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The Ultimate Kindergarten Reading List

One of the most important things children will learn in school is to read.  The best way for children to learn to read is to READ, READ, READ! As parents and educators, we can give our children the gift of reading which will last a lifetime if we set an example by letting them see us read, reading to them, and providing them with a wide array of books, including traditional trade books and online books, such as those that can be found on Using the audio feature on Epic allows the children to learn to recognize new sight words, learn language patterns, develop listening skills, and learn to use proper intonation when reading.  It also provides a model for reading fluently.

As we know, kids are never too young for a reading list full of good books to read! To help plan your book-filled summer fun, or supplement your kid’s reading during the school year we’ve put together a kindergarten reading list. These kindergarten books will keep your family reading all year.

We like to think of this kindergarten reading list as a capsule of books for young kids. Some of the books your child might be able to read on their own.  The most important thing is to adopt D.E.A.R. (Drop  Everything  And  Read) as a part of your daily or weekly routine.  This experience will be .time well spent for you and your children.

Here is a Beginner Reading List

Recommendations by our Upper Merion Township Library:

  • Pass the Ball, Mo by David Adler ER ADLER LEVEL 2

  • I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold ER ARNOLD LEVEL 1

  • On the Go with Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker E BAKER

  • Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss

  • J GN BLISS Duck & Company by Kathy Caple ER CAPLE LEVEL 3

  • Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear by Alyssa Capucilli J PAP 11-C

  • Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater by Denys Cazet

  • ER CAZET LEVEL 3 Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas


  • It's Shoe Time by Bryan Collier ER COLLIER LEVEL 2

  • Benjamin Bear in Brain storms by Philippe Coudray J

  • GN COUDRAY Rafi and Rosi

  • Carnival! by Lulu Delacre ER DELACRE LEVEL 3

  • Andy & Sandy & the Talent Show by Tomie DePaola ER DEPAOLA LEVEL 1

  • Peanut and Pearl's Picnic Adventure by Rebecca Dotlich ER DOTLICH LEVEL 1

  • Iris and Walter and the Birthday Party by Elissa Guest ER GUEST LEVEL 1

  • Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes J GN HAYES Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes ER HENKES LEVEL 3

  • You Read to Me, I'll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman E HOBERMAN Houndsley and Catina by James

Happy Reading!

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