100 Books for First Graders to Read Themselves (by reading level)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

100 Books for First Graders to Read Themselves (by reading level)

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Looking for a list of great books for your 1st Grade child can read, here is a wonderful list of books for 1st graders kids to read themselves. Just print the kid friendly library book list to take with you to the library.
100 Books for first graders to Read by themselves arranged by book level! Includes FREE 1st Grade Reading List in the form of a bookmark which is super handy to bring along to the library! (Grade 1)

It can be overwhelming to pick out books at the library. All the early readers are all grouped together and kids can spend a long time opening up each cover to decipher the reading level! I don’t know about your kids, but mine get frustrated. Really frustrated.

Note: If you are confused with finding your child’s reading level make sure to read Making Sense of Reading Levels!

Here are some great ideas for Creating a Reading Nook where kids will want to curl up and read a book!

First Graders

Here are some of the BEST books for 1st grade students to read themselves. You can conveniently order them from Amazon using the links provided so your child to read over and over to achieve fluency OR print the convenient library book marks below for an easy way to get the books free from your local library.

Books are listed from easiest to hardest with the Book Level used by most libraries in parenthesis for your convenience.

Don't miss the FREE printable bookmark with the entire 1st Grade book List at the END of this post!

  Before and After by Joy Frisch-Schmoll (1.2)
  Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell (1.2)
  Baby Pandas by Bethany Olson (1.2)
  Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend by Cynthia Rylant (1.2)
  Flying High by Nick Eliopulos (1.2)
  Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman (1.2)
  Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges (1.2)
  The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt by Stan Berenstain (1.2)
  Ballet Stars by Joan Holub (1.2)
  Mittens at School by Lola M. Schaefer (1.2)
  I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown (1.2)
  Too Many Dogs by Lori Haskins (1.2)
  Money, Money Honey Bunny! by Marilyn Sadler (1.2)
  I Love Rocks by Cari Meister (1.2)
  Great Day for UP by Dr. Seuss (1.3)
  Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.3)
  Richard Scarry's Readers Cake Soup by Erica Farber (1.3)
  Honey Helps by Laura Godwin (1.3)
  Ink, Wink, and Blink Work Out! by Pete Whitehead (1.3)
  We Play on a Rainy Day by Angela Shelf Medearis (1.3)
  See Me Dig by Paul Meisel (1.3)
  Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister (1.3)
  Beep! Beep! It's Beeper! by Carole Lexa Schaefer (1.3)
  Follow Me, Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer (1.3)
  Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems (1.3)
  Noodles: No Kisses, Please! by Hans Wilhelm (1.3)
  Bears In the Night by Stan Bernstein (1.4)
  Sir Mike by Robyn Hood Black (1.4)
  Cowboy Up! By Larry Dane Brimner (1.4)
  Biscuit's Day at the Farm by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.4)
  Cat Traps by Molly Coxe (1.4)
  Snug Bug by Cathy East Dubowski (1.4)
  Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman (1.4)
  Put me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire (1.4)
  Go to Sleep Dear Dragon by MODERN CURRICULUM PRESS (1.4)
  Garden Friends by DK Publishing (1.4)
  Big Brown Bear by David McPhail (1.4)
  Tiny the Dog by Cari Meister (1.4)
  Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him! by Theo LeSieg (1.5)
  Thunder Doesn’t Scare Me by Lynea Bowdish (1.5)
  Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss (1.5)
  The Chick that Wouldn’t Hatch by Claire Daniel (1.5)
  Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (1.5)
  Five Silly Fishermen by Roberta Edwards  (1.5)
  Happy Alphabet!: A Phonics Reader by Anna Jane Hays (1.5)
  Freddie and Flossie at the Beach by Laura Lee Hope (1.5)
  I Can Bowl by Linda Johns (1.5)
  Pig Has a Plan by Ethan Long (1.5)
  The Ear Book by Al Perkins (1.5)
  Sweet Potato Pie by Anne Rockwell (1.5)
  Morris the Moose by B. Wiseman (1.5)
  Velveteen Rabbit and the Boy by Maria S. Barbo (1.6)
  The Bike Lesson by Stan Berenstain (1.6)
  A New Home by Tim Bowers (1.6)
  Monkey Play by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.6)
  How Many Fish? by Caron Lee Cohen (1.6)
  Come Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets (1.6)
  Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer (1.6)
  Messy Bessey's Garden by Pat McKissack (1.6)
  Richard Scarry's Watch Your Step, Mr. Rabbit by Richard Scarry (1.6)
  Fire Trucks and Rescue Vehicles by Jean Coppendale (1.6)
  The Cow in the House by Harriet Ziefert (1.6)
  Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems (1.6)
  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (1.7)
  Old Hat, New Hat by Stan Berenstain (1.7)
  The Big Honey Hunt by Stan Berenstain (1.7)
  Bill's Bike by Andy Blackford (1.7)
  Biscuit Visits the Big City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.7)
  Mice on Ice by Rebecca Emberley (1.7)
  Peanut and Pearl's Picnic Adventure by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (1.7)
  I Shop with My Daddy by Grace Maccarone (1.7)
  Who Stole the Cookies? by Judith Moffatt (1.7)
  Loose Tooth by Lola M. Schaefer (1.7)
  No Mail for Mitchell by Catherine Siracusa (1.7)
  Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss (1.7)
  Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems (1.7)
  A Dozen Dogs: A Math Reader by Harriet Ziefert (1.7)
  Sunshine, Moonshine by Jennifer Armstrong (1.8)
  A Trip to the Zoo from DK Reading (1.8)
  Fall Leaves by Don L. Curry (1.8)
  Car Goes Far by Michael Garland (1.8)
  Mouse's Hide-and-Seek Words: A Phonics Reader by Kathryn Heling (1.8)
  Corduroy's Garden by Don Freeman (1.8)
  The Mess by Patricia Jensen (1.8)
  Sam Gets Lost by Sam Labatt (1.8)
  Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr (1.8)
  Fox and His Friends by Edward Marshall (1.8)
  Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss (1.8)
  Splish Splash by Sarah Weeks (1.8)
  A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock (1.9)
  Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold (1.9)
  Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do by Steve Bjorkman (1.9)
  Carl and the Puppies by Alexandra Day (1.9)
  The Lion and the Mice by Gail Herman (1.9)
  A Smelly Story by Richard Scarry (1.9)
  A Picnic Adventure by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (1.9)
  Hello, House! by Linda Hayward (1.9)
   Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy (1.9)
  Pizza for Sam by Mary Labatt (1.9)
  There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems (1.9)

10 FREE Bookmarks with 1st Graders Reading List

To make it east to find great books for your new reader I made a printable from this list. There are 10 different styles to choose from in both color and black and white.
Free printable 1st grade reading list bookmarks (with books arranged by reading level!)
Just print, fold in half, and laminate to make a convenient bookmark they can bring along to the library. They can go through them in order and check them off with a dry erase marker when they’ve read a book.

By reading books in order they will confidently read and be successful while gaining a lot of practice and exposure to a lot of vocabulary.

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  1. This is AWESOME! Thank you so much. My son has read all the elephant and piggie books by Mo Willems and all of the Biscuit books and we've been floundering around for other book ideas. I'm sure we'll find some great ones on here!