our new favorite easy reader books

A few days ago we went to the library in search of early-reader appropriate books for my No. 2. #2 is in kindergarten and doing great with reading {beyond the BOB series, but not quite ready for regular children’s books}.  I wanted to find a handful of books that he would be able to read on his own but also keep his busy mind and body occupied … he is a six-year-old boy, after all.

We hit the jackpot.

Have you heard of the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems? They are great.

Simple words, silly stories, charming illustrations.

The perfect books to instill a joy of reading, confidence in making it through a whole book and cute giggles heard throughout the pages.

You can see all of the books in the Elephant & Piggie series here.

And see more of Mo Willems work here.

45 Responses to our new favorite easy reader books

  1. Susan April 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    My little girl is 4 and can almost read these books. Great and funny! We really enjoy them.

  2. Kate April 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi there! The Elephant and Piggie books are a fabulous easy read series. I used them to hook my nephew when he had convinced himself that he would never learn to read. Every once in a while, he still grabs one for reading aloud before bed, even as a well-read third grader. They continue to make me laugh! Another great series is Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. http://www.amazon.com/Hi-Fly-Guy-Tedd-Arnold/dp/0439639034

  3. Dee March 19, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Thank you for the recommendation! I cleared the library’s shelf of this series, and my kindergartner’s confidence has been building as she realizes she can read these books.

  4. Windy March 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    We have ‘We Are In A Book’ and absolutely love it. It’s hilarious. I plan on looking up all the others when my baby girl gets bigger. :)

  5. Meghan March 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I have been in love with these books, I love with others discover them!!! I now teach Kindergarten and I students go crazy for Gerald and Piggie :) My all time favorite is There is a Bird of Your Head.

  6. Erica {let why lead} March 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendation! We’re still a year or two out, but I pinned it for future reference. Have a great day!

  7. Rylee March 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    LOVE Mo Willems, LOVE elephant and piggie!!!!

  8. Robbon March 14, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    My girls LOVE these too! They are cute and I had the most fun reading the one when Gerald hurt his nose. I would hold my nose each time I read his part when his bandage was on. Simple and fun books!

  9. Kati March 14, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Oh Yes! We like Pig and Elephant too! I love when Elephant thinks he is allergic to Pig…but really he just has a cold.

  10. Emily @ Peck Life March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    I’m always down for some new book suggestions, thank you for these!!! <3

  11. Spark*Amy March 13, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Love Elephant and PIggie! I cracked up my husband doing a very bad nasal sound for I broke my trunk. My daughter’s school library only lets them take out one at a time they are so popular!

  12. Bekka March 13, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Be sure to check out “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” by Mo. It is riotously funny and wonderfully endearing.

  13. Tia March 13, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Yesterday was the start if spring break in New Mexico, and your post was very timely. We love the pidgeon books but had never heard of the elephant and piggie books. We rushed to the library because my kindergartner fell in love with books just by looking at your blog post. She promptly sat her two brothers in the couch–they are both much younger than her–and read the books to them all afternoon. She has already done that this morning. It surprised me that both boys were enthralles!

  14. Becca Ross March 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    I can’t wait to see these in person! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m a kindergarten teacher and literacy enthusiast! I write three blogs, which can be found at http://www.homeiswheremystorybegins.com. I’d love it if you’d stop by my literacy blog!


  15. Jennifer March 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    My daughter loved these books last year in first grade. They must not have been around for my boys but we sure did read them all multiple times last year!

  16. Pam K March 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Cute. I wish we had stumbled on those when my boys were in early readers. We did enjoy the Minnie and Moo series (funny cows) and Henry and Mudge.

  17. Sandra March 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    I’m a school teacher and recommend – Hooked on Phonics. Providing your child with literature and reading together will foster the love of reading -kuddos

  18. April March 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Those books are so fun. My daughters love them!

  19. Andrea March 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I’m a junior in college and Mo Willems is one of my favorite authors :) Not just for kids, so hilarious. My favorite is There Is A Bird On Your Head!

  20. ALEXANDRA March 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    thank you thank you for the recommendation, we live in Mexico City and my children are in a bilingual school, I’ve also got a 6 year old who (thank God) loves to read and is constantly asking me for new books but I have a hard time finding books in english at his level over here…this next vacations we are going to the USA so I will most definitely look these up…am taking note of your recommendations and all your fabulous readers’ as well! big hug

  21. Stephanie March 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I am so glad you and your son love these books! I’m a librarian and the other librarians at my branch and I get so excited when a new Elephant & Piggie book comes in! We practically scramble over each other to get our hands on them! Their expressions are hilarious. Enjoy reading!!

