Starting to read

ALA (American Library Association) recommended books for early elementary school children who are just starting to read.

Remember, if we don’t have the books in our system, you can always place a PINES hold on them.

  1. Arnold, Tedd. I Spy Fly Guy. Illus. by the author. Scholastic, 2009.
  2. Bliss, Harry. Luke on the Loose. Illus. by the author. Toon Books, 2009. 32p.
  3. Bogart, Jo Ellen. Big and Small, Room for All. Illus. by Gillian Newland. Tundra Books, 2009. 32p.
  4. Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear. Illus. by Pat Schories. HarperCollins, 2011. 29p.
  5. Chaconas, Dori. Cork & Fuzz: The Swimming Lesson. Illus. by Lisa McCue. Viking, 2011. 32p.
  6. Cooper, Wade. Starry, Starry Night. Photos. Cartwheel/Scholastic, 2009. 32p.
  7. Farber, Erica. Cake Soup. Illus. by Huck Scarry. Sterling, 2011. 25p.
  8. Griffiths, Andy. The Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow. Illus. by Terry Denton. Feiwel & Friends, 2009. 144p.
  9. Hayes, Geoffrey. Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker. Illus. by the author. Toon Books, 2010. 32p.
  10. Heller, Alyson. Touchdown! Illus. by Steve Björkman. Simon Spotlight, 2010. unpaged.
  11. Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together. Illus. by Michael Emberley. Little, Brown, 2010. 32p.
  12. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems. Illus. by Barry Gott. Harper, 2011. unpaged.
  13. Howe, James. Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk. Illus. by Marie-Louise Gay. Candlewick, 2009. 42 pages.
  14. Kohuth, Jane. Ducks Go Vroom. Illus. by Viviana Garofoli. Random, 2011. unpaged.
  15. Lin, Grace. Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Illus. by the author. Little, Brown, 2010. 44p.
  16. Lunde, Darrin. Hello, Baby Beluga. Illus. by Patricia J. Wynne. Charlesbridge, 2011. unpaged.
  17. Manushkin, Fran. Katie Woo: Where Are You? Illus. by Tammie Lyon. Picture Window Books, 2011. 32p.
  18. Mayer, Mercer. Just a Little Sick. Illus. by the author. HarperCollins, 2010. 32p.
  19. McMullan, Kate. Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day. Illus. by R. W. Alley. Dial, 2009. 40p.
  20. O’Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy: My Family History. Illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser. HarperCollins, 2010. 32p.
  21. Ries, Lori. Good Dog, Aggie. Illus. by Frank W. Dormer. Charlesbridge, 2009. 48p.
  22. Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks. Illus. by Arthur Howard. Harcourt, 2010. unpaged.
  23. Scieszka, Jon. Trucks Line Up. Illus. by David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon. Simon Spotlight, 2011. 24p.
  24. Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook, 2009.
  25. Silverman, Erica. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies. Illus. by Betsy Lewin. Harcourt, 2010. 44p.
  26. Smith, Jeff. Little Mouse Gets Ready. Illus. by the author. Toon Books, 2009, 32p.
  27. Thomas, Jan. Is Everyone Ready for Fun?Illus. by the author. Beach Lane Books, 2011.
  28. Wade, Mary Dodson. Plants Grow! Photos. Enslow, 2009, 24p.
  29. Weeks, Sarah. Mac and Cheese. Illus. by Jane Manning. Laura Geringer Books, 2010. 32p.
  30. Willems, Mo. Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! Illus. by the author. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2010.
  31. Willems, Mo. We Are in a Book! Illus. by the author. Hyperion, 2010. 57p.
  32. Yee, Wong Herbert. Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland. Illus. by the author. Houghton, 2010. unpaged.