Early Readers K-3

 little bear

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!

Easy Readers


Biscuit books

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).


Grades K-3

Reviewer: Doreen


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