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Beginning Readers Books for Children KEYWORDS: RELATED: CatsRabbitsReptiles & Amphibians

Encourage the skills of beginning readers with these series of books. Featuring full-filled plots, easy-to-read type, bright illustrations, text using narrative and dialogue, and rich vocabulary, they are sure to please!

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Gus and Grandpa

"This wry trio of tales features an engagingly imperfect boy and his engagingly imperfect grandfather...Accommodating beginning readers, Mills's controlled and...

By Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock

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"More Gus and Grandpa books are promised, and kids will welcome them." -Booklist When Gus goes to Grandpa's house at Christmas, they decide to bake cookies....

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Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing

The ninth book in this beloved series Gus goes fishing for the first time. Mommy can't help him because she doesn’t fish, and Daddy is completely...

By Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock

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Gus and Grandpa at the Hospital

Children love reading with Gus and Grandpa Gus and Grandpa love to answer mail. Shortly after they enter the lottery, Grandpa has a heart attack. Gus is...

By Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock

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Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train

Gus and Grandpa is "a witty, warm offering." --Publishers Weekly When the train passes Grandpa's house, Gus is so excited that he runs outside to wave at...

"...forget that they love eachother." -- Kirkus Reviews..."

By Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock

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Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell

The sixth book about this "perfect team." --School Library Journal Show-and-tell was a breeze in first grade, when Gus brought to school baseball cards and...

"...Library Journal   "Gus and Grandpa are a great intergenerational team." --Kirkus Reviews "The text..."

By Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock

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The fifth book in the beloved Gus and Grandpa series  Gus is unimpressed when Ryan coolly stops his sleek five-speed bike with the hand brake. But he's...

By Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock

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Frances Foster Books

Monkeys and Dog Days

Max and his older brother, Pete, are getting a dog. A dog needs to be played with. That’s the fun part. But a dog also needs to be fed, bathed, and walked. Max...

"...plot will encourage [readers] to return to the monkey brothers again and again.”—Kirkus Reviews..."

By Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki

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Monkeys and the Universe

Max’s older brother, Pete, is building a model of the solar system, and he won’t let Max help. It’s enough to make a little monkey feel like nothing more than...

"...pictorial cues for readers while also contributing to the storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews “Beginning..."

By Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki

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Rose and Riley

A welcome addition to the pantheon of early reader books Meet Rose and Riley, a vole and a groundhog, who are best friends. And like all best friends, they...

"...charm, energy and cuteness to match the gentle stories." -- Kirkus Reviews "A sweet, thoughtful..."

By Jane Cutler and Thomas F. Yezerski

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Rose and Riley Come and Go

More stories about two endearing friends. The lovable vole and groundhog who first appeared in Rose and Riley return for three new stories about friendship and...

"...for the unassuming but puckish text. New readers will love reading these on their own." -- Kirkus Reviews..."

By Jane Cutler and Thomas F. Yezerski

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Best in Show for Rotten Ralph

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

“To thine own self be true.” The cat show is coming to town and Rotten Ralph is hungry for glory – and desperate to defeat his perfect cousin Percy,...

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

"Themes of jealousy, boasting, cheating, and getting one's comeuppance are all touched on ij this second book in the easy-reader series." --School Library...

"..."Themes of jealousy, boasting, cheating, and getting one's comeuppance are all touched on ij this second book in the easy-reader series." --School Library.... It’s carnival time for Ralph, Sarah, and Percy, Ralph’s cousin! Ralph is ready to play games and win prizes. But perfect Percy has been practicing. He keeps beating Ralph and wooing Sarah with his winnings. Fed up with losing, Ralph..."

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

Rotten to the core! When Sarah serves up a healthy, home-cooked meal chock-full of fruits and vegetables, Rotten Ralph turns up his nose and refuses to eat....

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Rotten Ralph Helps Out (My Readers Level 3)

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

"Rotten Ralph is one cat who can make reading fun for kids. And he does!" --Marc Brown Sarah needs a topic for her school project on ancient Egypt. Her...

"...." --Kirkus Reviews "The text's short sentences and dialogue are basic enough for new readers while..."

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Sylvie & True

Sylvie, a rabbit, and True, a water snake, are best friends. They live together in a small apartment on a quiet street in a big city. Like a lot of best...

David McPhail

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Winnie & Ernst

Four funny, easy-to-read stories about best friends Winnie (a possum) and Ernst (an otter) are best friends who can weather any predicament together. These...

Gina Freschet

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