Beginning Readers

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Nonfiction

The people shall continue by 1941- Simon J. Ortiz

 

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.

 

Ready for goosebumps and crazy creatures? Here's a collection of spooky stories featuring unexpected creatures and adventures. Books are suggested for Kindergarten readers and listeners, but remember that each child is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Black dog by Levi Pinfold

The Hope family spots a large black dog outside of their home, and Small, the youngest member of the family, is the only one brave enough to face the dog.

The Cyclops Witch never backs down from adventure or the medley of monsters she meets along the way. But one spooky night, the only thing in the world that gives her the heebie-jeebies walks right up to her door--and it's not what you're expecting.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles, or you can try our May We Suggest service for more recommendations.

Kindergarten

Before she was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Also available in: video | e-video

A lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman honors the woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life, discussing her roles as a slave, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, a nurse, a Union spy, and a suffragist.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Aretha Franklin by Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara

Discover the life of Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul. The fourth of five children, Aretha was born in Tennessee and took the stage at an early age in her fathers church choir. She went on to become the bestselling rhythm and blues singer of all time, and the first woman to be installed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the man who first invented the helium balloons that have become the trademark of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

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.

After a remarkable career in law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, only the second woman to join the Court. Much of Ginsburg's career was dedicated to gender equality and women's rights, as well as working as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU. In her later years, Ginsburg was well-known for her dissenting opinions and often wore elaborate collars when dissenting in Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant in the landscape of American law and will remain an icon for generations to come.

Celebrate the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with one of the many books and movies about her in CPL's collection.

Children's Materials

 

The following titles focus on sports and active play for your beginning reader.

Best friends by Margery Cuyler

When his best friend Sue finds a new friend at school, Pete feels dejected until Sue invites everyone to play together.

Baseball buzz by C. C. Joven

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.

 

 

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. 

J READERS

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.

Part 2 of Learning to Read? Not Sure Where to Start?  Here are some more series and individual titles perfect for your beginning readers. 

See Fred run by Kevin Bolger

This book is part of a phonics series. Kevin Bolger creates funny cartoons using sight words and phonic concepts. 

Fox is late by illustrator Corey R. Tabor

A funny animal story featuring a fox. Fox continues his adventures in: Fox the Tiger.

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