Books for Six- to Eight-Year-Olds to Read by Themselves: Easy, beginning-to-read books, with or without help. (Books marked with an asterisk are also recommended for older children at a beginning reader level.)
Beecroft, Simon (2008) Watch Out for Jabba the Hutt!* (Star Wars: Clone Wars; DK Readers). Toronto: DK Publishing. High interest books! Read about the different adventures Star Wars characters have. Other recommended books: Many books in this DK series at varying reading levels, starting at pre-reading.
Carney, Elizabeth (2009) National Geographic Readers: Frogs!* Nonfiction. Des Moines: National Geographic Children’s Books. High interest information about animals, with beginning vocabulary. Other recommended books in the same series: Penguins, Bats
Crew, Donald (1994) Ten Black Dots. New York: Mulberry Books. Mathematics. Who would think that simple black dots could make a sun, two fox eyes or eight train wheels? Other recommended books by the same author: Truck, Freight Train
Dr. Seuss (1957) Cat in the Hat.* New York: Random House Children’s Books. Two children are bored on a rainy day until a giant cat shows up to take them on a crazy adventure! Other recommended books by the same author: There are numerous Dr. Seuss books, including: Cat in the Hat Comes Back*; Fox in Socks; Dr. Seuss’s ABC; Green Eggs and Ham; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins*
Eastman, P.D. (1961) Go Dog Go!* New York: Random House Children’s Books. With repetitive and rhythmic text, this loved book introduces colours and prepositions in a silly but meaningful way! Other recommended books by the same author: Are You My Mother?
Landers, Ace (2008) Hot Wheels Off-Roading* New York: Scholastic Inc. Books about cars for beginner readers. Other recommended books in the same series: Hot Wheels – To the Extreme
Minarik, Else Holmelund (1978) Little Bear. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. This is the first I Can Read Book in a series about an understanding mother and her young bear. Perfect for the beginning reader. Other recommended books by the same author: Kiss for Little Bear, Little Bear’s Friend, Father Bear Comes Home
Nagel, Karen (2009) Shapes That Roll. Maplewood: Blue Apple Books. Mathematics. Simple rhyming that explores different shapes and where you might find them. Other recommended books by the same author: Our Silly Garden
Books for readers
Alexander, Lloyd (1997) The Fortune-Tellers.* New York: Penguin Young Readers Group. A seedy fortune-teller preys on villagers desperate for a bright future. Amazingly, one prediction comes true. Coincidence? Other recommended books by the same author: How the Cat Swallowed Thunder
Almond, David (2010) The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon. Sommerville: Candlewick Press. An unadventurous boy decides to set off one day to touch the sky!
Amery, Heather (2004) Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Newmarket: Usborne Books. These traditional fairy tales are written for beginning readers. Other recommended books by the same author: Little Red Riding Hood, The Story of Rumpelstilskin, Cinderella
Applegate, Katherine (2008) Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs. New York: HarperCollins. Roscoe is a lively first-grader who always seems to find himself in mishaps. Other recommended books by the same author: There are seven books in this series.
Bourgeois, Paulette (1987) Franklin in the Dark. Toronto: Kids Can Press. Franklin the turtle learns to deal with many problems with support from his family and friends. Other recommended books by the same author: There is a series of stories about Franklin.
Cleary, Beverly (1999) Ramona Quimby Age 8.* New York: Harper Collins Publishers. Ramona feels grown up now that she is eight. Read about the misadventures of this quirky little girl! Other recommended books by the same author: This book is one of a series. Other series: Henry Huggins*, Ralph S. Mouse*
Dane Bauer, Marion & Tekliela, Stan (2008) Some Babies are Wild. Cambridge: Adventure Publications. Nonfiction. Beautiful illustrations and text explore the loving relationships between baby animals and their moms. Other recommended books by the same author: Baby Bear Discovers the World
Davies, Nicola (2006) Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth.* Sommerville: Candlewick. Nonfiction. Learn about animals that are surviving in some of the toughest conditions on Earth. Other recommended books by the same author: White Owl, Barn Owl, Bat Loves the Night: Read and Wonder
Franco, Betsy (2009) Messing Around on the Monkey Bars: And Other School Poems for Two Voices.* Sommerville: Candlewick. A collection of nineteen poems all about school. Read them by yourself or in pairs! Other recommended books by the same author: A Curious Collection of Cats
Garland, Sherry (2001) The Lotus Seed. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. A Vietnamese girl finds a lotus seed and carries it with her through the many trying times of her life. Other recommended books by the same author: Song of the Buffalo Boy, Indio
Goldstone, Bruce (2006) Great Estimations. New York: Henry Holt Books. Mathematics. How many jelly beans are on the front cover? Don’t count. Learn to estimate and have fun doing it! Other recommended books by the same author: Beastly Feast
