My son (age 5 1/2) is sometimes a reluctant reader. He is always eager to have stories read to him, but he's not always keen to read books on his own. So, I'm always looking for books that are interesting to him and easy enough that he can read them without help. If he does engage and read an easy book, it builds his confidence and he's more apt to try it again.
One series he really enjoys is called Jon Scieszka's Trucktown. The illustrations are funny and full of personality, and the characters are wacky and always in motion. The text is very simple, but the stories are still interesting. This is rare to find all of these qualities in an easy reader. Most boys will really enjoy them. My three year old daughter also finds them entertaining, probably because some of the vehicles are girls and the pictures are very colorful.
We just finished reading Truckery Rhymes together. It is a hilarious re-write of common nursery rhymes. For example, instead of "Pop Goes the Weasel", it says..."Pop! Blows the Diesel". This book was more complicated than the other Trucktown stories, so I read it to the kids. I think your family might find it entertaining as well.
Do you have any suggestions of fun books that are great for beginning readers? Please share your suggestions in the comments.