Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
Check Out
The Bestselling Books of All Time
See the List
Toggle side nav
The ReadDown

Books to Get Your Young Child Reading

Encourage your little book lover with stories they’ll be excited to read! These books are perfect for children in kindergarten through second grade.

  1. 1
    Junie B. Jones Complete Kindergarten Collection Book Cover Picture
    Junie B. Jones Complete Kindergarten Collection Book Cover Picture

    Junie B. Jones Complete Kindergarten Collection

    by Barbara Park

    Meet Junie B. Jones—the world’s funniest kindergartner! Now, for the first time ever, ALL 17 of the Junie B. Jones kindergarten adventures are available in one hilarious boxed set, including a paper-doll bonus.
    Junie B. Jones Complete Kindergarten Collection Book Cover Picture
    Junie B. Jones Complete Kindergarten Collection Book Cover Picture

    Boxed Set
    $84.83

    Also available from:

  2. 2
    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture
    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture

    Antiracist Baby Picture Book

    by Ibram X. Kendi

    With bold art and thoughtful yet playful text, Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism.
    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture
    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $8.99

    Also available from:

  3. 3
    Hey Grandude! Book Cover Picture
    Hey Grandude! Book Cover Picture

    Hey Grandude!

    by Paul McCartney

    Meet Grandude–a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind traveler! With his magic compass, he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches!
    Hey Grandude! Book Cover Picture
    Hey Grandude! Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

    Also available from:

  4. 4
    Llama Llama Loves to Read Book Cover Picture
    Llama Llama Loves to Read Book Cover Picture

    Llama Llama Loves to Read

    by Anna Dewdney and Reed Duncan

    Anna Dewdney’s beloved Llama Llama is growing up and learning to read! Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can’t wait to show Mama Llama that he’s becoming a reader!
    Llama Llama Loves to Read Book Cover Picture
    Llama Llama Loves to Read Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

    Also available from:

  5. 5
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture

    Hair Love

    by Matthew A. Cherry

    Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

    Also available from:

  6. 6
    The Day You Begin Book Cover Picture
    The Day You Begin Book Cover Picture

    The Day You Begin

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
    The Day You Begin Book Cover Picture
    The Day You Begin Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

    Also available from:

  7. 7
    Carmela Full of Wishes Book Cover Picture
    Carmela Full of Wishes Book Cover Picture

    Carmela Full of Wishes

    by Matt de la Peña

    When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . .
    Carmela Full of Wishes Book Cover Picture
    Carmela Full of Wishes Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

    Also available from:

  8. 8
    Whale in a Fishbowl Book Cover Picture
    Whale in a Fishbowl Book Cover Picture

    Whale in a Fishbowl

    by Troy Howell

    Wednesday is a whale who lives in a fishbowl smack dab in the middle of a city–it’s the only home she’s ever known. Cars whizz around her and people hurry past; even the sun and moon circle above. But if she leaps high enough out of her bowl, Wednesday can see it: a calm bit of blue off in the distance. When a girl in a paisley dress tells Wednesday “You belong in the sea,” the whale starts to wonder, what is the sea? Readers will cheer–and get all choked up– when, one day, Wednesday leaps higher than ever before and sets in motion a breathtaking chain of events that will carry her to her rightful home.
    Whale in a Fishbowl Book Cover Picture
    Whale in a Fishbowl Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

    Also available from:

  9. 9
    EllRay Jakes the Recess King! Book Cover Picture
    EllRay Jakes the Recess King! Book Cover Picture

    EllRay Jakes the Recess King!

    by Sally Warner

    Eight-year-old EllRay is down to one-and-a-half best friends, which leads his little sister to point out the obvious: he needs new friends. A spare, at least. For emergencies. So EllRay decides to audition other boys for the role of Spare Best Friend. EllRay’s class is brimming with possibilities, but no one seems to share his exact interests. What’s so great about car parts? And why would anyone think boring instruction manuals are fun to read? But EllRay isn’t worried—he can fix any problems once he gets to know each kid. And the only way to get to know them is to come up with fun things to do at recess. When he’s the Recess King, everyone will want to be his friend!
    EllRay Jakes the Recess King! Book Cover Picture
    EllRay Jakes the Recess King! Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $14.99

    Also available from:

  10. 10
    Judy Moody, Girl Detective Book Cover Picture
    Judy Moody, Girl Detective Book Cover Picture

    Judy Moody, Girl Detective

    by Megan McDonald

    Judy Moody is in a sleuthing, Nancy Drew kind of mood. She’s hunting for a mystery — and she doesn’t have to snoop for long! When Mr. Chips, a beloved crime-dog-in-training, goes missing, Judy and her chums find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a real-life, scare-your-pants-off whodunit. Was Mr. Chips stolen by dirty dognappers? And why are chocolate-chip cookies disappearing all over town?
    Judy Moody, Girl Detective Book Cover Picture
    Judy Moody, Girl Detective Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $5.99

    Also available from:

  11. 11
    Rock Star #1 Book Cover Picture
    Rock Star #1 Book Cover Picture

    Rock Star #1

    by Kelly Starling Lyons

    When Jada Jones’s best friend moves away, school feels like the last place she wants to be. She’d much rather wander outside looking for cool rocks to add to her collection, since finding rocks is much easier than finding friends. So when Jada’s teacher announces a class project on rocks and minerals, Jada finally feels like she’s in her element. The only problem: one of her teammates doesn’t seem to like any of Jada’s ideas. She doesn’t seem to like Jada all that much, either. Can Jada figure out a way to make a winning science project and a new friend?
    Rock Star #1 Book Cover Picture
    Rock Star #1 Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $6.99

    Also available from:

Find other titles in

Related Lists:

Back to Top