1st Grade

 

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?

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

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.

 

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

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.

 

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.

And two boys booed by Judith Viorst

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 by Patricia MacLachlan
Also available in: e-book

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.

 

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.

Back of the bus by Aaron Reynolds

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.

 

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.

One by one, three brave little bears have second thoughts about exploring the interior of a spooky old tree.

While Cam's Aunt Molly is competing in a comedy contest, the expensive plate the winner will receive disappears, and Cam and Eric set out to find it before the contest is over.

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.

The Plant Planet by Jon Scieszka

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 : the explorer by artist Philippe Coudray

Bigby Bear and his faithful rabbit friend explore museums, an aquarium, the mountains, the forest, the beach, outer space, and the moon.

 

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.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

 

Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Catherine Nichols

Follow the adventures of a mischievous boy in a Mississippi River town and his friends as they run away from home, paint a fence, and find treasure in a cave.

Humphrey goes on a backyard camping adventure with his classmates and meets all kinds of outdoor creatures -- even some scary ones.

 

Looking for superheroes like Wonder Woman and Spider-Man? Try checking out one of these super-powered stories. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Aliens attack! by Lisa Shea

When aliens attack Earth, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk must stop the aliens from taking over the world.

The amazing adventures of Bathman! by Andrew Thomas Pelletier

Bathman saves rubber Ducky from the evil Cap'n Squeegee.

 

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Alien ice cream by David Anthony

In this first adventure, the heroes try to keep their cool on the hottest day of the year. Soon, however, they discover that not all ice cream is created equal. Some is created by mysterious aliens who have plans to take over the world.

An A from Miss Keller by Patricia Polacco

Trisha wants to write something that will please her demanding writing teacher, who is rumored to have never given a student an A.

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