Dr. Seuss books listed by reading levels

I vividly remember reading Dr. Seuss books as a child, and I have been looking forward to the day Aikman can read those books to me! We have a fairly extensive collection of Dr. Seuss books, and I assumed that most of them were for “just learning to read” beginning readers. Was I wrong!
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I’ve been carefully reviewing the reading levels for the Dr. Seuss Bright and Early and “I Can Read It By Myself” beginner book series.  A majority of these books are by Dr. Seuss (or his alias), but several others are written by the Berenstains and a few others.  I determined the reading level for each book 3b1c9de8d51db3159326e345667444341587343using the Accelerated Reader grade level equivalent.  The books are listed in numerical order, based upon the reading level.  So if a book is listed at the top of a section then it is easier to read than a book at the bottom.

Late Kindergarten: **These books are primarily sight word books.  Each page contains one 5 word or less sentence.
The Foot Book
The Ear Book
Great Day for Up!
The Eye Book
Bears In the Night
Bears on Wheels


Beginning 1st grade:
**These books are more structured.  They contain longer sentences with sight words from the Dolch 1st grade list, CVC words, and a few long vowel words.
Inside Outside Upside Down
Hand Hand Fingers Thumb
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree
Snug House, Bug House
Fred and Ted Go Camping
Fred and Ted Like To Fly
Go, Dog, Go!
Wacky Wednesday
Old Hat New HatFileHop_on_Pop

Middle 1st grade: **These books deal with word families and use long vowel letter combinations.
Put Me In the Zoo
The Nose Book
Green Eggs and Ham
Hooper Humperdink…?  Not Him!
Hop on Pop
Are You My Mother?
The Bike Lesson

Late 1st grade:
**The text in these books are getting smaller, the storyline is becoming more involved, and is relying less on word families.
FileA_Fish_Out_Of_Water_(book)_cover_artA Fish Out of Water
Little Black, A Pony
Sam and the Firefly
The Big Honey Hunt
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
I Want To Be Somebody New!
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Robert the Rose Horse
The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur
A Fly Went By
The Bears’ Christmas
The Bears’ Picnic
The Berenstain Bears On the Moon
He Bear, She Bear
In a People House

FileFoxInSocksBookCoverEarly 2nd grade:
**These books begin to introduce the 2nd grade Dolch word list.  The storylines are more complex, and many of these books are great transition books as a child gets ready to for chapter books.
Flap Your Wings
I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow
Stop, Train, Stop!
The Bears’ Vacation
Dr. Seuss ABC
Fox in Socks
Have You Seen My Dinosaur?
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
The Tooth Book
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
Thomas and Friends:  Trains, Cranes, and Troubles
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!bd6ab2879417c26593876435751444341587343
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!
The Bears Detectives

Middle 2nd grade:
Babar Loses His Crown
The Bear Scouts
The Digging-est Dog
Honey Bunny Funnybunny
It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dr. Seuss is the correct spelling. It’s incorrect throughout post.

  2. Thanks Anonymous! Of course, that’s what I get for running spell-check at the end and not re-reading my post! It’s corrected now!

  3. Jackie H. says:

    Great list! I remember when I was teaching Reading Recovery (so most kids were emergent readers) parents would come in and say, “I’ve been trying to have him read Cat in the Hat.” They were shocked when I told them a lot of Seuss was 2nd grade level. This will be such a great resource for parents who want to introduce Seuss on an appropriate level!! Love it.

  4. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas says:

    what an awesome post! I have to say that as a teacher this is one of the questions I got so often from parents! They always assumed the beginning reader logo meant the book was easy and were surprised when their 1st grader had trouble reading some of them. They were amazed when I told them this was normal. I always steered them to books like Go Dog go and Great Day for Up.

