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Arthur and the School Pet

By: Marc Brown

During Christmas vacation week, D.W. volunteers to take the classroom pet gerbil, Speedy, home for the holidays. D.W. plans to teach him some new tricks to show her class, but soon learns that taking care...

Arthur in New York

By: Marc Brown

WHEN ARTHUR AND D.W. travel to New York City with their parents, they visit the Statue of Liberty, a museum, and they even see a Broadway show! But D.W. is most excited about visiting Mary Moo-Cow Palace...

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy

By: Marc Brown

D.W. is jealous when her big brother Arthur loses a tooth and gets a visit from the Tooth Fairy.  Arthur explains that the Tooth Fairy comes only when you lose a tooth and put it under your pillow...

Arthur's Classroom Fib

By: Marc Brown

When Arthur and his classmates head back to school, they're asked to write about their summer vacation. But when Arthur hears the exciting things his friends have done, Arthur feels he must make up a better...

Arthur's Fire Drill

By: Marc Brown
illustrated by: the author

When D.W.'s  teacher announces that they will have a fire drill, D.W. is afraid the school is going to burn down! So Arthur gives her his fire fighter's hat, a whistle, and a few tips on fire...

Arthur's Lost Puppy

By: Marc Brown
illustrated by: the author

Arthur and D.W. take Baby Kate and Pal to the neighborhood street fair. But suddenly Baby Kate starts crying. Arthur sends D.W. to buy Kate an ice cream cone, and she carefully ties Pal's leash to a bench...

Arthur's Reading Race

By: Marc Brown

Arthur promises to buy ice cream for his little sister, D.W., if she can read ten words.  The twosome race to the park, where D.W. is quick to recognize signs such as ZOO, DON'T WALK, POLICE,...

Arthur's Reading Trick

By: Marc Brown

Will Arthur figure out D.W.’s reading trick?D.W. makes a bet with Arthur that she can teach Baby Kate how to read in a single afternoon. The loser of the bet has to change their little sister’s...

B is for Books! (Sesame Street)

By: Annie Cobb

In this full color illustrated book, Slimey, Oscar the Grouch's pet worm, plays the bookworm in this delightful ode to reading. "B is for books. All kinds of books! Books about counting. Books about cooks..."...

Barbie: Horse Show Champ (Barbie)

By: Jessie Parker
illustrated by: Karen Wolcott

Barbie gets herself and her horse, Tawny, ready for a horse show. When it comes time to make the big jump, Tawny is afraid. With patience and kindness, Barbie coaxes Tawny to take the jump. Barbie’s...

Barbie: On Your Toes (Barbie)

By: Apple Jordan
illustrated by: Karen Wolcott

Barbie is a swan. She is a doll come to life. When she is dancing, Barbie can be anything! Little girls will leap through this simple Step 1 beginning reader. Ballet is a perfect fit for Barbie fans, and...

The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt

By: Stan and Jan Berenstain
illustrated by: the authors

Climb in and hold on tight! Kids will love spending a day at the Bear Country Amusement Park, where they'll experience the stomach-dropping, heart-stopping thrills of a giant roller coaster right along...

The Berenstain Bears' Big Bear, Small Bear

By: Stan & Jan Berenstain
illustrated by: the authors

Small hat, big head.  Big hat, small head.  Can a bear find a hat that is not too small and not too big, but just right?

Berenstain Bears: We Like Kites

By: Stan & Jan Berenstain
illustrated by: the authors

A windy hill, a summer sky, a perfect day for kites to fly. Sister Bear and Brother Bear join their friends for a sun-filled, fun-filled day in this sweet, rhyming book.

Bear Hugs

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Best Dad In the Sea (Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo)

By: RH Disney
illustrated by: RH Disney

Before you see Disney/Pixar Finding Dory in theaters on June 17, 2016, relive the magic of Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo with this Step into Reading leveled reader! This Step 1 Reader starring Nemo the clownfish...

Big Egg

By: Molly Coxe

One morning Hen wakes up and finds a gigantic egg in her nest. Whose ege can it be? Here's a hint, Hen--it doesn't belong to that wily Fox!

