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Classic series to engage beginning readers in independent reading include:

    • Amelia Bedelia (written by Peggy Parish)
    • Arthur (written by Lillian Hoban)
    • Cat in the Hat, etc., (written by Dr. Seuss)
    • Fox (written by James Marshall; also written by Edward Marshall)
    • Frog and Toad (written by Arnold Lobel)
    • Henry and Mudge (written by Cynthia Rylant)
    • I Can Read books (written by various authors)
    • Little Bear (written by Else Homelund Minarik)
    • Mr. Putter and Tabby (written by Cynthia Rylant)
    • Morris and Boris (written Bernard Wiseman)
    • Nate the Great (written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat)
    • Oliver and Amanda Pig (written Jean Van Leeuwen)

Librarian’s recommended fiction books listed below are in approximate order of increasing difficulty for independent reading. (Note: Books within individual series often vary in reading level). The summary for each book is from the Library of Congress or publisher.

Check back again as more titles are added. Send feedback and/or requests for more individualized recommendations to ellen@eagleschool.org.

Happy reading!

Willems Eleph_Pig5

Elephant and Piggie Book series

Written and illustrated Mo Willems

(Hyperion Books for Children, c2007 – 2016)

Guaranteed to bring a smile to the face with each reading!

Learn how to draw Piggie with Mo!

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Today I Will Fly
My Friend is Sad
There is a Bird on Your Head!
I am Invited to a Party!
I Love My New Toy!
I will Surprise My Friend!
Are You Ready to Play Outside?
Watch Me Throw the Ball!
Elephants Cannot Dance!
Pigs Make Me Sneeze!
I am Going!
Can I Play Too?
We Are in a Book!
I Broke My Trunk!
Should I Share My Ice Cream?
Happy Pig Day!
Listen To My Trumpet
Let’s Go for a Drive
A Big Guy Took My Ball
I’m a Frog!
My New Friend Is So Fun
Waiting Is Not Easy!
I Will Take a Nap!
I Really Like Slop!
The Thank You Book * 25th and alleged final book in Elephant & Piggie series!

Willems DrivenToRead“Pigeon” books

Written and illustrated by Mo Willems

(Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group, c2003 – 2014)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!
The Pigeon Loves Things that Go!
Don’t Let the Pigeons Stay Up Late!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
The Duckling Gets a Cookie
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

Coudray Benjamin

“Benjamin Bear” books

Written and illustrated by Philippe Coudray

(Toon Books, 2011 – 2015)

“One-page comic strips about Benjamin Bear, a very serious bear,who has his own silly logic for doing things.”

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking

Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!

Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

Ries Aggie Ben

“Aggie and Ben” books

Written and illustrated by Lori Ries

(Charlesbridge, c2006 – c2011)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Aggie and Ben: Three Stories

Summary: “Although Ben is worried about his dog Aggie when the veterinarian spays her and while she recovers, he laughs at her problems with the cone she must wear on her head until her stitches are removed.”

Good Dog, Aggie

Summary: “When Aggie the dog does not mind, Ben takes her to obedience school which ends in disaster, but while practicing at home one day Ben realizes what really motivates Aggie to mind.”

 Aggie the Brave

Summary: “Although Ben is worried about his dog Aggie when the veterinarian spays her and while she recovers, he laughs at her problems with the cone she must wear on her head until her stitches are removed.”

Aggie Gets Lost

Summary: “Ben and Aggie are playing in the park when she chases a ball and does not return, but after looking for her and worrying about her, Ben speaks with his blind friend, Mr. Thomas, who suggests a different approach.

LiniersBalloonHenrieta

Easy-to-Read Comics series

Written and illustrated by Liniers

Titles and summaries of individual books:

The Big Wet Balloon (2013, Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, example of Level 2)

Summary: “”Matilda promises her little sister Clemmie an amazing weekend spent playing outside. But the weather’s rainy and Clemmie can’t bring her new balloon along. Matilda teaches Clemmie all the delights of a wet Saturday.”

Written and Drawn by Henrietta (2015, TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior, example of Level 3)

Summary: “When Henrietta’s mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure.”

Henkes Penny

“Penny” books

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

(Greenwillow Books, c2012 – c2013)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

 Penny and Her Song

Summary: “Penny comes home from school eager to share her very own song, but must wait until the time is right to teach it to her parents and the babies.”

Penny and Her Doll

Summary: “Penny instantly loves the doll her grandmother sends her, but finding the perfect name for her is a challenge.”

 Penny and Her Marble

Summary: “Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin’s grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.”

Lin Ling_Ting2

“Ling & Ting” books

Written and illustrated by Grace Lin

(Little, Brown, 2010 – 2015)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Ling & Ting Not Exactly the Same

Summary: “Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.”

 Ling & Ting Share a Birthday

Summary: “Identical twins Ling and Ting celebrate their birthday by sharing gifts and making wishes.”

 Ling & Ting Twice as Silly

Summary: “Identical twins Ling and Ting like to be silly, tell jokes, and laugh together.”

Ling & Ting Together in All Weather

 Summary: “Twin sisters Ling and Ting have fun together playing in all kinds of weather.”

Silverman Cowgirl Kate

“Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa” books

Written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Betsy Lewin

(Harcourt, c2005 –  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa

Summary: “Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.”

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Partners

Summary: “Cocoa the horse herds the cows with Cowgirl Kate, helps her practice her roping skills, and wishes he could wear boots instead of horseshoes.”

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Rain or Shine

Summary: “Cowgirl Kate and her cow horse, Cocoa, discover what it means to work, play, and be together–rain or shine.”

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies

Summary: “Cowgirl Kate and her horse Cocoa watch over the new calves, a puppy, and some baby barn owls.”

DiCamillo BinkBink & Gollie series

Written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile

(Candlewick Press, 2010 – 2013)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

 Bink & Gollie

Summary: “Two roller-skating best friends–one tiny, one tall–share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.”

Bink & Gollie: Two for One

Summary: “The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie-utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire-must use teamwork and their gray matter while navigating its many wonders.”

Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever

Summary: “Bink and Gollie’s friendship remains strong, even in the face of Gollie’s “royal blood,” Bink’s Stretch-O-Matic machine, and the pursuit of a world record.”