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Suggested Titles for First Grade


The following titles may be enjoyed by First Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk or try our May We Suggest service.


Fiction books for First Grade can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, and KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Click on each title for location and availability.

While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret. This story will appeal to fans of Elephant and Piggie who are looking for something a little harder. Also check out Narwal and Jelly in the KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL section.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a super-villain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

Bilal cooks daal by Aisha Saeed

Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done.

A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker

Despite Bear's efforts to ignore his birthday, Mouse will not rest until his friend celebrates. Find more adventures of Bear in J PICTURE BOOK BEC or by searching for other Bonny Becker Bear books in the library catalog.

Despite a dart-throwing episode at a local pub and a case of mistaken identity, Dodsworth and his mischievous duck companion receive a royal invitation to stay at Buckingham Palace during their trip to London. Dodsworth continues his travels around the world in several books located in J READER EGA.

A Happy Day by Fran Manushkin

Katie Woo loves her life and lists the many reasons she is so happy. More stories about Katie Woo, and her friend Pedro, can be found in J READER MAN or by searching Katie Woo in the library catalog.

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Also available in: e-book

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic. If you like this twist on Cinderella, you might also be interested in Reading Beauty.

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

When a girl finds a lost robot in the woods, they become fast friends, but the duo are in for an adventure when a much larger, menacing robot comes to retrieve the smaller 'bot.

Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony--but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Also available in: e-audiobook

Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats. Follow Princess Magnolia's Adventures in The Perfect Princess Party.

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm

The Knight and his trusty horse Edward go on a camping trip, but the Knight cannot sleep when he discovers he has left his beloved teddy bear behind. 

Something About a Bear by Jackie Morris

This book follows the activities of eight wild bears as they find their food and take care of their young.

Under-the-bed Fred by Linda Bailey

Leo knows that there is a monster under his bed, and when he finally works up the courage to speak to him, he is surprised to find out that he is more of a friend than a foe.

In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Although she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else at school, Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny, never hurts another creature--unless she has to. More Bunjitsu can be found in Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move.


Nonfiction titles for First Grade can be found on many topics throughout the CHILDREN'S NONFICTION collection. Click on titles for exact location and availability.

Through the changing seasons, Edna and her family gather fruits, berries, and vegetables from the fields, garden, and orchard on their Virginia farm and turn them into wonderful meals. This book includes facts about the life of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves who grew up to be a famous chef, and five recipes.

Combining quotations on various aspects of freedom from such notables as Anne Frank and Nelson Mandela with artwork by contemporary illustrators, this book provides information about the authors and the artists.

Also available in: e-book

This picture book biography tells the story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who bicycled across Ghana with only one leg. This fascinating story will appeal to anyone interested in hard work and changing the world.

Firefighters' handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter? From attending the Firefighter Academy to training with a team, there are many things you have to accomplish before becoming a firefighter! 

During a visit to a natural history museum, Fly Guy and Buzz learn all about dinosaurs. Fly Guy features in more nonfiction that you can find by doing a title search for Fly Guy Presents.

A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein

Silverstein fans will enjoy this nonsense verse involving a small boy and a hypothetical stretched giraffe. 

Gravity by Jason Chin

This beautifully illustrated book is a great introduction to the force that holds us all together. If you like this style of nonfiction, Jason Chin has tackled other topics in his inimitable style.

Follow the stages that brought a meteor from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History. Hartland breaks down complex actions and processes in kid-friendly terms and includes pages of fascinating meteor details. You can also follow a Dinosaur's and a Sphinx's journey to a museum.

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.

Offers pirate themed nursery rhymes, including "One, Two, Sail Into the Blue," "Cabin Boy Blue," and "This Little Pirate."

Sorting Through Spring by Lizann Flatt

This book introduces basic concepts in mathematics through the plants, animals, and natural phenomena associated with spring.

This introduction to one of the most famous ballerinas in history describes how she was inspired to pursue dancing after going to the ballet as a child and how her achievements have inspired subsequent generations of dancers. For a more modern ballerina, try When I Grow Up, the story of Misty Copeland.

V is for voting by edited by Kate Farrell

An engaging introduction to civil rights, V Is for Voting is the perfect gift for parents who want to start teaching their children the importance of voting and activism early.

The Worm by Elise Gravel

Learn about the earthworm with graphic illustrations and fact-filled text that traces its extensive history as well as its habitats, anatomy, and behaviors. Do a title search for Disgusting Critters to find more information about a variety of creatures.

RSVP and join the ball--a moth ball--and study backyard moths. Captivating photographs show how to lure in moths in order to study and appreciate them. Approachable text with direct address to the reader shows the magic of being a citizen scientist right in your own back yard.