Big Friend, Little Friend (Disney Princess)

By: Melissa Lagonegro
illustrated by: RH Disney

Join Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, and the rest of the characters from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in this Step 1 reader all about opposites—just in time for the film’s DVD release!...

The Blue Wish (Maryoku Yummy)

By: Random House
illustrated by: Jeffrey Conrad

Maryoku wants to help a little blue wish come true! What does it need? Lots of love, hugs, and giggles! Fans of the animated TV show Maryoku Yummy ages 4-6 can learn to read with this magical Step 1 Step...


By: Shana Corey
illustrated by: Mike Reed

There are big boats, small boats, old boats, and new boats--all kinds of boats. The youngest of readers will enjoy this fun, rhyming Early Step into Reading book filled with boats.

Oh, Brother! (Disney/Pixar Brave)

By: Apple Jordan
illustrated by: RH Disney

Pixar Animation Studio's 13th animated feature film, Disney/Pixar Brave is an epic adventure set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. Determined to carve her own path in life, a skilled...

Big Bear, Little Bear (Disney/Pixar Brave)

By: RH Disney
illustrated by: RH Disney

Pixar Animation Studio's 13th animated feature film, Disney/Pixar Brave, is an epic adventure set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. Determined to carve her own path in life, a skilled...

The Bunny Surprise (Disney/Pixar Toy Story)

By: Apple Jordan
illustrated by: RH Disney

Buzz Lightyear, Sheriff Woody, and the rest of the toys from Disney/Pixar Toy Story are back for an Easter adventure! Kids ages 4-6 will love learning to read with this Step 1 Step into Reading reader....

A Cars Christmas (Disney/Pixar Cars)

By: Melissa Lagonegro
illustrated by: RH Disney

Celebrate the holidays with Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Doc Hudson, and the rest of the cool Cars characters in this brand-new Step 1 reader.

The Cat in the Hat: Cooking with the Cat (The Cat in the Hat)

By: Bonnie Worth
illustrated by: Christopher Moroney

Look! Look! The Cat wants to cook!Told with simple rhymes and rhythms, this jaunty illustrated tale gives very young readers a taste of the Cat in the Hat’s flamboyant cooking skills as he slaps...

Cat Traps

By: Molly Coxe

Cat wants a snack.  Cat sets a trap.  Cat gets...in trouble!  Simple sentences and snappy illustrations make this a purr-fect first step into the joy of reading.

Cinderella's Countdown to the Ball

By: RH Disney

What will happen when the Prince finds one glass slipper? Count with Cinderella from 1 fairy godmother to the clock striking 12 in this Super Early Step into Reading book.

City Cats, Country Cats

By: Barbara Shook Hazen
illustrated by: Pam Paparone

Corn Aplenty

By: Dana Meachen Rau
illustrated by: Melissa Iwai

Two children watch a local farmer grow a crop of corn, and as the corn develops—from seed to harvest time—so does the friendship between the children and the farmer. This simple Step 1 Reader...

Dancing Dinos

By: Margeaux Lucas

Dancing Dinos at the Beach

By: Sally Lucas
Illustrated by: Margeaux Lucas

This fun, rhyming Step 1 easy-to-read book is perfect for a day at the beach!Dinos splashing with their tails.Dinos filling up their pails.Dinos feeling very brave.Dinos riding every wave.They're back...

Dancing Dinos Go to School

By: Sally Lucas and Margeaux Lucas

Dinos dancing in a book.Dinos leaping, look, look, look!Dinos pasting red and blue.Dinos wasting paint and glue!The dancing dinos are back, and this time, when their book turns up in a school library,...

Dragon Egg

By: Mallory Loehr
illustrated by: Hala Wittwer

A BIG EGG TOTTERS, tips, and falls out of its nest. It rolls down a hill, past a castle, and through a town. Along the way, curious people and animals gather to watch. When the egg finally cracks open,...

Ducks Go Vroom

By: Jane Kohuth
illustrated by: Viviana Garofoli

Simple, funny action words and onomatopoeia describe three silly ducks' rather impolite visit to their Auntie Goose's house. This rollicking, tongue-twisting, rhyming story of three enthusiastic houseguests,...

Elmo Says Achoo! (Sesame Street)

By: Sarah Albee
illustrated by: Tom Brannon

Elmo's bringing a present to Oscar. But the mysterious wrapped gift has a curious effect--it's making Elmo sneeze! And every time Elmo sneezes, something funny happens. Toddlers will love following along...

