1st-Grade-Book-List

Annotated list of suggestions of engaging books for first grade students as well as early reader books in series.

Picture Books

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Picture Books
Attack of the 50-foot Fly Guy
Author: Tedd Arnold

When Fly Guy snacks from a radioactive trash can, he grows until he is fifty feet tall--and Buzz has to find out a way to counteract the effect before the army attacks his pet.

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Rules of the House
Author: Mac Barnett

Ian always follows the rules and his sister, Jenny, never does; but when she angers some monsters while breaking all the rules of their vacation house in the woods, Ian first runs away, and then realizes there should be a rule about protecting your sister from being eaten by monsters.

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Bad Kitty
Author: Nick Bruel

When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very naughty! 1st book in Bad Kitty series.

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Pigeon Math
Author: Asia Citro

Telling a story about pigeons should be simple. But what's a narrator to do when the number of feathered friends is constantly changing? Can our intrepid storyteller use math facts to keep up with the unstable quantities...or is this pigeon-centric tale doomed?

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A Piglet Named Mercy
Author: Kate DiCamillo

When a pig named Mercy arrives at the Watsons' front door, she brings love and chaos to their lives.

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Mother Bruce
Author: Ryan Higgins

Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation.  If you like this, two more funny Bruce books are available. 

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Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Author: Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat wears his school shoes when visiting the school library, the lunchroom, the playground, and more while singing his special song.

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See Me Run
Author: Paul Meisel

A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park, in this easy-to-read story.  The sequel is See Me Dig.

 

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Frank and Bean
Author: Jamie Michalak

Frank likes peace and quiet. He likes his tent, his pencil, and writing in his secret notebook.  Bean likes noise! He likes his bus, his trumpet — toot, toot! — and making music--loud music. However, Bean is missing something: he does not have words. Maybe Frank will share his words with Bean?  Maybe the two of them will find a way to cooperate to make something beautiful together.

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Johnny's Pheasant
Author: Cheryl Minnema

Johnny spies a pheasant which he believes is sleeping and his Grandma fears is dead, but they learn they were both wrong when the pheasant departs, leaving behind a gift.  (Minnesota author: Ojibwa Indians -- Juvenile fiction.)

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Flubby is Not a Good Pet!
Author: Jennifer Morris

Although Flubby the cat refuses to do pet tricks, he proves his pet worthiness during a scary situation. Geisel Honor Book 2020

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If You Give a Pig a Party
Author: Laura Numeroff

One thing leads to another when you give a pig a party!  Also available in a big book format and in Spanish Language.

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Little Libraries, Big Heroes
Author: Miranda Paul

From an award-winning author and illustrator, the inspiring story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol's first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.

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The Book Hog
Author: Greg Pizzoli

In this 2019 Geisel Honor Book the Book Hog loves books and has a large collection, although he never learned to read.

 

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Pluto Gets the Call
Author: Adam Rex

Just after learning that Earth's scientists no longer consider him a planet, an unhappy Pluto takes a visitor from Earth on a tour of the solar system, sharing facts along the way.

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Exclamation Mark
Author: Amy Rosenthal

A punctuation mark feels bad that he does not fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted.

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
Author: Julia Sarcone-Roach

"When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit"-- publisher.

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They All Saw a Cat
Author: Brendan Wenzel
 
In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat in their own way; this book is an excellent example of perspective.  Also available as book with CD as well as an electronic book.

 

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Bear Says Thanks
Author: Karma Wilson

Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.

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Astro Girl
Author: Ken Wilson-Max
 
 

After Astrid tells her father that she wants to be an astronaut, he tells her of all the things that astronauts have to do.  Hoopladigital.com video version also has a read-along option.

