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.
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.
Eight-year-old Letty attempts to save her pet goose from marauding British soldiers in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.
February 12, 2016 | Michelle
Arf's practical jokes give him and his sisters a laugh . . . until a real thief turns up.
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.
Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, a young coyote pup.
January 26, 2016 | visnawj
A collection of five stories about a family of silly people, 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.
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.
January 21, 2016 | jonesw
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.
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.
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.
January 15, 2016 | visnawj
When aliens attack Earth, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk must stop the aliens from taking over the world.
Bathman saves rubber Ducky from the evil Cap'n Squeegee.
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.
January 14, 2016 | Marianne
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.
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 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.
January 14, 2016 | visnawj
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.
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.
January 13, 2016 | 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.
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.
January 12, 2016 | 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 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.
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.
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.
January 8, 2016 | 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.
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.
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.