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I have created a book list for beginning readers who have dyslexia or are otherwise struggling.  I read through approximately 10,000 books at the Allen County Public Library and evaluated their formats and fonts.  Sadly, there is no indication of font type in a book’s description. 

You can also view the list here.


Alden, Laura

Cat's Adventure in Alphabet Town

Cat meets several "c" words on her adventures in Alphabet Town. Includes alphabet activities.

1992


Alden, Laura

Elfin's Adventure in Alphabet Town

Elfin meets several "e" words on his adventures in alphabet Town.

1992


Alden, Laura

Nightingale's Adventure in Alphabet Town

While collecting sticks to build a nest, Nightingale is hit on the neck by a nut and is taken to the hospital by his friend Nellie the nurse. Includes alphabet activities.

1992


Balfour, Melissa

The Magic Footprints

When the new girl next door gives Tim, who is very shy, a mysterious birthday present, the two children become friends.

2005


Battistoni, Ilse

I Fight Fires

Simple text and photos describe the sound of the long I.

2002


Bird, Sheila

My Auntie Susan

The narrator lists in simple rhyming text some of the great things about Auntie Susan, who wears a long scarf and likes to cook and bake.

2008


Black, Robyn Hood

Sir Mike

Mike is all ready to fight the dragon he thinks he sees, but then is happy to realize it is just his pet dog.

2005


Blackaby, Susan

Bess and Tess

Easy-to-read text describes Lucy's two, very different dogs.

2005


Blackaby, Susan

Emperor's New Clothes

Two rascals sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes.

2004


Blackaby, Susan

A Fire Drill with Mr. Dill

When Mr. Dill, the fire chief, comes to school to talk about fire safety, something unexpected happens.

2005


Blackaby, Susan

Hatching Chicks

Mrs. Shay brings to class seven eggs from her hen, and her students take care of them until they hatch.

2005


Blackaby, Susan

Moving Day

Easy-to-read text describes how Grandpa, Mom, and Dad try to cheer Ben up while Grandpa packs up to move.

2005


Blackaby, Susan

A Pup Shows Up

When Bob and the others go out for recess, a friendly dog joins them on the playground.

2005


Blackaby, Susan

Steadfast Tin Soldier

The perilous adventure of a toy soldier who loves a paper dancing girl culminates in tragedy for both of them.

2004


Blackaby, Susan

Todd's Fire Drill

After learning about fire safety at school, Todd makes a map of his house, marking two exit routes from each room, and conducts a fire drill for his family. Includes activities.

2008


Blackaby, Susan

Winter Fun for Kat

Easy-to-read text lists all of the colorful clothes Kat puts on to get ready for winter snow.

2005


Blaisdell, Molly

Grass Patch Project

A story about classmates who try to grow grass for a contest teaches young readers about grasses.

2008


Borkin, Jeff

Blue's Beach Day

Blue and her friends build a sandcastle at the beach.

2004


Bradman, Tony

Flora the Fairy

Some fairy magic helps Flora overcome her fear of Rufus the cat when she goes to visit her Grandma and Grandpa.

2005


Bradman, Tony

My Kite

1999


Brimner, Larry Dane

A Bit is a Bite

2007


Brimner, Larry Dane

Monkey Math

Simple, rhyming text counts monkeys as they swing into a kitchen, enjoy a wild visit, and swing back out.

2007


Brown, Richard

Walking in the Jungle

1996


Burg, Ann E.

Pirate Pickle and the White Balloon

2007


Clairmont, Patsy

Stinky

Stinky, a mouse who lives in the pantry with his family, recalls the first time he met his ant friends, Tid and Bit, and their talk about the importance of being nice.

2006


Caple, Kathy

Termite Tales

Follow Termite's adventures with his friend Ostrich.

2009


Clarke, Jane

Runny Honey

A honey-loving bear spreads the gooey stuff everywhere, leading to some unwelcome visitors.

