First Grade Books

First Grade Books
First Grade Books
The titles on this list were selected as the "best of the best" for first graders.

Reading is a developmental skill that children master at different ages. There are different levels of readers among first graders. This list is meant to meet the needs of as many first graders as possible. Please note that all first graders may not have the skill to read all the books on this list.

Hopefully this list will help you find fun, appealing and interesting books for your child at his or her reading level.

Beginning First Grade Books.
These titles are for the first grader who have
just learned or are learning to read.
To the Tub by Peggy Perry Anderson
Joe’s father is sidetracked when he is trying to get Joe into the tub.

Old Hat, New Hat by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Can a perfect old hat be replaced by a new hat?

The Day I Had to Play with My Sister by Crosby Bonsall
A young boy finds teaching his little sister how to play hide and seek very frustrating.

Clifford Makes a Friend by Norman Bridwell
Clifford, the big red dog, meets a boy and after playing together, makes a new friend.

Sid and Sam by Nola Buck
When Sid and Sam start singing, Sid won't stop.
Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
It's time for Biscuit the dog to go to bed and instead of going to sleep he keeps asking for one more thing.

Ice-Cold Birthday by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
After a run of bad luck, a little girl thinks she will have bad luck on her birthday, too. But her bad luck changes to good luck!

Snug Bug by Cathy East Dubowski
It's time for a little bug to go to bed.

Pizza Pat by Rita Golden Gelman
Pat buys a tray and cooks a pizza that the mice want.

Silly Sara by Anna Jane Hays
Sara does some silly things, but when her friend Sam comes to play, those things don't seem to matter anymore.
My Loose Tooth by Stephen Krensky
A boy's tooth is loose and it's taking forever for it to fall out!
Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox by Grace Maccarone
A little boy gets chicken pox and has to stay home from school.

Big Brown Bear by David McPhail
When Bear tries to paint his house, Little Bear's playing causes some problems.
Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister
A boy and his dog, Tiny, go to the library and check out lots of books.

The Nose Book by Al Perkins
We all know noses can smell, but what else can they do?

Lucky Bear by Joan Phillips
A teddy bear's luck saves him when he sets out on a series of misadventures and eventually finds a home.

Monkey See, Monkey Do by Dana Regan
Monkeys see and do many funny things.

Cat on Ice Susan Schade and Jon Buller
Cat and Rat want to learn how to ice skate, but the pond won't freeze! What will they do to learn how to skate?

A Snake Mistake by Mavis Smith
When Jake the snake mistakenly eats two light bulbs in the chicken coop, Farmer Henry helps him out.

Splish, Splash! by Sarah Weeks
Chub the fish is in his tub - Splish! Splash! When everyone sees what fun he is having, they all want to get in, too. Will there be enough room?

A Dozen Dogs by Harriet Ziefert
A dozen dogs frolicking on the beach introduce the numbers 1 through 12.
The Turnip by Harriet Ziefert
A farmer plants a turnip and needs some help pulling it when it has grown.

Little Rabbits’ First Word Book by Alan Baker
Little rabbits introduce words and matching pictures.

Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
When Hattie the chicken sees eyes, ears and a nose in the bushes, the other farm animals don't listen to her warning.
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Rosie the chicken takes a walk around the farmyard and has several close calls with a fox.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
A red bird, a purple cat, a blue horse and other colorful animals are seen by each other.
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
A little girl tells about all the clothes she has to wear when she plays in the snow.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
A group of sheep goes for a wild ride in a jeep.

Hot Dog by Molly Coxe
A dog tries to find a way to cool off on a hot summer day.

The Eye Book by Theo. LeSieg
A boy and rabbit both have two eyes that see things of almost any size.

Bob Books, Set I by Bobby Lynn Maslen
A good set for learning to read.
Popcorn by Alex Moran
Popping popcorn can sometimes get out of hand!

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
There are many kinds of feet - front feet, back feet, red feet, black feet, etc.

Intermediate First Grade Books.
These titles are for the first grader who is fairly
proficient and has started to read on his or her own.
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Do the Berenstain bears dare to explore the spooky old tree? Yes, they dare!

Rex and Lilly: Family Time by Laurie Krasny Brown
Rex and Lilly are brother and sister dinosaurs. Read about their adventures making their mom a birthday surprise, with Robot Rob, and trying to get a pet.

My Brother, Ant by Betsy Byars
Ant’s big brother helps Ant with a monster under the bed, reads to Ant, and helps him write a letter to Santa.

