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Early Readers...

Beginning Readers / Picture Books

Ant and Bee by Angela Banner
These great little books are out of print, but worth looking for (watch the prices - you can find them cheap, sometimes)
 
One, Two, Three With Ant and Bee: A Counting Story Around the World With Ant and Bee
Ant and Bee and the Doctor More Ant and Bee: Another Alphabetical Story 
More and More Ant and Bee: Another Alphabetical Story Ant and Bee: The First Alphabetical Story
Ant and Bee Time Ant and Bee and the Rainbow
Ant and Bee and the Secret Happy Birthday With Ant and Bee
Ant and Bee and the ABC  Ant and Bee and Kind Dog: An Alphabetical Story
Ant and Bee and the Rainbow: A Story About Colours  Ant and Bee and the A B C
Ant and Bee Go Shopping  One, Two, Three With Ant and Bee 
 
Illustrated by Eric Carle...
Colorful artist of great stories.  My kids were opposites: the eldest preferred the large hardback versions; the little one preferred the kid-sized board books or mini hardbacks...
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (board book or hardback)
The Very Quiet Cricket (board book or hardback)
The Very Lonely Firefly (board book or hardback)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (board book or hardback)
The Very Busy Spider (board book or hardback)
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (school & library binding only)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (board book or hardback)
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (hardback only)
Papa Please Get The Moon For Me (board book or hardback)
Draw Me a Star (hardback only)
The Mixed-Up Chameleon (board book or hardback)
The Grouchy Ladybug (board book or hardback)
A House for Hermit Crab (mini hardback or paperback)
The Tiny Seed (hardback or paperback)
Pancakes, Pancakes! (hardback or paperback)
Today Is Monday (board book or paperback)
1,2,3 To the Zoo: A Counting Book (board book or paperback)
From Head to Toe (board book or paperback)
Do You Want to Be My Friend? (board book or hardback)
Have You Seen My Cat? (board book or hardback)
Animals Animals (hardback or paperback)
Dragons Dragons: & Other Creatures That Never Were (paperback only)
The Secret Birthday Message (board book or paperback)
Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth by Jane Goodall (school & library binding only)
Hello, Red Fox (hardback or paperback)
The Foolish Tortoise (board book or paperback)
The Greedy Python (board book or hardback)
The Honeybee and the Robber: A Moving/Picture Book (hardback or school & library binding)
Mr. Seahorse
The Mountain that loved a Bird (hardback or school & library binding)
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
123 to the Zoo (hardback or school & library binding)
10 Little Rubber Ducks (hardback)
 
My Body Science by Shinta Cho (translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum)
Exploring subjects generally considered taboo, with light humor and simple illustrations...
Everyone Poops
The Holes in Your Nose
The Gas We Pass
All About Scabs
Contemplating Your Bellybutton
Breasts  
 
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Purple crayon in hand, Harold draws things, and joins right in...
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold's Fairy Tale
Harold's Trip to the Sky
Harold's Circus
Harold's ABC
A Picture for Harold's Room
Harold at the North Pole
Harold's Circus
More Harold Books, by Liza Baker, illustrated by Kevin Murawski 
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Animals, Animals, Animals!  
Harold and the Purple Crayon: The Birthday Present
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Under the Sea 
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Dinosaur Days 
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Harold Finds a Friend
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Race Car
Still more Harold Books, illustrated by Kevin Murawski...
Harold and the Purple Crayon: The Giant Garden by Patricia Lakin
Harold and the Purple Crayon: The Giant Garden by Valerie Garfield
Harold and the Purple Crayon: The Birthday Present by Valerie Garfield
Harold and the Purple Crayon: The Giant Garden by Valerie Garfield
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Opposites by Jodi Huelin
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Shapes by Jodi Huelin
 
By Nathan Levy
Written for those young gifted children in our lives!
There Were Those (also available directly from Nathan Levy There Were Those)
 
By Anne Margaret Lewis and Kathleen Chaney Fritz
Gitchi Gumee A classic tale, with gorgeous illustrations...
 
Tom and Pippo by Helen Oxenbury
These great little books are also out of print, but are available quite reasonably used, or borrow from your local library...
 
Tom and Pippo See the Moon Tom and Pippo Read a Story
Tom and Pippo in the Snow Tom and Pippo and the Dog
Tom and Pippo Go for a Walk  Tom and Pippo Go Shopping
Tom and Pippo Make a Mess Tom and Pippo in the Garden
Tom and Pippo and the Washing Machine  Tom and Pippo and the Bicycle
Tom and Pippo Make a Friend At Home with Tom and Pippo
Pippo Gets Lost  Tom and Pippo on the Beach
Tom and Pippo's Day Tom and Pippo All Fall Down
 
By Jon Scieszka
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
The Frog Prince, Continued
The Book that Jack Wrote
Math Curse Recommended
Science Verse
Seen Art?
Baloney (Henry P.)
 
By Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
A Light in the Attic
Falling Up
The Giving Tree
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O
Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back
The Missing Piece
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
A Giraffe and a Half
 
By Timothy R. Smith
Buck Wilder's Animal Wisdom
Buck Wilder and his animal friends show us the how nature and life are interconnected - great lessons, and great fun!
 
By Eugene Trivizas
This fractured fairy tale has a subtle message... it's role-reversal time!
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
 
The Learning to Get Along Series for Young Kids
Accept and Value Each Person by Cheri J. Meiners
Simple picture book about diversity of all kinds
Reach Out and Give by Cheri J. Meiners
Generosity is more than just giving...
Try and Stick With It by Cheri J. Meiners
Introduces children to flexibility, stick-to-it-iveness (perseverance) - great for our little perfectionists!
 

Alphabet and Geometry Books

The ABCs of Halloween by Patti Reeder Eubank
Two endearing black cats lead children through the alphabet as each letter brings new words for the Halloween season. This tale is perfect for the young child as there's nothing scary in the book...
G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book Recommended by David Schwartz
Entries include abacus, binary, cubit, diamond ("There are no diamonds in math. We put diamond in this book so you would know it doesn't belong here"), equilateral, exponent, Fibonacci, googol, y-axis, and zillion
The Hands-On Marvelous Ball Book by Bradford Hansen-Smith
A picture book for all ages, from 4 or 5 to adult.  Jimmy discovers a marvelous ball that keeps shifting its shape, size, and color, this book offers directions for making three-dimensional geometric figures from simple materials: thin paper plates, bobby pins, and masking tape...  You can, too!
Q is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book Recommended by David Schwartz
Really cool science alphabet book, for beginner to adult!
The Weighty Word Book Recommended by Janet Stevens, Paul M. Levitt and Elissa S. Guralnick
From Abasement to Zealot, an alphabet book kids of all ages can really dive into! With stories and puns and  mnemonic memory clues for the definitions...

First Chapter Books

By Judy Blume
Freckle Juice
 
Amanda and Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen
Amanda Pig, her brother Oliver, and their parents share their lives...
 
Tales of Amanda Pig Oliver, Amanda, and Grandmother Pig
More Tales of Amanda Pig Oliver & Amanda and the Big Snow 
Amanda Pig, Schoolgirl Tales of Oliver Pig
Amanda Pig and Her Best Friend Lollipop More Tales of Oliver Pig
Amanda Pig on Her Own Oliver Pig at School
Amanda Pig and the Awful, Scary Monster  Oliver and Albert, Friends Forever
Amanda Pig and Her Big Brother Oliver Oliver and Amanda's Halloween
 
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who takes her instructions quite literally. Reading the list of chores that her employer has left her, Amelia begins with "Dust the furniture." How odd, Amelia thinks to herself. "At my house we undust the furniture."
 
Amelia Bedelia Thank You, Amelia Bedelia
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out Amelia Bedelia's Family Album
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower  
 

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Beginning readers will love the thrill of reading a chapter book by themselves; the simple language and unique adventures encourage and entertain those just entering the world of words. The endearing duo is depicted in the warmest of browns and softest of greens, reflecting the tender gentleness of their friendship

Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad Together
Days with Frog and Toad
Frog and Toad All Year
 

More tales by Arnold Lobel

Owl at Home
Mouse Tales
Mouse Soup
Uncle Elephant
Grasshopper on the Road
Small Pig
 

Henry & Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge... Lively, reassuring, comical -- just right for newly independent readers, with cartoon-style illustrations that gallop, skip, and splash right along with the text
 
Henry And Mudge First Book Henry And Mudge And The Sneaky Crackers
Henry And Mudge In Puddle Trouble Henry And Mudge Take The Big Test
Henry And Mudge Under The Yellow Moon Henry And Mudge And The Best Day Of All
Henry And Mudge And The Forever Sea Henry And Mudge and the Tall Tree House
Henry And Mudge In The Green Time Henry and Mudge and Mrs. Hopper's House
Henry And Mudge And The Happy Cat Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase
Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan Henry And Mudge And The Funny Lunch
Henry And Mudge And The Starry Night Henry & Mudge & the Big Sleep over
Henry And Mudge And The Bedtime Thumps Henry And Mudge In The Sparkle Days
Henry And Mudge And The Careful Cousin Henry And Mudge And Annies Good Move
Henry And Mudge In The Family Trees Henry And Mudge Get The Cold Shivers
Henry And Mudge And The Long Weekend Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas
Henry And Mudge And The Wild Wind Henry & Mudge & the Tumbling Trip
Henry And Mudge And Annie's Perfect Pet  
 

Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her...
Little Bear
Little Bear's Visit
Father Bear Comes Home
A Kiss for Little Bear 
Little Bear's Friend
 

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie travel the world, and through time, slipping out of their house and into another dimension by way of their magic tree house
 
Magic Tree House Boxed Set (Volumes 1-4)
Magic Tree House Boxed Set (Volumes 5-8)
Magic Tree House Boxed Set (Volumes 9-12)
Vacation Under The Volcano Twister On Tuesday
Day Of The Dragon-King Earthquake In The Early Morning
Viking Ships At Sunrise Stage Fright on a Summer Night
Hour Of The Olympics Good Morning, Gorillas
Tonight On The Titanic Thanksgiving on Thursday
Buffalo Before Breakfast High Tide in Hawaii
Tigers At Twilight Christmas in Camelot
Dingoes At Dinnertime Summer of the Sea Serpent
Civil War On Sunday Winter of the Ice Wizard
Revolutionary War On Wednesday  

Nonfiction Magic Tree House Research Guides, companions to various Magic Tree House titles...
Research Guide: American Revolution: A Companion to the Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Research Guide: Space
Research Guide: Rain Forests
Research Guide: Dinosaurs
Research Guide: Pirates
Research Guide: Mummies & Pyramids
Research Guide: Dolphins & Sharks
Research Guide: Knights & Castles
Research Guide: Twisters and Other Terrible Storms
Research Guide: Titanic
Research Guide: Sabertooths and the Ice Age
Research Guide: Titanic
Research Guide: Titanic

 
Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat

Nate the Great and his faithful dog Sludge solve mysteries...
 
Nate the Great Nate the Great Goes Down in the Dumps
Nate the Great and the Stolen Base Nate the Great and the Musical Note
Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective
Nate The Great And The Boring Beach Bag Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
Nate the Great Goes Undercover Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise
Nate the Great and the Phony Clue Nate the Great and the Pillowcase
Nate the Great and the Sticky Case Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden
Nate the Great and the Monster Mess Nate the Great Stalks Stupidweed
Nate The Great And The Crunchy Christmas Nate The Great And The Fishy Prize
Nate The Great And The Missing Key Nate The Great And The Halloween Hunt
Nate The Great And The Lost List  
 

Riverside Kids by Johanna Hurwitz

Six-year-old Nora and her little brother the favorite fiction friends of all readers...
Rip-Roaring Russell
Nora and Mrs. Mind-Your-Own-Business
Busybody Nora
Russell Sprouts
New Neighbors for Nora
E Is for Elisa
Russell and Elisa
Ever-Clever Elisa
Elisa in the Middle
Summer with Elisa
Superduper Teddy
Elisa Michaels, Bigger & Better - for older kids who loved Elisa and Russell...
 

Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka

20th-century time travelers Fred, Sam and Joe. Whether the gang's fighting off the Black Knight in the middle of Camelot, practicing magic tricks on Blackbeard and his pirates, stampeding cattle in the Old West, or running from a woolly mammoth, one thing is for sure: no one's ever bored when the Time Warp Trio's around!

Knights of the Kitchen Table Hey Kid, Want To Buy a Bridge
The Not-So-Jolly Roger Viking and Liking It
The Good, The Bad, and the Goofy Sam Samurai
Your Mother was a Neanderthal See You Later, Gladiator
2095 Me Oh Maya!
Tut, Tut Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci
The Summer Reading Emergency Oh Say, I Can't See
It's All Greek To Me  
 
Buck Wilder's Adventures, by Timothy R. Smith
Who Stole the Animal Poop?
The Work Bees Go On Strike
The Ants Dig to China
The Owls Don't Give a Hoot
Buck Wilder, everyone's favorite outdoorsman, and his animal friends go on grand adventures through the animal kingdom.  Each story leads to an important natural world message, plus a secret message in each book, and flip-book animation on the edge of the pages...
Also read Buck Wilder's Animal Wisdom
Buck Wilder and his animal friends show us the how nature and life are interconnected - great lessons, and great fun!  A picture book, but perfect for older kids, too
 

Longer Chapter Books

For more and longer chapter books, check out Hot Topics Reading List: Classics, Mystery, Poetry and the rest of the Hot Topics! Reading Lists!

