5 Beginning Reader Books for Kids JUST Learning to Read

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Henry is just in the beginning stages of actually reading, so I’m just starting to be on the lookout for some really easy beginning reader books that he can start with.

The books I chose are very simple, easy beginning reader books that will help build Henry’s confidence in reading. Starting simple, with what he knows and adding just a little at a time to build his reading power!

These books are also all available in Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite that’s the perfect gift for kids because of Kindle FreeTime.


FreeTime is something new on the Kindle Paperwhite, which lets you create personalized profiles for your kids, and you can give them access to only titles from your collection of books that you want to.

Kids are then rewarded with achievement badges when they reach their reading goals. Parents can also track their kids’ reading with progress reports, showing you the total time they spent reading, number of words looked up [there’s a dictionary built right in with just a click of a word], badges earned, and books read.

Here are 5 super easy beginning reader books that I’m super excited to hear Henry read to me on the Kindle Paperwhite and track his reading time using FreeTime.

  1. The Tap, Henry picked this one up and read it right off the bat! It was just hard enough that he had to sound out a few, but easy enough that he didn’t get discouraged.
  2. The Bears, I Can Read Easy Words Sight Words Books – these start with flash cards of the sight words that are in the book, along with the character names and then it gets into the story. A perfect refresher and confidence booster! What’s super handy with this series of books is that it gives you a visual scale of what reading level it is, so its easy to find the truly beginning reader books!
  3. Pink Pig, Miss Rhonda’s Readers Set One – I think this series is very comparable to Bob Books and a great place for beginning readers that are just starting out. Very simple, very easy to sound out the words and uses a lot of the beginner sight words.
  4. Funny Cat, An “I Love Reading” Level 1 Sight Word Reader – I think these books are just ever so slightly more advanced than the Miss Rhonda’s Readers because they use adjectives like colors and others that aren’t beginning sight words. But they are easy to sound out and great to push just that extra little bit.
  5. Dex the Dog Goes to the Zoo, and the entire Dex the Dog series. I’m actually saving this one for in like a month. Henry’s not quite there yet, but is so very close that I think it belongs on this list. There are some bigger words in it, but they can be figured out by the photos that are shown.

We’re just starting to work our way through these on the Kindle Paperwhite.

What are your favorite beginning reader books for kids just starting to read?

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  1. Stacey says

    I love borrowing books from the library…but I hate picking them up and returning them. My library allows you to download books on your kindle, and I’d love to do that instead!

  2. says

    We enjoy “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss. So much fun! Santino loves all Dr.Seuss books.
    He is not reading yet, but he is trying!!! yay! i’m so happy to see him pointing at letters and sounding them out one by one. I read “Hop on Pop” to him before bedtime as a fun easy book. He loves the pictures and tries reading some of the words. Santino turned 3 in September.

  3. Margot C says

    Well, I have the Kindle Paperwhite in mind but not for the kids; really it’s for Dad who loves to read biographies of great men and huge history tomes. This would be lighter I am sure.

  4. Stephanie Gossett says

    I love that I can use it as a tool to teach my daughters to read! I love that it is lightweight, and reduces clutter! Would love to win for my little sweetheart.

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  5. D SCHMIDT says

    A Kindle would be on my list because I am always intending to read more but dislike clutter. I really like the idea of the Page Flip feature because I am forever interrupted by my children so it would help me keep track.

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