Wednesday, March 9, 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Easy Reader Book List for Summer Reading 2016

This list of leveled easy readers is almost exclusively sports-focused, but there are a couple of titles that also highlight other health-related themes. The titles are sorted by reading level, with easy books at the top of the list and more difficult books at the bottom.

Levels D - F

Biscuit Plays Ball by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories
No dogs are allowed in the ball game, but Biscuit still wants to play!

Aaron is a Good Sport by P.D. Eastman

Aaron Alligator gets in trouble no matter what he's doing, and that includes playing ball. 

After School Sports Club series by Alyson Heller, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
A diverse group of kids gets together after school to try out different sports.

See Me Run by Paul Meisel
A yellow dog runs away as he is chased by a pack of several other dogs.

Puppy Mudge Wants to Play by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson
Though Henry is busy, Mudge won't stop dropping hints until he agrees to play.

Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Elephant and Piggie are excited to go out and play, but worry when it starts to rain.

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems
When a big guy takes Piggie's ball, Gerald vows to help her get it back.

Twins in the Park by Ellen Weiss, illustrated by Sam Williams
Young twins ride the bus to the park for a day of fun.

Levels G-I 

Don't Throw it to Mo! by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks
Mo is the youngest kid on his football team, but it's a mistake to underestimate his abilities.

Hooray for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Buzz's coach needs one more player for the big football game, but a fly isn't exactly what he has in mind.

The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain
A funny lesson in bike safety from Father Bear to Small Bear.

The Day I Had to Play with My Sister by Crosby Bonsall
A big brother and little sister try to play hide-and-seek but they each have different ideas about the rules.

Dixie Wins the Race by Grace Gilman, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
When Emma runs an important race, she warns Dixie to stay on the sidelines, but the dog has trouble obeying after Emma takes a fall.

Ballet Stars by Joan Holub, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
A ballet recital is described from warms-ups to curtain call.

Pinkalicious: Soccer Star by Victoria Kann
Pinkalicious and her soccer team, the Pinksters, are having trouble beating the girls on the Ravens until Goldilicious takes Pinkalicious on a magic ride to learn more about the game.

Katie Woo Has the Flu by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Tammie Lyon
Katie Woo rests in bed to help her recover from the flu.

Nina, Nina, Ballerina by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo
Nina is worried that her mother won't be able to spot her among her classmates during the ballet recital since they will all be dressed alike.

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
Sam loves to race as long as he wins, but he's not sure how to handle coming in second.

Levels J-M


Pete the Cat: Play Ball! by James Dean
Pete the Cat is the model of good sportsmanship when his team, the Rocks, play against the Rolls.

The Littlest Leaguer by Syd Hoff
Harold is the smallest player on the team, but during one game he gets his chance to prove his talent.

Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo, illustrated by Blanche Sims
Sam's cousin Marco doesn't speak much English, but the two boys bond over their love for soccer.

Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
When Nancy, who is not a natural athlete, is teamed up with a mean girl from her class on Field Day, she must learn to stand up for herself.

Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Averill
Amelia and her classmates go on a hike to collect items for their class nature table.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Drop the Ball by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard
When Mr. Putter decides he should take up a sport, Mrs. Teaberry knows just the team for him to join.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Run the Race by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard
Mrs. Teaberry convinces Mr. Putter to participate in a marathon for senior citizens.

Loose Tooth by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Allan Eitzen
A basketball game serves as the pivotal point in this story about Peter, who hopes not to lose his loose tooth until after school picture day.

See my list of picture books for the On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! theme here.
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