Books to read for beginners?

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Good day. Could somebody please recommend me some books for beginners? I’ve found this list of English books (book title + difficulty) , however even those marked as “Easy” are too difficult to me. Any advice? Thank you in advance.

Yeah, this list that you have found is a bit odd. I definitely would not categorize books like Alice in Wonderland as an easy book to read, especially for non native English speakers.

I think the app might either have simplified versions of these stories or they are comparing these English classic books amongst themselves. Relatively speaking, for example, Alice in Wonderland is probably easier than Art of War.

 

What you can look for are books that are designed specifically for English learners, or picture books and chapter books that typically are designed for children. If you still need to read picture books, some popular series that children can see in their schools and libraries are:

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Biscuit
  • Elephant and Piggie
  • First Grade Friends
  • Frog and Toad
  • Amelia Bedelia (really good for understanding puns and words with double meanings, also very humorous!)
  • Little Critter
  • Frogger
  • The Black Lagoon
  • The Berenstain Bears
  • Arthur
  • Curious George
  • Anything from Dr. Seuss
  • How Do Dinosaurs…”

Do not discount some of these picture books! Even though they are filled with pictures, they can still contain a lot of specialized vocabulary. They use pictures and good explanations to help students understand what they are talking about. Some of the lower level picture book series are Biscuit and Elephant and Piggie, but some of the higher level ones are The Berenstain Bears and Curious George!

 

Some easier chapter book series that are popular in the US and UK include:

  • Junie B. Jones
  • A to Z Mysteries
  • Magic School Bus
  • Magic Tree House
  • The Zack Files
  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • Nate the Great
  • The Chronicles of Narnia

These books are really good if you are definitely at a level where you can read longer books, but are not yet at a level where you can speak and understand something that is meant for adults to read. I read them a lot when I was in elementary school, and my younger English students use these books a lot as well.

If you are at a slightly higher level, you might be able to read books from some of these authors:

  • Lois Lowry (such as The Giver, Gathering Blue, etc.)
  • E B White (such as Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little, etc.)
  • Roald Dahl (such as Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits, The Enormous Crocodile, etc.)

If you have read through all of these books and book series, you should be well on your way to mastering English!

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