Hansen, Rosanna (2007) Caring for Cheetahs: My African Adventure.* Honesdale: Boyds Mill Press. Nonfiction. The author describes the important work she and others are doing to protect cheetahs. Other recommended books by the same author: Panda: A Guide Horse for Ann, Caring Animals and Animal Rescuers
Hoffman, Mary (2007) Amazing Grace. London: Frances Lincoln. Grace finds she can do many things if she tries. She may even be the first black Peter Pan. Other recommended books by the same author: Bravo Grace, Encore Grace
Kennemore, Tim (2005) Alice’s Shooting Star. London: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. A girl tries to convince her parents that her younger sister’s stories are creative tales rather than lies. Other recommended books by the same author: Alice’s Birthday Pig, Alice’s World Record
Leblanc, Louise (1993) Maddie Wants Music. Halifax: Formac. Always wanting her own way, Maddie makes wrong choices. She ends up with a lesson in honesty. Other recommended books by the same author: Maddie’s Millionaire Dreams
Maddox, Jake (2009) Free Climb.* Mankato: Stone Arch Books. Amir loves climbing! When his friend is in danger, will Amir know enough about climbing to save him? Other recommended books by the same author: Muscle, Open Air, Adrenaline
Moore, Eva (2000) The Magic School Bus Chapter Book #1: The Truth about Bats* New York: Scholastic. Each book takes the kids on an adventure learning about an aspect of science, such as bats. Other recommended books in the series: The Wild Whale Watch, Butterfly Battle
Munsch, Robert (1992) The Paper Bag Princess. Toronto: Annick Press. Elizabeth is about to marry her prince when a dragon ruins everything! Read about how her bravery and smarts fix the situation. Other recommended books by the same author: Mortimer, We Share Everything
Osbourne, Mary Pope (1992) Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark.* New York: Random House Publishing. Jack and Annie take a trip in a magic tree house to a land far away and learn about prehistoric times! Other recommended books by the same author: This book is one in a series of more than forty books.
Park, Barbara (2003) Junie B First Grader Toothless Wonder. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers. Junie is super excited to be the first in her class to lose her tooth. Her only worry… the tooth fairy is a witch! Other recommended books by the same author: There are twenty-four books in this series. They are great as early chapter books.
Pilkey, Dav (2000) Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot.* New York: Scholastic Inc. Ricky is a small mouse who has a gigantic friend – a flying robot! A simple chapter book. Other recommended books by the same author: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury
Stilton, Geronimo (2007) Thea Stilton and the Mystery in Paris.* New York: Scholastic Inc. When Thea and her friends set off to Paris, who knew they would be solving a mystery of stolen clothing designs? Other recommended books by the same series: Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure
Tang, Greg (2004). Math Fables.* New York: Scholastic Press. Mathematics. Animals introduce counting and grouping while demonstrating the importance of friendship and appreciation. Other recommended books by the same author: Math Appeal, Math Potatoes
Warner, Gertrude Chandler (2009) Boxcar Children Graphic Novel Series: Season One Box Set Vo1-6. New York: Albert Whitman & Company. Graphic Novel. The Alden orphans find an old boxcar that they decide to live in. Join them in solving mysteries that come their way.
Gardiner, John Reynolds (1983) Stone Fox.* New York: HarperCollins. Willie’s attempt to save the farm through winning a dog sled race is exciting. Other recommended books by the same author: General Butterfingers, Top Secret
Holm, Jennifer and Holm, Matthew (2005) Babymouse, Book #1: Queen of the World!* Random House for Young Readers. Graphic Novel. Baby mouse just wants to fit in! Will she get invited to the exclusive slumber party? Other recommended books by the same author: This is the first book in a series of thirteen.
Hughes, Ted (1999) Iron Giant.* New York: HarperCollins. A giant robot roams the land at night, destroying everything. Hogarth is the only one brave enough to help. Other recommended books by the same author: The Iron Woman, The Iron Man
Mazer, Anne (2000) Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, Book #1: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining. New York: Scholastic Paperbacks. Abby is a spunky heroine who is looking for her talent among her superstar family. Written primarily in journal entries. Other recommended books by the same author: This is the first book in a series of twenty.
McFarlane, Sheryl (2002) Waiting for the Whales. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers. A grandfather shares his love of the land and sea with his granddaughter. Other recommended books by the same author: Eagle Dreams
Scieszka, Jon (1995) Math Curse. New York: Viking. Mathematics. When a class is told that almost everything is a math problem, one student becomes very anxious. Other recommended books by the same author: Science Curse, Knucklehead Tall Tales and True Stories of Growing Up
Takashima, Shizuye (1992) A Child in Prison Camp. Toronto: Tundra Books. The author’s personal story as an eleven year-old Japanese-Canadian living in an internment camp during World War II.