Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant
You can’t go wrong with Cynthia Rylant for beginning readers. I absolutely love her Henry and Mudge series and also recommend her Mr. Putter and Tabby series. The Poppleton series is another fine series for beginning readers. Each book consists of three separate stories about Poppleton and his friends. Poppleton is a good-natured pig who moves from the city to a small town. He makes friends with the town’s residents, including his neighbor, a llama named Cherry Sue, and a goat named Fillmore. The stories are funny with bright and cheerful illustrations and also teach children about friendship and good manners through the interactions of the animal friends. Lots of fun to read aloud to toddlers or preschoolers and a good choice for children beginning to read on their own.