Too-Good-to-Miss Books: First Grade

Staff recommendations for children at a first grade reading level.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
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

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.

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!

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

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

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!"

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

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

Syd Hoff
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ho)

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

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!

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

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

Arnold Lobel
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Lo)

Five tales of the adventures of two lovable best friends.

Handle with Care : An Unusual Butterfly Journey

Ellen Harasimowicz
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 595.789 Bur)

Explores how caterpillars turn into butterflies through the journey of a chrysalis that originates in a butterfly farm in Costa Rica and winds up in a museum in Boston.

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.

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.

Hi, Koo! : A Year of Seasons

John J. Muth
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 811.54 Muth)

A delightful little panda bear, Koo, challenges readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons

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

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.

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.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page

Cynthia Rylant
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ryl)
Mr. Putter and Tabby

Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry bring Tabby and Zeke to the library for a special storytime.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Take Away the A

Michaël Escoffier
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 428.1 Esc)

Describes how taking away a letter of the alphabet can change one word into a different word.

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

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 Most Magnificent Thing

Ashley Spires
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Spi)

A little girl is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows how it will look and work. But making it turns out to be harder than she thinks.

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

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

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.

What Do You Do With an Idea?

Kobi Yamada
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yam)

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself.

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.

Young Frank Architect

Frank Viva
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Viva)

A trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York helps Young Frank feel older, and Old Frank feel younger-- and a little wiser.

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.