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
While mother bird is away, her baby hatches from his egg and begins a search for his missing mother.

More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman
Minnie the monkey is too busy eating spaghetti to play with her friend Freddie.

Digby by Barbara Shook Hazen
A little boy wants to play with his dog, Digby. But his sister says Digby is too old to play catch. So what can Digby do?

Buzby to the Rescue by Julia Hoban
When Serena Lovejoy, the famous actress, loses her royal ruby, Buzby, the hotel cat comes to her rescue.

A Picture for Harold's Room by Crockett Johnson
When Harold realizes his room needs a picture, he decides to draw one with his purple crayon.

Shawn and Keeper and the Birthday Party by Jonathan London
Shawn and his dog Keeper have the same birthday. During their party they can't find the cake! What happened to it?

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
A large, spotted animal discovers he really belongs in a circus, not a zoo.

The Bookstore Ghost by Barbara Maitland
Mr. Brown has a bookstore, a cat and mice. When the mice start scaring people away, the cat comes up with a plan to save the bookstore.

Gus and Grandpa by Claudia Mills
Gus is almost seven. Grandpa is almost seventy. Gus loves to visit his Grandpa with his dog Skipper.

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Little Bear goes outside to play in the snow, has a birthday and takes a trip to the moon.
Two Crazy Pigs by Karen Berman Nagel
When the two crazy pigs upset Mr. and Mrs. Fenster with their crazy antics, the pigs decide to move to a new farm.

Nina, Nina Ballerina by Jane O’Connor
Nina is going to play a butterfly in her dance class recital. But when she breaks her arm, will she still be in the show?
The Teeny Tiny Woman by Jane O’Connor
A teeny tiny woman finds a teeny tiny bone that the owner wants back.

My New Boy by Joan Phillips
A little puppy acquires a boy, teaches him some tricks, and finds him when he is lost.
Harry in Trouble by Barbara Ann Porte
Harry is upset about losing his library card three times in a row, but feels better when he learns that his father and his friend Dorcas sometimes lose things.

Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night by Cynthia Rylant
Find out why Henry and Mudge love to go camping with Henry’s parents.
I Love to Sneeze by Ellen Schecter
When a little girl sneezes, it causes a lot of strange things to happen.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The cat in the hat comes to visit and leaves chaos behind him.
Turtle and Snake Go Camping by Kate Spohn
Is camping really all it's cracked up to be?
Surprise Puppy by Judith Walker-Hodge
When dad brings home a puppy for the weekend, the twins do a great job of taking care of him.

Morris and Boris at the Circus by B. Wiseman
When Boris takes Morris the Moose to the circus for the first time, Morris is invited to join the circus but he can’t seem to do anything right!

Princess and the Pea by Harriet Ziefert
The prince is testing princesses to be his bride. She isn't a real princess unless she can feel a pea under 20 matresses.


Challenging First Grade Books.
These titles are for the first grader who is very proficient
and is generally always reading on his or her own.
Oscar Otter by Nathaniel Benchley
After his slide is blocked by a beaver's tree, Oscar decides to build a secret slide and almost becomes a fox's lunch.

Baseball Ballerina by Kathryn Cristaldi
A little girl who loves to play baseball has to take a ballet class.

Princess Lulu Goes to Camp by Kathryn Cristaldi
Princess Lulu goes to camp so she can learn how not to be a "royal pain."
Flap Your Wings by P. D. Eastman
When a boy finds an egg he puts it in a bird's nest. The egg doesn't belong to the birds that live in the nest, but they hatch it anyway.

Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Sammy the seal leaves the zoo for a day to find out what the world outside is like. Although he has fun, after the day is over, he is ready to come home.

Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What by Tony Johnston
When Possum meets a strange being whose name is Alien, they soon become fast friends.

Three Stories to Read to Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller
Here are three stories your cat would love to hear. The stories are all about things cats love to do.

Silly Sadie, Silly Samuel by Ann Whitford Paul
Samuel and Sadie are pretty silly. Sometimes Sadie washes Samuel's overalls while he is still wearing them and sometimes they argue over where to hang a picture - when they both want it in the same spot!
Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas
When the Good Knight on watch hears a roar he gets on his horse to check it out. Instead of one dragon, he finds three little dragons that need some help going to sleep.

Cookies and Crutches by Judy Delton
While working on her cookie badge for Pee Wee Scouts, Molly finds out that baking is not as easy as it looks.

Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth? by Louis Sachar
Red-haired Marvin is convinced that the reason he looks different from the rest of his family is that he is really the lost prince of Shampoon.