Suggestions for First Graders

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All fiction books are shelved alphabetically by the author's last name. 

PICTURE BOOKS
To read alone or together.

Building Our House
by Jonathan Bean
A young girl narrates her family's move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends. 

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. 

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales                J428.6
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Designed with emerging readers in mind, each of the tales is told in short rhyming dialogues--with each character's lines indicated by a different color-to be used as a script for two voices to read separately and together.

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers
by Melinda Long
Braid Beard and his pirate crew return to retrieve the treasure they buried in Jeremy Jacob's backyard, but first they must help calm his baby sister, Bonney Anne, whom they awoke from her nap.                                          

What! Cried Granny
by Kate Lum
A resourceful Granny fulfills each of her grandson's bedtime needs in the most outlandish manner. 

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
by William Steig
In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash
by Sarah Weeks
Mrs. McNosh hangs up her wash with such gusto that her clothesline ends up holding the dog, a Christmas wreath, a kite, and other odd items. 

READERS
These are for readers who recognize familiar words and can sound out new ones with help. 

Mud Mess
by Melinda Crow
Lots of rain brings bad luck. See which truck ends up stuck!

Big Friend, Little Friend  
by Melissa Lagonegro
Join Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, and the rest of the characters from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in this Step 1 reader all about opposites.

Dancing Dinos at the Beach  
by Sally Lucas
The dancing dinosaurs come out of their book and have fun cavorting on the beach.           

My Pony Jack at The Horse Show
by Cari Meister
Easy-to-read, rhyming text follows Lacy and her pony, Jack, as they compete in a horse show. 

Snow Trucking!  
by Jon Scieszka
What happens when Trucktown has a snow day? It's time for Jack and the gang to have some seriously frosty fun and clear the streets while they're at it!

Around Town 
by Victoria Taylor
A tour of Legoville features the different jobs that vehicles and people do during a typical day. 

Digger and Daisy Go on a Picnic
by Judy Young
Brother-and-sister dogs Digger and Daisy walk to the park for a picnic, and on the way there Digger's keen sense of smell leads him to explore his surroundings, bringing him into a close encounter with a skunk.  

MORE READERS
These books have more challenging vocabulary and longer sentences.

Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater
by Denys Cazet
Minnie and Moo want to give special presents to the Farmer for his birthday, but something goes awry when Moo knits him a sweater. 

Ready...Set...Read!                J810.80928
by Janet Cole
A collection of humorous stories, poems, riddles and the like for beginning readers.

Flat Stanley and the Haunted House
by Lori Haskins
Stanley and Arthur Lambchop can't wait for their school's Halloween party--Arthur is excited to experience the haunted house and Stanley wants to show off his limbo moves, but when they see a bully picking on their friend at the party, the boys know that they have to help, and soon Stanley comes up with a plan that is flat-out hilarious!

Penny and Her Song 
by Kevin Henkes
When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it is a good song, a really wonderful song . . . and Penny wants more than anything to sing it.

Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets
by Laura Kvasnosky
A secret is a hard thing to keep for little sister Ivy, especially when it involves a fantastic prank her big sister, Zelda, is planning for April Fool's Day. 

Frog and Toad are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be. 

Fox Outfoxed
by James Marshall
Fox competes in a big race, gives away his comic books, and goes trick-or-treating on Halloween with his friends.

Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House
by Cynthia Rylant
When Uncle Jack builds a tree house for Henry and Mudge, Henry is dismayed to discover that Mudge can't climb up the boards to their brand new secret hideaway, but Uncle Jack and Dad remedy the situation in a hurry! 

Join the Rebels
by Catherine Saunders
Join Luke Skywalker and his friends as they battle against the evil Galactic Empire!

We Are in A Book!
by Mo Willems
When Piggie discovers that she and Gerald are in a book and she can make the reader say a funny word out loud, Gerald is tickled pink, but they being to wonder what will happen when the story is over.

TIP:
If a book from a particular reading series seems ideal for your child’s current reading level, type the name of the series (e.g. “I Can Read Level 2”) into the library catalog search box, and you will find similar books to choose from.

IN-BETWEENS
Beginning chapter books!

Critter Club: All About Ellie
by Callie Barkley
Landing a lead role in the school play, Ellie becomes so absorbed by her ambitions and rehearsals that she is unavailable to help her Critter Club friends care for a litter of baby bunnies.

Mercy Watson To the Rescue
by Kate DiCamillo
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor. 

Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl
by Jessie Haas
Bramble the horse gets bored giving riding lessons, but regains her enthusiasm when she goes to live with a girl named Maggie.

Captain Awesome to the Rescue!
by Stan Kirby
Loving comic books and superheroes so much that he invents his very own superhero alter ego, second-grader Eugene McGillicudy teams up with best friend "Nacho Cheese Man" Charlie and intrepid sidekick Turbo the hamster in a series of whimsical, universe-saving battles.

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same
by Grace Lin
Sticking together through everything from getting haircuts and preparing dumplings to practicing magic tricks and using chopsticks, identical twin sisters Ling and Ting display distinctive differences in personality and preference despite their similar looks.

The Rainbow Fairies #1: Ruby the Red Fairy
by Daisy Meadows
When Rachel and Kirsty find Ruby the Red Fairy in the pot at the end of the rainbow, they must discover where the other Rainbow sisters are before it's too late. 

Junie B. Jones, First Grader (At Last!)
by Barbara Park
As Junie B. Jones sits happily in her new class with her new teacher, she discovers that she can't see the board very well and so her parents decide to get her glasses, yet Junie B. doesn't like that idea and so makes an attempt to convince them that she is just fine without them.

Calendar Mysteries: July Jitters
by Ron Roy
Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy enter Polly the pony and Pal the dog in a Fourth of July pet costume contest, but when Independence Day arrives the animals are nowhere to be found. 

Nate the Great on the Owl Express
by Marjorie Sharmat
When his cousin, Olivia Sharp, asks Nate and his dog, Sludge, to watch over her pet owl, Hoot, while traveling aboard the Owl Express, Nate thinks it's an easy job, but when Hoot goes missing, Nate must follow all the clues to locate the little bird before the train reaches its final destination.

BOOKS TO READ ALOUD
Longer stories for everyone to share! 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions. 

Poppy
by Avi
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo
An illustrated fairy tale tells the adventures of Despereaux Tilling the mouse and his two associates, Roscuro the rat and Miggery Sow, who happen upon a journey together to a castle where their destiny awaits. 

My Father’s Dragon
by Ruth Gannon
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island. 

Harry’s Mad
by Dick King-Smith
Harry finds himself caught up in an unexpected adventure, when his legacy from his great uncle, a talking parrot named Madison, is kidnapped by a burglar. 

Gooney Bird Greene
by Lois Lowry
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
by Betty MacDonald
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.

Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. 

Where the Sidewalk Ends                 J811.54
by Shel Silverstein
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

Charlotte’s Web
by E. B. White
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.