12 Books for Early Readers That Rock

These books will make required reading tons of fun for your kindergartner.

By Allison McDonald
Sep 22, 2016



Sep 22, 2016

After a long day of school, required reading isn’t always easy. Kids work hard at school and when they get home there is often homework and required reading looming over their heads. This is tough on everyone — especially new kindergarteners.

When my daughter was in kindergarten last year, we often opted to skip the homework (thankfully, it was optional) but we never skipped reading. There is heaps of research that shows just how important daily reading is for kids. As parents, we really do need to get this checked off as much as we can. I’m not suggesting you skip required homework…I’m just begging you not to skip the reading.

And here's the great news: just because it’s required doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. In fact it should be fun. These 12 books for early readers are just that — super fun reads that make easing into a required reading routine easy-peasy!

Check out these fun early readers:

Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus by Jane O’Connor

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

Zack’s Alligator by Shirley Mozelle

Splat the Cat and the Quick Chicks by Rob Scotton

Lulu Goes to Witch School by Jane O’Connor

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems (Elephant & Piggie)

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems (Elephant & Piggie)

Fly Guy Presents: Space by Tedd Arnold

The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat

Do you have any books that are fun to read with your kindergartner? Tell us about it on Scholastic Parents Facebook page and help us keep this list growing.

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Check out bloggers Amy Mascott and Allie McDonald's book, Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips for Helping Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love for Reading. Get expert advice and learn new strategies for your young readers.




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