After your readers have become more fluent reading through the 1-3 Picture Books independently, they will be ready to begin on longer books and easy chapter books, which are included in this list.

Burt Dow Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey | biblicalhomeschooling.orgAbraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse by Ursula Moray Williams
Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J. R. R. Tolkein
Alligator Case and others by William Pene du Bois
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
Angry Giant by Oscar Wilde
Apple and the Arrow by Mary Marsh Buff
Bard of Avon: the Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley
Bear Called Paddington and others by Michael Bond
Bears on Hemlock Mountain and others by Alice Dalgliesh
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Benjamin West and his Cat Grimlakin by Marguerite Henry
Betsy and Billy and others by Carolyn Haywood
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill and others by Maude Lovelace
Billy and Blaze and others by C. W. Anderson
Book of Cowboys by Holling C. Holling
Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling
Box-Car Children and others by Gertrude Warner (the first 19 in the series)
Bright April by Marguerite de Angeli
Burt Dow, Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
Capyboppy by Bill Peet
Castle by David Macauley
Cathedral by David Macaulay
Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
Charles Dickens: the Man Who Had Great Expectations by Diane Stanley
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
City by David Macaulay
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Coll and His White Pig by Lloyd Alexander
Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
d’Aulaire’s Norse Gods and Giants by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky by Barbara Schiller
good queen bessFairy Doll by Rumer Godden
Finn Family Moomintroll and others by Tove Jansson
George Washington by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz
Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman
Happy Hollisters and others by Jerry West
Happy Orpheline and others by Natalie Savage Carlson
Henner’s Lydia by Marguerite de Angeli
Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
I, Columbus and others by Peter and Connie Roop
In Search of Troy by Piero Ventura
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling RA
Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden
Least of All by Carol Purdy
Leave Horatio Alone by Eleanor Clymer
Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley
Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Marco Moonlight by Clyde Robert Bulla
Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
Mercy Watson to the Rescue and others in the series by Kate DiCamillo
Michelangelo’s World by Piero Ventura
Mill by David Macaulay
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling Clancy Holling | biblicalhomeschooling.orgMinn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
Mouse House by Rumer Godden
Mouse on the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet
Nothing is Impossible, The Story of Beatrix Potter by Dorothy Aldis
Old Mother West Wind and others by Thornton W. Burgess
Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle by Rumer Godden
Ordinary Princess by Mary Margaret Kaye
Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling
Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
Peter the Great by Diane Stanley
Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall
Poppleton and others in the series by Cynthia Rylant
Puppy Summer by Meindert de Jong
Pyramid by David Macaulay
Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
Rocking Horse Secret by Rumer Godden
Sarah Morton’s Day and others by Kate Waters
Seabird by Holling C. Holling
Shhhh … We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
Ship by David Macaulay
Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla
Skippack School by Marguerite de Angeli
Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Red Shoes and others in the series by Maj Lindman
Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
St. Philip of the Joyous Heart by Francis X. Connolly
Tale of Jolly Robin and others by Arthur Scott Baily
Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt
They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson
Three Dollar Mule by Clyde Robert Bulla
Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness
Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle
Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling
Truthful Harp by Lloyd Alexander
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
Twenty Elephant Restaurant by Russell Hoban
What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz
Where do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus? by Jean Fritz
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz
Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
Yellow and Pink by William Steig
Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli



  1. This picture book is written and illustrated by Eleanor Frances Lattimore, author of “Little Pear” and many other popular children’s books. The illustrations are colorfully done with paper cutouts.

    The story is about a little girl in long-ago China who liked to wear her best pink shoes every day. Her father called her Miss Pink Shoes, and soon everybody called her that.

    Pink Shoes had a little brother and she helps her mother take care of him. But she grows tired of staying at home and watching him all day. She wants to go to the Fair.

    Her father promises take her, and then he forgets. Finally Pink Shoes goes to the Fair with her older cousin Ping.

    Please take a look at a new book by Eleanor Frances Lattimore, author of Little Pear.

    Pink Shoes — Available online at Amazon and other booksellers.

    The story tells of the things she sees at the Fair including a man who does magic tricks and a terrible-looking dragon that frightens Pink Shoes so much that she turns around and runs home. The dragon is really a paper dragon, of course, and the story ends happily.

    Pink Shoes can be read aloud to a pre-schooler or read by advanced kindergartners or first-graders.

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