Recommended Reading for 1st Graders

The following books have been recommended by librarians, teachers and students for students in 1st grade. The list is by no means exhaustive and is meant as a guide for students and parents. If you have any suggestions for the list please let us know.

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The Secrets of Droon (series)
A hidden door… a magical staircase… discover the world of Droon!
Tony Abbott PE Abb
Aesop's Fables
A selection of Aesop's most famous fables including: 'Town Mouse and Country Mouse', 'The Hare and the Tortoise', and 'The Fox and the Crow'.
Michael Hague

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We Are Best Friends

When Robert's best friend Peter moves away, both are unhappy, but they learn that they can make new friends and still remain best friends.


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The Emperor's New Clothes (and other books by Hans Christian Andersen)
Two rascally weavers convince the emperor they are making him beautiful new clothes, visible only to those fit for their posts, but when he wears them during a royal procession, a child recognizes that the emperor has nothing on.

Hans Christian Andersen


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The Berenstain Bears (series)

These are classic stories about a famous bear family.

Jan and Stan Berenstain E Ber

Arthur (series)

Read all about this famous aardvark and the fun and adventures he has with his friends and family.

Marc Brown


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After she falls into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

Janell Cannon E Can

Starring First Grade

Even though he doesn't like his part in the first grade play, Jimmy saves the performance when one of the key players gets stage fright.

Mariam Cohen


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Strega Nona (and other books by Tomie De Paola)

Enjoy this award-winning story about Strega Nona, the beloved Italian 'Grandma Witch' and her magic pasta-making pot.

Tomie De Paola E DeP

Tashi (series)

These books are full of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn.

Anna Fienberg ER Fie

Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook

When the new teacher, Miss Smith, reads to her class, Zack and his classmates are amazed to find that the storybook characters come to life. (St Mary's Book Award Winner, 2004)

Michael Garland

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The Shoemaker and the Elves (and other books by the Brothers Grimm )

A poor shoemaker becomes successful with the help of two elves who finish making the shoes during the night.

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(and other books by Leo Lionni)

While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick seems to daydream the summer away. When dreary winter comes, it is Frederick the poet-mouse who warms his friends and cheers them with his words.

Leo Lionni E Lio

The Magic Tree House (series)

Step into a world of adventure—go back in time or to distant lands with Jack and Annie and their magic tree house!

Mary Pope Osborne ER Osb PE Osb

Curious George (series)

Read all about the adventures of this famous and curious monkey!

H.A. & Margret Rey E Rey

The A to Z Mysteries (series)

The A to Z Mysteries are fast-paced mysteries for beginning chapter book readers.

Ron Royhe

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Hello, First Grade

Mrs. Lee's class decides to call themselves the first grade bunnies after their beloved pet rabbit Martha.

Joanne Ryde


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Henry and Mudge (series)
Join in the adventures of Henry and his faithful dog Mudge

Cynthia Rylant


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Dr Seuss Books

Great reads for any age!

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