Suggested Reading for 1st Grade

Suggested Reading for 1st Grade

Updated October 14, 2023
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Are we there yet? : a story
Santat, Dan
Paper Book
Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat--creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and After the Fall--takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime! "Are we there yet?" Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride--and after reading...
The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn
Harris, Shawn
Paper Book
Meet this pint-sized unicorn in this funny, modern fairy tale about perception and self-confidence from a Caldecott-Honor winning creator. Once upon a time, in a land where horses were mythical beasts, there lived a unicorn-a Teeny-Weeny Unicorn. He lived with his family in a...
Crown : an ode to the fresh cut
Barnes, Derrick D.
Paper Book
Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers A Newbery Honor Book A Caldecott Honor Book A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor...
What about worms!?
Willems, Mo
Paper Book
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Ryan T. Higgins comes What About Worms!? Tiger is BIG. Tiger is BRAVE. And Tiger is NOT afraid of anything . . . except WORMS! Are Tiger's worm worries worse than worms?
Look again : secrets of animal camouflage
Jenkins, Steve
Paper Book
The award-winning team of Steve Jenkins and Robin Page introduce young readers to some of the stealthiest, most astonishingly camouflaged animals in the natural world and ask them to seek out these sneaky animals hiding in plain sight! Ideal for readers of the Over and Under books. ...
The rock from the sky
Klassen, Jon
Paper Book
The instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Look up! From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem. There is a spot. It is a good spot. It is the perfect spot to stand. There is no reason to ever...
Lift
Lê, Minh
Paper Book
When Iris's lift button-pushing is disrupted by a new member of the family, she's pretty put out. That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore on her own. But when it becomes a question between going it...
Tiger vs. nightmare
Tetri, Emily
Paper Book
A 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book A 2018 Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Graphic Novel of 2018 Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until...
From Archie to Zack
Kirsch, Vincent X.
Paper Book
"Archie loves Zack!" "Zack loves Archie!" Everyone said it was so. But Archie hasn't told Zack yet. And Zack hasn't told Archie. They spend just about every minute together: walking to and from school, doing science and art projects, practicing for marching band, learning to...
Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest
Wahl, Phoebe
Paper Book
An earthy and beautiful collection of four stories that celebrate the seasons, nature, and life, from award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl. Little Witch Hazel is a tiny witch who lives in the forest, helping creatures big and small. She's a midwife, an intrepid explorer,...
What do you do if you work at the zoo?
Jenkins, Steve
Paper Book
From Caldecott Honor-winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers' favorite places: the zoo! Going to the zoo is so exciting! You might see penguins swimming underwater, snakes sunning in the reptile house, or giraffes...
That's my book! and other stories
Yoon, Salina
Paper Book
Salina Yoon continues her Geisel Honor-winning early reader series starring Big Duck, Little Duck, and Porcupine, perfect for fans of bestselling series like Elephant & Piggie, Ballet Cat, and Pig in a Wig. The third Duck, Duck, Porcupine book has a new trio of stories...
Fox the tiger
Tabor, Corey R.
Paper Book
Winner of the 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one! Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever In Fox the...
The party and other stories
Ruzzier, Sergio
Paper Book
A 2019 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award Honoree NPR Best Books of the Year, New York Times Notable Children's Book, Boston Globe Best Book of the Year Join the dynamic, yet opposite duo as they learn to appreciate differences among friends: Fox and...
Dragon gets by
Pilkey, Dav
Paper Book
From Dav Pilkey, creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Dragon, the heartwarming hero adored by Dav's youngest readers! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at...
The rough patch
Lies, Brian
Paper Book
A Caldecott Honor Book An ALA Notable Book A breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book that is pitch-perfect for anyone of any age who has experienced any type of loss or disappointment, from New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Brian Lies. New...
See the Dog: Three Stories about a Cat
LaRochelle, David
Paper Book
What happens when a cat tries to be a dog? With this second wry primer, the creators of See the Cat return to demonstrate that standing in for a friend can be trickier than expected. The dog is sick today, but have no fear--the cat is happy to take his place! But when the...
Dog and Bear : two friends, three stories
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.
Paper Book
Laura Vaccaro Seeger's highly praised concept books have introduced children to colors, opposites, emotions, and the alphabet. Now she guides children on the first steps to reading with three sweet, funny stories about a stuffed bear and a frisky dachshund who happen to be best friends. Simple,...
Gordon and Tapir
Meschenmoser, Sebastian
Paper Book
Gordon and Tapir by Sebastian Meschenmoser, tells the comical story of odd-couple housemates (a particular penguin and an untidy tapir) and has been short-listed for the German Children's Book of the Year Award.
It's Springtime, Mr. Squirrel
Meschenmoser, Sebastian
Paper Book
It's springtime and bees, flowers, and love are in the air! When Mr. Squirrel's friend, the hedgehog, catches sight of an attractive lady hedgehog, he isn't sure what to do to win her heart. What a stroke of luck that he has a friend like Mr. Squirrel, who can help him.
Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-Yum
Brockington, Drew
Paper Book
Inspired by his beloved CatStronauts series, Drew Brockington is going back in time to when everyone's favorite Catstronaut, Waffles, was a kitten! Fans of Narwhal and Jelly and Elephant & Piggie will love this fun, cat-tastic early graphic novel series. ...
Monster Hands
Kane, Karen
Paper Book
Two best friends use rhyming ASL to help vanquish their fear of the monster under the bed in this fun, interactive bedtime readaloud. When nighttime comes, Milo has a problem--he's convinced there's a monster under his bed! Luckily, his best friend Mel knows just what to do-...
Kicks in the Sky
Esperanza, C. G.
Paper Book
Pura Belprè Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner C. G. Esperanza delivers color, rhythm, and style in this rollicking tale about everyday treasures turned magical! Red kicks, green kicks, yellow kicks, blue! Colorful, psychedelic sneakers hang from telephones wires all over the...
A Sundae with Everything on It
Scheele, Kyle
Paper Book
From the laugh-out-loud talent behind A Pizza with Everything on It, Kyle Scheele and Andy J. Pizza stir up yet another deliciously hilarious picture book adventure that will melt readers'' hearts. Embark on a quest for dessert that is truly out-of...

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