1st Grade Reading Recommendations

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Book Recommendations for First Graders


Alexie, Sherman. Thunder Boy Jr. c2016. Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name ... one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name E ALEXIE, S.

Bang, Molly. Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Cycles Water Around the Earth.  c2016. The sun explains its role in the movement of water around the Earth, from the lifting of fresh water from the seas, to the movement of underwater currents that nourish the world's oceans. 551.48 B224R 2016. 

Barton, Chris. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. c2016. Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun. 926 J63B 2016.

Bell, Cece. Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover. c2012.  Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go. FIC BELL, C.

Brown, Lisa. The Airport Book. c2016.  In a book that is as intriguing as it is useful and entertaining, we follow a family and the youngest member's favorite sock monkey through all the inner and outer workings of a modern-day airport. But wait! There's more! The youngest family member's sock monkey has gone missing. Follow it at the bottom of the page as it makes a journey as memorable as that of the humans above. E BROWN, L. 

Brown, Peter. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. c2013. Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.  E BROWN, P.

Ellis, Carson. Du iz tak?  c2016. Readers are invited to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in the natural world, even the humblest back garden! With exquisitely-detailed illustration that will appeal to children and art-lovers alike, and a wonderfully playful invented language, we soon find ourselves speaking "Bug" ... Du iz tak? What is that? E ELLIS, C.

Clanton, Ben. Narwhal:  Unicorn of the Sea. c2016. A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.  GRAPHIC NARWHAL. 
Coudray, Jean-Luc. A Goofy Guide to Penguins. c2016.  A collection of humorous short two-panel comic strips featuring the fanciful antics of penguins, who are portrayed doing everything from trying to warm themselves with radiators to putting on stylish hats to tell each other apart. GRAPHIC TOON.  

Dean, Kim. Pete the Cat:  Too Cool for School. c2014. Unable to decide which outfit will make him look cool at school, Pete the Cat considers the many colorful choices in his wardrobe before discovering that it is not what he wears, but how he wears his clothes that makes him cool. RDR DEAN, K.

Fleming, Candace. Giant Squid. c2016. A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid. 594.58 F629G 2016
Hanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory. c2014. Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts. 
Harper, Charise Mericle. The Good for Nothing Button. 2017. Yellow Bird has found a button and wants to share it with Red Bird and Blue Bird. This is just an ordinary button. It does not do anything when you press it. But when Red Bird and Blue Bird give it try, they are delighted to find that the button does not do nothing, and that is something! RDR HARPER, C.
Houran, Lori Haskins. Diary of a Worm. c2013. Summary: Worm makes a surprising discovery -- teachers have birthdays! That means Worm and his friends must find the perfect present for their teacher, Mrs. Mulch. RDR HOURAN, L.
Keller, Laurie. We are Growing! c2016. Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up"-- Provided by publisher. 
 Kuhlman, Evan. Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug. c2016.  Hank is a pill bug whose daily routine involves nibbling a dead leaf, climbing up a long stick, avoiding a skateboarder, and playing pretend with his best friend, a human girl named Amelia. E KUHLMAN, E. 
Lang, Heather. Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark.  c2016. The true story about the girl who grew up to be the 'Shark Lady' and became one of the most inspiring scientists in the world. 925 L252S 2016. 
LaReau, Kara. The Infamous Ratsos. c2016.  Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. FIC LAREAU, K.
O’Leary, Sara. A Family is a Family is a Family. c2016. When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby. E O'LEARY, S.
Rau, Dana Meachen. Robot, Go Bot! c2013. A young girl makes so many demands on the robot she has constructed that he runs away. RDR RAU, D.
Sanna, Francesca. The Journey. c2016. What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope. Based on the author's interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child. E SANNA, F
Santat, Dan. The Cookie Fiasco. c2016. There are only three cookies and four hungry friends to share them with. This is not good. This is not equal! RDR SANTAT, D.
 Schwartz, Joanne. Town is by the Sea. c2017. Throughout his day, a young boy thinks of his father who is working in the coal mine that is located underneath the ocean. E SCHWARTZ, J. 
Shea, Bob. What’s Your Favorite Favorite? c2017. Ballet Cat and her cousin, Goat, try to outdo one another while putting on show for their grandmother. E SHEA, B. 
Virjan, Emma. What This Story Needs is a Bang and a Clang. c2017. While Pig conducts a musical concert featuring her instrument-playing animal friends, a surprise guest causes a disruption that threatens to derail the show. RDR VIRJAN, E. 
Wenzel, Brendan. They All Saw a Cat. c2016. In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat. E WENZEL, B. 
Willems, Mo. There is a Bird on Your Head! c2007. Gerald becomes annoyed when a bird lands on his head, and the situation only gets worse until Piggie offers a solution to help him solve his problem. RDR WILLEMS.