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6 Easy Books that will Inspire a Child to Read

Here are some great books that have wonderful stories and are written for very early readers. You and your children will read these delightful stories again and again. Use these authors to find many other great books they have written as well.




Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff LEVEL 1


Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museun and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Dannys and the dinosaur's wonderful adventure together! But a dinosaur is no ordinary playmate. Even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek, and keeping him from knocking over houses with his long tail. But Danny can teach a old dinosaur new tricks. It's the most fun this dinosaur has had in a hundred million years! Originally published as An I Can Read Book over 40 years ago, this classic story is perfect for reading together.Danny's out on the town with a real live dinosaur. And whether they're eating ice cream or playing hide-and-seek, these two are having one hundred million years of fun--all in one day. Outstanding Children's Books of 1958 (NYT) [THRIFTBOOKS]



Are You My Mother? P D Eastman LEVEL 1


This easy-to-read, must-have classic about a baby bird in search of his mother is perfect for every day! A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious board book edited by Dr. Seuss. When a mother bird's egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she's gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The little hatchling is determined to find his mother, even after meeting a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a Snort. [BOOKDEPOSITORY]



A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik LEVEL 1


Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss.

How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will delight children just learning to read .

Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, the creators of the first Little Bear book for beginning readers, once again blend their extraordinary talents in a tender story filled with warmth and laughter.

This beloved classic is an ALA Notable Children's Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book [AMAZON]



Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel LEVEL 2


Celebrate the power of friendship in these five adventurous stories starring Frog and Toad--a Caldecott Honor Book From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other--just as best friends should be. Frog and Toad Are Friends is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. The classic Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel have won numerous awards and honors, including a Newbery Honor (Frog and Toad Together), a Caldecott Honor (Frog and Toad are Friends), ALA Notable Children's Book, Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book), School Library Journal Best Children's Book, and Library of Congress Children's Book. [THRIFTBOOKS]



Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish LEVEL 2


Learn to read with the classic Amelia Bedelia Ever since Amelia Bedelia made her debut in 1963, young readers have been laughing out loud at the antics of this literal-minded but charming housekeeper. From dressing the chicken to drawing the drapes, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her to do. If things get a bit mixed up, well, that's okay. When Amelia Bedelia is involved, everything always turns out perfectly in the end This Level 2 I Can Read is perfect for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. "No child can resist Amelia Bedelia] and her literal trips through the minefield of the English language--and no adult can fail to notice that she's usually right when she's wrong."-- The New York Times Book Review [THRIFTBOOKS]



Greg's Microscope by Millicent E. Selsam, Arnold Lobel (Illustrations) LEVEL 3


Greg makes fascinating discoveries about things he finds at home when he looks at them through his new microscope. ‘An accurate and entertaining book for beginning independent readers.' 'BL. [GOODREADS]




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