Recommended Reading List for First Grade

1st Grade Reading List

Finding good books for your children to read is never a problem, except when the time comes to actually purchase or borrow them. Then, it’s all too easy to draw a blank on all of those amazing books you’ve heard of. Never fear! We have you covered with a selection of books your first grader is sure to enjoy:

Award-Winning Books:

  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin: This Caldecott Medal winner has illiterate cows wreaking havoc on Farmer Brown’s life.
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel: Some kinds of fun just never go out of style, and this Caldecott Honor Book continues to entertain with attractive illustrations and interesting stories of Frog and his best friend Toad.



History and Social Studies:

  • The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern, illustrated by Marni Backer: It’s never too early to learn about the joy that comes from helping those who are less fortunate. This book’s young main characters look for ways to help a homeless woman.

Science and Nature:

  • The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow by Patricia Relf, illustrated by John Speirs: With spring here and summer on its way, there’s no better time to get in some reading about gardening. The fun starts when Ms. Frizzle’s class plants a garden and Phoebe’s plot fails to grow. The class ends up exploring the inside of a flower!
  • The Tiny Seed (The World of Eric Carle) by Eric Carle, illustrated by Eric Carle: Follow a tiny seed as it makes the often-dangerous journey around the world. This book combines educational themes with eye-catching illustrations.


  • Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully: Mirette is a gutsy girl who helps a high-wire artist battle his own fears.

This is just a short selection of recommended books for first graders, but there are more good books for this age group than there are kids to read them. Let us know how you like these, and share your favorite books for first graders in the Comments section.

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