    Great guide for parents! :)

  5. This is such a great and useful post Leann! Thank you so much for putting it together!

  6. Kim @ The Educators Spin On It says:

    Thanks for putting this list together! Just shared it on my post today about Read Across America. Hope you can join! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/03/reading-across-america.html

  7. I love the leveled Seuss – thanks!!

  8. This is wonderful, thanks! There are a couple we have but aren’t listed, what about ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish’ and ‘Horton Hears A Who’?

  9. Hi Emily. Thanks for your question! One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is one of our favorites! It is a late 1st grade book (AR level 1.7). … oh, and it was inadvertently left off the list! I will add it.

    Horton Hears a Who is a mid-3rd grade reading level book, and is not one of the Bright and Early nor Beginning Reading books. Surprisingly, there are quite a few books that are by Dr. Seuss that are NOT beginning reading level, with some even being 4th+ reading level. You can see a full list of them at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beginner_Books.

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  11. I’m so glad that there is a guide to reading levels- I hadn’t considered that- We’ve just been reading whatever the kids pick out- but it would be good to help guide the learning- Thanks!

  12. ReadingLadi says:

    Love this list!

  13. I just received a large collection of books and this post is just what I needed. Thanks so much!

  14. This is great! My son starting reading at the age of two and the first book he read all the way through was Hop on Pop. He is now 4, has never been to school yet, and can read books listed in the second grade level.

    • Joy Pusey says:

      My youngest granddaughter is very similar. She started to read at 2,and now,at 3 and 2 months can read The Cat in the Hat with very little support.

  15. Thank you for this wonderful list! Please note that, although they are all published as “Beginner Books”, they are not all by Dr. Seuss. P.D. Eastman authored several of these books, and he is a different person.

    • Hi RdgTchr. I am fully aware that several of these books are by other authors besides Dr. Seuss. I mention in the 2nd paragraph that I am using Dr. Seuss’s “Bright and Early” and ‘I can read it by myself” book series, which are mostly Dr. Seuss books, but not entirely. I chose these series because these are the beginning reader “Dr. Seuss” books that most people own and often have the Dr. Seuss logo on the cover, even though they are not written by Dr. Seuss himself. I leave off many of Dr. Seuss’ other books such as The Lorax, The Sneeches and Other Stories, and Oh! The Places You’ll Go because they are not beginning reader books nor included within these series. :)

  16. Hello,

    I was perusing the web, looking for great “Dr. Seuss” activities and resources to share with the pediatric therapy professionals we serve, and found your List of seuss books by reading level I was wondering if I could have permission to feature the photo on our Instagram feed.


    As you may know, I am unable to create a clickable link to your post through Instagram but I would obviously credit your blog and put a link to the specific page the post came from along with suggestion that they visit that page on your blog for directions and more pictures in the description if that works…

    Here is the post that has the image I would love to share


    Thanks so much in advance!

  17. Do you know where these titles fit in?
    The Very Bad Bunny
    Stop that Ball!
    The Best Nest
    Big Dog Little Dog
    Maybe You Should Fly a Jet, Maybe You Should Be a Vet
    Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?
    The Knee Book

  18. A useful list, though I can’t imagine focusing solely on sight words first. I guess it really depends on how you teach reading. If you are going for a phonics approach, “Hop on Pop” is my favorite Seuss to begin with. But, I also wouldn’t begin teaching reading with Seuss. There are special phonics readers like at progressivephonics.com that teach kids phonetic patterns and how to read by sounding out words. Or the website starfall.org. Sight words are important, but I would rather my little readers learn phonics first, instead of thinking that guessing and memorizing is the key to reading. Some kids will learn how to read no matter how you approach it, or will even teach themselves. But, a lot of kids need a more structured approach that builds on itself.

  19. Thank you for this great list. I was really surprised to find that most of the beginner readers aren’t For kinder or 1st graders. I had purchased a lot of Dr. Seuss books & I own several that aren’t Listed. Do you have an extended list of his books & their appropriate ages? Thxs

  20. Hi, I was wondering if this list is available in a pdf???


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