Beginning Readers

Ages 3-6 | Grades PreS-2


Batman: Day of the Dark Knight!

by Jordan London
Ages 7-8 | Grade 2 | Guided Reading Level N

Go back in time with Batman and Green Arrow to defeat Morgaine Le Fey and retrieve the mythical sword Excalibur. This 48-page reader features exciting full-color art from the popular Cartoon Network television series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Benny the Big Shot Goes to Camp

by Bonnie Bader
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Benny thinks he'll be the best at summer camp—the best at everything! But at camp, he doesn't seem to be good at anything. When trouble strikes, can Benny be the best at saving the day?

Big Cats

by Joyce Milton, illustrated by Silvia Duran
Ages 7-8 | Grades 2 | Guided Reading Level L

From tigers to cougars and leopards to lions, this book is a great introduction to big cats. Topics discussed include hunting techniques, sleeping habits, color patterns, and the importance of preserving the cats’ habitats.

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Black Out! Animals That Live in the Dark

by Ginjer L. Clarke
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Black Out! is packed with interesting facts about all the creepy animals that we never get to see during the daytime, such as the barn owl, the blind cave fish, the vampire squid, and the trapdoor spider.

Bug Out!

by Ginjer L. Clarke
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

This reader features some of the most disgusting, far-out bugs on the planet. Learn how a scorpion uses its poison, discover how the jumping spider hunts, marvel at the weight of the giant wetapunga, and so much more in this book that will have everyone itching for more!

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Dinosaur Eggs

by Jennifer Dussling, Illustrated by Pamela Johnson
Ages 7-8 | Grade 2 | Guided Reading Level M

Follow a team of fossil hunters on a dig! This book presents a fascinating look at dinosaur egg fossils and dinosaurs in general.

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Far Out! Animals That Do Amazing Things

by Ginjer L. Clarke
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Did you know that chimpanzees can learn sign language? Far Out! is packed with interesting facts about animals that can do amazing and humanlike things.

Gross Out! Animals That Do Disgusting Things

by Ginjer L. Clarke
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

Did you know that the horned lizard squirts blood out of its eyes to scare off predators? Learn more about this creature as well as the leech, the naked mole rat, the hagfish, and many more creepy critters in this sickening and super science book.

Maxed Out! Gigantic Creatures from the Past

by Ginjer L. Clarke
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Dinosaurs aren't the only animals that roamed the earth during the prehistoric era. There was the Archelon, the largest turtle ever, measuring over 13 feet, and the Argentavis, the largest bird ever recorded, weighing in at over 140 pounds! Learn more about humongous animals from this time period.

Caveman Manners and Other Polite Poems

by David Steinberg
Ages 7-9 | Grades 1-4

Welcome to Prep School for Cave Girls and Boys! Learn manners in a caveman finishing school, meet Percival Pig, and find out the terrible fate that befell the Nose-Picker Champ in this "educational" volume!

Cowboy Roy

by Cathy East Dubowski and Mark Dubowski
Ages 4-6 | Grades PreK-1 | Guided Reading Level H

Little Roy lives on a ranch. He can rope like a cowboy, and round up strays like a cowboy. But will he ever learn to "ride" a two-wheeler that is? This is a funny and very easy-to-read "yarn" for any young reader who dreams of the Wild West.

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Frogs

by Laura Driscoll
Ages 4-6 | Grades PreK-1 | Guided Reading Level I

Croak if you love frogs! Amazing amphibians leap from the pages of this easy nonfiction reader featuring incredible cut-paper frogs in every color, shape, and size.

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Goofball Malone Ace Detective: Follow That Flea!

by Stephen Mooser
Ages 7-9 | Grades 1-4

Chester "Goofball" Malone is a second-grader with a knack for sniffing out trouble. The problem is, he's never had a mystery to solve. That is, up until now! When Dr. Fleaflicker's million-dollar dog runs away, it's up to Goofball Malone's detective work to save the day!

