60 of the Best Books for First Grade
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1.& 2. When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree and When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox by Jamie L. B. Deenihan
Add both witty titles to your mentor texts for how-to writing. When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree has a child’s perspective on everything, while When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox stars a child who wishes for a dollhouse but receives a toolbox.
3. The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann
Use this first-time camping story to show kids of color having happy, everyday experiences, or to start a discussion about themes like overcoming fears and trying new things. It also works well as a personal narrative writing mentor text with plenty of minilesson ideas.
4. The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho
This captivating book explores the history of female divers in South Korea through the eyes of a young girl, and we love how it encourages kids to ask questions and make inferences.
5. The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger
In a thrilling car race, a spunky princess defeats a slew of fairy-tale and nursery rhyme characters; the title is as much fun to read aloud as it is to hear. Rev your engine for this fast-paced title that’s easy to read but difficult to listen to.
6. The Field by Baptiste Paul
Children in the Caribbean yell in English and Creole as they race to the field for a pickup soccer game, despite the rain.
7. You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
With this short but powerful text, you can help people connect and empathize.
8. Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale by Josh Funk
This is a great story for teaching students to use evidence from the text, as well as a fun way to address differences in the classroom. George and Blaise become pen pals, but when they meet, they are in for a big surprise!
9. It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton
A clever story about mail that reminds us to be careful what we wish for, with delightful word choices (e.g., diddley-squat and squibble wibble whoop) that make it fun to read aloud again and again.
10. & 11. Julián Is a Mermaid and Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love
The beautiful illustrations convey not only love between the brides, but also love for yourself and your choices in Juliu00e1n and the Mermaid and Juliu00e1n at the Wedding, two wonderful books about acceptance.
12. Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J. Pla
Benji, Sammy’s younger brother, has autism and does not have any special supports to help him feel better.
13. Truman by Jean Reidy
Big themes of devotion, perseverance, bravery, and friendship are perfectly packaged for first-graders in this story, in which a tortoise’s beloved owner unexpectedly disappears on the bus.
14. Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña
This book will definitely resonate with students, according to author Barbara Ehrenreich in an email to iReport. It’s Carmela’s birthday, and she’s finally old enough to go out alone with her brother. The thrill of independence sharpens her observations of her neighborhood.
15. Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds
What do you do when you beg your mother for glow-in-the-dark underwear and they turn out to be scary? Creepy Underwear is a hilarious follow-up to Creepy Carrots, and it’s great for discussions about expectations, growing up, and managing fears.
16. Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon
In this creative and appealing celebration of individuality, Maurice the Kale-eating, a cappellau2013singing encourages readers to be themselves.
18. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
The new ending includes a message against bullying as well as a message of hope for young people with mental and physical disabilities.
22. Big Friends by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies
Is it possible to enjoy someone new when you already have a best friend? This book tackles a common first-grade dilemma for young people: deciding whether to date someone new or settle down with someone you’ve known for a long time.
What are the best chapter books for 1st graders?
The 13 Best Children’s First Chapter Books
- Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.
- Rebecca Elliott’s Owl Diaries series.
- Marjorie Weinman Sharmat’s Nate the Great.
- Asia Citro’s Zoey and Sassafras series, illustrated by Marion Lindsay.
What are some first grade level books?
Our top picks for first-grade books
- Greg Pizzoli’s The Book Hog.
- Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
- Mercer Mayer’s There’s an Alligator Under My Bed.
- Judy Blume’s Freckle Juice.
- Roni Schotter’s The Boy Who Loved Words.
What are the best Level 1 reading books?
30 of the Best Early Reader Level 1 Books
- Jungle Animals. by Camilla Gersh.
- Go, Dog. Go!
- Cat Traps. by Molly Coxe.
- National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly. by Laura Marsh.
- Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr.
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. by Dr.
Do First graders read chapter books?
As children progress from emerging readers to newly independent readers in first grade, they often become very excited about reading their first chapter books! These Chapter Book Series for First Graders are easy to read, with larger text and high frequency words.
What are Level 1 reading books?
Is the vocabulary appropriate? Your child’s books should contain simple vocabulary words that are repeated throughout the story, and they should be labeled “Level 1” or higher on the cover. A Level 1 book is usually appropriate for ages 3 to 6, and a Level 2 book is usually appropriate for ages 4 to 8.
How old are most 1st graders?
The following guidelines are aimed at children in the typical age group of 6 or 7 years old, who are in first grade.
How do I know my child’s reading level?
The Lexile score, or measure, describes your child’s reading ability and matches them with books and other reading materials. The Lexile score, or measure, ranges from 0L to 2000L and describes your child’s reading ability and matches them with books and other reading materials.
What level should my child be at end of Year 1?
Level 7 (Turquoise) is the last of the Year 1 reading levels.
What is a 2nd grade reading level?
Second graders typically independently read at a Level 18 in the fall, and by the end of the year, they will have independently read at a Level 28. It is important to note that some students’ DRA scores may be above or below the grade-level expectation.
What books should a 7 year old be reading?
12 fantastic books for children aged 7 and up
- The Adventures of Harry Stevenson, Guinea Pig Superstar. Author: Ali Pye.
- Clyde. Author: Jim Benton.
- Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser. Author: Sophy Henn.
What books should my 4 year old be reading?
Our top ten favorite books for 4-year-olds are listed below.
- The Pout-Pout Fish. For the Pouty Pants.
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be. Dreaming Big.
- Pete the Cat.
- A Collection of Stories for 4 Year Olds.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
- If Animals Kissed Goodnight.
What books should a 6 year old be reading?
24 must-read books for kids aged 6 to 9
- Jeff Kinney’s Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure (2020)
- Jion Sheibani’s The Worries: Sohal Finds a Friend (2021)
- Eiko Kadono and Joe Todd-Stanton’s Kiki’s Delivery Service (1985)
- Sam Copeland and Sarah Horne’s Charlie Morphs into a Mammoth (2020)