Staff Picks

Too-Good-to-Miss Books: First Grade

Staff recommendations for children at a first grade reading level.

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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever     A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever    
Marla Frazee
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fra)

Friends James and Eamon enjoy a wonderful week at the home of Eamon's grandparents during summer vacation.

Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole     Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole    
Wong Yee
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Yee)

Mole is mad about magic until he takes his friend Mouse to a show that turns out to be all tricks, but then Mouse conjures up a special night program to show him the enchantment found in nature.

Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day     Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day    
Jean Van Leeuween
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Va)

Amanda Pig and her family and friends try to find different ways to beat the heat.

Animals with Speed     Animals with Speed    
Heather Adamson
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 573.79 Ada)

Highlights animals with speed records, including the fastest land mammal, fastest swimmer, and more. See other titles in the Our Animal World series.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!     Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!    
Geoffrey Hayes
    (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Hayes)

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow     Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow    
Andy Griffiths
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Gri)

In these ten easy-to-read stories there is a mixed-up cow that says "miaow," a mole called Noel who plays rock 'n' roll in a hole, and a boy named Mike who rides a bike with a very big spike!

Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery     Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery    
David Adler
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Adl)

While looking for his lost magnifying glass in the park, young Detective Jeffrey Bones and his grandfather discover that Curly the detective dog is also missing, and start tracking down clues.

Chicken Said, "Cluck!"     Chicken Said, "Cluck!"    
Judyann Grant
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Gra)

Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa     Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa    
Erica Silverman
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Si)

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.

Danny and the Dinosaur     Danny and the Dinosaur    
Syd Hoff
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ho)

Danny makes an unusual new friend at the museum and shows him around town.

Dinosaur Dinner with a Slice of Alligator Pie: Favorite Poems     Dinosaur Dinner with a Slice of Alligator Pie: Favorite Poems    
Dennis Lee
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 811.54 Le)

Illustrated collection of funny poems on a variety of topics from dinosaurs at restaurants to staying in bed.

Dragon's Fat Cat     Dragon's Fat Cat    
Dav Pilkey
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Pil)

Dragon finds a fat cat in the snow outside his house, brings it inside, and soon has a family.

Duck! Rabbit!     Duck! Rabbit!    
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ros)

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.

Fox and His Friends     Fox and His Friends    
Edward Marshall
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Mar)

Fox wants to play with his friends, but duty calls and interferes with their plans.

Frog and Toad Are Friends     Frog and Toad Are Friends    
Arnold Lobel
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Lo)

Five tales of the adventures of two lovable best friends.

Harry and the Terrible Whatzit     Harry and the Terrible Whatzit    
Dick Gackenbach
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ga)

When his mother goes to the cellar and doesn't return, Harry goes to search for her and confronts the terrible two-headed Whatzit with surprising results.

Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas     Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas    
Cynthia Rylant
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ryl)
Henry and Mudge books

Henry and his dog Mudge visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas, and lead them all on a wonderful adventure.

Hi! Fly Guy     Hi! Fly Guy    
Tedd Arnold
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Arn)

When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

I Love to Draw Cartoons!     I Love to Draw Cartoons!    
Jennifer Lipsey
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 741.51 Lip)

Brief text and colorful illustrations provide step-by-step instructions for drawing cool cartoon characters and creatures, including superheroes and dinosaurs.

Little Bear     Little Bear    
Else Minarik
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Mi)
An I can read book

Little Bear's adventures include a trip to the moon and a birthday party.

Looking Closely Along the Shore     Looking Closely Along the Shore    
Frank Serafini
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 578.6799 Ser)
Looking closely

Close-up photographs challenge readers to guess the identity of natural objects from the seashore and then reveal the beauty in this delightful habitat.

Max's Words     Max's Words    
Kate Banks
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ban)

When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.

Never kick a ghost and other silly chillers     Never kick a ghost and other silly chillers    
Judy Sierra
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Sie)

A collection of spooky stories and games based on folklore.

On the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe!     On the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe!    
A.E. Cannon
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Can)

Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe go out for seafood with their cat Studley and their dog Dudley.

Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day     Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day    
Kate McMullan
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Mcm)
Dial easy-to-read

Fools' Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse. His best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him.

Penny and Her Song     Penny and Her Song    
Kevin Henkes
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Hen)

Penny comes home from school eager to share her very own song, but must wait until the time is right to teach it to her parents and the babies.

Ponies and Horses     Ponies and Horses    
Fiona Lock
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 636.1 Loc)

Colorful photographs and short sentences introduce beginner readers to the exciting world of ponies, horses, and the people who ride and care for them.

Rabbit and Robot : the sleepover     Rabbit and Robot : the sleepover    
Cece Bell
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Bel)

Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.

Squirrel's World     Squirrel's World    
Lisa Moser
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Mos)

Squirrel's well meaning attempts to help his forest friends do not always turn out as planned.

That's Good! That's Bad!     That's Good! That's Bad!    
Margery Cuyler
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Fortunately Cuy)

A little boy has a series of adventures and misadventures with a bunch of wild animals.

The Frog Prince     The Frog Prince    
Edith Tarcov
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Frog Prince Tar)

Angry at being forced to keep her promise to a frog, the princess finally resorts to violent action, with unexpected results.

The Little Brute Family     The Little Brute Family    
Russell Hoban
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Hob)

Ugly and mean, the Brute family lives up to its name until Baby Brute makes an important discovery.

The Sword in the Stone     The Sword in the Stone    
Grace Maccarone
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 King Arthur Mac)

Despite the boasting of grown men, only young Arthur is able to draw a sword from a stone, thereby becoming king.

The Three Horrid Little Pigs     The Three Horrid Little Pigs    
Liz Pichon
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Three Little Pigs Pic)

When their mother sends them packing, three pigs find awful ways to find new homes, but when the big, friendly wolf tries to show them the error of their ways, the pigs respond by huffing and puffing.

Wallace's Lists     Wallace's Lists    
Barbara Bottner
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bo)

Devoted to making lists about everything in his life, Wallace the mouse discovers the joys of spontaneity and adventure when he becomes friends with his neighbor Albert.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales...     You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales...    
Mary Ann Hoberman
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Hob)

Each short, rhymed story in this collection is like a little play for two voices. Often humorous, this book contains retellings of favorite fairy tales.

Yucky Worms     Yucky Worms    
Vivian French
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fre)

While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role of the earthworm in helping plants grow.