Ickstory: The History of Vampires and Other Real Blood Drinkers

by Sylvia Branzei
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Separating fact from fiction, from Bram Stoker's Dracula to real cultures all over the world, this easy-to-read book will horrify and delight readers for hours as they learn about vampires and blood drinkers throughout history.

Ickstory: Unraveling the History of Mummies Around the World

by Sylvia Branzei
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

This icky, sticky history lesson about mummies from around the world has hilarious illustrations and disgusting facts about mummies, sure to keep readers wrapped up for hours!

In a Dark, Dark House

by Jennifer Dussling
Ages 3 up | Grades PreS up

One night, a boy goes into a dark, dark house, up the dark, dark stairs, through a dark, dark door, where he finds a dark, dark trunk and EEK! Inside the trunk is a truly scary monster! The boy races out of the house with the monster in pursuit and finds safety in a tree.

Jeff Corwin: Creepy-Crawly Critters

by Jeff Corwin
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Read along as animal expert Jeff Corwin tells you all about the creepy-crawly animals that live in the southwestern desert. Over forty photos help bring this fascinating region to life! From the giant vinegaroon and velvet ant to the trapdoor spider and desert hairy scorpion, kids will love learning all about the captivating creatures that call the desert home.

Jeff Corwin: The Extraordinary Everglades

by Jeff Corwin
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Read along as animal expert Jeff Corwin tells you about the Florida Everglades and his experiences there. Over forty photos bring this fascinating region to life! From the American alligator of the freshwater marsh to the West Indian manatee of the Florida Bay, learn more about the captivating plants and animals in the Everglades.

Jeff Corwin: Snakes

by Jeff Corwin
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Read along as animal expert Jeff Corwin tells you about his favorite snakes and the experiences he's had with them!

Me and My Robot

by Tracey West
Ages 4-6 | Grades PreS-1

Reese and his super-cool robot have lots of fun playing together. But now they have an important mystery to solve: where is their friend Lucy's kitten? Reese and Robot are on the case—but Robot's funny mistakes won't make it easy to figure out this mystery!

Mummies

by Joyce Milton
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3 | Guided Reading Level M

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My Brother, Ant

by Betsy Byars, illustrated by Marc Simont
Ages 5-8 | Grades K-3 | Guided Reading Level J

This story presents a warm, funny relationship between a boy and his sweet, sometimes annoying, younger brother Ant (short for Anthony).

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The Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

by Jeff Belanger
Ages 4-6 | Grades PreS-1

Join supernatural expert Jeff Belanger as he explores the mysterious Bermuda Triangle! What exactly makes it so mysterious? And just how many ships have disappeared there over the years? The answers to these questions and more lay inside!

Pirate School

by Cathy East Dubowski
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3 | Guided Reading Level J

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Race Car Drivers: Start Your Engines!

by Steele Tyler Filipek
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Little boys love cars and speed. When you combine those two things into one sport, you come up with NASCAR driving! Read all about NASCAR's greatest stars, both past and present, inside!

The Secret Villain

by Rob Valois
Ages 6-7 | Grade 1 | Guided Reading Level I

There’s a new bad guy in the galaxy—Savage Opress. Count Dooku's secret apprentice has become one of the breakout stars of The Clone Wars animated series and now features in his own easy-to-read title.

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Sharks!

by Ginjer L. Clarke, Steven James Petruccio
Ages 4-6 | Grades PreK-1 | Guided Reading Level J

The very youngest readers can learn all about sharks-the fiercest of the fish family-in this informative reader. The simple, clear text and striking pictures makes this a perfect first introduction to these amazing creatures.

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Spider’s Lunch: All About Garden Spiders

by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Ron Broda
Ages 6-7 | Grade 1 | Guided Reading Level G

This introduction to the arachnid world explains how a hungry garden spider obtains food by building a web and patiently waiting to catch something tasty.

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Volcanoes: Mountains That Blow Their Tops

by Nicholas Nargoitis
Ages 6-8 | Grades K-3 | Guided Reading Level M

This introduction to the arachnid world explains how a hungry garden spider obtains food by building a web and patiently waiting to catch something tasty.

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