  22. Kimberly March 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm #


  23. Kat March 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Love, love, love these books. I was an elementary special ed teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom and my kiddos LOVED these books. I seriously had ALL the Mo Willems books in my classroom and they were the favorite! And if anyone is wondering, these books work especially well with lots of kids on the autism spectrum.

  24. Debbie C March 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    My sister just read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog over Skype to my 2 & 3 year olds. I’ve been looking for some more books so thanks for the recommendation – I’ll have to check out his other books!

  25. wendy March 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Great books! You should check out http://www.wegivebooks.org you can find tons of great books there. You actually read on-line, totally free, and each book you read you get to donate a book on-line, again for free, to a charity like World Vision! Still not a substitute for the good ol’ fashion library but really easy, fast and the best part is giving books to children around the world! I seriously have no affiliations with them, just saw it on pintrest and fell in love!

  26. elz March 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    My kindergartener was just “teaching” her dollies by reading the “There is a Bird on Your Head” book.

  27. Mina March 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Mo Willems books are wonderful. We have the Pig and Elephant series and our favorite is “We Are In A Book”! Super funny! My son love it.

  28. pat March 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    My great grandchildren love these books too. I wish they had them when our kids were young. I got tired of Dr. Suess…. lol

  29. Stacie March 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    hilarious! my six year old kindergartener is loving these mo willems books and thanks to our library our living room is littered with them. so fun for her to read! and for me to listen to!

  30. Becca March 12, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    ABSOLUTELY! These books are fantastic – we were given a couple as gifts for baby showers and now my 2 year old LOVES when I read them, and I can just imagine how much fun he’ll have reading them on his own!

  31. Rosa @ flutterflutter March 12, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Oh! Yay, new books to check out! It’s such a wonderful feeling to watch children reading for fun, isn’t it?! Geronimo Stilton and Loud Boy are tops over here right now.

  32. Laurie March 12, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    If you like Mo Williamns you must check out Pete the Cat. Your little one will be singing about how much “he loves his new shoes” in no time :0)

  33. {darlene} March 12, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    we are off to the library today. so glad to have this recommendation. thanks!! {btw… your links were not working for me :) }

    • emily March 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Just fixed the links … sorry about that

  34. meganleiann March 12, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    These are my favorite kids books ever! The Knuffle Bunny books, Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie are staples! The problem is that my early reader already has them MEMORIZED. I’m so thankful Mo Willems keeps writing more Elephant an Piggie books so he’ll have a little more challenge.

  35. Angel March 12, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    These books saved me! My son is a very reluctant reader. Nothing was funny or good enough for him to want to read. We found these at the library and he finally found something he loves! Unfortunately they are getting way to easy for him, plus he has them memorized. I think he is finally enjoying Nate the Great so I hope that will keep him happy for awhile.

  36. Vanessa McElreath March 12, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Children’s books that I actually laugh at! We love them too!

  37. Dolly March 12, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Oh, and there is a pretty funny Mo Willems ipad app that my kids love, “don’t let the pidgeon run this app”

  38. Dolly March 12, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    My six year old boy brought home every single one of these he could from his school library. They are hilarious. Older kids love reading them too!

  39. cailan March 12, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    I will definitely look these up next time at the library – thanks so much for the recommendation. : )

  40. Kristen March 12, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Those are adorable. My son loves the Fly Guy books.

  41. Susan March 12, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    My daughter is 4 and loves these books. She can’t read but after reading these to her a time or two she memorizes them and she can ‘read’ them herself.

  42. Rachel M. March 12, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    We LOVE Mo Willems! I have 3 kids (5,3,1) and they all love it when I come home with one of his books from the library:)

  43. Ellen S. March 12, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    My kiddos LOVE these and to be honest, I do too. They are cute and funny. Great for early readers.

  44. Kim @ vintagepretties March 12, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    Mo Willems is one of my absolute favorite children’s authors. You should check out the Knuffle Bunny books as an easy read-aloud…my daughter loved them.

    Also, I briefly met Mr. Willems at the National Book Festival & he was very gracious. The organizers made a mess of the book signing that he was doing, so he stayed longer than required to make sure that everyone in the very long line got their books signed.

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