2008


Clarke, Jane

Sherman Swaps Shells

A young hermit crab is perfectly happy with his chipped, too-small shell and his mother insists that he needs a new one to be safe, but they also disagree on whether the new shell should be sensible or spiky and cool.

2001


Cristaldi, Kathryn

The Snowman Mystery

2004


Crow, Melinda Melton

Little Wheels

"Little Blue is too small for some jobs. Find out if he finds the right job for him"--Unedited summary from book.

2010


Dahl, Michael

Frog Pajama Party

When Brandon and his frog friends give a pajama party, they have a frightening encounter with a cat.

2006


Dahl, Michael

What's Bugging Pamela?

Pamela the rhinoceros is always angry until a strange bird lands on her back and refuses to leave.

2006


Donahue, Jill L.

Last in Line

No matter whether the teacher orders the class by name, favorite animal, or height, Zelda Zena Zipperelli always seems to be the last person.

2006


Doudna, Kelly

Pin in the Bin

2006


Dougherty, Terri

Bath

After planting flowers in the yard, Tanya and her dog Rudy both need a bath, but who will get to use the soap first?

2005


Dougherty, Terri

Camping Scare

When Beth and Ben go camping in their back yard, a strange thumping noise keeps them awake.

2007


Durant, Alan

Bird Flies South

Bird gets tired of the rain and decides to fly south where it is warm.

2005


Ehrlich, Amy

Kazam's Magic

2001


Emerson, Carl

The Autumn Leaf

"Emma and Owen visit Old Oak at the park. It is autumn, and the leaves are falling from the trees. Only one leaf is left. Will it fall, too?"--P. [4] of cover.

2009


French, Vivian

Meet the Mammoth!

Cave Baby, who cries at the sight of a butterfly, soon finds himself facing a huge mammoth that even frightens Cave Mom and Cave Dad.

2005


Friend, Catherine

Ruby Jumps

2000


George, Olivia

The Weather

By observing a tree outside the bedroom window, a child is able tell what the weather is like throughout the year.

2005


George, Olivia

My Birthday Cake

A little girl designs herself a birthday cake that has all her favorite ingredients, including jelly beans, doughnuts, brownies, lollipops, and more.

2005


George, Olivia

Copy Cat

A kitten longs to be like the big cats until it finds something they can all do together.

2004


Gerver, Jane E.

Wait for Me!

No one will wait for a little boy who is always late until he finds a friend who is late too.

2004


Gikow, Louise

A Day With Daddy

After a visit to the zoo with the children, it is Daddy who needs the nap.

2004


Gill, Janie Spaht

What If…?

1999


Gill, Janie Spaht

Where Are My Glasses?

1999


Gillham, W. E. C.

Guess Who I Am!

1996


Gillham, W. E. C.

What's in the Box?

1996


Gillham, W. E. C.

Where's Wooly?

1996


Ginns, Russell

Over My Head

2008


Gowar, Mick

Leo's New Pet

Leo's new pet hamster escapes from its cage before Leo has even decided on a name.

2008


Grindley, Sally

Poppy and Max and the Lost Puppy

Poppy and Max find a lost puppy. Poppy thinks she's lovely, but Max isn't so sure, especially when Poppy seems to like the puppy better than him!

2008


Gurney, Stella

The Silly Hot Dog

The hot dog on Dan's plate surprises him both by talking and by pretending to be a fish, a tree, and a boat.

2005


Hall, Kristen

Help! All About Telling Time

When Pooky runs out of time to pick enough berries for her Beastie Berry pies, her friends pitch in to help.

2003


Hall, Kristen

My New School

A young boy shows the reader, and someone hidden until the end, all around his school, pointing out the different rooms, demonstrating things he has learned to do, and sharing his favorite book.

2004


Hall, Kristen

My New Town

While giving a tour of his new town, a young boy introduces the reader to his teacher, dentist, barber, and police officer, as well as to his newly adopted baby sister.

2005


Hall, Kristen

My Trucks

While a little boy plays with his toy trucks, he imagines driving various real trucks, such as a fire engine, a farm pickup, and an ice cream wagon.

