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.

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