Beginning Readers for Kindergarten to Grade 3 August Picks
Best Early Reader Book Picks for Kindergarten to Third Grade August 2016


This month, there are a bunch of great new books out for beginning readers!  Please be sure to check out Dog Man, the first in a new series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of the super popular Captain Underpants series.  More awesome graphic novels out this month include Inspector Flytrap and Squish: Pod vs Pod by superstar team Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.  There’s a new Judy Moody book just out, a new chapter book by two-time Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo and more!

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Dog Man Book Cover
Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man Book 1)
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by Dav Pilkey
published August 30, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!

George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion...READ MORE

Inspector Flytrap
Inspector Flytrap (Book #1)
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by Tom Angleberger
illustrated by Cece Bell
published August 2, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Publisher's Weekly  

From husband-and-wife team Tom Angleberger, creator of the New York Times bestselling Origami Yoda series, and Cece Bell, author/illustrator of the Newbery Honor graphic novel El Deafo, comes the start to a funny and clever illustrated chapter-book series about a mystery-solving Venus flytrap. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, this early-chapter-book...READ MORE

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Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Three
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
published August 2, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Booklist

What if timid Baby Lincoln broke free of her bossy sister and set off on an unexpected journey? Kate DiCamillo presents a touching new adventure set in Mercy Watson’s world.

Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by...READ MORE

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree the Sea Pony Book Cover
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Ellen Potter
illustrated by Qin Leng
published August 16, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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Move over Junie B. Jones! Get to know Piper Green as she discovers the ordinary magic right outside her front door.
Piper Green is in for another adventure when she finds an unusual whistle hidden inside the Fairy Tree in her front yard. But Piper doesn’t want a whistle......READ MORE

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Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by Polly Faber
illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
published June 28, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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An unlikely friendship blossoms between Mango, a little girl with an assortment of talents, and Bambang, an Asian tapir.

Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the...READ MORE

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Judy Moody and the Bucket List
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Megan McDonald
illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
published August 2, 2016

Drumroll, please: Judy Moody is about to become a poop-scooping, hinny-riding, one-girl band extraordinaire as she takes on her very own Bucket List.

Judy is visiting Grandma Lou one day when she accidentally finds an uber-mysterious list of activities — a Bucket List! Which gives Judy an idea: How rare...READ MORE

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Humphrey's Mixed-Up Magic Trick (Humphrey's Tiny Tales)
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Betty G. Birney
illustrated by Priscilla Burris
published August 23, 2016

Humphrey might be the first classroom hamster ever to be part of a magic act! 

The kids in Room 26 are talking about jobs they want to have when they grow up. Golden-Miranda wants to be a magician and, even more exciting, she wants Humphrey to be her assistant...READ MORE

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Rafi and Rosi
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Lulu Delacre
published February 15, 2016

In this chapter book series, Rafi and his younger sister, Rosi, explore their surroundings and learn about the traditions, plants, animals, and environment of Puerto Rico. Young readers will enjoy the adventures of these curious siblings and will relate to their special bond as brother and sister. An added plus...READ MORE

Otter: The Best Job Ever! (My First I Can Read) Book Cover
Otter: The Best Job Ever! (My First I Can Read)
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 1
by Sam Garton
published June 7, 2016

Otter—the irrepressible picture book character from I Am OtterOtter in Space, and Otter Loves Halloween!—tries to find the perfect job for herself and Teddy. Sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama.

Otter and Teddy want to have jobs, just like Otter Keeper. Otter helps Teddy try many different things: an...READ MORE

Squish #8: Pod vs. Pod
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by Jennifer L. Holm
illustrated by Matthew Holm
published August 23, 2016

From the New York Times bestselling, Eisner-winning creators of Babymouse, it’s green . . . it’s blobby . . .  it’s gross . . . it’s SQUISH(!), a comic-book-loving amoeba whose adventures are perfect for fans of Captain Underpants.
Uh-oh! Squish’s friend Pod just hasn’t been himself lately. One minute he’s...READ MORE

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