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100 Fun-to-Read 1st Grade Reading Books (by reading level)

Looking for a list of 1st Grade Reading Books your first grader can read by themselves? Here is a wonderful list full of 100 grade 1 stories for beginner readers. We’ve picked a lot of classic and favorite books to engage kids so they will be excited about reading. Books listed in order of reading level; grap the 1st grade reading books pdf at the bottom of the post to print the kid friendly book list to take with you to the library.

Looking for a list of 1st Grade Reading Books your first grader can read by themselves? Here is a wonderful list full of 100 grade 1 stories for beginner readers. We've picked a lot of classic and favorite books to engage kids so they will be excited about reading. Books listed in order of reading level; grap the 1st grade reading books pdf at the bottom of the post to print the kid friendly book list to take with you to the library.

First Grade Reading Books

It can be overwhelming to pick out first grade reading level 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 just to discover the book that looked fun, was really for older kids! I don’t know about your kids, but mine get frustrated. Really frustrated! So I’ve created this list of 1st grade reading books arranged by reading level. You can either:

  • Click on the book title to conveniently order the book from Amazon and have it delivered right to your home (the way to go during this period of school at home to make sure your children keep working on their important reading skills while eLearning or homeschooling.)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the post, click on the TEXT LINK that says  >> Download << and the 1st grade books pdf will open in a new window for you to print and save.

 

1st Grade Reading Books

Here are some of the BEST books for 1st grade students to read themselves. First grade level books are listed from easiest to hardest with the Book Level used by most libraries in parenthesis for your convenience.

  Before and After by Joy Frisch-Schmoll (1.1) uses simple language to explore opposites in the world to explain the concepts of before and after.

  Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell (1.2) introduces readers to a young girl named Emily Elizabeth and her huge, red dog named Clifford.

  Baby Pandas by Bethany Olson (1.2) teaches kids about baby pandas through simple language and bright, colorful photographs.

  Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend by Cynthia Rylant (1.2) follows the adorable (and large) puppy named Mudge as he makes friends with a cat named Fluffy.

  Flying High by Nick Eliopulos (1.2) shows what happens when the DC Super Friends try to restore peace to Gotham after the Penguin gets his bird friends to help him rob a bank.

  Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman (1.2)  follows all kinds of dogs, big and small, as they run, roller skate and bike.

  Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges (1.2)  follows a team of adorable kittens as they operate machinery on a construction site.

  The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt by Stan Berenstain (1.2)  uses short, simple sentences to take readers on a trip to the amusement park with the Berenstain Bear family.

  Ballet Stars by Joan Holub (1.2) is an easy reader about young dancers who take ballet classes, practice their steps, and prepare for the big show.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)

  Mittens at School by Lola M. Schaefer (1.2) tells the story of Mittens, a little kitten who gets into trouble when his owner brings him to school for show and tell.

  I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown (1.2)  uses short, simple sentences to explore all kinds of bugs.

  Too Many Dogs by Lori Haskins (1.2) celebrates all kinds of dogs through simple text and hilarious illustrations.

  Money, Money Honey Bunny! by Marilyn Sadler (1.2)  is a fun rhyming book about Honey Bunny Funny bunny and how she saves and spends her money.

  I Love Rocks by Cari Meister (1.2) is a fun introduction to rocks of all kinds for young readers.

  Great Day for UP by Dr. Seuss (1.3)  is an energetic book that celebrates the many ways that we use the word up.

  Richard Scarry’s Readers Cake Soup by Erica Farber (1.3)  follows Huckle Cat and Bridget as they try (and fail) to make a cake for Lowly Worm’s birthday.

  Honey Helps by Laura Godwin (1.3)  uses simple words to tell the story of a dog named Happy and the little kitten named Honey who wants to help him bury his bone.

  Ink, Wink, and Blink Work Out! by Pete Whitehead (1.3)  follows three animal characters named Ink, Wink and Blink as they perform all kinds of physical actions.

  We Play on a Rainy Day by Angela Shelf Medearis (1.3)  celebrates the fun of a rainy day as a group of kids learn that a little rain doesn’t have to end their outdoor fun.

  See Me Dig by Paul Meisel (1.3)  introduces kids to a group of dogs who love to dig and have to find the perfect place to do it.

  Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister (1.3)  follows Tiny, the large dog, as he and his best friend go to their favorite places, including the library.

  Beep! Beep! It’s Beeper! by Carole Lexa Schaefer (1.3)  tells the story of Beeper, a friendly alien who likes to do a lot of the same things kids do.

  Follow Me, Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer (1.3)  is a story about a little kitten named Mittens who gets lost while out on a walk with his little boy.

  Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems (1.3)  stars popular characters Gerald and Piggie. When Piggie tries to play her loud trumpet, Gerald struggles with what to say.

  Noodles: No Kisses, Please! by Hans Wilhelm (1.3) follows Noodles the puppy as he tries to avoid getting kissed by Auntie Judy.

