September 29, 2020 | strande
Ready for goosebumps and crazy creatures? Here's a collection of spooky stories featuring unexpected creatures and adventures. Books are suggested for First Grade readers and listeners, but remember that each child is different and might find something interesting at another level.
It's midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn't scared. Of course I am not scared. Nothing can scare lord Vader! Correct. Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark. So what is Darth Vader scared of?
Finn and Cara live by the sea in Ireland. When their daid makes a small curragh for them, he warns them to never go to Fog Island, a dark and dangerous place. But one day, while out in the boat, a fog envelopes the siblings and strong currents carry them to the island.
September 27, 2020 | strande
Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.
Learn about the pioneer of children's books--John Newbery himself. Most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, but Newbery imagined them with entertaining stories and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment.
Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world's most beloved toys.
September 27, 2020 | strande
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.
September 17, 2020 | strande
The following titles focus on sports and active play for your beginning reader.
When his best friend Sue finds a new friend at school, Pete feels dejected until Sue invites everyone to play together.
Jackson loves baseball, but a bee in the outfield causes him to miss a fly ball, and the game is stopped until the bee finally departs.
Part of the Starting Line Readers series.
September 17, 2020 | strande
Trying to satisfy a princess-obsessed reader? Look no further. The following titles are full of royalty and mythical creatures, and some ordinary characters with extraordinary flair.
In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, Hansel and Gretel are eat a lot of junk food and aren't very active. Their father, the woodcutter, plans a trip for them to the woods for exercise. But the children get lost and discover a hungry--but health-conscious--witch!
Part of the Tadpoles Fairy Tale Twists series.
February 5, 2019 | strande
Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for First Grade, but since every Reader is different, you might find something interesting at another level. For more suggestions, you can always ask a librarian.
On the day of the talent show, a boy is ready to sing his song, and he isn't one bit scared because he has practiced a billion times, plus he's wearing his lucky blue boots and his pants with all ten pockets. But as all of the other kids perform before him, he gets more and more nervous.
Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes traveling--and soon he is a family and school favorite.
For more Barkus, check out Dog Dreams.
February 16, 2016 | jonesw
Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.
From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.
In 1801, in Chesire, Massachusetts, Elder John Leland organizes his fellow townspeople to make a big cheese for President Jefferson who up until that time had been forced to eat inferior cheeses.
February 15, 2016 | Michelle
Put on your detective cap and get sleuthing with one of these mystery stories. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.
Detective Paw and Patrol Officer Prickles must track down who stole a painting from the Big City Art Museum.
Daily Tombs newspaper reporter Dirk Bones, who also happens to be a skeleton, investigates when a family of ghosts fears that they are being haunted.
February 12, 2016 | Michelle
Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.
Carbon dioxide is out of control on Earth, and the fate of humankind rests in the paws of four experimental, untested Animal Astronauts (AlphaWolf, SmartHawk, LaserShark, and StinkBug) who are seeking another habitable planet; first destination is the Plant Planet which at first looks perfect, except that the abundant plant life can think for itself--and it thinks that it really does not like the AstroNuts.
Bigby Bear and his faithful rabbit friend explore museums, an aquarium, the mountains, the forest, the beach, outer space, and the moon.
January 26, 2016 | visnawj
Looking for something to read that will tickle your funny bone? Try one of these humorous books. Some titles will give you a chuckle, while others will make you burst out with laughter. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.
This collection of five stories about a family of silly people is based on noodle folklore from America, India, Japan, Korea, and the Arabian Nights.
A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.