First Graders First Readings

The following lists contain a selection of books for first grade readers.  Most of the authors listed have written several other excellent books at this reading level. When available the book's Lexile number is listed after the title.
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Adventure | Animals | Biographies | Family | Folk & Fairy Tales | Friends | Funny Stories | Ghost & Scary Stories | Historical Fiction | Information | Magic & Mythical Creatures | Mysteries | School | Science Fiction | Sports

Adventure

Clements, Andrew Brave Norman: A True Story. (30)
Driggs, Scout Benji’s Big Adventure.
Dubowski, Cathy East Pirate School. (240)
Hillert, Margaret The Funny Ride. (BR)
Hoban, Lillian Arthur's Camp-Out. (450)
Koontz, Robin Chicago and the Cat: The Camping Trip. (100)
Laurence, Daniel Captain and Matey Set Sail. (360)
O'Connor, Jane Molly the Brave and Me. (320)
Punter, Russell Stories of Pirates. (610)
Ransom, Candice F. Danger at Sand Cave. (180)
Spiderman Spider-Man Saves the Day.
We Both Read Mighty Little Lion Hunter.

Animals

Real Animals

Hoffman, Mary Animal Hide and Seek.
Hood, Susan Meet Trouble.
Hooks, Gwendolyn Pet Costume Party: A Pet Club Story. (290)
Horowitz, Ruth Big Surprise in the Bug Tank. (550)
Johnston, Tony The Bull and the Fire Truck. (370)
Kanno, Wendy Holey Moley Cow.
Labatt, Mary Pizza for Sam. (170)
Lobel, Arnold Small Pig. (440)
Marzollo, Jean Once Upon a Springtime. (380)
McNulty, Faith Listening to Whales Sing. (630)
Meister, Cari My Pony Jack at Riding Lessons.
Minters, Frances Chicken For a Day.
Mozelle, Shirley Zack’s Alligator. (310)
Parish, Herman Amelia Bedelia and the Cat. (400)
Paterson, Katherine The Smallest Cow in the World. (210)
Perkins, Al The Digging-est Dog. (340)
Pomerantz, Charlotte The Outside Dog. (410)
Quackenbush, Robert Batbaby Finds a Home. (170)
Reit, Seymour A Dog's Tale. (AD480)
Ries, Lori Aggie and Ben: Three Stories. (120)
Rylant, Cynthia Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures. (420)
Rylant, Cynthia Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish. (340)
Sadler, Marilyn The Parakeet Girl. (380)
Siracusa, Catherine Bingo, the Best Dog in the World.
Suen, Anastasia Hamster Chase. (160)
Thomson, Ruth A Dinosaur’s Day. (130)
Walker-Hodge, Judith Surprise Puppy! (130)
Weston, Martha Cats Are Like That. (180)
Wheeler, Cindy Bookstore Cat. (250)
Zion, Gene Harry and the Lady Next Door. (350)
Zweifel, Frances Bony.

Talking Animals

Berenstain, Stan The Berenstain Bears’ New Kitten.
Catrow, David Dinosaur Hunt.
Clements, Andrew Dolores and the Big Fire: A True Story. (320)
Delacre, Lulu Rafi and Rosi. (440)
Kuenzler, Lou The Ugly Egg.
Kvasnosky, Laura McGee Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets. (380)
McPhail, David The Bear’s Toothache. (AD640)
Milne, A.A. Pooh Invents a New Game.
Moon, Nicola Alligator Tails and Crocodile Cakes. (390)
Nash, Margaret The Princess and the Frog.
Rocklin, Joanne One Hungry Cat. (580)
Sharmat, Mitchell Reddy Rattler and Easy Eagle.
Silverman, Erica Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa. (400)
Spohn, Kate Dog and Cat Make a Splash. (330)
Sweeney, Jacqueline Just Call Me J.P.
Taylor, Sean Small Bad Wolf.
Van Laan, Nancy Moose Tales. (100)
Van Leeuwen, Jean Oliver and Amanda’s Halloween. (330)
Willems, Mo Are You Ready to Play Outside?
Yee, Wong Herbert A Brand-New Day With Mouse and Mole. (350)
Ziefert, Harriet Rabbit and Hare Divide an Apple. (80)

