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Must-Read Beginning Readers


Looking for excellent beginning reader titles? Consider the titles on our Children's Core Collection Lists, curated by Denver Public Library staff to ensure that a variety of reading levels, topics, themes, genres and more have been included. These lists include timeless classics, soon-to-be classics, funny books, touching books and lots in between. 

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Don't Throw It To Mo!
Adler, David A., author.
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.
Rabbit & Robot : The Sleepover
Bell, Cece.
Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.
King & Kayla And The Case Of The Secret Code
Butler, Dori Hillestad, author.
When a mysterious letter written in code arrives at King's house for his human, Kayla, he follows the trail of the person who left it.
Fred And Ted Go Camping
Eastman, Peter, 1942-
Even though they do things very differently, friends Fred and Ted enjoy going camping together in the woods.
Meet Yasmin!
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.
A Pig, A Fox, And Stinky Socks
Fenske, Jonathan, author.
After gifting a pair of stinky socks as a prank to his friend Pig, Fox finds out that some tricks do not work out exactly as planned.
Chicken Said, "cluck!"
Grant, Judyann.
Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.
The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow
Griffiths, Andy, 1961-
In these ten easy-to-read stories there is a mixed-up cow that says "miaow," a mole called Noel who plays rock 'n' roll in a hole, and a boy named Mike who rides a bike with a very big spike!
Peeper And Zeep
Gudeon, Adam, author.
Peeper, a chick who has injured his wing, and Zeep, an alien who has crashed his spaceship, hope Frog, an inventor can help them return to their homes.
I Can Run
Head, Murray, 1939- author, illustrator.
Squirrels run, hop and escape a predator in this easy-to-read book.
Penny And Her Song
Henkes, Kevin.
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.
Block Party
Hooks, Gwendolyn, author.
The neighborhood is having a block party and everyone is expected to bring food to share. Padma's mother decides to bring a pot of homemade soup, and Padma worries that her friends will not like it.
Sofia Martinez. Sofia's Party Shoes
Jules, Jacqueline, 1956- author.
Sofia has brand new white shoes for family friend Liliana's quinceañera, but when she gets grape juice on them her mother makes her wear them anyway, even though they no longer match her white dress.
The Full Freight Train
Klein, Adria F. (Adria Fay), 1947-
Freight Train is carrying bananas, tomatoes, apples, and potatoes.
Ling & Ting : Twice As Silly
Lin, Grace, author, illustrator.
Identical twins Ling and Ting like to be silly, tell jokes, and laugh together.
Mr. Monkey Visits A School
Mack, Jeff, author, illustrator.
Mr. Monkey is invited to visit a school to perform a trick he just learned, but nothing goes as planned.
Daddy Can't Dance
Manushkin, Fran, author.
Katie and her father are invited to a Daddy-Daughter dance, the only problem is that her father is not a good dancer--he frequently steps on his partner's feet.
I See A Cat
Meisel, Paul, author, illustrator.
A dog enjoys barking at a cat, a bee, and especially squirrels in this easy-to-read book.
Buzz Beaker And The Super Fast Car
Meister, Cari.
Buzz designs a very fast car for his father.
Go, Otto, Go!
Milgrim, David, author.
Otto the robot builds a spaceship to take him home.
Jack And Jill And T-ball Bill
Pierce, Terry, author.
Siblings Jack and Jill deal with their dog, Bill, interrupting their T-ball game.
Hey Jack! The Winning Goal
Rippin, Sally.
It's Jack's first day at soccer. He really wants to kick a goal, but he coach has made him a goalie. There's no glory in goalkeeping, is there?
I Like The Farm
Rotner, Shelley, author, photographer.
Children share what they like about the farm.
Henry And Mudge And The Great Grandpas : The Twenty-sixth Book Of Their Adventures
Rylant, Cynthia.
When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry's parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas, they lead them all on a wonderful adventure.
Rylant, Cynthia.
Poppleton the pig makes a friend, reads a library book about adventure, and helps a sick friend get better.
In A Dark, Dark Room, And Other Scary Stories
Schwartz, Alvin, 1927-1992, author.
Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries. --Publisher
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
Selznick, Brian, author, illustrator.
Baby Monkey, private eye, will investigate stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries--if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on.
Nate The Great
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.
Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.
What's Your Favorite Favorite?
Shea, Bob, author.
Ballet Cat and her cousin, Goat, try to outdo one another while putting on show for their grandmother.
Cowgirl Kate And Cocoa : Spring Babies
Silverman, Erica.
Cowgirl Kate and her horse Cocoa watch over the new calves, a puppy, and some baby barn owls.
Charlie & Mouse
Snyder, Laurel, author.
Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.
Fox Is Late
Tabor, Corey R., author, illustrator.
Fox is late for lunch, so he hops on his skateboard and zooms home, with his animal friends in tow.
Good Night, Good Knight
Thomas, Shelley Moore.
A Good Knight helps three little dragons who are having trouble getting to sleep.
There Is A Bird On Your Head!
Willems, Mo.
Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-- two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.
We Are Growing!
Willems, Mo, creator.
Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up.

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