Mr. Caleb’s Beginning Reader Picks

The Thank You Book

Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

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Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!

Cece Bell

Meet Chick and Brain. And their friend Spot. Chick likes to follow the rules. Brain might not be as smart as he looks. And Spot just wants to eat lunch.

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Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy

Laurel Snyder

Charlie & Mouse, two brothers, enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy. Follow along as they discuss being medium, pounce each other, sing the wrong songs, build blanket forts, and more.

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See Pip Point

David Milgrim

Otto's little friend, Pip, is in big trouble in this third adventure. When Pip sees Otto's big balloon, he can't resist asking to hold it. But when a breeze sweeps Pip and the balloon away, it's up to Otto and Zee the Bee to come to the rescue.

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Fox the Tiger

Corey R. Tabor

Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one! Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever?

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The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Dr. Seuss

"a bug, a balloon, a bed, a bike. No shapes are ever quite alike." Looking at ordinary shapes is great when seen through the eyes of the remarkable Dr. Seuss, but of course it's the extraordinary shapes that really make an impression.

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Charlie & Mouse Outdoors

Laurel Snyder

Young readers will love next installment of the award-winning beginning chapter book series, Charlie & Mouse. This time, the two brothers and their family are off on a new adventure: going camping! Follow along as they take a long drive, hike a short distance, defeat a big lion, hide in a small tent, and conquer the great outdoors—together. There is so much fun to be had along the way—telling stories, fighting monsters, crashing their tent—but best of all is the joy of sharing it with each other.

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I’m a Frog!

Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I'm a frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie's new identity?

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There’s a Wocket in my Pocket

Dr. Seuss

Are you certain there’s a Jertain in the curtain? Or have you ever had a feeling there’s a Geeling on the ceiling? From the pesky Nooth Grush on a tooth brush to a sleepy Zelf up on the shelf, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket will have young readers eager to explore their homes and the wonders of rhyming and wordplay.

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A Birthday for Cow!

Jan Thomas

Pig and Mouse are hard at work baking the best birthday cake EVER for Cow. But it would be a lot easier if Duck weren't hanging around, yammering on about turnips or some nonsense. (Sheesh!) With all this silliness going on, how will they manage to throw Cow a spectacular birthday party? Well, as it turns out, crazy Duck just might have had the right idea all along!

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My Toothbrush Is Missing!

Jan Thomas

When his toothbrush goes missing, Dog's friends help him look for it.

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Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep!

Mo Willems

Join spunky Cat the Cat as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world, where a surprise is waiting in every book.

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Fox in Socks

Dr. Seuss

This rhyming romp includes chicks with bricks, chewy blue glue, a noodle eating poodle, and so much more! Just try to keep your tongue out of trouble! Seuss piles his the energetic rhymes into a mountain of hilarity that the whole family will enjoy.

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Harold and Hog Pretend for Real!

Dan Santat, Mo Willems

Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog's friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?

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A Friend for Dragon

Dav Pilkey

Lonely Dragon has made a friend, and he loves spending time with his new buddy! He enjoys telling scary stories, cracking funny jokes, and fixing a midnight snack for them to share.

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See Me Run

Paul Meisel

A happy, fuzzy gold mutt is running through the park when he finds some friends. So he joins the crowd, and together they run, chase, and play in the mud. Then they begin to dig-- and find the mother lode, a huge pile of bones. But when the bones magically arrange themselves into a dinosaur-- who isn't very happy to be woken up-- the dogs have to run again!

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I See a Cat

Paul Meisel

I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a fly. Easy-to-read text and fun pictures follow a dog through his happy day. Sitting inside his house, the dog watches other animals pass by the glass door . . . until his beloved boy comes home, and the two pals dash outside, determined to get up close and personal with all the backyard wildlife!

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Who Needs a Checkup?

Norm Feuti

Harry has a checkup in this adorable early reader perfect for fans of Frog and Toad!

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Do You Like My Bike?

Norm Feuti

Hedgehog has a new bike!

