Amelia Bedelia Book Poster Image

The Rogers family's maid follows instructions to the letter; she trims a steak like a Christmas tree, draws drapes in a notebook, and dresses a chicken in a smart little suit. The first of many Amelia Bedelia books is funny wordplay for new readers.

Bink & Gollie Book Poster Image

The stories this early reader/graphic novel hybrid are fun and silly, and kids get a feel for the challenges of being a good friend. There's just enough text -- with a nice vocabulary -- to convey meaning, and the quirky pictures are captivating.

Dory Fantasmagory: Book 1 Book Poster Image

Hilarious, strong-willed, 6-year-old Dory has a lively time with imaginary monsters, some friendly and others scary, while annoying her older brother and sister. This inventive tale captures the way kids really think, feel, and act.

Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image

This award-winning book about two very different girls who become friends and have neighborhood adventures is the first in a consistently funny and engaging series. It's a great beginning chapter book for kids just emerging from early readers.

Judy Moody Was in a Mood Book Poster Image

Impulsive, feisty, often crabby, and completely charming, Judy Moody is like Ramona with attitude. Packed with witty cartoon illustrations by Peter Reynolds, this wickedly funny take on third-grade life is right on the money.


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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.