Beginner Books

It was 1957 when scrappy underdog The Cat in the Hat danced into the early reader arena. Look-say champion Dick and Jane had held children's primers in its steely grip for more than three decades, but was beginning to take some hits as more and more critics stepped forward to question the country's flagging literacy rate.

At the suggestion of Random House, children's author Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel threw together a story made of two hundred and thirty six essential first grade vocabulary words, most of which were one syllable. His goal was to write a book that first graders "couldn't put down" unlike the tedious repetition of Dick and Jane. Giesel's cat threw his hat in the ring, and within three years the sight-reading giant had been toppled, freeing children everywhere from the tyranny of "see Spot go."

Yes, Beginner Books is the infamous series that knocked Dick and Jane out of the early reader spotlight. The rest of the Beginner Books follow this formula. They take easy-to-read words and string them together into a story that's fun and a little wacky. Children as young as three all the way to second grade can enjoy the early readers. With stories by Dr. Seuss, P.D. Eastman, the Berenstains, and even one by Walter Farley, these books have fun prose, fun illustrations, and are fun to read aloud, a fact for which we can thank Theodore Geisel and, yes, The Cat in the Hat.

Review by Lauren Shearer
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And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
Rhyming Fantasy for 1st-4th grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
Are You My Mother?
by P. D. Eastman
from Random House
Animal Fantasy for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Berenstains' B Book
Bright & Early Books
by Stan Berenstain
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Best Nest
by P.D. Eastman
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Big Ball of String
by Marion Holland
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for 1st-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99 $3.50 (2 in stock)
Cat in the Hat Comes Back
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Digging-est Dog
by Al Perkins
from Random House
for Kindergarten-3rd Grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.19
Dr. Seuss's ABC
by Dr. Seuss
1st edition from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Fish Out of Water
by Helen Palmer
from Random House
Animal Fantasy/Rhyming Stories for Nursery-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Fly Went By
by Mike McClintock
from Random House
Rhyming Books for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Foot Book
Bright & Early Books
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Go, Dog, Go!
by P. D. Eastman
from Random House
Animal Fantasy/Rhyming Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
Fantasy for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Bright & Early Books
by Al Perkins
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.19
Hop on Pop
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for Preschool-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today!
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
Bright & Early Books
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for Nursery-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Oh, Say Can You Say?
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for 1st-4th grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Old Hat New Hat
Bright & Early Books
by Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99
Put Me in the Zoo
by Robert Lopshire
from Random House
for 1st-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Stop that Ball!
by Mike McClintock
Reissue from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
There's a Wocket in my Pocket
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Wacky Wednesday
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: O4D-EAR)
$7.99