Beginning Readers: Kids Core Collection

Books in the Beginning Reader Core Collection are for children who are learning how to read, usually in grades K-3. All the books on this list are kid-approved and engaging!

Adler, David A.

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.

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.

Butler, Dori Hillestad

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.

Eastman, Peter

Even though they do things very differently, friends Fred and Ted enjoy going camping together in the woods.

Faruqi, Saadia

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.

Fenske, Jonathan

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.

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.

Griffiths, Andy

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!

Gudeon, Adam

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.

Head, Murray

Squirrels run, hop and escape a predator in this easy-to-read book.

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.

Hooks, Gwendolyn

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.

Jules, Jacqueline

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.

Klein, Adria F. (Adria Fay)

Freight Train is carrying bananas, tomatoes, apples, and potatoes.

Lin, Grace

Identical twins Ling and Ting like to be silly, tell jokes, and laugh together.

Mack, Jeff

Mr. Monkey is invited to visit a school to perform a trick he just learned, but nothing goes as planned.

Manushkin, Fran

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.

Meisel, Paul, author, illustrator.

A dog enjoys barking at a cat, a bee, and especially squirrels in this easy-to-read book.

Meister, Cari.

Buzz designs a very fast car for his father.

Milgrim, David, author.

Otto the robot builds a spaceship to take him home.

Pierce, Terry, author.

Siblings Jack and Jill deal with their dog, Bill, interrupting their T-ball game.

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?

Rotner, Shelley, author, photographer.

Children share what they like about the farm.

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.

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

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.

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.

Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

Shea, Bob, author.

Ballet Cat and her cousin, Goat, try to outdo one another while putting on show for their grandmother.

Silverman, Erica.

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

Snyder, Laurel, author.

Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.

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.

Thomas, Shelley Moore.

A Good Knight helps three little dragons who are having trouble getting to sleep.

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.

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.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.

Help us make improvements to our content! I am a(n):