first grade

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.

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.

The 18 penny goose by Sally M Walker

Eight-year-old Letty attempts to save her pet goose from marauding British soldiers in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.

Arf and the greedy grabber by Philip Wooderson

Arf's practical jokes give him and his sisters a laugh . . . until a real thief turns up.

Chi's sweet home. Vol. 4 by Kanata Konami

Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who on a leisurely stroll with her family finds herself lost and alone. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, she desperately attempts to reunite with her family of feral cats. When the kitten feels all hope is lost, she is found in a park by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. 

What’s the best day for an alien invasion? Halloween, of course. When Eek and Ack visit Earth during the ghoulish holiday, they fit right in with the other trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, so does Wolfy the Wolfman! Now, the terrible twosome must fight off this frightful furball or fail to conquer Earth once again.

Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton

Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, a young coyote pup.

A collection of five stories about a family of silly people, 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.

Amelia Bedelia suggests that her Mom, who is feeling blue, go on a play date while Amelia Bedelia is doing the same, and then enlists her friends to help make chalk drawings on the house, sidewalk, and more to brighten Mom's day with her favorite things.

Two brothers get two giant hissing cockroaches as pets and then must figure out a way to deal with the resulting population explosion.

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

Retells 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"--.

Ike's incredible ink by Brianne Farley

Cleaning his room and talking to his best friend while preparing to write what he knows will be an incredible story, little Ike discovers that he is missing just the right ink to get his project underway, a need that requires extraordinary effort to fulfill.

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.

Big hero 6 by Laura Hitchcock

When a criminal threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo, Hiro designs robotic suits and enhancements for himself and his friends so that they can save the day.

When a gusting wind blows the laundry off the clothesline, Charlie travels the world searching for his favorite scarlet superhero underpants.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that every Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Don't throw it to Mo! by David A Adler

Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.

While everyone in Fairyland is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics, Jack Frost's goblins steal the Sports Fairies' magic objects and mix the stables all up. Can Rachel and Kirsty help Helena the Horseriding Fairy rein things in?

Justin and the bully by Tony Dungy

Justin is thrilled to be on a soccer team. But at his very first practice, he is approached by a tall girl who calls him "Shorty." She tells him he's too little to be on the team and that he should just go home. Justin doesn't know what to do. He loves soccer, but he doesn't want to be teased.

On their first assignment, two young tooth fairy sisters journey by night into the huge world of humans to collect Daniel Dangerfield's tooth and fly it safely home.

Barbie and the secret door by Mary Tillworth

Shy princess Alexa works together with a mermaid and a fairy who have lost their powers to save all the magic in the land.

As the school year begins on Mars, Horus the Martian gets off to a rocky start, but soon discovers that first grade is not really as bad as he thought.


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.


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

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 supervillain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

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 probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too. Check out the feature film inspired by the book, as well as Alexander's other adventures.

Big bug surprise by Julia Gran

Prunella knows so much about insects that people get bored listening to her talk, but when her classroom fills up with bees during show-and-tell, Prunella saves the day. Includes facts about insects. For factual books about bugs, check in J595.

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
Also available in: e-audiobook

These two girls are roller-skaters and marvelous companions who often do not agree -- on socks, or goldfish, or venturing to the Andes. This humorous story relates how compromise helps these two very different individuals remain the best of friends. Check out the video as well as more stories about their friendship.


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.

An inspirational tribute to Anne Frank describes how, after being deprived of the outdoors for years, she found hope and courage while hiding in the secret annex by glimpsing the branches of a tall chestnut tree through an attic window.

A biography of astronomer Annie Jump Cannon who helped develop the system for classifying the temperature of stars. Other astronomers of interest: Henrietta Leavitt, Galileo, Eratosthenes.

Farmer Will Allen and the growing table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.


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