Dr. Seuss was and is the king of beginner reader books! A classic that I think most of us grew up reading is Green Eggs and Ham.
The story of Green Eggs and Ham is about an unnamed character, and his buddy, Sam-I-Am. Sam-I-Am is determined to introduce his friend to the culinary delight of green eggs and ham, but the friend is convinced that he will not like them and refuses... over and over and over and over again! Not one to be deterred, Sam keeps offering and suggesting different places his friend may like to try them, until his friend gives in. He will try them, just once, if Sam promises to leave him alone. He wrinkles his nose... takes a bite... and then realizes... he LIKES green eggs and ham!
This book is great for early readers, because it starts out slowly, and builds up to larger sentences. It also uses the same structure words over and over again. Often the only new word in a sentence is the very last object--the one shown in the picture! (I will not eat them in the rain. I will not eat them on a train!) The rhythm and rhymes make this story very sing-songy and fun to read and listen to. The story has a good point too. Anyone have picky eaters in their house? =)
The only thing I can say against this classic, is that the illustrations may not appeal to the youngest children who are listening. The pictures are simple and not very colourful, which is a change from the full-colour images they are used to in many new story books (not to mention tv and movies!). But for the child who is learning to read, this is still a great choice.