Biographies

Bowdish, Lynea George Washington Carver. (350)
Chandra, Deborah George Washington’s Teeth.
Krensky, Stephen Ben Franklin and His First Kite. (150)
Lakin, Patricia Helen Keller and the Big Storm. (410)
Marks, Jennifer President Barack Obama.
Moore, Cathy The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft. (400)
Prince, April Jones Jackie Robinson: He Led the Way.
Steig, William When Everybody Wore a Hat. (240)
White, Diana Ballerina Dreams. (570)
Yaccarino, Dan The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. (AD840)

Family

Anderson, Peggy To the Tub. (210)
Bonsall, Crosby Who’s a Pest? (150)
Callaghan, Jean Davis The Lost Tooth.
Cassidy, Anne Naughty Nancy.
Cazet, Denys The Octopus. (370)
Chorao, Kay Here Comes Kate.
Guilfoile, Elizabeth Nobody Listens to Andrew.
Hayward, Linda Monster Bug.
Himmelman, John The Clover County Carrot Contest.
Jane, Pamela Milo and the Flapjack Fiasco.
Lewis, Rob Too Much Trouble for Grandpa. (340)
Lewis, Thomas Frida’s Office Day.
Little, Jean Emma’s Yucky Brother. (200)
McDonald, Megan Daisy Jane, Best-Ever Flower Girl!
Minarik, Else No Fighting, No Biting! (340)
O'Connor, Jane Fancy Nancy, Poison Ivy Expert.
Ormerod, Jan Ballet Sisters: The Duckling and the Swan. (310)
Rocklin, Joanne Not Enough Room! (580)
Ruelle, Karen Gray Mother’s Day Mess. (320)
Schecter, Ellen Sleep Tight, Pete.
Sharmat, Marjorie Mooch the Messy.
Slater, Teddy N-O Spells No! (310)
Sweeney, Jacqueline Just Call Me J.P.
Warner, Gertrude A Present for Grandfather.

Folk & Fairy Tales

Bergen, Lara Rice Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle.
Cohen, Caron Lee Digger Pig and the Turnip.
Cole, Joanna Bony-Legs. (370)
Franco, Betsy Why the Frog Has Big Eyes.
Hooks, William Feed Me! An Aesop Fable. (250)
Jones, Christianne C. Chicken Little.
Lexau, Joan Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale. (120)
Lobel, Anita The Straw Maid.
McDermott, Gerald The Fox and the Stork. (220)
McGee, Marni Jack Takes the Cake.
McLenighan, Valjean Know When to Stop.
Miles, Betty Goldilocks and the Three Bears. (BR)
Miles, Betty The Sky is Falling!
Nash, Margaret The Princess and the Frog.
O’Connor, Jane The Teeny Tiny Woman. (NC510)
Oppenheim, Joanne The Donkey’s Tale.
Orgel, Doris Next Time I Will: An Old English Tale.
Tarcov, Edith The Frog Prince. (380)
Tchin Rabbit's Wish for Snow: A Native American Legend. (450)
Wheeler, Cindy The Emperor's Birthday Suit. (330)
Ziefert, Harriet Little Red Riding Hood. (200)

