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

Looking for a list of 1st Grade Reading Books your child can read? here is a wonderful list of first grade books for young readers to read themselves. Just print the kid friendly book list to take with you to the library.

100 Books for 1st Graders to Read on their own (arranged by reading level) - includes FREE printable book list to print and take to the library and use as book mark. lots of great choices of printable and books!!! Perfect for summer reading and year round first grade book list! #1stgrade #firstgrade #booklists

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! I don’t know about your kids, but mine get frustrated. Really frustrated. So I’ve created this list of 1st grade 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 social isolation / distancing when kids are doing elearning and school at home)
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Note: If you are confused with finding your child’s reading level make sure to read Making Sense of Reading Levels!

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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 (1.2)

  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)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)

  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)

  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)FREE 1st grade book list to print for first graders!

  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)

  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)

First Grade Reading Books

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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Looking for a great 1st Grade Book List? You will love this this of first grade reading books arranged by reading level!

1st Grade Reading Books PDF

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


  • 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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