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I Like My Bike

Antongionata Ferrari

To a tiny creature like Squeak, a sneaker can become a bed, a toy can become a vehicle, and crumbs can become a meal. What's not to like? The simple text features a repeating pattern to help emerging readers predict and decode unfamiliar words. Illustrations offer additional detail and clues.

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The Itchy Book!

Mo Willems, LeUyen Pham

Triceratops has an itch. . . so does Pterodactyl. . . and Brontosaurus. . . and T-Rex! But Dino-Mo reminds them all of the BIG rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch! What's an itchy dinosaur to do? Find out in this hilariously charming beginning reader by author/illustrator LeUyen Pham.

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Frank and Bean

Jamie Michalak

Frank likes peace and quiet. He likes his tent, his pencil, and writing in his secret notebook. Bean likes noise. He likes his bus, his trumpet -- toot, toot! -- and making music. Loud music. But Bean is missing something: he does not have words. What will happen if Frank shares his words with Bean?

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Uncle Elephant

Arnold Lobel

While his mother and father are away, a little elephant goes to visit his uncle. And what a time they have! Uncle Elephant makes wishes come true, tells amazing stories, and trumpets the dawn. The visit is perfect, except for one thing—it ends much too soon.

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Abuela’s Birthday

Jacqueline Jules

Sofia and her cousins are making a piänata for their grandmother's birthday party, but when Bella the cat gets involved chaos ensues.

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Alien & Possum Hanging Out

Tony Johnston

Two good friends, Possum and Alien, spend time together celebrating their birthdays, discovering their uniqueness, and hanging out together in a tree.

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Flubby Is Not a Good Pet!

J. E. Morris

Although Flubby the cat refuses to do pet tricks, he proves his pet worthiness during a scary situation.

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Drop It, Rocket!

Tad Hills

Rocket loves to collect words for his word tree with his teacher, the little yellow bird. Watch as the pup finds new words like leaf, hat, star, boot, and many more.

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The Moonlight Meeting

Tracey Hecht, Rumur Dowling

Tobin the pangolin, Bismark the sugar glider, and Dawn the fox are good friends that have nighttime adventures where they learn about friendship and sharing.

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Sam and the Firefly

P.D. Eastman

Say hello to the dynamic duo of Sam and Gus, who soar through the air writing words in the night sky. But when Gus’s words end up causing confusion and chaos for the people on the ground, it’s up to Sam to help Gus “write” his wrongs.

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Jack at Bat

Mac Barnett

The Lady and Rex have a baseball game against the Big City Brats. Jack is not allowed to swing the bat, so he is told to be the Bat Boy. That is, until the Lady Town Ladies and the Big City Brats are tied. It's up to Jack to hit a home run, but on the way to home plate he spots some snacks . . .

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Pete the Cat Goes Camping

James Dean

Pete can't wait to go hiking, fishing, and eat s'mores by the campfire. But when he hears about the mysterious creature named Bigfoot, Pete can't help but wonder: Is Bigfoot real?

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Chick and Brain: Egg Or Eyeball?

Cece Bell

Oh! Oh, oh, oh! Look what Brain found. Chick and Spot say it is an egg. Brain says it is an eyeball. Is it an egg or an eyeball? The inimitable Cece Bell is back with a second hilarious primer on good manners gone awry and arguments run amok.

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Hi, Jack!

Mac Barnett

Meet Jack: He lives in a tree house. His interests include snacks, petty theft, and lipstick graffiti. Jack also loves his friends, he just has a funny way of showing it sometimes . . . A perfect read-aloud with snappy, rhythmic text, this series will bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books and fill the Elephant-and-Piggie-shaped hole in young readers' hearts.

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Swim, Mo, Swim!

David A. Adler, Jr.

On Field Day, Mo swims a lot faster than he knew he could, not because his team might win but because a fish keeps nibbling his toe.

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Hooray for Fly Guy!

Tedd Arnold

Fly Guy joins Buzz's football team, despite Coach's misgivings, and hits the field for a special, secret play.

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