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My daughter learned to read this year. I love teaching a child to read and watching as it finally begins to click in their minds. I love seeing the excitement as they take off with reading and you can hardly pull them out of a book. Early reader books such as the Bob Books are so wonderful for helping kids learn to read. However, something I feel is really important for beginning readers is to show them that they can read “real” books, too. I love using picture books to help teach my kids to read. This year we have been learning to read with Dr. Seuss.
Did you know that many of the Dr. Seuss books have very easy reading levels that young readers can use to practice reading? I have stacks of Dr. Seuss books because we all love them in our house. When my kids reach a point where they can read their practice books and are bored with them I pull out the picture books and we read them together. It always seems to excite them about reading and make them hunger for more. My daughter needed that little push this year to help her. As soon as she realized that she could read 80-90% of the words in some of the Dr. Seuss books, she literally took the whole stack to her room and read for days. I was so proud of her and loved seeing her explore reading with such excitement!
I found a list on the Scholastic website and searched through a few other sites to compile the following list. These are the equivalent reading levels of the Dr. Seuss books. Knowing this helped me choose the right books for my daughter to begin with on her reading journey. Hop on Pop was the first book we started with. Dr. Seuss books are pretty long for a beginning reader, so we took it a little at a time to start out.
Dr. Seuss Books- Reading Level 0-1
The Eye Book
The Foot Book
Great Day For Up!
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
Hop on Pop
One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Green Eggs and Ham
Ten Apples Up on Top
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
In a People House
Dr Seuss Books- Reading Level 2
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s
Fox in Sox
The Cat’s Quizzer
I Can Read With my Eyes Shut
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
The Tooth Book
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
I Wish I Had Duck Feet
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!
Dr. Seuss Books- Reading Level 3
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hears a Who!
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
The Butter Battle Book
If I Ran the Circus
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Yertle the Turtle
Happy Birthday To You!
Did I Ever Tell you How Lucky You Are?
Dr. Seuss Books- Reading Level 4
Oh, Say Can You Say?
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
The King’s Stilts
If I Ran the Zoo
Scrambled Eggs Super!
On Beyond Zebra!
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book
My Daughter LOVED learning to read with Dr. Seuss!