2003


Hall, Kristen

The Tooth Fairy

When he loses a tooth, a young boy excitedly awaits a visit from the tooth fairy.

2003


Hall, Kristen

Who Says?

Singing before a musical conductor, animals from chicken to owl reveal their own special sounds.

1990


Hardy, Lorien Trover

Firefly Summer

When Chester asks his mother about the tiny lights he sees in the tall grass one summer, she teaches him the firefly song, which he keeps singing even in the fall, after the fireflies are gone.

2007


Hardy, Lorien Trover

The Snow Dance

Though they look ordinary during the day, Mac knows that his four snowmen have a special nightime secret.

2007


Harrison, Paul

Yummy, Yummy Fly

A fly is having so much fun eating all kinds of foods, from pizza to pudding, that he does not notice a frog sneaking up behind him.

2005


Hillert, Margaret

Away Go the Boats

1981


Hillert, Margaret

The Boy and the Goats

A rabbit, a fox, a wolf, and a bumblebee try to help a little boy get his stray goats back from the next field. Includes reading activities.

2007


Hillert, Margaret

The Cow that Got Her Wish

Brownie the cow tries very hard to jump over the moon.

2009


Hillert, Margaret

Dear Dragon Goes Camping

"A boy and his pet dragon go exploring and have fun on a family camping trip"--Provided by publisher.

2011


Hillert, Margaret

Dear Dragon Goes to the Carnival

"A boy and his pet dragon spend a day at the carnival going on rides and playing different games"--Provided by publisher.

2011


Hillert, Margaret

Dear Dragon Goes to the Library

"A boy and his pet dragon go to story time and take out books from the library"--Provided by publisher.

2008


Hillert, Margaret

Dear Dragon Goes to the Zoo

"A boy and his pet dragon visit the zoo and see animals of all different shapes and sizes"--Provided by publisher.

2011


Hillert, Margaret

Dear Dragon's Day with Father

"A boy and his pet dragon spend a day participating in activities with the boy's father"--Provided by publisher.

2008


Hillert, Margaret

I Did It, Dear Dragon

"A boy and his pet dragon play a game of hockey in the snow"--Provided by publisher.

2009


Hillert, Margaret

It's Fall, Dear Dragon

"A boy meets his pet dragon after school to rake and jump in leaves, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy a pretty fall day"--Provided by publisher.

2010


Hillert, Margaret

It's Spring, Dear Dragon

"A boy and his pet dragon enjoy a spring day by playing outside and exploring all the season has to offer"--Provided by publisher.

2010


Hillert, Margaret

It's Winter, Dear Dragon

"A boy and his pet dragon go sledding, make a snow fort, and have a snowball fight with friends on a fun winter day"--Provided by publisher.

2010


Hillert, Margaret

It's Summer, Dear Dragon

"A boy and his pet dragon enjoy a summer day by swimming, having a picnic, playing teeball, and seeing a fireworks show"--Provided by publisher.

2010


Hillert, Margaret

It's St. Patrick's Day, Dear Dragon

"A boy and his pet dragon celebrate St. Patrick's Day by finding things that are green"--Provided by publisher.

2008


Hillert, Margaret

Little Cowboy and the Big Cowboy

A little cowboy and his father ride horses, round up cattle, mend a fence, practice roping, cook over a campfire, and sleep outdoors in their sleeping bags.

2009


Hillert, Margaret

Magic Nutcracker

"When a young girl rescues her nutcracker from an attack by mice, the nutcracker becomes a prince and takes her to see the Snow King and Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and waltzing flowers"--Provided by publisher.

2009


Hillert, Margaret

Tom Thumb

Relates a tiny boy's adventure in a cow's mouth, a fish's belly, on the back of a mouse, and at a king's table. Includes reading actvities.

2006


Hillert, Margaret

Touchdown! Dear Dragon

"A boy and his pet dragon meet up with their friends and play football"--Provided by publisher.

2009


Hines, Anna Grossnickle

Got You!

