Emergent Reader Books

I love using emergent reader books that students can make or color within the classroom.  My students love making books that they can take home and share with their families, and I love seeing their little faces light up when they ‘read’ their books aloud!

On Marcia’s Lesson Link page, she shared this great document that features an example of to use predictable books during the span of a week:  Using Predictable Books Here is another document that she posted that features ideas for using predictable books to teach concepts about print:  Concepts about Print

Here is an interesting article about guided reading with emergent readers:  Guided Reading with Emergent Readers

Here is another article about emergent readers from Reading Rockets:  Emergent Readers: Look! There’s My Letter

I created this page to share some of the wonderful emergent reader books that I found online and to share some of the books that I have made to use in my class as well.  Feel free to share any other sites or books that you know of that contain reproducible emergent readers:

Here are some links to some great resources to purchase emergent reader books:

  1. Kinder Readers
  2. Little Readers
  3. Teacher’s Bookbag
  4. Very Emergent Reader Bookshop

Here is a chart that I made (for planning purposes) that features what emergent reader books that I have or found on the internet:  kindergarten-emergent-reader-lists

Here are some books that I have made that I use with my class throughout the school year:

  1. red-barn-red-barn I designed this book to use with Ellison die-cuts for each page.  You will need the following die cuts and materials to complete this book: red barn, pink pig, white cow (add black spots with either fingerprints or students can draw them with crayons), white sheep (add cotton balls to make it fluffy),  yellow duck (add yellow feathers),  and a brown horse (add brown yarn for mane and tail).  On the last page of the book, students draw a picture of themselves.  We complete this book during our farm unit in the spring.
  2. what-lives-on-a-farm-book Students color the pictures of the animals and we discuss what sounds the animals make.
  3. what-lives-in-the-ocean-emergent-reader-book Students color and read this predictable book during our ocean unit in the spring.
  4. how-many-penguins
  5. i-like-ice-cream-book

Well now that I am all done sharing books that I have created, I will share with you links to other wonderful, free emergent reader books that I have found on the internet (I did not create any of the books below, I only provided you with links).  This is a work in progress, so be patient with me.  I tried to organize these by theme and in alphabetical order:


Alphabet Books:

ABC Poem Emergent Readers

Itty Bitty Letter Books Zaner Bloser

Itty Bitty Letter Books D’Nealian

ABC Books by Jessica Meacham (Note: you will have to click on each letter individually to open the individual books on this link)

Animal Books:

Animals at Night

Where are We

100 Animals

Apple Books:

Apple Emergent Reader

My Apple Alphabet Emergent Reader

Apple Faces Book

Apple Happy Emergent Reader

Blue Apple Emergent Reader


Bat Books:

Three Blind Bats

Big Eared Bat mini-book (this book is probably more appropriate for 1st graders)

Itsy Bitsy Bat Book

Bear Books:

Brown Bear Book

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt



Butterfly, Butterfly

Color Bugs Page 1

Color Bugs Page 2

Color Bugs Page 3

I’m a Little Honeybee


Cat in the Hat Themed Books:

The Cat in the Hat

Counting with the Cat

Cats in Hats

Christmas Themed Books:

At Christmas Time

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Tree

It’s Christmas

My Toys

Color Books:

Mouse Paint Cover

Mouse Paint Book Pages

Red Yellow and Blue

Community Helpers

People Who Help

Doctor Kit Emergent Reader

TLC Hospital

Counting Books:

My Number Book 1-10




Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Colors Page 1

Dinosaur Color Page 2

Dinosaur Colors Page 3

Paleontologist Emergent Reader



Easter Bunny, Easter Bunny

Easter Everywhere

Eggstra Special Delivery

Happy Easter


Chicken Eggs Hatching

From Chicken to Easter Egg

I’m a Little Chicken

What Hatches



Fall Emergent Reader

Fall Is…

Fall is Here!


At the Farm

Moms and Their Babies

On the Farm

We’re Going to the Farm



Frog Emergent Reader

Frog/Fly Emergent Reader

The Frog Lives in the Pond


Gingerbread Man:

A Gingerbread Cookie

Crunch! Emergent Reader (use a gingerbread die-cuts for this book)

Gingerbread Man Emergent Reader

My Gingerbread Man

Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Emergent Reader

Groundhog, Groundhog

Here’s a Little Groundhog



Trick or Treat

What Do You See on Halloween?

What I See on Halloween

What Will You Be For Halloween?



Butterfly, Butterfly

I’m a Little Honeybee

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Bugs (From Hubbard’s Cupboard)

Bugs  (From Primary Success)

Stick Bugs

Find the Missing Dragonflies

Dragonfly Counting

Ladybug Number Match Book

Ladybug Count and Graph Book

Five Little Ladybugs




The Kite in the Wind

Happy Little Kite




Mitten ABCs

Find the Missing Mitten

Mitten Counting

The Mitten in the Snow

Our Mittens

The Mitten Note:  this is a free Kinder Reader sample, but you will need to fill in the info on the page to download the book

The Mitten Note:  this is the Hubbard’s Cupboard version




I Love to Go to the Beach



Penguin’s Bow

Penguin Countdown


Make a Pizza

The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

President’s Day:

George Washinton’s Hat


Meet Our Presidents

Hurray for Presidents Day

The Pledge of Allegiance


A Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Products

Five Little Pumpkins

Pumpkin Shapes








S is for Snowman

Mr. Snowman

The Snowman

The Lonely Snowman

Five Little Snowman Note:  this is the Carl’s Corner version

I am a Snowman

Five Little Snowmen Mini book


Yellow Daffodils


Springtime Songs

Things to Do in the Spring

St. Patrick’s Day:

Lucky Shamrock

Counting Shamrocks

Leprechaun Trick

Have You Seen My Pot of Gold?



Things to Do in Summer

Summer Bears



Loose Tooth, Loose Tooth

There’s a Hole in Your Smile

Healthy Teeth



When You Meet a Turkey

I am Thankful

Thanksgiving Dinner



Valentine’s Day:


Colored Valentines

Bee Mine

Will You Bee Mine?





Weather Words

Weather Little Book

Its a Rainy Day!

Rain Rain Go Away


In Winter

What Can We Do in the Snow?

Things to Do in Winter

X, Y & Z


Itsy Bitsy Monkey

At the Zoo

Animal, Animal in the Zoo

5 thoughts on “Emergent Reader Books

  1. Pingback: Updates to the Emergent Reader Page… « Mrs. Kilburn’s kiddos’ Weblog

  2. Hi there
    I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful site. I don’t know how you found the time to put together such a detailed and well organized resource site but I sure do appreciate it. I love how you I an get a snapshot of what the resource looks like before going to another website. I am teaching in Sumatra right now and you are one of my go-to sites when I am looking for ideas and resources. Thank you again.

  3. Hi!

    Thank you for the emergent readers list. It will be very valuable to me as we go through the year. The “Hurray for Presidents” book is no where to be found on the internet. Do you have a copy of it you can post? Thanks for the help.


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