Do you have a budding reader in your home? Then you’ll want our best books for beginning readers ASAP!
These books are designed with early readers in mind. They help kids to gain both skill and confidence as they master the art of reading. With these books in hand, there are many ways to work on reading fluency!
As you know, reading doesn’t happen at the same time for everyone – and that can be really frustrating for young students. So, one of the best ways we can help as parents is to offer them plenty of reading time at home.
Let your child practice reading. Be a model. Show them texts they can master from the beginning. Before you know it, you’ll have an exemplary reader on your hands!
Full disclosure, I have two little ones at home. My oldest is 6-years-old and just recently jumped through the hoops of learning how to read. (Of course, she has many steps to go, but we feel confident she has had her “aha!” moment.)
But my son is 3-years-old and just now starting to understand that each letter has an accompanying sound. So? We are always adjusting our previous strategy to accommodate his learning needs.
There are some non-negotiable books on our list for beginning readers (as far as I’m concerned). No matter what your child thinks, these books are a fantastic option to get the process started.
Then, once they’re feeling a bit more confident, let your child take the reins. After those initial steps, you’ll want to make sure your child is interestedin the books you’ve chosen. Try to find texts that they’ll enjoy right from the cover. Maybe there’s a silly illustration or a favorite cartoon character. I’d recommend letting them shop with you for some of their starter books!
Our list of the best books for beginning readers is a combination of what worked for my daughter; what we plan to use for my son; and what I highly recommend from working as an elementary school teacher.
For us, the few options below from the best books for beginning readers are non-negotiables when it comes to starting off. We just love the simplicity of the stories and their focus on the Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) words. This is an important strategy for young children to practice decoding similar words.
Bob Books Set 1: Beginning Readers
Absolutely #1 on our list! The Bob Books were the tool that allowed my daughter to shine with her reading. She knew all of the letter sounds and how sight words came into play, but once she started practicing with her Bob Books, she realized she could decode words on a page. And that is the biggest goal when learning to read!
There are many other Bob Books sets to choose from:
We purchased each of the following sets to help supplement our daughter’s (very early) library. While we found the Bob books to be the most helpful in building her reading skill, we did enjoy the variety of these collections, as well!
First Little Readers: This set includes 25 little books – and, if you love them, there are bunches of options to purchase after your first set is completed!
Meet the Sight Words: These books help your child to practice recognizing their sight words within context. We loved this series when our daughter was a baby and the sight words set was part of the larger kit.
Fun with Dick and Jane: An absolute classic, but truly a great option for those young readers! The repetitive word choice helps to show the children that they can READ text from a page by recognizing words!
Usborne Phonics Readers: My favorite part of this set is that the books are leveled from start to finish. The first few books include a lot of partner reading where Mom or Dad read the smaller text pages, and the child helps out with the larger text. This partnership slows down as the child advances.
Once your child has confidence with their CVC words and they’re starting to recognize sight words throughout the text, you can happily move onto a variety of early reader book sets. There is a large variety of sets, but they all have a place on our best books for beginning readers’ list. This is when your child can begin to take part in the book shopping task, because there are tons of options available! Consider their favorite character or hobby and you are sure to find wonderful book sets to suit their needs.
Finally, when your child has mastered their early reader sets, they are ready for independent beginning readers. These books are the most fun, because they are one-off stories ready to be explored. Often very well-priced, these options vary greatly in subject matter. Your child can have lots of fun picking and choosing the topics they love – and all the while, they’ll be improving their reading skill!
No matter what you choose, as long as you’re reading, you just can’t lose! (Did you catch that rhyme there?!)
Truly, when you spend time exploring the literary world with your child, you are helping them to become a better reader. Let them take the lead and you won’t be disappointed!
Katie Johansen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with her M.A.Ed in Children’s Literature. She spent 6 years as an elementary school teacher in South Florida before transitioning to stay-at-home #momlife. Now, it’s all things PB&J – with an extra large cup of coffee on the side.