Sam's older brother Mike keeps fooling him, but Sam thinks of a way to turn the tables.

2001


Hurwitz, Johanna

Ethan At Home

Four simple stories about a young boy at bedtime, when he is sick, getting ready to play in the snow, and helping his mother clean the house.

2003


Hurwitz, Johanna

Ethan Out and About

Ethan feeds birds, squirrels, and ants, chases a cat, and rides bikes with his Dad.

2002

JER JONES

Jones, Christianne C.

The Babysitter

Amy and Brad's parents go to the movies, leaving them with a babysitter who knows just what to do to make them happy.

2006


Jones, Christianne C.

Back to School

Jamal, who will be in the fifth grade, and his little sister Anisa, who is going into first grade, go shopping for school supplies.

2006


Jones, Christianne C.

Camping Trip

Mike is always clumsy and inept when he goes camping with his friends, but one night his problems come in handy.

2006


Jones, Christianne C.

Eric Won't Do It

Eric sits and watches as others participate in track and field day activities at camp.

2006


Jones, Christianne C.

Finny Learns to Swim

A young fish wants to be able to play tag and other games with his friends, but first he must learn to swim.

2006


Jones, Christianne C.

Joey's First Day

Joey is nervous about his first day of school, but by the second day he is just excited.

2006


Jones, Christianne C.

Just Try It

Tom is sure that he does not like peas, beans, broccoli, corn, or carrots, until one day he eats them all cooked together in a casserole.

2006


Kalz, Jill

Bears on Ice

When three bears go fishing in a little house on the ice and catch only one fish, they have a good time eating what they have brought in their backpacks.

2006


Klein, Adria F.

Max Goes on the Bus

Max likes riding the bus to and from school.

2006


Klein, Adria F.

Max Goes to the Barber

During a visit to the barber, Max gets his hair cut and combed.

2006


Klein, Adria F.

Max Goes to the Dentist

Max visits the dentist to have his teeth checked and cleaned.

2006


Klein, Adria F.

Max Goes to the Farm

While on a visit to his grandparents' farm, Max and his friend Don have fun helping with the chores.

2008


Knudsen, Michelle

Fish and Frog

Fish swims around, finds a mirror, and plays games with Frog.

2005


Lee, Quinlan B.

Doodlebops: Superstars!

2007


Loewen, Nancy

Lady Lulu Liked to Litter

Lady Lulu litters lots. Her leftovers fill the lawn, lane, and lake. Will a litter landslide swallow Lulu and all of Lucky Landing?

2009


Mackinnon, Mairi

The Gingerbread Man

2006


Martin, David

Lucy And Bob

Four very brief stories about two frogs doing things that frogs enjoy.

2006


Martin, David

Monkey Business

Monkey's adventures include making a birthday cake for Mom, losing a tooth, and hiding in the garbage.

2000


Martin, David

Monkey Trouble

Monkey's troubles include popping balloons, high-flying kites, and puddles.

2000


Martin, David

Piggy and Dad

Piggy and Dad have fun with drawings, the bathtub, sandwiches, and bedtime.

2001


Martin, David

Piggy And Dad Play

Piggy's activities with Dad include playing with a ball, finding that Piggy has drunk all the lemonade he was trying to sell, having a water balloon fight, and sledding.

2002


Martin, David

Three Little Bears

Four brief, simple stories featuring Brother, Sister, and Baby Bear sharing a variety of activities.

2004


Marzollo, Jean

Shanna's Party Surprise

Shanna dresses up as the animal answer in these easy-to-read riddles.

2004


Meier, Joanne D.

Dalton's Dog

Dalton teaches his dog, Duner, not to dig in mother's garden, in simple text featuring the consonant "d."

2005


Meier, Joanne D.

Fatima and Fay Find a Bird

In simple text featuring the consonant F, Fatima and Fay find an injured bird, which they take to Dr. Fem.

2005


Meier, Joanne D.

Holly and Hank's Snow Day

Holly helps Hank build a snowman, in simple text featuring the "h" sound.