The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
Eric and his two friends, Neal and Julie, discover a secret doorway in Eric's basement that leads to the rainbow stairs. The stairs reach down into the wondrous world of Droon - a land where many magical characters exist and all kinds of amazing things occur...
Hidden Stairs And The Magic Carpet Secrets Of Droon
Journey to the Volcano Palacee The Coiled Viper
The Mysterious Island In the Ice Caves of Krog
City In The Cloudss Flight of the Genie
The Great Ice Battle Wizard or Witch? (Special Edition #2)
The Sleeping Giant Of Goll The Isle of Mists
Into the Land of the Lost The Fortress of the Treasure Queen
The Golden Wasp The Race to Doobesh
Tower of the Elf King The Riddle Of Zorfendorf Castle
Quest For The Queen Voyagers Of The Silver Sand (Special Edition #3)
The Hawk Bandits of Tarkoom The Moon Dragon
Under the Serpent Sea The Chariot of Queen Zara
The Mask Of Maliban In the Shadow of Goll
Voyage of the Jaffa Wind Sorcerer (Special Edition #4)
The Moon Scroll Pirates Of The Purple Dawn
The Knights of Silversnow Escape From Jabar-loo
The Magic Escapes (Special Edition #1) Queen Of Shadowthorn
Dream Thief Moon Magic (Special Edition #5)
 
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

A magic cupboard that turns small toys into living creatures...

The Indian in the Cupboard
The Return of the Indian
The Secret of the Indian
The Mystery of the Indian
The Key to the Indian
 
by Edward Eager...
Half Magic
Knight's Castle
The Time Garden
Magic by the Lake
Tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The title refers to a coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover...
Seven Day Magic
The Well-Wishers
Magic or Not?
When the family moves to Connecticut, twins James and Laura make new friends and begin a series of unusual adventures after discovering an old well that seems to be magic in their backyard.
 
The Great Brain series, by John D. Fitzgerald
The Great Brain, or find the original hardback used The Great Brain
More Adventures of the Great Brain, or original hardback More Adventures of the Great Brain
Me and My Little Brain, or original hardback Me and My Little Brain
original hardback Great Brain at the Academy
original hardback Great Brain Reforms
original hardback Return of the Great Brain
original hardback The Great Brain Does It Again
and a new title, from chapters found after the author's death The Great Brain Is Back
 
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

the story of Elmer Elevator; the story is imaginative, delightful, and downright funny in spots...

My Father's Dragon
Elmer and the Dragon
The Dragons of Blueland
 
The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope

Tales of a family with two sets of mixed-gender fraternal twins: Bert and Nan, who were twelve, and Flossie and Freddie, who were six...

The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport Mystery at Meadowbrook
Adventure in the Country Big Adventure at Home
The Secret at the Seashore Search in the Great City
Mystery at School on Blueberry Island
The Mystery at Snow Lodge on the Deep Blue Sea
On a Houseboat Adventure in Washington
 
Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe

A vampire bunny who sucks the juices from vegetables...

Bunnicula
Howliday Inn
Nighty-Nightmare
The Celery Stalks at Midnight
Howliday Inn
Bunnicula Strikes Again
 
The Wayside School by Louis Sachar

A magic cupboard that turns small toys into living creatures...

Wayside School Boxed Set
Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School...
 
The Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney

Stories of the lives of five children of the Pepper family. The series began with the Peppers in impoverished straits which they were eventually rescued from by a wealthy gentleman who took an interest in the family...

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Five Little Peppers Midway
Five Little Peppers Grown Up
Phronsie Pepper, the Last of the Five Little Peppers
The Stories Polly Pepper Told To The Five Little Peppers In The Little Brown House
The Adventures of Joel Pepper
Five Little Peppers Abroad
Five Little Peppers at School
Five Little Peppers: Ben Pepper
Five Little Peppers and their Friends
 
Einstein Anderson, Science Detective by Seymour Simon

A boy and girl outsmart the bullies with their brains, with a science tidbit in every story
(some out of print, but often available from Amazon Marketplace)

Wings of Darkness
The Mysterious Lights and Other Cases
The Invisible Man: And Other Cases
Einstein Anderson Lights Up the Sky
Einstein Anderson Sees Through the Invisible Man
The Halloween Horror and Other Cases
The On-Line Spaceman: And Other Cases
Einstein Anderson Tells a Comet's Tale
Einstein Anderson Makes Up for Lost Time
Einstein Anderson Goes to Bat
Einstein Anderson, Science Sleuth, Shocks His Friends
 

Cartoon Chapter Books 
Visit Hot Topics Reading List: Cartoons / Humor for the whole selection!

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Everybody's favorite waistband warrior, ready to fight for Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets: Another Epic Novel
Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants: The Fourth Epic Novel
...and more!

 
Ricky Ricotta by Dav Pilkey

Ricky is a young mouse who needs a friend, is bullied by schoolmates, and is waiting for something BIG to happen. But he never expected the arrival of anything as big as Dr. Stinky McNasty's giant robot...
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus
...and more!

 
Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey

Move over, Captain Underpants! There's a tiny new superhero in town...
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel
 

 

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