Authors For First Graders

Help you children to read, parents need provide the age and grade-level appropriate books. After we have done some research we summarized a list of authors that write excellent books for first graders bellow.

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.
He is brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children.

Jan Brett

Jan Brett is the author of the New York Times bestselling children’s books.

Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst has written many books for children, and her books are loved by many children.

Lorna Balian

Amazing, Most of Lorna Balian’s books got five star reviews on Amazon!

Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world.
Bestselling Books: Sunflower House, Flower Garden, Fly Away Home.

Robert McClosky

Don Freeman

Don Freeman’s Bestselling Books: Corduroy, Corduroy (Book and Bear), A Rainbow of My Own(4 Paperback and 1 CD) (Picture Puffins).

Wende and Harry Devlin

Molly Bang

Molly Bang is an award winning children’s book illustrator and author. Her Bestselling Books: When Sophie Gets Angry…really, Really Angry, Ten, Nine, Eight, Picture This: How Pictures Work.

Wiliam Steig

Pat Hutchins

Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating children’s books for over 35 years. His Bestselling Books: The New Baby, Just Me and My Dad (Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter (Pb)), Just Me and My Mom (A Little Critter Book).

Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children’s books. His Bestselling Books: The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set (I Can Read Book 2), Frog and Toad Are Friends (I Can Read), Frog and Toad All Year (I Can Read Book 2).

Leo Lionni

Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner–for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.

Shel Silverstein

David McPhail

Bernard Waber

Bernard Waber’s Bestselling Books: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Lyle the Crocodile), Ira Sleeps Over, The House on East 88th Street.

Steven Kellogg

David is an accomplished storyteller and a master at getting kids to think and have fun at the same time. His Bestselling Books: Paul Bunyan 20th Anniversary Edition (Reading rainbow book), Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Tomie de Paola

Harry Allard

Allard’s Bestselling Books: Miss Nelson Is Missing!, Miss Nelson Is Back book and CD (A Read-Along), Miss Nelson Has a Field Day.

Barbara Cooney

Barbara Cooney’s Bestselling Books: Miss Rumphius, Roxaboxen, Ox-Cart Man (Picture Book Of…).

Audrey Wood and Don Wood

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the distinguished author of more than 170 books.
Her Bestselling Books: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?.

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra’s Bestselling Books: The Snowy Day Board Book, Peter’s Chair (Picture Puffins), Whistle for Willie (Picture Puffins).

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for young children. His Bestselling Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Reader, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (World of Eric Carle).

Paul Galdone

Paul Galdone was posthumously awarded the 1996 Kerlan Award for his contribution to children’s literature. His retellings of classic tales like The Little Red Hen or Three Billy Goats Gruff have become staples.

Bill Peet

Bill Peet was the author of 34 books. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book.
His Bestselling Books: The Wump World, How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head (Sandpiper Books), The Whingdingdilly.

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
His Bestselling Books: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Polar Express, Jumanji.

Dav Pilkey

Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist.
His Bestselling Books: The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, The New Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-5).

Lois Elhert

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the creator of many distinguished books for children, including Kitten’s First Full Moon (winner of the Caldecott Medal), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, and Chrysanthemum.
His Bestselling Books: Penny and Her Song, Chrysanthemum Big Book, Owen (Caldecott Honor Book).

Dick Gackenback

Rosemant Wells

Helen Lester

Helen’s Bestselling Books: Tacky The Penguin, Hooway for Wodney Wat book and CD, All for Me and None for All.

Patricia Polacco

Hope your first grader like these great books for them.

1st Grade Reading List

Helping kids form a good reading habit and improve their reading skill is critical for their success in school and in life. As parents, let’s create an easy to learn environment with high quality children’s age appropriate books, and help our children build a good reading habit! Please refer to the 1st grade reading list bellow.

After we have done the research, we made the 1st grade reading list. Hope you and your kids like it.

Meet Martha

By Barss, Karen (Book – 2010)

She can draw, order pizza, dig, and even speak–Martha is some dog! (Series: Martha Speaks)

Scat, Cat!

By Capucilli, Alyssa Satin (Book – 2010)

No one wants this lost orange cat–but maybe someone at the little house he finds will.

Flat Stanley and the Haunted House

By Haskins, Lori (Book – 2010)

Stanley sees a bully picking on his friend at the Halloween party, so he comes up with a plan.

Spring Surprises

By Hays, Anna Jane (Book – 2010)

Bear cubs, kites, and mudpies. After a cold winter, spring is full of surprises.


By Holub, Joan (Book – 2009)

Dogs get new hairdos for picture day, hooray!

Willy the Worm

By Jones, Christianne C. (Book – 2006)

Willy the Worm knows he should like mud, but he really hates getting dirty! Could one rainy day change his mind?

Dad’s Cake

By Nash, Margaret (Book – 2010)

What a strange cake! Who will eat a cake made of scraps, seeds and cheese?

Every Day Is Earth Day

By O’Connor, Jane (Book – 2010)

When Fancy Nancy learns about Earth Day at school, she makes some changes at home to help her family go green. (Series: Fancy Nancy)

Happy Halloween, Mittens

By Schaefer, Lola M. (Book – 2010)

Halloween is coming soon, and Nick and Mittens get ready by making their house very spooky.

