Recommended Reading for English Learners
These books are recommended for reading aloud to children. They are also suitable for early readers. Many of these books contain repetition and rhyme.
- A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hobermann
A rhyming book about homes for all sorts of creatures and things.
- Alligator Pie (poems) by Dennis Lee
Silly rhymes for all ages.
- Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
A series of picture books about a housekeeper who take everything literally. Fun for learning English expressions.
- Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthall
A funny story about a role reversal.
- Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (non-fiction) by Steve Jenkins
World records of the animal kingdom. Introduces superlatives.
- Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak
Rhyming poetry about the months of the year.
- Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Cows type letters to their farmer on a typewriter. Lots of repetition. Good for introducing persuasive writing.
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
The story of a bear and a girl who are destined to be best friends forever.
- Don’t Let the Pigeon series by Mo Willems
A humorous simplistic series about a pigeon who tells the reader how he wants to do and have things.
- Dr. Seuss (series of books such as Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Sox, Hop on Pop, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish)
Rhyming books by a master storyteller. Great for phonics programs. Easy for early readers.
- If You Give a Mouse (series) by Laura Numeroff
A series about a charming mouse. Can be used to introduces the "if" clause.
- Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman
A fun story about a messy child who drives her mom crazy. Fun for reading out loud and practising expressive reading. Lots of repetition.
- Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver
A fun story for introducing basic punctuation.
- Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What are the patterns? by Jane Brocket
Vivid images for teaching about patterns.
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
A classic moral tale about recognizing beauty that's on the inside.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends (poems) by Shel Silverstein
A collection of silly poems and drawings.
- Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
A classic story about a group of friends.
- Yo! Yes by Chris Raschka
A simple tale of a new friendship between two boys who have many differences. Told in 34 words.