Poppleton Series Book Poster Image

Each book has three short, sweet stories about kindhearted pig Poppleton and his animal friends. The series books are great to read together and can help a newly independent reader build confidence.

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Book Poster Image

Everyone thinks twin sisters Ling and Ting are exactly the same, but they're not. Through six chapters, readers learn about their differences. A simple, funny, unpredictable story with bold and colorful illustrations. A delight for beginning readers.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue: Mercy Watson, Book 1 Book Poster Image

Kate DiCamillo's series about a pet pig whose owners treat her like a dog is most appealing to very young kids. This first book offers cheery pictures and funny moments, like a grumpy neighbor chasing Mercy while wearing curlers and a bathrobe.

The Princess in Black Book Poster Image

This rollicking story follows an adventurous princess who wears a frilly pink dress in her castle, then sneaks out to rid the kingdom of troublesome monsters as the brave and daring Princess in Black. Lots of humor and cartoonish monster-bashing.

Today I Will Fly!: An Elephant & Piggie Book Book Poster Image

Like his Pigeon picture books, Willems' learn-to-read books are smart and entertaining, with broad-stroke illustrations and funny characters. Few words are used, yet somehow a lot happens in the world of this deadpan elephant and exuberant pig.


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Common Sense Tips

  • Set aside time just for reading -- turn off the TV, computer, and cell phone.
  • Making up your own stories, songs, poems, and word games are all effective ways to strengthen literacy skills.