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1st Grade

Recommended Reading List

Alden, Laura.  Cat’s Adventures in Alphabet Town.  J-E ALD

Cat meets “c” words on her adventure in Alphabet Town.


Arnold, Tedd.  The Twin Princes.      J-P ARN

Two chicken princes who are twins take part in a contest to determine which one will inherit the throne.


Bang-Campbell, Monika.  Little Rat Rides.    J-E BAN

Little Rat overcomes her fears and learns how to ride Pee Wee, the very big horse who doesn’t always do what Little Rat expects.


Charles, Donald.  Time to Rhyme with Calico Cat.    J-E CHA

Calico Cat and Shaggy Dog compose rhymes such as “There’s a rose in my nose.”


Danziger, Paula.  Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown.        J-E DAN

Amber Brown loves the second grade but wonders if she will ever receive an award from Deskarina, the desk fairy, for keeping her desk clean.

Guest, Elissa Haden.  Iris and Walter and the Field Trip.    J-E GUE

When best friends Iris and Walter go on a field trip to an aquarium, Walter gets lost, and a worried Iris helps Miss Cherry look for him.


Hort, Lenny.  Did Dinosaurs Eat Pizza?  Mysteries Science Hasn’t Solved.           J-P HOR

While much is known about dinosaur anatomy, behavior, and habitat, the author points out the many mysteries that remain to be answered about these extinct creatures.


Howe, James.  Houndsley and Catina. J-E HOW

Friends Houndsley and Catina are sad because they do not know when their birthdays are, but they solve the problem in a thoughtful and creative way.


Lester, Helen.  Hooway for Wodney Wat.  J-P LES

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can’t pronounce his name, but it is Rodney’s speech impediment that drives away the class bully.


Lobel, Arnold.  Frog and Toad are Friends.    J-E LOB

Be entertained by the classic, short, delightful tales about best friends Frog and Toad.


McNulty, Faith.  If You Decide to Go to the Moon. J-P MCN

This book tells you how to get to the moon, what to do after you land, and most importantly, how to get back home.


Muth, Jon.  Zen Shorts.               J-P MUT

Stillwater, a talking panda, shares Zen stories with three children.  Each story matches the mood and character of the child.


Napoli, Donna Jo.  Albert.            J-P NAP

Albert seems to have opted out of life until a pair of cardinals build a nest in his hand and deposit four eggs in it.


Nicklaus, Carol.  The Go Club.    J-E NIC

Young cats ride their bikes to the park, observing safety practices.


Nixon, Joan Lowery.  Gus and Gertie and the Lucky Charms.            J-E NIX

Fine-feathered heroes Gus and Gertie arrive at the Animals’ Winter Olympics with dreams of gold as Antarctica’s first synchronized swimming team.


Parish, Herman.  Amelia Bedelia Under Construction.                                      J-E PAR

Any time Amelia Bedelia baby-sits for the Hardy family, trouble is sure to follow, this time leading up to some unexpected remodeling of the Hardy house.


Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  Cookies: Bite-Size Lessons.            J-P ROS

Cookies provide the framework for this clever book, but the focus is on life lessons to be learned about sharing, regret, cooperation, and patience, terms which are defined in simple, relevant text and made clear by sweet illustrations.


Rylant, Cynthia.  Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover.           J-E RYL

Henry and his dog, Mudge, are invited to a sleepover in Patrick’s attic, where they watch monster movies, eat pizza, and enjoy a contest to determine whose dog is the best popcorn catcher.


Rylant, Cynthia.  The High-Rise Private Eyes: the Case of the Desperate Duck.  J-E RYL

In their latest case, animal detectives Bunny and Jack help Mabel the duck find out who stole the sugar cubes from her tea room.


Sams, Carl R. and Jean Stoick.  Lost in the Woods:  A Photographic Fantasy.      J-P SAM

In this photographic story, a fawn is discovered sleeping alone in the tall grass at the edge of the forest, which raises the concerns of the animal community.


Scarry, Richard.  Harry and Larry the Fishermen.                     J-E SCA

Two cats find out that fishing can be a wonderful adventure.


Seuss, Dr.  The Foot Book.                  J-E SEU

Describes all the different feet you might see and what you can do with them.


Steig, William.  The Amazing Bone.    J-P STE

On her way home from school, Pearl finds an unusual bone that has unexpected powers.


West, Tracey.  The Show-and-Tell Show-Off.    J-E WES

When Reese takes Robot to school for show-and-tell, Ben tries to show that his parrot, Polly, is better than Robot.


Willems, Mo.  Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct.            J-P WIL

Edwina, the friendly neighborhood dinosaur, friend to children and grown-ups alike, finds a foe in young Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, who insists that she is extinct.


Wilson, Sarah.  My Dress-Up Party.  J-E BLU

Blue, the dog, gets ready and prepares a dress-up party.


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