We're at a tricky stage right now - he's just showing the earliest interest at learning how to read (and I'm a phonics fan, so we really stress the "how to" part of that; no sight words here), but has pretty good attention span. So we've been coming home with quite the eclectic mix between early readers, easy readers, our usually nonfiction haul, audiobooks and regular picture books. He's ready for longer books, but as much as "easy readers" drive me crazy they are proving helpful in learning early phonics, but we can't survive on easy readers alone.
Plus I have this crazy theory that if we rely only on easy readers at this stage we're missing out on a key time to engage interest in reading. I've also been discovering there are some books that I want us to experience, but I have not real interest in reading out loud myself - so audiobooks to the rescue!
So for now, this is what we have on our coffee table to read through or listen to over the next couple weeks.
Easy Readers/Early Readers:
*I've tried to read Herriot many times both as an adult and a child - but I would listen to Jim Dale read the phonebook. Herriot comes alive for me so much more listening to him read it.