  Bears In the Night by Stan Bernstein (1.4)  uses very few words to share a story of the bear cubs leaving the tree house at night through a window.

  Sir Mike by Robyn Hood Black (1.4)  is a story about a young boy named Mike who is ready to fight the dragon he believes he is seeing.

  Cowboy Up! By Larry Dane Brimner (1.4) is a rhyming story that shares the life of a cowboy.FREE 1st grade book list to print for first graders!

  Biscuit’s Day at the Farm by Alyssa Satin Capucilli  tells readers what happens when Biscuit the puppy heads to the farm for the day.(1.4)

  Cat Traps by Molly Coxe (1.4) uses short funny sentences to tell the story of what happens when a hungry cat sets a trap.

  Snug Bug by Cathy East Dubowski (1.4) follows a little bug as he gets ready for bed.

  Put me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire (1.4) features Spot, an animal who wants to be in the zoo, as he explains all that he can do.

  Go to Sleep Dear Dragon by MODERN CURRICULUM PRESS (1.4)  follows a young boy into a dream medieval world where he finds a dragon egg.

  Garden Friends by DK Publishing (1.4)  uses simple words and bright illustrations to teach readers about insects who live in the garden.

  Tiny the Dog by Cari Meister (1.4)  is a story about a young boy and his large dog named Tiny, as they play in the snow.

  Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him! by Theo LeSieg (1.5) is a rhyming story about the kids the narrator wants to invite to a party.

  Thunder Doesn’t Scare Me by Lynea Bowdish (1.5)  addresses a common childhood fear of thunder through the eyes of a young girl and her dog who are trying to be brave.

  Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss (1.5) is a classic tale which follows the main character as he tells Sam-I-Am over and over that he will not try green egg and ham.

  The Chick that Wouldn’t Hatch by Claire Daniel (1.5) tells the exciting adventure of Mother Hen’s unhatched egg, who rolls all over the farm.

  Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (1.5)  follows a baby bird as he searches for his mother and meets all kinds of animals along the way.

  Five Silly Fishermen by Roberta Edwards  (1.5) explores counting with five silly fisherman heading out for a day of fishing.

  Happy Alphabet!: A Phonics Reader by Anna Jane Hays (1.5) is a rhyming trip through the alphabet, with a different character or object representing each letter.

  Freddie and Flossie at the Beach by Laura Lee Hope (1.5)  join twins Freddie and Flossie as they spend a day at the beach with their dog Snap.

  I Can Bowl by Linda Johns (1.5) is an introduction to bowling through the eyes of a young boy bowling with his mother.

  Pig Has a Plan by Ethan Long (1.5) takes the reader on a trip to the barnyard where Pig just wants to take a nap, and has to come up with a plan to avoid the noise his animal friends are making.

  The Ear Book by Al Perkins (1.5)  celebrates ears and all of the things that they can hear in the world.

  Sweet Potato Pie by Anne Rockwell (1.5) highlights how an entire family stops what they are doing when Grandma bakes her sweet potato pie.

  Morris the Moose by B. Wiseman (1.5) introduces readers to Morris the moose, and highlights the similarities between different animals.

  Velveteen Rabbit and the Boy by Maria S. Barbo (1.6)  follows the Velveteen Rabbit and his little boy as they play outside just before a big storm comes.

  The Bike Lesson by Stan Berenstain (1.6)  joins the Berenstain Bear family as Small Bear learns about bike safety from Father Bear.

  A New Home by Tim Bowers (1.6)  tells the story of Matt, a squirrel who moves into a new home, but longs for a new friend.

  Monkey Play by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.6) follows a group of energetic monkeys as they jump, swing, and play in the jungle.

  How Many Fish? by Caron Lee Cohen (1.6) explores what happens when six little fish in the bay meet six little feet.

  Come Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets (1.6) touches on the importance of patience through the story of a young girl who wants to play with the animals in the meadow.

  Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer (1.6)  joins Little Critter and his friends as they build snowmen outside, and decide to feed them some lunch.

  Messy Bessey’s Garden by Pat McKissack (1.6)  follows a little girl named Bessey as she works hard on her little garden.

  Richard Scarry’s Watch Your Step, Mr. Rabbit by Richard Scarry (1.6) is a hilarious tale that explores what happens when Mr. Rabbit gets stuck in cement and his friends have to get him out.

  Fire Trucks and Rescue Vehicles by Jean Coppendale (1.6)   is a nonfiction book that introduces young readers to different kinds of rescue vehicles.

  The Cow in the House by Harriet Ziefert (1.6)  tells the story of a man struggling with a noisy house as he goes to see a wise man for advice.

  Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems (1.6)  joins Piggy and Gerald as they meet a snake who wants to play catch with them.

  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (1.7) introduces the reader to silly characters and situations through colorful illustrations and rhyming words.

  Old Hat, New Hat by Stan Berenstain (1.7)  explores concepts with Brother Bear as he tries on all kinds of hats while shopping for a new one.

