Looking for some great first grade read aloud chapter books? Here are a list of the best chapter books to read to first graders to make stories come alive and help your 1st graders imagination soar.
First Grade Read Aloud Chapter Books
1st Graders are learning to read on their own and need practice reading, but they also need to be read to. They are ready for more complex stories than can be written for beginner readers so the best way to get 1st graders to read more complex stories with rich vocabulary is to read aloud a variety of great books. I’ve compiled a list of favorite 1st grade read aloud Chapter books to get you started.
Note: For your convenience I’ve made it into a free printable book mark so you can easily bring it along to the library. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the 1st Grade Books to Read
Chapter Books to Read to First Graders
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary follows an adventurous young mouse named Ralph who decides to take a toy motorcycle out for a spin. He is thrilled at the idea that he can explore the world beyond his home, and the boy who owns the toy is even willing to help. Will he have the courage to face the adventnures waiting for him?
How to Eat Fried Worms was written by Thomas Rockwell and illustrated by Emily Arnold Mccully. When Billy’s friend Alan bets him fifty dollars to eat 15 worms in 15 days, Billy takes the bet so he can buy the minibike he wants. He tries his best to hide the taste of the worms in creative ways, but will he be able to eat all of them?
My Father’s Dragon was written by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett. This book follows the youthful escapades of Elmer Elevator, the father of the narrator. The story shares his journey to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon, and all the creatures that he met along the way.
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel is a compilation of short stories featuring Frog and Toad, two friends who are always there for one another. The stories are simple, celebrating the beauty of friendship and the ways that we help one another. The stories are also paired with adorable illustrations of the two living their lives together.
Charlotte’s Web was written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. This beloved story follows a little pig named Wilbur as he makes friends on the farm. His best friend is a little spider named Charlotte who uses her web to share her feelings. The story teaches kids about friendship, love, and death in a sweet and heartwarming story.
The Little House on the Prairie was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Garth Williams. Follow Laura Ingalls and her family as they travel by covered wagon to their new home in Kansas. The family starts to settle in to their new life, and starts farming, hunting, and gathering food for themselves. This is a great introduction to life on the American frontier for young kids.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins was written by Florence and Richard Atwater. Mr. Popper has always wanted to travel to the Poles. So when he is sent a penguin, he is thrilled! But one penguin soon becomes 12 penguins, and Mr. Popper decides to take his group of performing penguins on tour, with hilarious results.
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne shares the beloved stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends Eeyore, Tigger, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Piglet. Travel to the Hundred Acre Woods through the classic illustrations, and let the profound wisdom of the little bear change the way that you look at the world, and the power of imagination.
The Little House was written by Virginia Lee Burton. The Little House lives out in the country, surrounded by the beautiful natural landscapes. But she soon finds the nearby city growing, and moving closer and closer to her. She soon finds herself trapped in the middle of the busy city. Will someone save her from her sad new life?
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos was written by Vivian Vande Velde and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. Twitch the squirrel is stuck in school and being chased by an angry dog. Will he be able to find his way out with the help of the various classroom pets in the building?
A bear called Paddington was written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. This book introduces kids to Paddington Bear, the polite bear who travels from Peru to London and meets the Brown family who take him in. His presence in their home leads to all kinds of adventures.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Join Charlie and four other young children as they get the opportunity to tour Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. There are zany surprises, inventions, and wonders around every turn!
The Indian in the Cupboard was written by Lynne Reid Banks. When Omri receives a little plastic Indian toy from his friend for his birthday, he locks it away in a cupboard. But when the little toy comes to life, he is suddenly faced with some big decisions. This book will stir your child’s creativity and imagination!
Fantastic Mr. Fox was written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The Fantastic Mr. Fox is stealing from the 3 meanest farmers around, and when they figure it out, he has to come up with a fantastic plan to save himself.
Tales of Desperaux was written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. This story follows a brave little mouse named Despereaux, a rat, a service girl and a princess named Pea, as they embark on a big (and sometimes dark) adventure.
Detectives in Togas was written by Henry Winterfeld and illustrated by Charlotte Kleinert. This mystery follows seven young boys who solve crimes in Ancient Rome. When Rufus is framed for a strange crime in the classroom, it’s up to his classmates to find the real culprit.
Mountain Born was written by Elisabeth Yates and illustrated by Nora Spicer Unwin. This coming of age tale follows Peter, a young boy whose family raises sheep, as he decides to raise a small black lamb on his own.
Freckle Juice was written by Judy Blume and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Andrew Marcus is a young boy who wants freckles, just like his classmate Nicky. So when he is offered a recipe for freckle juice, he thinks he has found the answer to his problem.
Chapter Books for 1st graders Read Aloud
To make it easies to pick out books at the library I made a printable list of these read aloud chapter books for first grade. Just pick the style you like and print that page. Fold in half and laminate for a convenient bookmark. Use a dry erase markers to cross off series you are finished with or your child didn’t particularly enjoy. You can also have your child note what book they are on in the series to make picking books up at the library a breeze!
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