Buyer's Guide 2020: Beginning Reader Picks

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See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog Cover Image
By David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536204278
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

For children and their grown-ups, beginner books often seem boring, but not this romp of a reader. When the book (actually a character) attempts to tell a cat story, the dog that is pictured (there is no cat) feels offended. It learns the power of words by inserting its own to change the outcome of the story with hilarious effect. See the cat? No! See the fully engaged little reader.

— Carmelle


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Bibbit Jumps Cover Image
By Bei Lynn, Bei Lynn (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781776572779
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Published: Gecko Press - September 1st, 2020

A succession of stories, each only a few pages, star a frog named Bibbit, his little sister, and their cast of animal friends. It’s unusual to find books in translation for younger readers, and this one is absolutely charming—great to read aloud to those who have graduated from picture books or for a beginning reader to work through on their own.

— Linda


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Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062981165
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

Pea, Bee, and Jay are three unlikely friends living on a farm. Although the trio often gets into trouble (who knew raspberries could be rude?), they always get through it if they stick together. Smith combines running gags and clever wordplay with his bright illustrations to create a new series that will leave you wanting more, bee-lieve me!

— Anna


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Pea, Bee, & Jay #2: Wannabees Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062981196
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

Pea, Bee, and Jay are three unlikely friends living on a farm. Although the trio often gets into trouble (who knew raspberries could be rude?), they always get through it if they stick together. Smith combines running gags and clever wordplay with his bright illustrations to create a new series that will leave you wanting more, bee-lieve me!

— Anna


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Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Auxier, Olga Demidova (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419742699
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Published: Amulet Books - October 20th, 2020

As a kid, I devoured any book about caring for animals, especially mythical ones, and I know child-me would have loved The Fabled Stables. Full of humor and adventure, the first book in this series has Auggie, the stable caretaker, rushing headlong into a swamp to rescue a new creature. Auxier has brought to life a cast of endearing characters, and I can’t wait to see what new animal calls the stables home.

— Anna


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Sadiq and the Perfect Play Cover Image
By Siman Nuurali, Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781515872870
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Published: Picture Window Books - September 1st, 2020

Sadiq and his friends are inspired to put on a play, and between building the set, making the costumes and learning the lines there is so much to do! Sadiq thinks that, as director, it’s his job to make all the decisions, but he learns that when everyone helps you have all you need for a perfect play. Join Sadiq on all his adventures in this bright and engaging beginning reader series!

— Kristen