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Favorite Books

What types of books should I have around?

  • Rhyming books, alphabet books, nursery rhymes

  • Easy readers that your child can reread on their own.

  • Longer picture books and beginning chapter books.

  • Nonfiction books that match their interests

  • Subscribe to or borrow a children’s magazine.

Book Lists

Rhyming books – These books will help the child develop sound awareness by  hearing the smaller sounds in words.  Rhyming words will have the same ending sound. 

Is Your Mama a Llama? By Deborah Guarino

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Dinosaur Roar! By Paul Stickland

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson

Each Peach, Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg


Easy Readers – These books are designed specifically for children who are beginning to learn how to read.  They are written with a limited number of vocabulary words.

 At the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, we have the readers labeled by a system of levels.  The levels range from ER 1 to ER 4, ranging from easiest to hardest.  Below is a brief description of each level:

  • ER 1 – Very Beginning Reader

This is the easiest level.  The book will contain few words and very short sentences on every page.  It may have repeated letters sounds and the vocabulary will consist of the easiest sight words.

  • ER 2 – Beginning Reader

These books will have more words per page.  There will be more words per sentence and more sentences on every page.

  • ER 3 – Early Independent Reader

These books have longer sentences and may have simple chapters.  They may introduce new vocabulary words.

  • ER 4 – Independent Reader

These books are very similar to ER 3, but contain longer chapters and more complex vocabulary.  They contain more pictures than beginning chapter books from the juvenile fiction area.

Beginning Chapter Book Series – Once your child is managing to read ER 4’s with ease, it is time to introduce some beginning chapter books from the juvenile fiction area. 

Adventures of the Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey

Amber Brown by Paula Danziger (“A is for Amber” are the easier titles.)

Arthur Chapter Books by Marc Brown

Cam Jansen by David Adler

Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Rylant

Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Katie Kazoo, Switcharoo by Nancy Krulik

Kids of the Polk Street School by Patricia Reilly Giff

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

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