustrations as clues. Also, the content of the story may sometimes lead to the recognition of new words. Another helpful way to make reading easier is to look at a vocabulary list before reading so that when the word appears in the text it may be recognized. For some, this might help to make reading smoother instead of a stop/start-again routine. By using various techniques or a combination of them, most children and their parents will find learning to read a positive and rewarding adventure.

The books on the following lists have limited vocabularies and some have word lists in the back of the book. These books are appropriate for children just beginning to read independently.  Many authors listed have more titles suitable for this reading level.

Items below with an asterisk and in bold font are items New Hartford Public Library owns.  All

other items are in the Mid-York System.

You can log into your Mid-York account here to place a hold on any books or please call 315-733-1535 for assistance.  To place a hold over the phone you will need your library card number.  Online holds will require your PIN number which is usually set as the last 4 digits of your home phone number.



Antle, Nancy The Good Bad Cat.
Armstrong, Jennifer The Snowball.
Arnold, Marsha Diane Quick, Quack, Quick!
Arnold, Tedd Hi! Fly Guy!
Baker, Keith Sometimes.
Berenstain, Stan Old Hat, New Hat.
**Blues Clues Hello, Spring!
Bono, Mary Ugh! A Bug!
Bonsall, Crosby Mine’s the Best.
Brimner, Larry Dane Cats!
Brown, Margaret Wise I Like Bugs.
**Capucilli, Alyssa Satin Biscuit.
Cobb, Annie Wheels!
Cohen, Caron Lee How Many Fish?
Coxe, Molly Hot Dog.
Eastman, P.D. Go, Dog. Go!
Ghigna, Charles Mice are Nice.
**Gill, Janie Spaht Monster Stew.
**Godwin, Laura Happy and Honey.
Greene, Carol Snow Joe.
Gregorich, Barbara
The Gum on the Drum.
Hall, Kirsten A Bad, Bad Day.
Hamsa, Bobbie Fast Draw Freddie.
**Haskins, Lori Ducks in Muck.
**Howard, Reginald The Big, Big Wall.
Jensen, Patricia The Mess.
Johnson, Mildred D. Wait! Skates.
Jordan, Taylor Hiccup.
Kanno, Wendy Holey Moley Cow.
Karlin, Nurit I See, You Saw.
Keller, Holly What I See.
**Knudsen, Michelle Cat Hat.
Koontz, Robin Michal Why a Dog? By A. Cat.
Krensky, Stephen What a Mess!
Lascaro, Rita Down on the Farm.
Levinson, Nancy Smiler Say Cheese!
**Lopshire, Robert Put Me in the Zoo.
Lucas, Sally Dancing Dinos.
Maccarone, Grace “What Is That?” Said the Cat.
MacDonald, Steven Just Clowning Around: Two Stories.
Mayer, Mercer No One Can Play.
McKissack, Pat Bugs!
Medearis, Angela Shelf We Play on a Rainy Day.
**Meister, Cari Tiny’s Bath.
Moffatt, Judith Who Stole the Cookies?
Moncure, Jane Belk Word Bird’s No! No! Word Bird.
**Moran, Alex Come Here, Tiger.
**Morris, J. E. May I Please Have a Cookie?
Most, Bernard Catch Me If You Can!
Packard, Mary The Pet That I Want.
**Perkins, Al Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb.
Petrie, Catherine Joshua James Likes Trucks.
Rau, Dana Meachen Feet.
**Ring, Susan Polar Babies.
**Rylant, Cynthia Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath.
Seuss, Dr. Hop on Pop.
Shebar, Sharon Sigmond Milk: 10 Words.
Thiesing, Lisa All Better.
Thomas, Jan Rhyming Dust Bunnies.
Vinje, Marie Hanna’s Butterfly.
We Both Read Lulu’s Lost Shoes.
Wilhelm, Hans I Am Lost!
Wolcott, Patty Pickle Pickle Pickle Juice.
Young, James The Cows are in the Corn.
Ziefert, Harriet Sleepy Dog.

Phonetic Books

Cox, Phil Roxbee Ted in a Red Bed.
**Foster, Kelli C. The Tan Can.
**Heling, Kathryn Mouse Makes Words: A Phonics Reader.
Moncure, Jane Belk Word Bird Makes Words with Pig: A Short “i” Adventure.
Redbank, Tennant Rug Bug.
Stamper, Judith Bauer The Red Hen.
**Weston, Martha Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill.
Winder, Jack Who’s New at the Zoo? 10 Words.

Rebus Books

**Backyardigans A Royal Valentine.
**Blue’s Clues Meet My Family.
Cocca-Leffler, Maryann Silly Willy.
Diego Diego Saves the Tree Frogs.
Herman, Gail Otto the Cat.
Hooks, William H. The Gruff Brothers.
**Inches, Alison Piggley Helps Out.
Santomero, Angela C. Blue is My Name.
Schecter, Ellen The Boy Who Cried “Wolf”.