10 Great Books for First Graders

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Finding books for first graders isn’t difficult at all. There are plenty of options for every age group and grade level. It’s finding books your child will love that’s typically the hard part.

Fortunately, we have you covered with a list of books worth your child’s time, and yours. Some your child may read alone, others you may have to read to him.

Best of the Best: The books in this section are award winners.

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: There’s a bit of wild thing in every child (and adult), and that’s part of what makes this Caldecott Medal book such fun.
  2. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin: Farmer Brown’s cows can type (and drive Farmer Brown batty).

Old Favorites: Some books stand the test of time. Here are two of them.

  1. Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery) by E.B. White: No matter how cute he is, Wilbur’s days are numbered. Fortunately, a clever spider named Charlotte has a plan.
  2. Frog and Toad Are Friends: Best friends Frog and Toad take us along on their adventures and learning experiences.

Nature Books: These books explore the natural world, sometimes in a realistic manner, sometimes using fantasy.

  1. The Big Snow and Other Stories: A Treasury of Caldecott Award-Winning Tales by Berta and Elmer Hader: Animals have to prepare for the coming winter. This book illustrates how in a fun, eye-catching manner.
  2. Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian: This is a fun collection of poems all about various aspects of winter. Your child is sure to discover a few favorites in this collection.

Sleuth Stories: These books focus on the fun of solving mysteries.

  1. Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery (I Can Read Book 2) by Doug Cushman: This is four chapters filled with fun clues and illustrations as Aunt Eater solves mysteries for her group of friends.
  2. Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden: What happens when Leon the chameleon doesn’t come home as expected? Where is he? His wife is worried, but there’s no need to fear. Private I. Guana will sniff out the answer.

Funny Books: There’s nothing like a little humor to make any day better. These books ensure smiles and giggles.

  1. Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Doreen Cronin: Can you imagine a worm in a baseball cap doing the Hokey Pokey? Now you don’t have to, thanks to this book’s funny illustrations that accompany the diary of the main character’s wormy escapades.
  2. The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning: So what happens when Owen sends his grandmother a hug through the mail? Hilarity all around.

Give these books a try, and let us know how you and your child liked them.

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