2005


Meier, Joanne D.

Lilly's Lost Lunch

Lilly misplaces her lunch while getting ready for school, in simple text featuring the "l" sound.

2005


Meier, Joanne D.

Marcus and the Mail

Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "m" tells about Marcus receiving something in the mail.

2005


Meier, Joanne D.

Pam's Trip to the Park

Learn about the sound of the letter P, as Pam and her parents pack a picnic lunch to visit the park and petting zoo.

2011


Meier, Joanne D.

Victor Moves

Simple text describe the move of Victor and his family to a new house.

2011


Meier, Joanne D.

Wan and the Dog Wash

Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "w" describes a child washing a dog.

2005


Michalak, Jamie

Larry and Rita

2007


Minden, Cecilia

Celine and Cedric Go to the Circus

Simple text featuring the sound of the soft "c" describes two friends' trip to the circus.

2005


Minden, Cecilia

Quana and Quinn

2011


Minden, Cecilia

Taejon and Terrel

Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "t" describes how brothers Taejon and Terrel like to play together.

2005


Olsen, Leigh

The Stars in the Sky

Super Why and his friends fly into the fairy tale The Stars in the Sky to meet Ella, a young girl who is upset because she can't play with the stars. While in the book, they show Ella how she can use her imagination to play with the stars.

2009


O'Ryan, Ellie

George and the Dragon

Super Why and his friends fly into the story of George and the Dragon and meet the young knight who is too scared to rescue a princess guarded by a terrible dragon. While in the book, they help George find the courage to save the princess.

2009


Packard, Mary

Kite

A child watches his kite fly high in the sky.

1990


Packard, Mary

Very Bad Day

A young girl is having a very bad day, from falling out of bed in the morning to not being able to find her friends, but when she returns home from a rainy trip to the park her friends are waiting for her.

2004


Pearson, Mary

I Can Do It All

When a boy goes to the library, he realizes he can pretend to be and to do anything by reading books.

2002


Reggier, DeMar

Good Food

A boy grocery shops for nutritious food with his father, and together they cook dinner for the family.

2005


Regier, DeMar

What Time Is It?

A child is so excited about her grandfather's upcoming visit that she counts down the hours until he arrives.

2005


Ring, Susan

Quincy and the Dinosaurs

The Little Einsteins fly to the jungle and discover some very musical dinosaurs.

2008


Ruane, Johanna

Boats, Boats, Boats

Rhyming text introduces a variety of boats.

2003


Russell, Paige

I See You

"It's a rollicking game of hide and seek and Pig Wig is it! You can run from Pig Wig, but you can't hide." -- Cover [p.4].

2008


Samton, Sheila White

Hurray for Rosa

Four brief adventures of Rosa as she imitates animals, goes to the beach, makes a sandwich, and has a birthday cake.

2001


Samton, Sheila White

The Rosa Stories

Rosa enjoys digging a hole, walking in all kinds of weather, catching a fish, running, jumping, spinning, and more.

2001


Schaefer, Carole Lexa

Beep! Beep! It's Beeper!

Four stories about Beeper the alien.

2001


Schaefer, Carole Lexa

Beeper's Friends

Beeper the alien has fun with friends, playing music, having a surprise, wearing silly clothes, and riding bumper cars.

2002


Shook, Rebecca E.

Music Students

"Judy and Ruth have been practicing with their teacher, Mr. Hugh. Now they're ready to make beautiful music with their friends."

1998


Webster, Christine

Otter Everywhere

Easy-to-read text follows Otter as she shares a picnic with some ants, takes a bubble bath, prepares for a swim in her back yard, and gathers apples.

2007


Whitehill, Simcha

Pokemon Save the Shieldon

Gary and Ash try to save some Shieldon from being hunted and sold.

2008


Willems, Mo

Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep

Cat the Cat has a slumber party with her animal friends.

2010


Willems, Mo

What's your Sound, Hound the Hound?

Cat the Cat's animal friends make many different sounds