It can be overwhelming to pick out books at the library. All the early readers are all grouped together and kids can spend a long time opening up each cover to decipher the reading level! I don’t know about your kids, but mine get frustrated. Really frustrated.
Note: If you are confused with finding your child’s reading level make sure to read Making Sense of Reading Levels!
Here are some great ideas for Creating a Reading Nook where kids will want to curl up and read a book!
Books for Kindergarten ReadersHere are some of the BEST books for Kindergarten age kids to read themselves. You can conveniently order them from Amazon using the links provided so your child to read over and over to achieve fluency. OR print the convenient library book marks below for an easy way to get the books free from your local library. Books are listed from easiest to hardest with the Book Level used by most libraries in parenthesis for your convenience.
Books are listed from easiest to read to more advanced Kindergarten readers.
Late Preschool / Early KindergartenI Want a Pet! by Cathy Morrison (0.3)
Show and Tell by Mercer Mayer (0.3)
Big Brown Bear by David McPhail (0.4)
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss (0.6)
I Love School! by Hans Wilhelm (0.6)
I Lost My Tooth! by Hans Wilhelm (0.7)
Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (0.8)
David Goes to School by David Shannon (0.9)
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems (0.9)
Big Pig and Little Pig by David McPhail (0.9)
Please Write Back! by Jennifer E. Morris (0.9)
Kindergarten (mid to end of year)Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier (1.0)
Cinderella's Countdown to the Ball by Heidi Kilgras (1.0)
Busy, Busy, Butterfly by Molly Carroll (1.0)
How to Be a Kitten by Sharon Callen (1.0)
Happy Birthday, Princess! by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg (1.0)
Let's Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems (1.0)
Princesses and Puppies by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg (1.0)
The Sandcastle by Ira Wood (1.0)
The Berenstain Bears' Big Bear, Small Bear by Stan Berenstain (1.0)
What's in the Sky, Dear Dragon? by Margaret Hillert (1.0)
Anna's Best Friends by Christy Webster (1.1)
Petting Zoo by Deborah Lock (1.1)
All by Myself! by Aliki (1.1)
Hog and Dog by Diane Wright Landolf (1.1)
May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer E. Morris (1.1)
Must be Santa by Tim Moore (1.1)
Monkey Play by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.1)
Before and After by Joy Frisch-Schmoll (1.2)
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell (1.2)
Baby Pandas by Bethany Olson (1.2)
Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend by Cynthia Rylant (1.2)
Flying High by Nick Eliopulos (1.2)
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman (1.2)
Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges (1.2)
The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt by Stan Berenstain (1.2)
Ballet Stars by Joan Holub (1.2)
Mittens at School by Lola M. Schaefer (1.2)
I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown (1.2)
Too Many Dogs by Lori Haskins (1.2)
Money, Money Honey Bunny! by Marilyn Sadler (1.2)
I Love Rocks by Cari Meister (1.2)
Great Day for UP by Dr. Seuss (1.3)
Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.3)
Richard Scarry's Readers Cake Soup by Erica Farber (1.3)
Honey Helps by Laura Godwin (1.3)
Ink, Wink, and Blink Work Out! by Pete Whitehead (1.3)
We Play on a Rainy Day by Angela Shelf Medearis (1.3)
See Me Dig by Paul Meisel (1.3)
Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister (1.3)
Beep! Beep! It's Beeper! by Carole Lexa Schaefer (1.3)
Follow Me, Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer (1.3)
Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems (1.3)
Noodles: No Kisses, Please! by Hans Wilhelm (1.3)
FREE List of Books Kindergartners Can ReadTo make it east to find great books for your new reader I made a printable from this list. There are 10 different styles.
- The first 5 are in color. Just print, fold in half, and laminate to make a convenient bookmark they can bring along to the library. They can go through them in order and check them off with a dry erase marker when they’ve read a book.
- The next 5 are in black and white to save on printing costs or to allow your Kindergartner to personalize their list. You can either print it on cardstock and cut apart to make 2 seperate bookmarks (one with easier and the 2nd with more difficult books) OR you can print on plain paper and allow them to color it. Then fold in half and laminate. Use with a dry erase or sharpie marker to mark off books your child reads.
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Did I miss one of your Kindergartners favorite books they like to read themselves? I’d love to add to this life. Feel free to leave me the book title and author in the comments!