"You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
-A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh
"And so he listened. And in his listening, his heart opened wide and then wider still."
-Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
"Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?"
-C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
"But there was one other thing that the grownups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there."
-Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy."
-Louis Sachar, Sideways Stories From Wayside School
"Good Night stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere."
-Margaret Wise Brown, Good Night Moon
"When I was one I had just begun…"
-A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six
"All those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran away and hid from one little did"
-Shel Silverstein, Falling Up
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away”, said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
-Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny
"When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way."
-E.B.White, Stuart Little
"It’s a party. A big Dog party."
-By P.D.Eastman, Go, Dog. Go!
"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But he had one fault. He was too curious."
-H.A. Rey, Curious George
"The sky is always ready to play…"
-Jasper Tomkins, The Sky Jumps Into Your Shoes At Night
"One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and –pop!—out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar."
-Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“I’ll take a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and an onion.” “Hey, Frank, burn one, take it through the garden, and pin a rose on it.”
-Alexandra Day, Frank and Ernest
But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” And Max said, “No!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
"Pickles was a young cat. His paws were big. And he wished to do big things with them."
-Esther Averill, The Fire Cat
“I gather colors,” answered Frederick simply. “For winter is gray.”
-Leo Lionni, Frederick
“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”
-Lemony Snicket
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
-Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grownups, then you write it for children.”[
-Madeleine L’Engle
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
-Madeleine L’Engle, Many Waters

Beginning Readers

For each book, we provide direct links to the online bookstore of your choice. Just click Go To. To learn more about a book, click its cover or title. Click Series for books that are part of a series and you will see the entire series. Have fun browsing our shelves!


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    Shane W. Evans

    A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep...

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    Cork and Fuzz
    Dori Chaconas

    Cork is a muskrat. Fuzz is a possum. From their first meeting in a hollow log to playing pin...

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    The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
    Laura Murray

    When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a...

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    Bink and Gollie
    Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

    In a brilliant collaboration, authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, along with illustrator...

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    Carl and the Baby Duck
    Alexandra Day

    Mama Duck has lost one of her ducklings. Where could Baby Duck be? Mama Duck asks Carl for...

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    Carl and the Puppies
    Alexandra Day

    Mama Dog needs a rest. Carl offers to watch her puppies. Will he be able to keep three playful...

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    Fred and Ted's Road Trip
    Peter Eastman

    In their latest adventure, Fred and Ted pack a picnic basket, jump in their cars, and hit the...

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    Olivia Goes Camping
    Alex Harvey

    Olivia is super excited to have her best friend come along on her family camping trip. However...

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    Olivia Takes a Trip
    Alex Harvey

    Summertime often means...vacation! Olivia hits the road with her family in this fun story...

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    Happy Pig Day!
    Mo Willems

    Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
    Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.


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    Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
    Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

    It is Halloween night and all the kids are dressed in scary and funny costumes.  Their Trick...

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    Alvin Schwartz

    Do you believe in ghosts?
    Some people do...

    These spooky -- and funny -- tales a...

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    Ant & Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween
    Megan McDonald

    Introducing Ant and Honey Bee — fast friends, co-costume-conspirators, and stars of a delightf...

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    First the Egg
    Laura Vaccaro Seeger

    Which came first?  The chicken or the egg?  Simple die-cuts magically present transformation--...

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    Mouse and Mole, A Perfect Halloween
    Wong Herbert Yee

    "Eeny, meeny, miny, mumpkin —Which of you will be my pumpkin?” Mouse likes Halloween. In fact...

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    Jenny and the Cat Club
    Esther Averill

    In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still...

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    Jenny's Birthday Book
    Esther Averill

    It's a big day for Jenny Linsky, the shy little black cat of Greenwich Village, when her...

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    Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!
    Geoffrey Hayes

    In this Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner Benny and his sister Penny know it’s wrong to sneak...

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    A Splendid Friend Indeed
    Suzanne Bloom

    Stunning illustrations capture the exasperation of Bear, whose solitary reading and writing...

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    Fat Cat on a Mat
    Phil Roxbee Cox

    Combining a phonics-based text with a funny story, the books in this series are aimed at...


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    Red, Stop! Green, Go!
    P.D. Eastman

    With the beloved dogs from P. D. Eastman's classic, Go, Dog. Go!, toddlers can explore the...

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    Fred and Ted Like to Fly
    Peter Eastman

    Fred and Ted—beloved canine stars of P. D. Eastman's Big Dog . . . Little Dog and son Peter...

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    Fred and Ted Go Camping
    Peter Eastman

    Fred and Ted—beloved canine stars of P. D. Eastman’s Big Dog . . . Little Dog—are back in an...

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    Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance
    Jack Gantos

    Sarah wakes Ralph up with a great big kiss. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” she says. Rotten Ralph...

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    Zig and Wikki
    Nadja Spiegelman

    Zig and Wikki land on a planet full of strange creatures like flies, frogs, and raccoons, just...

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    Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day
    Kate McMullan

    April Fools' Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the...

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    The Big Green Book of Beginner Books
    Dr. Seuss

    What could make a better present than a Beginner Book written by Dr. Seuss? Six of them—for...

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    The Big Red Book of Beginner Books
    P.D. Eastman

    What’s a better present than a classic Beginner Book? Six of them—for less than the price of...

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    Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator
    Sarah C. Campbell

    This true tale of horror begins in the leaf litter beside a quaint, tidy porch in Jackson,...

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    Hello, Bumblebee Bat
    Darrin Lunde

    My name is Little Meerkat. I stand on my hind legs and keep lookout. When I see danger I shout...


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    Little Bear
    Else Holmelund Minarik

    Enter the world of Little Bear. Children will be entranced by Little Bear's trip to the moon,...

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    Rotten Ralph's Halloween Howl
    Jack Gantos

    "Nothing can scare me!" shouts Ralph -- not even a creaky, old haunted house on Halloween....

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    Arthur's Halloween
    Marc Brown

    Halloween has Arthur spooked! When his little sister wanders off into the scariest house on...

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    The Fire Cat
    Esther Averill

    Pickles is a young cat with big paws and big plans. But all he can find to do is chase other...

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    Oliver and Amanda's Halloween
    Jean Van Leeuwen

    Oliver and Amanda Pig know just how to celebrate Halloween.

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    A Kiss for Little Bear
    Else Holmelund Minarik

    Grandmother likes Little Bear's picture so much she sends him a thank you kiss. "Will you take...

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    Frog and Toad All Year
    Arnold Lobel

    Friends all year. In winter, spring, summer, and fall, Frog and Toad are always together....

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    No Fighting, No Biting!
    Else Holmelund Minarik

    The merry adventures of two scrapping alligator children—and of Rosa and Willy, their human...

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    Frog and Toad Are Friends
    Arnold Lobel

    From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad...

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    Are You My Mother?
    P.D. Eastman

    A baby bird is hatched while his mother is away. Fallen from his nest, he sets out to look for...