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Early Readers

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Early Readers
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
Author: Dori Butler

In this Geisel 2019 Honor Book Kayla places her tooth in a Tooth Fairy pillow, but it disappears before the Tooth Fairy has a chance to visit--can her dog King help Kayla find the missing tooth? (4th book in King & Kayla series)

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Penny and her Sled
Author: Kevin Henkes

Penny is excited about her new sled, but will it ever snow? (Geisel 2019 Honor Book)

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Paint it Out!
Author: Ethan Long

When an effort to paint a mural results in knocked-over paint cans and spattering brushes, Horse reluctantly accepts help from Buggy. (Geisel Honor Book 2019)

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Barkus
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes traveling--and soon he is a family and school favorite.  Also available in Overdrive Digital ebook in Infosoup

 

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The Party and Other Stories
Author: Sergio Ruzzier

Fox and Chick are unlikely friends, but somehow they seem to get along together, even though Fox is calm and thoughtful, and Chick has is hyperactive and flighty.  (Geisel 2019 Honor Book)

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Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas: the Twenty-Sixth Book of their Adventures
Author: Cynthia Rylant

When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry's parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas, they lead them all on a wonderful adventure. 

 
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Fox the Tiger
Author: Corey Tabor

In this 2019 Geisel Award Winner, Fox decides to become a tiger because they are fast and sneaky, and soon, his other animal friends are joining in.

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Early Readers
A Big Guy Took My Ball!
Author: Mo Willems

Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.  Also available in Spanish: Un tipo grande se llevo mi pelota! / por Mo Willems

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Early Readers
An Elephant & Piggie Biggie!
Author: Mo Willems
For the first time ever, best friends Elephant and Piggie have five Biggie adventures in one book: Today I will fly! -- Watch me throw the ball! -- Can I play too? -- Let's go for a drive! -- I really like slop!
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Harold and Hog Pretend for Real!
Author: Mo Willems

Can the friendship of best friends Harold and Hog, a carefree elephant and a careful hog, survive a game of pretending to be Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie?

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Stop! Bot!
Author: James Yang

in this 2020 Geisel Award winner, when a little boy stops to show a building doorman his new "bot," it floats up out of his hands; then the kind doorman runs up to each floor of the building to try to catch it, with help from the building's residents.

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Early Chapter Books

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Early Chapter Books
Eva's Treetop Festival
Author: Rebecca Elliott

Having a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea--but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help. 1st Book in Owl Diaries series

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The Cat on the Mat is Flat
Author: Andy Griffiths

A collection of nine humorous stories in rhyme: Cat, the mat, the rat, and the baseball bat -- Ed and Ted and Ted's dog Fred -- Pinky Ponky, the shonky, wonky, bonky donkey -- Frog on a log in a bog -- Harry Black, the sack, the snack, and a sneaky snack-stealing yak called Jack -- Duck in a truck in the muck -- Unlucky Lou, a kind kangaroo, a hole in a shoe, and some extra-super-fast-sticking super-roo-glue -- Bill and Phil and the very big hill -- Andy G, Terry D, the brave tea lady, and the evil bee.

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The Princess in Black
Author: Shannon Hale

Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats.  Book 1 in series

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High tide in Hawaii
Author: Mary Osborne

Jack and Annie travel in their Magic Tree House back to a Hawaiian island of long ago where they make friends, learn how to surf, and encounter a tsunami.

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Graphic Novel

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Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!
Author: Cece Bell

In 2020 Geisel Honor Book shares the interactions of the rule-following Chick and the absent-minded Brain, whose friendship is tested by miscommunications and misunderstandings about good manners.

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Nonfiction

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Nonfiction
The Crayon Man: the True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
Author: Natascha Biebow

"Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world's most beloved toys."-- publisher.

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Fire Trucks
Author: Chris Bowman

In this Blastoff Reader book "relevant images match informative text in this introduction to fire trucks"-- publisher.  Blastoff! readers. 2, Mighty machines in action.

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Monster Trucks
Author: Aaron Carr
Introduces monster trucks, including facts about their parts, wheels and how monster trucks are used. The AV2 password allows internet access for this book Mighty machines (AV² by Weigl)
 
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A Sea Otter to the Rescue
Author: Thea Feldman

Introduces a sea otter that lived in an aquarium in California who cared for rescued pups and inspired state lawmakers to protect the endangered species.

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