Thursday, June 21, 2012

Great Books for Early Readers

As my son is beginning to read we've both been a bit disappointed in some of the emergent reading books available.  The limited word choice and lack of exciting plots doesn't help inspire him with the desire to read!
(Image from here.)

Then we picked up a few Elephant and Piggie Books at the library (by Mo Willems, author of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!). 

The Elephant and Piggie books are hilarious (especially to a four year old), simple enough for him to get most of the words, exciting, and best of all they are helping him want to read!  Oh, and did I mention that most of the books also have a good message about being nice to friends/helping others?!  That is what I call a great book!

Go check some out!


  1. We love these books at our house! My daughter is 2 1/2 and asks for them on a daily basis. Hopefully she still loves them when she's learning to read.

  2. Thanks for the tip! We've been facing the same thing so I'm totally checking these out at the library!

  3. We LOVE these! Isn't it sad how little there is for emergent readers! A collection we love (that you may have to buy and not get at the library) is Clever Critters, Amazing Animals and other series like that all by the same author. They are sets of books by Nora Gaydos. Each page builds on the next with more and more words. They are super cute and totally worth it.

  4. Super cute books; my little girl just finished Bob Books--maybe we'll try these next. Thanks btw for the wrapping paper tube idea...did it myself with my girls and blogged about it, leaving a link to your page with pleasure. Thanks for the memories!

    Gianne at


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