Flynn Saves the Day (Thomas & Friends)

By: Rev W Awdry
illustrated by: Richard Courtney

Sodor's newest star, Flynn the fire engine, arrives just in time to help Percy put out a fire and save Thomas. Little boys ages 3-6 will thrill to this Step 1 SIR based on the newest Thomas & Friends...

Friends for a Princess (Disney Princess)

By: RH Disney

This simple Step 1 tells the story of Snow White and her wonderful friendship with the Seven Dwarfs. Young readers will love getting to know each dwarf and finding out the character traits that make him...

Go, Go, Go! (Disney/Pixar Cars)

By: Melissa Lagonegro
illustrated by: Ron Cohee

Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, and the rest of the gang from Disney/Pixar's Cars are back! This super-simple Step 1 reader is perfect for little boys who love cars, trucks, trains, planes, and everything...

The Great Race (Thomas & Friends)

By: Kerry Milliron
illustrated by: Eric Binder and Tom LaPadula

Bertie the Bus wants to race, and Thomas happily takes up the challenge. Bertie takes an early lead, but a patient Thomas proves there are advantages to riding on tracks instead of roads. Beginning readers...

Happy Alphabet!

By: Anna Jane Hays
illustrated by: Joe Mathieu

A string of wacky people, animals, and objects, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, gather to celebrate a birthday! Each page presents a letter of the alphabet, and every phrase rhymes...

Happy Birthday, Princess! (Disney Princess)

By: Jennifer Liberts Weinberg
illustrated by: Elisa Marrucchi

It's a royal celebration for Rapunzel, Tiana, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, and Aurora as they celebrate their birthdays! Featuring all eight Disney princesses, this Step 1 reader will...

Hog and Dog

By: Diane Wright Landolf
illustrated by: Jennifer Beck Harris

Hog and Dogplay tag.Hog zigs.Dog zags.Two friends, a hog and a dog, are good at some sports and bad at others. They cheer each other on no matter what, and they finally find a game they can both enjoy...

Hot Dog

By: Written and illustrated by Molly Coxe

Step 1 books entice early readers with rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. Poor Dog. He's awfully hot! But Mom won't share her lemonade. Cat won't share his shady spot on the porch. And Skunk's making a real...

I Can Be a Horse Rider (Barbie)

By: Mary Man-Kong
illustrated by: Jiyoung An

Barbie has learned all about being a pet vet, a ballerina, a teacher—and now she can be a horse rider, too! Girls ages 4 to 6 love horses, and they will love reading about Barbie as she learns what...

I Can Be a Pet Vet (Barbie)

By: Mary Man-Kong
illustrated by: Jiyoung An

Barbie wants to be a pet doctor! Join her as she helps a vet take care of puppies, kittens, horses, and many other lovable pets in this original Step 1 book in the Step into Reading series.

I Can Do It! (Sesame Street)

By: Sarah Albee
illustrated by: Larry DiFiori

For toddlers, mastering new skills is just a part of growing up, but sometimes they may find new challenges trying. That's where Elmo, Big Bird, and their Sesame Street friends (including Grover, Zoe,...

I Like Bugs

By: Margaret Wise Brown

I Like Stars

By: Margaret Wise Brown
illustrated by: Joan Paley

I like stars. Blue stars. Far stars. Shooting stars. I like stars!

Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill: A Phonics Reader

By: Martha Weston
illustrated by: author

Jack and Jill and big dog Bill go sledding one snowy winter day. When big dog Bill notices a rabbit on the hill, mayhem ensues. This fun phonics reader helps early readers with the use of alliteration...

Just Keep Swimming (Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo)

By: RH Disney
illustrated by: RH Disney

Before you see Disney/Pixar Finding Dory in theaters on June 17, 2016, relive the magic of Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo with this Step into Reading leveled reader! Nemo the clownfish is worried that he's...

Kingdom of Color (Disney Tangled)

By: Melissa Lagonegro
illustrated by: Jean-Paul Orpinas, Elena Naggi, and Studio IBOIX

Expect adventure, heart, humor, and hair . . . lots of hair, when Disney Tangled comes to theaters Holiday 2010! With super simple text and full-color illustrations, this Step 1 reader is based on Disney’s...

