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Books 1st Grade

Updated on July 25, 2012

Reading Books for First Graders


Books 1st Grade

The Books 1st Grade list includes most of the best books for young adults in 1st grade. This site provides links to free book resources and links to purchase many of the books and additional resources, when available. There are literally millions of titles that could have been placed in this list. Every attempt was made to include only the best teacher-selected titles. These are the books teachers use most often. Over two hundred teachers were polled in order to make the list of the best books for young adults.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this list, you might try the book list for 2nd or even 3rd grade. It's undeniable that the difference between a 1st grade book and a 3rd grad book can be quite significant, so I recommend that you select books based on your child's ability level more so than their age. For that reason, I would encourage you to consider looking at grade levels around your targeted age. Gifted children might benefit from something more challenging, and remedial readers might benefit from a title below grade level. Please don't limit yourself to only one grade level.

Book levels are based on reading difficulty, not content or plot. Many books are highly readable but challenging in different ways, typically incorporating symbolism and other important literary devices. It is entirely appropriate to read books above or below the reading level you are targeting if the book challenges the reader in other ways, perhaps in a provocative way. For example, The Catcher in the Rye is certainly a push for fourth grade in terms of content. Perhaps pushing it to seventh or eighth grade may be an option. As you can see, limiting a child to a book, because of a book list or the child's age, is a mistake. Grade-level lists are only guides and careful attention must be taken in order to select proper reading material based on ability and interest rather than a grade recommendation.

1st Grade Level Books

Animal Babies

Ant Plays Bear

Ball Book, The

Bark, George

BestCastle Ever, The

Bobby's Zoo

Boy and the Goats, The

Bug, a Bear, and a Boy Go to School, A

Chickens on the Farm

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford Makes a Splash

Clifford's Christmas (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

Clifford's First Autumn (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

Clifford's First Easter (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

Clifford's First Halloween (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

Clifford's First Snow Day (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

Clifford's Happy Mother's Day (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

Clifford's Manners

Clifford's Puppy Days

Colors and the Number 1

Colors and the Number 2

Colors and the Number 3

Colors and the Number 4

Colors and the Number 5

Colors and the Number 6

Colors and the Number 7

Colors and the Number 8

Colors and the Number 9

Come to School, Dear Dragon

Count on Clifford (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

Cow That Got Her Wish, The

Earth Movers

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy

Fancy Nancy and the Sensational Babysitter

Fancy Nancy at the Museum

Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly

Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day

Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart

Fancy Nancy: Haloween. . .or Bust!

Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day

Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert

Fancy Nancy Sees Stars

Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles

Fancy Nancy: The Dazzling Book Report

Fancy Nancy: The Hundredth Day of School

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

Five Silly Fishermen

Fly High, Fly Guy!

Freddie's Spaghetti

Friend for Minerva Louise, A

Frogfish, The

Geraldine's Blanket

Goodnight Moon

Grandma's Garden

Green Eggs and Ham

Half and Half

Happy Birthday, Biscuit!

Happy Birthday, Thomas

Hattie and the Fox

Hi, Clouds

Hooray for Fly Guy!

Hop on Pop

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Hungry Billy Goat, The

Ice Cream Soup

Is Your Mama a Llama?

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Little Cowboy and the Big Cowboy, The

Little Red Riding Hood

Milton the Early Riser

Minerva Louise

Mom for Mayor


Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Pigs on the Farm


Prince's Tooth Is Loose, The

Puppy for Bobby, A

Sam the Garbage Hound

Secret Code, The

Seven Blind Mice

Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Snow Joe


Thomas and the School Trip

Turkeys on the Farm

Up, Up, and Away

Very Busy Spider, The

What Are Mountains?

What Are Wedges?

What Do You See?

Willie's Wonderful Pet

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      Kristian 2 years ago

      Rottwielers are very good family dogs. Aquired as puepips, a rotty can be the best dog in the world for kiddos. I had a female when my oldest son was just 3 or 4, and the dog would growl at people getting too close to him. She wouldn't bite someone unless I tried to encourage it, but she definitely loved the family, particularly the kids.

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      Caden 2 years ago

      How could any of this be better stated? It codntl'u.