Category Archives: Early Grade Reading Level

2 Great Picture Books and 1 Biography of Jacque Cousteau.

I grew up watching the TV series The Undersea World of Jacque Cousteau with my family in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  For a little girl living in Boise, Idaho, his beautiful footage of exotic fish, strange underwater plants … Continue reading

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My Favorite Early Chapter Books: Oliver and Amanda Pig series by Jean Van Leeuwen (1979 – 2008)

These 20 early reader chapter books about Oliver and Amanda Pig are my very favorite!  I discovered them by chance at our tiny Wisconsin library in 1988, and have been reading them to my children — and now grandchildren — … Continue reading

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James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot (1992)

Yes, here I am again recommending ANOTHER book by James Herriot! If your children are too young for the All Creatures Great and Small etc. books, James Herriot’s Treasury for Children is a darling collection of short stories with gorgeous … Continue reading

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No Flying in the House by Betty Brock (1970)

This story will thrill any little girl who’s ever dreamed she is really a fairy princess! Who wouldn’t want to be little Annabel?  She lives in a mansion by the sea with a wealthy, elderly widow, she has a doting … Continue reading

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The Great Mouse Detective series by Eve Titus (1958 – 1982)

  Basil The Great Mouse Detective and his trusty companion, Dr. David Q. Dawson, live in the mouse village of Holmestead in the basement of the great Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson at 221B Baker Street in London.  Together … Continue reading

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Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter & Connie Roop (1985)

This early reader (large print, limited vocabulary and short sentences), tells the true story of Abbie Burgess.  Abbie lived with her family in a lighthouse on the coast of Maine in the 1850s.  When Abbie was only 16 years old, … Continue reading

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The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (1960)

Chester is a little black cricket from Connecticut who accidentally falls into someone’s picnic basket and winds up in a New York City subway!  Luckily for him, Mario, a young boy who works at his parents’ newspaper stand in the … Continue reading

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