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Booklist: Beginning Readers

December 8th, 2008 (07:17 pm)
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If your little reader is ready and eager to start reading books on their own - not quite chapter books, but not picture books either - I strongly recommend the following titles. These are my absolute favorite books for beginning readers.

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Amanda Pig, Schoolgirl by Jean Van Leeuwen, illustrated by Ann Schweninger
Arthur's Honey Bear and other Arthur titles by Lillian Hoban
Commander Toad by Jane Yolen
Tom the TV Cat by Joan Heilbroner
Sleepy Dog by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Norman Gorbaty
Tiger Is a Scaredy Cat by Joan Phillips, illustrated by Norman Gorbaty
Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

You may notice that the first four titles come from series. I listed my all-time favorite from each series. I insist that you read all of the books about Frog & Toad, Amanda, and Arthur.

Please note that Arthur the chimpanzee is not to be confused with the aardvark of the same name. They are completely different characters from different series, authors, and illustrators.

I've also posted this list at Amazon Listmania.

Comments

Posted by: they call me ellen. or zoekins. (nerdpony)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
picture of me

Frog and Toad... that takes me back.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
happy

Timeless.

Posted by: they call me ellen. or zoekins. (nerdpony)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)

I don't plan on having children.

But if I have them, they're going to read Frog and Toad.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)

I have no children and never will. My cats are my kids. :)

Posted by: they call me ellen. or zoekins. (nerdpony)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)

Then maybe you should teach your cats to read?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)

I tried.

Posted by: they call me ellen. or zoekins. (nerdpony)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)

My younger sister tried teaching our cats to read as well.

Didn't work.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 22nd, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel (was) a genius. His collection of original fables, titled, curiously enough, Fables, is kind of without peer. There's something modern and knowing bout the stories of the anxious crocodile, the cat with great dreams and the gluttonous hippo (poor thing). Each is illustrated with a full page painting...wondorous stuff!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Re: Arnold Lobel
Buffy Summers

So fun!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Re: Arnold Lobel

Hello, anonymous soul.

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
River Reads

Also great -- the Pinky & Rex books by James Howe. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)

I love the Bunnicula series as well as Howe's teen works, but can you believe that I've yet to read any Pinky & Rex books?

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)

Ooooh, you're in for a treat. I think my fave is PINKY & REX & THE SPELLING BEE...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Posted by: Kiba (kibarika)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)

Here's a website I think you might like:

http://www.joancarrisbooks.com

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Veronica Mars

Thanks! I'll check it out.

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