I Can Read! is a line of beginning reading books published by HarperCollins. The series is rated by level and is widely used to teach children to read English. The first book in the series was Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear, published in 1957, and subsequent notable titles have included Amelia Bedelia and Frog and Toad.


The I Can Read! series divides its output into 6 levels


The I Can Read! series began with 1957's Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

In late 2020, HarperCollins announced the addition of a new series called "I Can Read! Comics". It is set to be released in June 2021 with four books, from levels 1 to 3.[1]

There are now over 500 titles in the series.[2]

Other languages and formats

Some I Can Read! books are also available in Spanish, French, audiobook, and e-book format.


I Can Read! books have won Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal honors.

Selected titles

Mystery books

Sports books

Early books

Science I CAN READ books


  1. ^ Alverson, Brigid (8 October 2020). "HarperCollins Launches I Can Read! Comics". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ "The History of I Can Read!". I Can Read! Website. Harper Collins. Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-07-03.