Rooster’s Alarm

By Smith, Ian (Book – 2010)

When the rooster does not crow, the animals don’t know what to do.

Little Mouse Gets Ready

A Toon Book
By Smith, Jeff (Book – 2009)

Little Mouse cannot wait to go to the barn after he gets dressed.

Snow Games

A Robot and Rico Story
By Suen, Anastasia (Book – 2010)

“I win again!” says Rico. Robot does not think the snow games are that much fun, until he discovers one that he and Rico can play, and win…together.

Mac and Cheese

By Weeks, Sarah (Book – 2010)

Even though Mac and Cheese are different, they can still be best friends.

I Am Going!

By Willems, Mo (Book – 2010)

Gerald is worried because Piggie is going away. Maybe Gerald will have to go away too. (Series: Elephant & Piggie Book)

Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep!

By Willems, Mo (Book – 2010)

It is bedtime, and all the animals are going to be except one. Who is it?

Benny and Penny in The Toy Breaker

A Toon Book
By Hayes, Geoffrey (Book – 2010)

Cousin Bo is a pest. How will Benny and Penny play treasure hunt with him?

Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors

By Long, Ethan (Book – 2010)

Stinky fish, scary animal tracks, and tippy canoes–Rick really doesn’t think the outdoors are that great, but Rack always has a good solution.

Lily’s Lucky Leotard

By Meister, Cari (Book – 2009)

Lily is excited to land the star jump in her gymnastics class, wearing her new leotard.

Dump Truck Day

By Meister, Cari (Book – 2010)

Digging dirt, dumping rocks! It’s dump truck day, and Jacob and Uncle Kurt are on the job. (Series: My First Graphic Novel)

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
— Emilie Buchwald

Hope this 1st grade reading list helps your kids love reading!

First Grade Reading List

Reading is a critical skill for success in school and in life. Let’s create an easy to learn environment with high quality children’s age appropriate books, and help our children build a good reading habit!

Reading Comprehension for First Graders

Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

The selections in Recommended Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. In addition to their regular school reading, by grade four, students read one-half million words annually, including a good representation of grade-level-appropriate narrative and expository text (e.g., classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, online information).

In grade one, students begin to make progress toward this goal.

Structural Features of Informational Materials

1. Identify text that uses sequence or other logical order.

Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

2. Respond to who, what, when, where, and how questions.
3. Follow one-step written instructions.
4. Use context to resolve ambiguities about word and sentence meanings.
5. Confirm predictions about what will happen next in a text by identifying key words (i.e., signpost words).
6. Relate prior knowledge to textual information.
7. Retell the central ideas of simple expository or narrative passages.

Books for First Grade

Hooray for Fly Guy!

Fly Guy gets to use his secret play in a football game with his friend Buzz.
Series: Fly Guy!

Watch Out for Jabba the Hutt!

Anakin meets many people on his travels.
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Berenstain Bears’ Sleepover

Brother and Sister have a sleepover. But does anyone sleep?
Series: Berenstain Bears / I Can Read

Termite Tales

Ostrich writes with a pencil. Termite sharpens it.
Series: Brand New Readers

Panda Kisses

Panda wants kisses.

Cat in the Bag and Other Pet Stories

Fun stories about cat and dogs!

Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug

Have fun finding words that sound alike, like pig, wig, and dig.
Series: Sounds Like Reading

Peaches on the Beaches

Read this sentence “They took naps with caps on their laps”.

Stop, Drop, and Flop in the Slop

More fun words to read and fun pictures to see.

Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Missing Books

News reporter Dirk Bones must find out who is stealing books in Ghostly Town.
Series: Dirk Bones / I Can Read

Gilbert, the Surfer Dude

Gilbert and his family take a trip to the beach. Oh dear, Gilbert has forgotten his bathing suit!
Series: Gilbert and Friends

Summer Playground

Sun and fun, a day at the playground.
Series: Read It Readers

Too Many Cats

When the cats hear a lady playing the cello, they all start singing.
Series: Step Into Reading

It’s a Good Game, Dear Dragon

A boy and his dragon learn to play soccer and make friends.
Series: Dear Dragon

Play, Play, Play, Dear Dragon

A boy and his pet dragon find a new friend to play with at the park.

Max Goes to the Farmers’ Market

Max and his mom buy good things to eat at the farmers’ market.
Series: Read It Readers

Going to the Firehouse

Learn to stop, drop, and roll with Little Critter and his classmates at the firehouse.
Series: Little Critter

Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris

Fancy Nancy cannot wait to meet a new classmate from Paris.
Series: Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy Sees Stars

Sparkling, shiny stars, Fancy Nancy loves them all!

Good Dog, Aggie!

Aggie is a good dog, sometimes.

Pete’s Party

The Trucktown trucks want to go to Pete’s pary. How to get there? Just follow the signs!
Series: Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown

Crab Cab

Start your reading off with this funny Flip-a-word book.

Among of the books above, we recommend the following books by Amazon’s top rankings.