Friends

Caple, Kathy Duck and Company. (370)
Chaconas, Dori Cork and Fuzz. (330)
Cocca-Leffler, Maryann Ice-Cold Birthday. (150)
Cole, Joanna The Missing Tooth. (260)
De Paola, Tomie Kit and Kat. (150)
Dewey, Ariane Splash! (170)
Glass, Julie A Dollar for Penny. (150)
Godwin, Laura Happy and Honey. (BR)
Guest, Elissa Haden Iris and Walter. (330)
Holub, Joan Pajama Party. (300)
Hood, Susan Scaredy-Cat Sleepover.
Howe, James Houndsley and Catina. (580)
Jacobson, Jennifer Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle.
Jane, Pamela Milo and the Greatest Trick Ever! (450)
Krensky, Stephen Lionel and Louise. (160)
Kwitz, Mary D. Little Chick’s Friend Duckling. (280)
Little, Jean Emma's Magic Winter. (250)
Lobel, Arnold Frog and Toad are Friends. (400)
Luttrell, Ida The Bear Next Door. (350)
Mayer, Mercer Little Critter’s Staying Overnight.
McCully, Emily Arnold The Grandma Mix-Up. (380)
McDonald, Megan Beezy. (40)
McPhail, David M. A Bug, A Bear, and a Boy. (210)
Mills, Claudia Gus and Grandpa. (400)
Novak, Matt Newt. (410)
Peters, Lisa Westberg The Hayloft.
Pilkey, Dav A Friend for Dragon. (BR)
Robins, J.M. Addie Meets Max. (310)
Sadler, Marilyn Honey Bunny’s Honey Bear.
Van Leeuwen, Jean Oliver and Albert, Friends Forever. (200)
Vaughan, Marcia K. The Lemonade Stand. (320)
Yee, Wong Herbert Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole. (510)

Funny Stories

Brownrigg, Sheri Best Friends Wear Pink Tutus. (500)
Daniel, Claire The Chick That Wouldn't Hatch. (AD210)
Eastman, P.D. Are You My Mother?
Griffiths, Andy The Cat on the Mat is Flat.
Jewell, Nancy Silly Times with Two Silly Trolls. (AD250)
Law, Karina The Truth About Hansel and Gretel.
Lodge, Bernard Custard Surprise. (480)
Lopshire, Robert I Want to Be Somebody New!
Macdonald, Maryann Rabbit’s Birthday Kite.
Mack, Jeff Frog and Fly: Six Slurpy Stories.
McPhail, David M. The Day the Dog Said, "Cock-a-Doodle Doo!" (420)
Palmer, Helen A Fish Out of Water. (70)
Paul, Ann Whitford Silly Sadie, Silly Samuel. (220)
Preller, James Hiccups for Elephant. (240)
Quackenbush, Robert M. Henry's Awful Mistake.
Scarry, Richard The Worst Helper Ever!
Seuss, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham. (30)
Silverman, Martin My Tooth is Loose! (270)
Spirn, Michele A Know-Nothing Birthday. (290)
Surgal, Jon Have You Seen My Dinosaur?
Thiesing, Lisa The Aliens are Coming. (320)
Weeks, Sarah Baa-Choo! (580)
Wigand, Molly Aaahh! School Lunch.
Wilmer, Diane Nuts About Nuts.
Wiseman, Bernard Morris the Moose. (130)

Ghost & Scary Stories

Ahlberg, Allan Dinosaur Dreams.
Benchley, Nathaniel A Ghost Named Fred. (370)
Berenstain, Stan The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree. (100)
Cazet, Denys Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine. (190)
Charles, Veronika Martenova Don’t Open the Door.
Dodds, Dayle Ann Ghost and Pete. (110)
Impey, Rose The Flat Man.
Maitland, Barbara The Bookstore Ghost. (50)
Rocklin, Joanne This Book is Haunted.
Rockwell, Anne A Bear, a Bobcat and Three Ghosts.
Ruelle, Karen Gray Spookier than a Ghost.
  Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark.
Schwartz, Alvin In a Dark, Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories. (430)
Stamper, Judith Bauer Five Creepy Creatures. (310)
Thiesing, Lisa The Viper.
Wigand, Molly Aaahh! School Lunch.
Ziefert, Harriet The Teeny-Tiny Woman. (580)

Historical Fiction

Alphin, Elaine Marie Dinosaur Hunter. (470)
Antle, Nancy Sam's Wild West Show.
Avi Prairie School: Story. (410)
Benchley, Nathaniel Small Wolf. (430)
Boegehold, Betty A Horse Called Starfire. (470)
Bulla, Clyde Robert Daniel's Duck. (180)
Byars, Betsy Cromer The Golly Sisters Go West. (470)
Coerr, Eleanor Chang's Paper Pony. (440)
Coerr, Eleanor The Josefina Story Quilt. (420)
Hoberman, Mary Ann Strawberry Hill.
Levinson, Nancy Smiler Prairie Friends. (480)
McCully, Emily Arnold The Battle for St. Michaels. (440)
Monjo, F. N. The Drinking Gourd: Story of the Underground Railroad. (370)
Rappaport, Doreen The Boston Coffee Party. (340)
Redmond, Shirley-Raye Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President. (320)
Redmond, Shirley-Raye Pigeon Hero!
Sandin, Joan The Long Way Westward. (320)
Turner, Ann Dust for Dinner. (390)
Walker, Sally The 18 Penny Goose. (370)

Information Books

Allen, Nancy Kelly Whose Work is This? A Look at Things Animals Make--Pearls, Milk, and Honey.
Barner, Bob Dinosaur Bones. (AD350)
Bauer, Marion Dane The Grand Canyon.
Buckley Jr., James A Batboy’s Day.
Doeden, Matt Military Helicopters. (430)
Firestone, Mary What’s the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad?
Ganeri, Anita Eruption! The Story of Volcanoes.
Holmes, Anita Can You Find Us?
Ipcizade, Catherine Big Trucks. (590)
Linz, Kathi Chickens May Not Cross the Road and Other Crazy (but True) Laws.
Loewen, Nancy Tiny Workers: Ants in Your Backyard. (650)
Mattern, Joanne Komodo Dragons. (360)
Moser, Adolph Don't Pop Your Cork on Mondays! : The Children's Anti-Stress Book.
Namm, Diane Jumpin’ Jungle Jokes.
Orgel, Doris Button Soup. (460)
Rabe, Tish Oh the Pets You Can Get! All About Our Animal Friends.
Riehecky, Janet Pteranodon. (310)
Sautter, Aaron Sea Monsters. (670)
Schuh, Mari Tornadoes.
Shores, Lori How to Make a Mystery Smell Balloon. (IG420)
Sweeney, Alyse High-Rise Thriller. (370)
Thomas, Pat Is It Right To Fight? A First Look at Anger.
Weber, Valerie Shopping in Grandma's Day.
Wells, Robert E. What’s Older Than a Giant Tortoise?
Worth, Bonnie If I Ran the Rain Forest.

Magic & Mythical Creatures

Asch, Frank Milk and Cookies.
Bottner, Barbara Pish and Posh Wish For Fairy Wings.
Bridwell, Norman A Tiny Family. (280)
Castor, Harriet The Dinosaurs Next Door. (390)
Grindley, Sally The Perfect Monster.
Hillert, Margaret Let's Go, Dear Dragon. (BR)
Holub, Joan Abby Cadabra, Super Speller. (240)
Kwitz, Mary DeBall Little Vampire and the Midnight Bear.
Low, Alice Zena and the Witch Circus.
Madsen, Ross Martin Perrywinkle's Magic Match. (360)
Moser, Lisa The Monster in the Backpack. (370)
Murphy, Sonia The Green Monster.
Pickett, Anola Old Enough for Magic.
Rawson, Christopher Wizards. (366)
Roberts, Bethany May Belle and the Ogre. (AD150)
Smith, Janice Lee Wizard and Wart in Trouble. (320)
Thomas, Shelley Moore Good Night, Good Knight. (50)

Mysteries

Ada, Alma Flor Daniel’s Mystery Egg.
Adler, David Bones and the Roller Coaster Mystery.
Allen, Laura Rollo and Tweedy and the Ghost at Dougal Castle: Story and Pictures. (280)
Benchley, Nathaniel The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck.
Bonsall, Crosby Newell The Case of the Double Cross. (390)
Cushman, Doug Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Missing Books.
Dussling, Jennifer The Bunny Slipper Mystery. (370)
Hoban, Lillian The Case of the Two Masked Robbers: Story and Pictures. (300)
Hooks, Gwendolyn The Mystery of the Missing Dog. (410)
Hooks, William The Mystery of the Missing Tooth. (AD450)
Kwitz, Mary Gumshoe Goose, Private Eye. (360)
Obrist, Jürg Max and Molly and the Mystery of the Missing Honey.
Platt, Kin Big Max and the Mystery of the Missing Giraffe. (280)
Rylant, Cynthia The Case of the Missing Monkey. (160)
Skofield, James Detective Dinosaur. (330)

School

Baker, Barbara One Saturday Evening. (210)
Bang-Campbell, Monika Little Rat Makes Music. (520)
Callaghan, Jean Davis Patty for President.
Catalanotto, Peter No More Pumpkins. (340)
Coxe, Molly R is for Radish. (320)
DePaola, Tomie Hide-and-Seek All Week. (160)
Feder, Paula Where Does the Teacher Live?
Johnston, Tony Sparky and Eddie: Wild, Wild Rodeo!
McNamara, Margaret Election Day. (350)
Medearis, Angela Shelf The 100th Day of School. (340)
O’Connor, Jane The 100th Day of School.
Oppenheim, Joanne Show-and-Tell Frog. (300)
Paterson, Katherine Marvin One Too Many. (20)
Stern, Maggie George. (230)
Wells, Rosemary Bubble-Gum Radar.

Science Fiction

Albee, Sarah My Best Friend is Out of This World.
Brenner, Barbara Moon Boy. (160)
Cazet, Denys Minnie and Moo Save the Earth. (130)
Corey, Shana First Graders from Mars Episode 1: Horus's Horrible Day. (150)
Dallimore, Jan Captain Cal and the Garbage Planet. (580)
Hillert, Margaret Up, Up, and Away. (BR)
Hoban, Lillian The Laziest Robot in Zone One.
James, P.J. Supertwins Meet the Bad Dogs From Space. (AD40)
Johnston, Tony Alien and Possum: Friends No Matter What. (160)
Marzollo, Jean Jed's Junior Space Patrol: A Science Fiction Easy-to-Read.
Postgate, Daniel Captain Hog: Mission to the Stars.
Weston, Martha Dr. Clock-Sicle.
Yolen, Jane Commander Toad in Space. (530)

Sports

Braun, Eric If I Were a Major League Baseball Player. (AD560)
Cartier, Wesley Marco's Run. (20)
Cristaldi, Kathryn Baseball Ballerina. (270)
Hoffman, Joan The Last Game.
Hooks, William Mr. Baseball. (370)
Kessler, Leonard Kick, Pass, and Run. (140)
McCully, Emily Grandmas at Bat. (270)
Mills, Claudia Gus and Grandpa at Basketball.
O'Connor, Jane Kate Skates. (170)
Oechsli, Kelly Mice at Bat: Story and Pictures. (240)
Schade, Susan Cat at Bat.
Schecter, Ellen Swim Like a Fish.
Sharp, Paul Paul the Pitcher. (310)
Stadler, John Ready, Set, Go! (270)


New Book Reviews

Some of these books can be READ BY a 1st grader, others are good for READING ALOUD TO a 1st grader.

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Ages 4 and up

Sam and Dave decide they are going to dig a hole until they find something spectacular in this clever book chock full of dry humor.

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Hank Has a Dream by Rebecca Dudley

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

Hank, the adorable bear/monkey from Hank Finds an Egg is back. "Last night I had a dream," he tells his hummingbird friend.  The wonderful double-page spreads show Hank in his forest on the left-handed pages while his actions become his flying dream on the right side pages.  Children will delight in the enchanting and detailed dioramas depicting scenes from both Hank's life and his dream. 

Meet author Rebecca Dudley at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma by Diane Fox, Christyan Fox

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

A cat tries to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but his dog friend has a lot of questions, and finds so many plot holes, that things quickly go awry.

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The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren, Fabio Santomauro

Reading Level: Grades 1 - 3

During WWII the people of the Nazi occupied Danish town of Gilleleje helped 1,700 Jews escape to Sweden. This book tells the story of those brave residents and one night in particular when they had to figure out a new way to lead an escaping family to the ships that would take them to safety.

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I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

A dog is very proud of the fact that he doesn't need a human in his life, until one rainy day a stray man follows him home.

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