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Your students are beginning to read on their own as well as participate in guided reading. When I am looking for books to read with first grade students, I love to ask the experts: first grade teachers and homeschool moms! These teacher recommended first grade books are sure to make your classroom or homeschool bookshelves!
Favorite First Grade Books
Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
Teachers love this series in their classrooms because of the sweet characters (Gerald the Elephant and Piggie). The books are also helpful to teach about opposites (Gerald is a careful worrier while Piggie is fun-loving and carefree). Mo Willems is not only a fantastic author; he also illustrates these adorable books that will engage young readers. Once your students devour Elephant and Piggie, start them on the other Willems’s series, the Pigeon books.
Junie B. Jones, First Grader
by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus
We first met Junie B. Jones as a kindergartener, but now Junie is a vivacious first grader which have kept first graders laughing for two decades. The protagonist is not a perfect angel, so she’s a realistic character that all first graders can relate to. Share these fun books with a new generation of first graders and continue to follow Junie as she grows up!
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Deborah Zemke
What a perfect way to start first grade (or end kindergarten)! This delightful book parodies The Night Before Christmas and focuses on building excitement for a new group of first graders. Kindergarten to first grade is a big leap for many students academically and emotionally, so books that can help that transition should be on every first grade teacher’s list!
Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s by Judy Cox, illustrated by Nina Cueno
I love using books to teach math. Integrating curriculum saves time and helps students make connections. This creative story is perfect for a read aloud during math lessons on counting and beginning problem solving. Encourage your students to count other objects to practice after reading about counting these adorable sheep!
Bob Books: Sight Words, 1st Grade by Lynn Maslen Kertell, illustrated by Sue Hendra
These simple readers are perfect for reinforcing sight words in first grade. Since these books are portable, they are wonderful for independent reading time or take home reading folders. Each book focuses on specific sight words, so you can hand out them out to students for practice. Try these out with your emergent readers.
Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
These books are level two readers, but are some of my favorites to read to young children. They are engaging and the stories are just so much fun! Pretty much anything by this author is a great choice!
Little Bear series by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
This series is a great classic series for young readers. The stories are sweet and I love the relationship between Little Bear and his Mother. These books are perfect for all young readers.
Pete the Cat series by James Dean
These books are fun and hilarious! Kids love them and adults love reading them. Books like these are perfect to spark a love of reading in kids.
These teacher recommended 1st grade books will have your students practicing their reading comprehension and fluency skills. You’ll love to share these engaging texts with your young readers!
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