by Josie Hanneman

Do you have a new reader in this new year? Finding books basic enough for young readers’ skills, and interesting enough to keep their attention, can be challenging for any parent or educator.

Luckily, the library has your back. Here are some of our recent favorites, great for children just starting to read on their own or practicing their new-found skills. These titles are predominantly from children in grades K-2. For more books perfect for new readers, ask your local library staff for the Easy Reader section. We have hundreds of titles to choose from!

“Pass the Ball, Mo!” by David Adler

Young Mo is not the most coordinated athlete, but his heart is in the right place. This basketball-focused book is a continuation of an ongoing series highlighting various sports.

“Take a Hike, Miles and Spike” by Miles Foster

This pithy picture book focuses on two pups our for a hike. With lots of rhyming text and great new vocabulary, the story is fun and exciting for young readers. Some words might be challenging, but still accessible to many first and second graders.

“See Zip Zap” by David Milgrim

Aliens Zip and Bip have adventures with easy to understand vocabulary, rhyming words, and word families. Very basic.

“Vernon is on His Way” by Philip Stead

Vernon, a toad, and his friends Porcupine and Skunk have a pleasant day. The gentle story is perfect for an animal-loving child.

“My Friends Make Me Happy!” by Jan Thomas

Thomas brings us a new story of Sheep, Donkey and Duck, and it’s sure to make everyone laugh. The text is fairly simple, but our newest readers may need help with the “sh” sounds, and the phonetic joke.

“I Lost My Tooth” by Mo Willems

Zoom Squirrel has lost his tooth! This variety show-formatted book is full of hilarious quips and ridiculous jokes. Anyone up for a good laugh should pick up Mo’s newest book.

— Josie Hanneman is a community librarian at the Redmond Public Library. josieh@dpls.lib.or.usfa