  The Big Honey Hunt by Stan Berenstain (1.7) joins Small Bear and Father Bear on a quest to follow a honeybee to find his honey.

  Bill’s Bike by Andy Blackford (1.7) follows a young boy named Bill as he rides his new bike for the first time.

  Biscuit Visits the Big City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.7)  meets up with the little yellow puppy as he visits a busy city.

  Mice on Ice by Rebecca Emberley (1.7)  uses simple language and colorful illustrations of adorable mice characters to celebrate winter fun.

  Peanut and Pearl’s Picnic Adventure by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (1.7)  follows two friends named Peanut and Pearl as they attempt to go on a picnic together and can’t find one another.

  I Shop with My Daddy by Grace Maccarone (1.7)  tells the story of a trip to the grocery store between a father and daughter.

  Who Stole the Cookies? by Judith Moffatt (1.7)  is a mystery story about an empty cookie jar and the animals who are trying to figure out who ate all the cookies.

  Loose Tooth by Lola M. Schaefer (1.7) follows the experience of a young boy with a loose tooth

  No Mail for Mitchell by Catherine Siracusa (1.7)  is a sweet story about a dog mailman who longs to receive mail himself.

  Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss (1.7) explores the many ways that the title character Marvin K. Mooney can leave once it is time for him to go.

  Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems (1.7) follows Piggie and Gerald as they debate over whether or not elephants can dance.

  A Dozen Dogs: A Math Reader by Harriet Ziefert (1.7) joins a group of different dogs as they have fun at the beach.

  Sunshine, Moonshine by Jennifer Armstrong (1.8)  is a lyrical exploration of the sun and the moon shining down on the beach, through the eyes of a young boy.

  A Trip to the Zoo from DK Reading (1.8)  is a nonfiction book that joins two young boys on a trip to the zoo.

  Fall Leaves by Don L. Curry (1.8) uses simple sentences and vivid illustrations to explore the fun of fall leaves.

  Car Goes Far by Michael Garland (1.8) follows a happy car as he goes about his day getting dirtier and ends up needing a bath.

  Mouse’s Hide-and-Seek Words: A Phonics Reader by Kathryn Heling (1.8) makes wordplay fun by encouraging readers to find small words in bigger words.

  Corduroy’s Garden by Don Freeman (1.8) revisits the adorable stuffed bear as Lisa leaves him in charge of watching over the garden.

  The Mess by Patricia Jensen (1.8) tells the story of a young boy who thinks about all the things his friends are doing while he has to clean his room.

  Sam Gets Lost by Sam Labatt (1.8)  follows a dog named Sam who jumps out of the car to explore and ends up separated from his owners

  Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr (1.8) explores what happens when a dragon egg rolls out of the nest and draws lots of attention.

  Fox and His Friends by Edward Marshall (1.8)  is made up of stories about Fox wanting to play with his friends, but he keeps being interrupted by his responsibilities.

  Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss (1.8) is a fun rhyming book that explores different sounds and encourages the reader to make them too.

  Splish Splash by Sarah Weeks (1.8)  is a rhyming story about Chub the fish and his animal friends, all getting into the bath tub.

  A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock (1.9) follows the adventures of a frantic fly and the chase that ensues after a young boy asks him where he is going.

  Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold (1.9)  explores what happens when Fly Guy finds out that Buzz has gone on a picnic without him.

  Dinosaurs Don’t, Dinosaurs Do by Steve Bjorkman (1.9) uses simple language and adorable illustrations of dinosaurs to explain good manners to young readers.

  Carl and the Puppies by Alexandra Day (1.9) follows the adventures of Carl the dog as he attempts to watch over 3 energetic puppies.

  The Lion and the Mice by Gail Herman (1.9)  is a retelling of the Aesop fable through simple language and beautiful illustrations.

  A Smelly Story by Richard Scarry (1.9) follows Huckle Cat as he tries to recover the watch that got carried away in the garbage truck.

  Hello, House! by Linda Hayward (1.9)  is a retelling of one of the “Tales of Uncle Remus”, where Brer Wolf hides in Brer Rabbit’s house to try to catch him.

   Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy (1.9) follows the adventures of little Mabel as she tries to save her baby brother as he floats all over town in a bubble.

  Pizza for Sam by Mary Labatt (1.9) tells the story of Sam the dog as he discovers all the amazing foods that people get to eat.

  There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems (1.9) follows Gerald the elephant as he struggles with birds on his head, and his friend Piggie tries to help him.

First Grade Reading Books

To make it east to find 1st grade level 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 the 1st grade reading list, 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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Looking for a great 1st Grade Book List? You will love this this of first grade reading books arranged by reading level!

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  • Hi Beth, I have loved using this list with our daughter. Thank you so much for taking the time to put these lists together. They are so helpful!!! They take so much stress out of lesson planning!!! I am back to look at the second grade list! Have a great day.

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