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Read-Alone Books for Early Readers

At Hedgehog Books, it is our mission to offer you superior books to read aloud and read alone. Our teaching staff has spent many years fine-tuning their classroom libraries in order to share the very best books with children. All of our top 10 picks have been classroom tested and reviewed by our educational staff.

 

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McClosky

Mem. Ed. $6.99

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

The tale of a little girl and a baby bear scavenging for sweet fruit in Maine has warmed the hearts of children for generations. It's time to introduce your child to this timeless classic.

   

 

Camilla the Cupcake Fairy

Camilla the Cupcake Fairy
by Tim Bugbird

Mem. Ed. $11.99

Pub. Ed. $15.99

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

Talk about a recipe for fun! Camilla the Cupcake Fairy is as sweet and irresistible as everyone's favorite bite-sized treat!

Camilla's dreams come true when the Pink Fairy Post delivers her very first wand. She cannot wait to get waving, but soon discovers that being a Cupcake Fairy is harder than she thought. Everything seems to go wrong for Camilla until she calls on her friends for help. Only then does she discover what this special wand can really do!

   

 

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer!

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer!
by Jane O'Connor

Mem. Ed. $9.99

Pub. Ed. $12.99

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

Fancy Nancy thinks that everything in the sky is simply stellar, from the sun and the moon to the stars and their constellations. So nothing could make her happier than a sleepover under the stars with her dad and JoJo. Together Nancy and JoJo wish on stars, moon bathe and even eat astronaut ice cream! But when rain clouds cover up the stars, what's a stellar stargazer to do?

   

 

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney

Mem. Ed. $14.99

Pub. Ed. $19.99

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop in this delightfully enchanting story about the very special bond between a parent and child.

   

 

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

Mem. Ed. $12.99

Pub. Ed. $16.99

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Ages 5-10,; for early readers

When a misbehaving Max is banished to his room without dinner by his mother, he does what any kid would love to do: he sails to a distant island populated by giant, freakish monsters who are every bit as wild as he is. Even better—they're impressed enough by his ferocious claws and indomitable spirit to make him their king.

   

 

Rainbow Fish And The Sea Monsters' Cave

Rainbow Fish And The Sea Monsters' Cave
by Marcus Pfister

Mem. Ed. $14.49

Pub. Ed. $18.95

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

It's Rainbow Fish's most challenging adventure yet, for he must brave the Sea Monsters' Cave, rumored to be the most dangerous place in the ocean, to find a healing algae to help the ailing bumpy-backed fish. Warned by his friends about the dreadful denizens of the deep—the giant rock monsters, the five-eyed globe fish, and the horrible creature with a thousand arms—Rainbow Fish musters all his courage and sets out on an exciting quest.

   

 

The Thirteen Days of Christmas

The Thirteen Days of Christmas
by Tim Burton

Mem. Ed. $3.99

Pub. Ed. $15.99

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Ages: 6-9,; for early readers

The charmingly frightful hero of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas turns a beloved holiday carol on its head and the result is monstrously fun! A partridge in a pear tree and two turtle doves just won't do for Jack Skellington's one ghoul love, but a star for a fortune-card tree and two true-love potions will! Join Jack, Sally and their fellow citizens of Halloween Town as they celebrate this most festive time of the year as only they know how in this chilling holiday picture-book featuring ghoulishly lovely illustrations.

   

 

Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery

Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery
by David A. Adler

Mem. Ed. $11.99

Pub. Ed. $14.99

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

When the senior center holds a talent show, everyone enjoys Cam's memory tricks and cookies from Ken's Bake Shop. But during the show, a wedding cake goes missing from Ken's truck—just hours before the wedding. Will the police find the cake in time? Or can Cam use her amazing photographic memory to solve this sweet mystery?

Simple, repetitive text, Joy Allen's awesome illustrations and a memory quiz make Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery perfect for beginning chapter book readers.

   

 

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett

Mem. Ed. $12.99

Pub. Ed. $16.95

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

In the town of Chewandswallow, when it rains, it pours…soup, spaghetti and soda! Laugh out loud at this tall tale about the tiny town where the weather is "served" at breakfast, lunch and dinner!

   

 

Bless This Mouse

Bless This Mouse
by Lois Lowry

Mem. Ed. $11.99

Pub. Ed. $15.99

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Ages: 4-6,; for early readers

Within the walls of Saint Bartholemew's Church, life is not as serene as one might think. Especially for the mice who live there! It's up to Mouse Mistress Hildegarde to keep the church mice safe. But when a few parishioners report mouse sightings, Hildegarde and the rest of the mice must face a dreadful consequence, the Great X. To complicate things, a ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals is fast approaching and Saint Bartholemew's will soon be filled with pets…including cats!