Early Reader Books We Use & Love


In our house we are all about reading! I think that building good reading skills at an early age is such an important thing for successful learning. It is so important to have Early Reader Books for your children to fall in love with reading. Making sure that your children are reading the correct level of books for them is so vital for advancing learning. We use several different sets of early reader books in our house.
To check to see what level your books are at your house check out Scholastics Book Wizard.


BOB Books

One of the sets of books we like are BOB Books. They are great for the first steps into reading. Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers You can work on building up to more words through the set.  BOB Books website. The web site has a lot of information. There are a lot of different printables you can find on pinterest to go along with your BOB book reading. They also have an app where you can purchase books to download to your Ipad or Android.   

First Little Readers

There are books that are made to the guided reading level. First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level A: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers is an example. These books aren’t my first choose however they go along with the BOB books and  take the guessing game out of picking books.

Dick and Jane

The Dick and Jane books are the books I grew up learning to read with. I love that they are come in several different levels and each story is about family life. We Play (Read With Dick and Jane) is one of the level one books. However they have several sets you can buy. I know for a fact that if this is the only series of books that you buy you can teach your children to read with them.

I See Sam

Now my childrens favorite reading books are I See Sam.  They aren’t colorful like Dick and Jane or First Little Readers however my children love the simplicity of the stories and best of all their APP is AMAZING! Being a household who tries to limit our screen time I wasn’t sure if I would like purchasing these book through their app. However, the app is amazing! My childrens favorite feature is that you can press the recording button to record yourself as you read through the book and pay it back at the end. When you download the app you can get the first couple books of each reading level for free to try out.



Checkout The Reading Mama she has a AWESOME set of FREE Printables to go along with the BOB Books!


Checkout Summer Reading Challenge With Free Printables

ALSO!!!! Scholastic has some awesome FREE Reading Activities & Printables!!! 

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11 Responses to “Early Reader Books We Use & Love”

  1. Joey Lynn Resciniti (@BTaC_blog) Says:

    My daughter is nine, so I clicked here to see if any of the books she used to read made your list. I think it’s such a blessing that there’s so much great reading material in the world. Your list is completely different than ours… of course she enjoyed a lot of Disney Princess and Dora the Explorer adventures when she was just learning to read!

  2. Kersandra Rettig Says:

    Princess books are a big hit in our house as well so when we go to the library we will look for Level 1 readers. However, as far as teaching the kids to read I like having reading books that build on each other. Do you know of any Princess or Dora that build on each other? We would love to look into them if you do!! Thanks

  3. Kristie Says:

    I have heard alot about the Bob Books. I can’t remember if I have seen inside them though. I just bought some readers from a used homeschool book sale. My husband remembers learning to read from them!

  4. Sadia Says:

    My girls kind of skipped the whole early reader thing, but when I was shopping for a close family friend, the Bob books rose to the top of the list. He LOVED them, as his parents loved the way they had him confident to start to read independently.

  5. Katey Howes Says:

    Glad to have found you through the HDYDI link up!
    My children have all loved the BOB books, as well as the Scholastic Sight Word Readers sets for very early reading. There is a Scholastic book pack of Disney Princess sight word books that comes with a completion certificate and stickers. It’s really cute.
    We also really enjoy the Pony Club books, Froggy series, and of course the classics Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Owl at Home.

  6. Kersandra Rettig Says:

    Thank you Katey for the info on the Disney Princess Books. I am going to buy them now because my little girls birthday is right around the corner and she will be thrilled!!!! Thank you

  7. Shambray Says:

    Glad I found this list. My daughter isn’t reading yet, but I am so glad to have found you. I am pinning!

  8. Eileen Teo Says:

    Lovely round up. Thanks for joining with us at #pintorials

  9. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner Says:

    Thank you for linking up at the Merry Monday Linky Party! Hope to see you again next week!

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    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls