New Books for First Graders

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

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el

Ages 4+

On dragons' seventh birthdays, they get to breathe fire. But Crispin's seventh birthday doesn't go the way he thinks it will... as he takes a deep breath to light his birthday candles, whipped cream comes out, not fire! Every time Crispin tries to breathe fire, something completely wrong comes out!

Will Crispin ever be able to breathe fire like a normal dragon? 

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Sylvia's Spinach by Katherine Pryor

Ages 3+

Sylvia Spivens always said no to spinach. (I can empathize.) But when he class gardening project lands her with the spinach seeds... she doesn't have a choice! No one will trade seeds with her. She is stuck with spinach.

But when Sylvia's spinach begins to sprout and grow, she stops disliking it so much. Taking care of the plant is fun! Then Sylvia's teacher suggests everyone try eating what they have grown. Will Sylvia try her spinach?

A good book about encouraging new things couched in a great story about growing plants!

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Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist

Ages 4+

Sunny Acres Farm is a happy, beautiful, friendly place, until Grumpy Goat arrives. He is grumpy and unfriendly - none of the animals on the farm can even get close to him, let alone become friends! All Grumpy Goat wants to do is eat and eat and eat and eat and eat... and as he does so, he makes a huge mess on the farm - kicking down fences & being mean to the other animals. Then, he sees something special in the field, and everything changes. What does Grumpy Goat see? 

A beautifully illustrated and wonderful story about the power of friendship - and stopping to smell the flowers.

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