I do a lot of wading in the early reader section of the library, trying to find wholesome books. Having the name of a good author, series, or publisher is such a help for simply choosing books on-line to put on hold at the library, and so I thought I’d share some of our finds…if you’ll share some of yours in the comments section below!
Splish, Splash, Zoo borns—learn one unique fact about each animal
Hello, Mommy Zooborns!
Snuggle Up, Zooborns
Pets to the Rescue: Brave Norman: A true story
Rain, by Marion Bauer, very simple words/story, learn about basic water cycle
Clouds, by Marion Bauer, very simple explanation of clouds
Chicks! Sandra Horning, learn to care for chicks and see them grow
On the Road, nice book on vehicles, a Scholastic Reader by Wade Cooper
Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik
Little Bear’s Visit, by Else Minarik
Bears on Wheels: A Bright and Early Counting Book by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Frog and Toad are Friends, by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad All Year, by Arnold Lobel
Tadpoles and Frogs, nonfiction, by Kingfisher Readers
Birthday Mice! by Bethany Roberts, Greenlight Readers, fictional mouse birthday party
The Little Rabbit, by Step Into Reading, uses photographs of a real bunny for illustrations
By Eric Carle, The Tiny Seed. Nonfiction except that the seed grows taller than the house
By Eric Carle, The Foolish Tortoise. Yes, he leaves his shell behind here, but a good fable like Aesop’s.
By Eric Carle, Walter the Baker, on how pretzels came to be!
Sacagawea and the Bravest Deed, from Childhood of Famous Americans series
Helen Keller and the Big Storm, from Childhood of Famous Americans series
Thomas Edison to the Rescue, from Childhood of Famous Americans series
Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends: A True Story from Pets to the Rescue series
Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin by I Can Read! Is one of a Marley series
Amelia Bedelia series by Herman Parish, from I Can Read
Goose and Duck, by Jean Craighead George, from I Can Read, a goose and duck “adopt” a boy as mother
Why do Dogs Bark? by Joan Holub anwers dozens of questions kids have about dogs
Why do Cats Meow? by Joan Holub
Why do Rabbits Hop? by Joan Holub (also covers guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils)
Why do Horses Neigh? by Joan Holub
The Young Cam Jansen series, by David A. Adler Penguin, from Young Readers (fun little mysteries solved by an observant girl)
The Iris and Walter series by Elissa Haden Guest, Green Light Readers (caution: in the few books we read, there has been one “Gosh!” in each book).