I love the emergent reader stage!  My kids have all been eager to learn to read, especially the younger ones who want to be able to do what the big kids are doing.  It is often hard finding enough easy books for them to read, however.  Here are two emergent reader books to print and color.  Kids will love the illustrations, and the text is easy enough for beginners to manage.

Owen is just starting to read, and I made him these two books to practice reading.  I enjoy drawing, so sometimes it’s fun to just make my own materials.  I decided to fix up the drawings a little, scan, and make them available for you to print!

There are two books to print:  Cats and Bugs.  The text is almost all CVC words like cat, hat, bug, mad, etc.  Kids will need to know short a, short e, and short u as well as the consonants b, c, d, f, g, h, j, m, r, s, t, and w.  There are a couple of blends (sm- and gl-) to make the “story” more interesting.  (Story is kind of a strong word, but they’re fun books!)

Kids will memorize the text to these books very quickly, and then it won’t really be reading anymore.  One thing that you can do is to cover the picture with an index card and have them read the words without the picture first and then uncover the picture and let them see if they were right.

Owen loves his books!  One afternoon he decided to make his own.  He got out paper and cut it into pages and drew the pictures and stapled the whole thing together.  Then he worked very hard on spelling the words.  His story was almost identical to mine, but the process was so beneficial.  I hope your kids enjoy the books as well!

To print:

Click on the book titles below.  The file for each book will open, and you can print from there. Cut the pages apart and staple.  Unfortunately, the pages lost some formatting between Microsoft Word and Adobe and they now have margins even though I had removed the margins.  You may need to trim the pages to make them all the same size.

Cat Book

Bug Book

Have fun reading!


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  1. Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life Sep 3, 2014

    What a great idea! My son is almost at this point and I had never even thought to make a simple book for him. Thanks for making these available.

    1. Jenae Sep 3, 2014

      Just printed them for Little Brother! :) Thanks Sarah!

      1. Carol Sep 3, 2014

        Just printed them. My guy would love an "M" book and any others you make. Thank you!

        1. Krystal Sep 3, 2014

          These are great!!! I can't wait to show them to my lil bean!!! I think if you made more it would be awesome!!! :) Thank you so much for taking the time to do them and share them! :)

          1. Alissa Sep 4, 2014

            I just printed these for my daughter and she loved them! We would love more :)

            1. Sarah Sep 4, 2014

              This is awesome! My son loves it when he can read a book, and it is so hard to find simple books like this!

              1. Aubrey Sep 4, 2014

                These are very cool, I love that your son made his own! These remind me of Bob books that http://carrotsformichaelmas.com/ blogged about. I was able to check them out from the library.

                1. Melanie Sep 5, 2014

                  thanks for sharing! I'd definitely be interested in more printable beginning reader books for my son!

                  1. Avary Sep 7, 2014

                    Let's have a brainstorming session :)

                    1. Maryellen Sep 9, 2014

                      Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the idea and the books for others to use!!!

                      1. Annette Sep 14, 2014

                        These are amazing books, so simple yet so effective with the children. Thanks for this lovely resource, it would be lovely if you made more as unfortunately I certainly don't have this artistic talent :-)

                        1. Cynthia barboza Nov 6, 2014

                          These are awesome! I'm starting to homeschooling my son. We can't afford to buy books and they're not available to check out at the library so printable it is!

                          A train book would we nice :)

                          1. Jenn Jan 11, 2015

                            I just printed these off for my oldest son. I think he'll have fun with them. Thanks for sharing!

                            1. Marianne Jan 18, 2015

                              Not to take away from the books shown here, but wanted to share the word about twistynoodle.com. You can easily make simple beginning reader books there. I use it to individualize books for my preschool class.

                              1. kari Jan 21, 2015

                                LOVE them! Would love more books and books with 3 or 4 words per page

                                1. Jenn Jan 27, 2015

                                  Thanks! My son is so excited for these! Please continue to post them!

                                  1. Anneta Mar 17, 2015

                                    Thanks a lit for sharing. he books are GREAT!

                                    1. Carrie May 31, 2015

                                      These are great! I have been tutoring an older child, who is very behind with reading. These are perfect.

                                      1. shalini Aug 20, 2015

                                        Thank you so much for sharing these lovely books! loved this idea and planning to make more like these for my son! He loved the Glad Cat picture! Would love to see more such books from you Thanks again!!

                                        1. Hanna Aug 24, 2015

                                          These are the first books my son actually wants to read! Thank you! I hope you will make more :)

                                          1. meenakshi Aug 24, 2016

                                            love them.. thanks

                                            1. kelly polizzi Sep 23, 2016

                                              Just wondering if you had done any more of these?

                                              1. Sarah Sep 26, 2016

                                                At this point, I don't! I should make some more. I enjoyed making these, but they are time consuming to make.

                                              2. Theresa May 11, 2017

                                                Thank you for these great books!
                                                This is perfect for my 4K kids that are ready to read!
                                                I'd be interested in more, if you make more!

                                                1. hilda visser Jul 13, 2017

                                                  It is a great idea!

                                                  1. rahini Dec 26, 2017

                                                    Thank you......

                                                    1. purnima bedi Jan 2, 2020

                                                      Thanks a lot for making it so easy. My daughter just loved reading and looking at the pictures.


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