The Lion and the Mouse

By: Gail Herman

"Little Mouse. Big Lion. Big, big trouble. Who will save the mouse? Who will save the lion?" This simple retelling of the classic Aesop fable will be a treat for kids and their parents as an...

Look for the Lorax

By: Tish Rabe

Look out for the Lorax! Dr. Seuss's lovable grump makes his Step into Reading debut in this wonderland adventure through hills of green where the Truffula trees sway. Through easy words and simple sentences,...

Me Too, Woody!

By: RH Disney

When Jessie tries to join in the fun and games with Woody and Buzz, she finds out that some games are simply meant for two . . . until the gang rounds up a game that everyone can play—including Jessie!...

Monkey Play

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
illustrated by: Ariel Pang

Monkey Plays is an energetic companion to Bear Hugs and Panda Kisses. One by one, monkeys add to the jungle fun—swinging from palm trees, hiding in an Indian market, and playing from sundown...

Mouse Makes Words

By: Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
illustrated by: Patrick Joseph

A little mouse zooms about changing letters—for example, substituting P for C to change a Cup into a Pup. A beginning reader rhyming extravaganza that emphasizes initial sound substitution.

Mouse's Hide-and-Seek Words

By: Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
illustrated by: Patrick Joseph

Mouse makes word play fun!Readers will delight in finding small word hidden within bigger words; for example, when Mouse trips, his pants rip! Silly Mouse! A Step 1 book.

Old, New, Red, Blue! (Disney/Pixar Cars)

By: RH Disney

Ready, set, GO! Lightning McQueen, the rookie hot-shot race car, is screaming his way down the track on his way to winning the Piston Cup. But when he gets stuck in a slow little town called Radiator...

Panda Kisses

By: Alyssa Satin Capcilli
Illustrated by: Kay Widdowson

A soft kiss. A sweet kiss. A sticky bamboo treat kiss. There are so many different kinds of kisses, and little panda wants to try them all until he finds the one that is just right for him!This sweet Step...

The Pup Speaks Up

By: Anna Jane Hays
illustrated by: Valeria Petrone

Pal is a pup who’s a bit on the quiet side. But after some gentle prodding and encouragement from a few “talkative” friends, the pup finds the courage to speak up and take his final bow-wow!...

Race Around the World (Disney/Pixar Cars 2)

By: RH Disney
illustrated by: RH Disney

All the world's a racetrack as superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe's fastest and finest in Disney/Pixar Cars 2. Boys ages 4 to 6...

Race Team (Disney/Pixar Cars)

By: RH Disney
illustrated by: RH Disney

Red-hot race car Lightning McQueen and his faithful trailer, Mack, are back on the road—and headed to another big race! McQueen and Mack are joined by all of their friends from the hit Disney•Pixar...

Run, Remy, Run! (Disney/Pixar Ratatouille)

By: RH Disney

Under tables, over carts, and through the dining hall—Remy the rat is on the run! But will this furry fan of fine foods get caught? Find out in this action-packed Step 1 reader based on the film...

Secret Agent Mater (Disney/Pixar Cars 2)

By: Melissa Lagonegro
illustrated by: RH Disney

Just in time for the Fall 2011 DVD release of Disney/Pixar Cars 2, this Step 2 reader starring Lightning McQueen and Mater is sure to be a hit with boys ages 4 to 6.

Sleepy Dog

By: Harriet Ziefert

Illus. in full color. A dog and his pet cat share good-night kisses and playful dreams until morning wakes them, in this bedtime story for youngest beginning readers.  

Smash Trash! (Disney/Pixar WALL-E)

By: RH Disney
illustrated by: RH Disney

IT IS THE 29th Century and the Earth has been abandoned, but one robot has been left behind to collect and condense trash—WALL•E. This Step 1 book, introduces early readers to WALL•E,...

The Snowball

By: Jennifer Armstrong
illustrated by: Jean Pidgeon

Illustrated in full color. Watch out below! Here comes a giant snowball tumbling down a hill, picking up everything--and everybody--in its path!  

The Snowman

By: Raymond Briggs, illustrated by Maggie Downer

Based on Raymond Briggs's classic, this beautiful illustrated Step into Reading book describes the exciting things that happen to James and his magical snowman.

Stuck in the Mud (Thomas & Friends)

By: Rev W Awdry
illustrated by: Richard Courtney

Based on the new Thomas & Friends direct-to-DVD movie, Hero of the Rails, this Step 1 leveled reader will introduce children to reading—and the exciting world of Thomas and his friends!

Sunshine, Moonshine

By: Jennifer Armstrong

The sun and the moon shine down on a young boy as he spends a day by the sea. "Sun shines on the mountains, sun shines on the sea. Sun shines on my pillow, and says wake up to me."

Super Friends: Flying High (DC Super Friends)

By: Random House
illustrated by: DC Comics

SOMETHING STRANGE HAS happened to the birds of GOTHAM CITY. Pigeons are causing traffic jams, seagulls are making trouble at a nearby beach, and ostriches have escaped from the zoo! THE PENGUIN has enlisted...

Thomas and Friends: The Close Shave (Thomas & Friends)

By: Rev. W. Awdry
Illustrated by: Richard Courtney

THOMAS’ FRIEND DUCK likes to be Really Useful and Right on Time. One day, some Troublesome Trucks start pushing and they will not stop, and a station is just ahead! Duck works himself into a lather...

Thomas and Friends: Thomas and the Jet Engine (Thomas & Friends)

By: Schuyler Hooke

Gordon loves to remind everyone that he is the fast and important train. But one day, Thomas is given a very special job: he is taking a jet engine to the airport. When the engine is switched on by accident,...

Tae Kwon Do!

By: Terry Pierce
illustrated by: Todd Bonita

We’re off to Tae Kwon Do class, where we’ll learn to kick, spin, box, jump, and even break a board! We’ll also have fun in this simple Step 1 book. Perfect for kids who are both learning...

Thomas and Percy and the Dragon (Thomas & Friends)

By: Reverend W. Awdry
illustrated by: Richard Courtney

Percy is sleeping when he hears a rumble. He opens his eyes and sees a giant yellow dragon! But dragons aren’t real, are they? Maybe it was a dream! The next day he shares his fears with James and...

Thomas Comes to Breakfast (Thomas & Friends)

By: based on The Railway Series by the Reverend W. Awdry
illustrated by: Richard Courtney

Thomas is convinced that he can drive himself! When he heads off on his own, he learns that stopping can be harder than starting. This classic story, originally by the Reverend W Awdry, has been adapted...

Thomas Goes Fishing (Thomas & Friends)

By: Reverend W. Awdry
illustrated by: Richard Courtney

Thomas often sees his young friends standing by the stream fishing. It looks like so much fun that Thomas wants to go fishing too. One day, he runs out of steam and his driver fills his boiler from the...

Too Many Cats

By: Lori Haskins Houran
Illustrated by: Joe Mathieu

Cat after cat makes its way over the fence and into the backyard of a lady who’s looking for a little quiet to enjoy some music. There are slinky cats and stinky cats, gray cats and stray cats, but...

Too Many Dogs

By: Lori Haskins

Waggy dog, shaggy dog, doggies in a bunch. Floppy dog, sloppy dog, doggies eating lunch. Kids will love this bouncy, colorful book, bursting with every kind of dog imaginable!  

Toy to Toy (Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3)

By: Tennant Redbank
illustrated by: Caroline Egan, Adrienne Brown, Scott Tilley, and Studio IBOIX

The creators of the Toy Story films reopen the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of our favorite gang of toy characters in Toy Story 3. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of Andy’s...

Richard Scarry's Watch Your Step, Mr. Rabbit!

By: Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry

Mr. Rabbit's feet are stuck in cement and all of his friends are trying to get him out. Follow their hilarious hijinks in this delightful tale of what happens when you don't pay attention to where you...

What Is a Princess? (Disney Princess)

By: RH Disney

WHAT IS A princess? Is she someone who is smart and brave, kind and caring—or is she someone much, much more? Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, and all the Disney Princesses answer that question in this...


By: Annie Cobb

Train wheels.  Plane wheels.  Gear wheels.  Rear wheels.  What if there were NO wheels?  How would people go?