Crochet for beginners: Next Steps

Lion Brand has a clear and simple booklet that you can view and print.

Simply knitting published a full-color booklet that is clear and surprisingly detailed at only 16 pages long.

Books about Crochet

Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chachula on Ravelry:  Garments in charted format.

 The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller :  Great reference with written, illustrated, and charted instructions.