Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Early Readers

E-book-How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

How Rocket Learned to Read

Can dogs learn how to read?  In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Rocket, a lovable dog, happens upon a tree that little bird has chosen for her school.  Since Rocket is sleeping under the sign that says, “Class Starts Today,” the little bird figures he is there to learn how to read.  Rocket is not interested in the least until the bird starts to read him a story, and he can’t wait to hear how it ends. Read this book and find out if Rocket learns to read!

How Rocket Learned to Read and other books in the Rocket series are available from Libby/Overdrive. 

E-audioTales for Very Picky Eaters by John Schneider


James is a very picky eater. He finds broccoli disgusting and milk repulsive. There are also many other foods he does not like, but Dad knows that James need to eat and drink these things. After all, we wouldn’t want to hurt the troll’s feelings that lives in the basement and makes the family’s food. This 2014 Monarch nominee book is great if you are just starting to read chapter books. The chapters are short and there are some really funny pictures. Also, James’s dad comes up with some great ideas for why James needs to eat his food.

Listen to this book as an e-audio from RBdigital.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

This post was updated 05/07/2020

E-audio-Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Charlie & MouseCover image for Charlie & Mouse is a fun early reader book about two brothers who also happen to be great friends. They go to a neighborhood party that has a surprise twist, come up with a plan to make money, and invent a new bedtime ritual that just might get better with time. They are good at detecting “lumps” and waking them up early in the morning. If you enjoy Charlie & Mouse, there’s another book, too. Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy is all about the weekend of fun the brothers spend with their grandpa.

Two Charlie &  Mouse sequels are available as e-audio books from RBDigital: Charlie & Mouse: Even Better, and Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy.