Friday Five

Popular and Classic Easy Reader Read Alikes

Welcome to the Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, we are taking a look at some classic and popular easy readers series and matching them with new series. 

Great easy readers series are gobbled up like ice cream by voracious new readers. Easy readers have simple vocabulary, sentences, and plots paired with very explanatory illustrations and lots of white space for young eyes learning to focus. Little ones read them many at a time which often leaves lots of whole series gone at a particular time. Fear not, here is a handy list:
 

 Family & Sibling  Family & Sibling 
           
Classics like Berenstain Bears and Little Bear often focus on morals and lessons that kids learn in their world of siblings and family. 
 

The Bink and Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo and the Ling and Ting series by Grace Lin have young readers explore similar life lessons through the eyes of sibling relationships. 
 
Berenstain bearsLittle Bear
Ling and Ting Bink & Gollie
Nonsensical & Seussical

Nonsensical & Seussical
 
Dr. Seuss is the master at using simple words to pack a big punch of crazy fun. Up! Tall! And High by Ethan Long & Splat the Cat series use short rhyming words to tell a goofy story. 
Cat in the HatGreen Eggs and Ham Up Tall HighSplat the Cat series
 
Odd Couples  Odd Couples 
Two mismatched pals like Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad series are sometimes funny and sometimes heartwarming and poignant.  The George and Martha series by James Marshall and the Iris and Walter series by Elissa Haden Guest are great "opposites attract" reads. These characters are fun and uplifting.

Frog and ToadFrog and toad
George and MarthaIris and Walter
Things that go Things that go
Thomas the Tank Engine is a much loved character in the Railway series. Kids love the bold colors, straightforward facials expressions, and most of all the trains.  The Trucktown series by Jon Scieszka and Axel the Truck by J.D. Riley would also appeal to the transportation fanatic.
Thomas the Tank EngineThomas the tank engine Axel the truckAxel the truck
Princesses  Princesses 
Many kids can’t get enough of their favorite animated movie characters. Disney princess, with their glitter, glam, and easy to follow plot lines are a big attraction. From old standards like Sleeping Beauty to hits like Frozen, these books get a lot of love. If it is that “princess sparkle” that the reader likes, try picking up Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann or Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor. Or mix it up with some other strong female characters like Cowgirl Kate by Erica Silverman or Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin.
Little MermaidFrozen Pinkalicious Cowgirl Kate