There's a lot of controversy about sharing a child's reading level. I like to think of it this way: you would never walk into an advanced tennis class before picking up a racket, right? You want to practice new skills on your skill level in a way that teaches the concepts you are working on while also challenging you to the extent that makes you feel engaged, confident and ready to try again.
Learning to read is similar. My short advice: let kids explore all books, while also reading a few books on their reading level to stretch and grow their skills. Present the leveled books as a gift and a special time together rather than a punishment. My hope is that these lists help parents provide the right books for their kids so that all kids become confident readers!
Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty.
Pouch! by David Ezra Stein.
Swimmy By Leo Lionni.
Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle.
A Kiss for Little Bear by Maurice Sendak.
Are you Ready to Play Outside? Mo Willems
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang.
The Pidgeon Has Feelings, Too! Mo Willems
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr, Eric Carle.
Freight Train by Donald Crews