1st Grade Reading List

There are countless books out there to read! You can get books about any topic your child has an interest in – and letting them read things they are interested in will help them want to read more!  But you are also going to want to make sure they read a wide variety to help expand their horizons, introduce lots of rich vocabulary, and expose them to some classic literature.
homeschool 1st Grade Book Recommendations

Book Suggestions for 1st Graders

Here are some suggestions to get you started. This list is by no means exhaustive – not enough hours in the day! But this is a good list of great books that homeschool 1st graders will not want to miss. If you have a favorite 1st Grade Read Alone or Read aloud I’d love it if you left me the suggestion in the comment section!
I will update this list as we read and explore more great books!

1st Grader Read Alone Book Suggestions (Alphabetically by AUTHOR, TITLE)

In 1st Grade kids are able to begin reading themselves. And by the end of 1st grade they can pick up and read many pictures books. Here are some suggestions of books to get you started. But don’t forget to look for books your child has an interest in and check your local library where they can guide you to books at your child’s exact reading level.

  • Armstrong, Jennifer Once Upon a Banana 
  • Barrows, Annie and Ivy and Bean
  • Benchley, Nathaniel The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck 
  • Berenstain, Stan Berenstain Bear’s New Pup 
  • Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree 
  • Bonsall, Crosby and The Day I Had to Play with My Sister 
  • Capucilli, Alyssa Bathtime for Biscuit (Series) 
  • Cazet, Denys The Octopus 
  • Cleary, Beverly Ramona the Pest (series)
  • Cosby, Bill Little Bill Books For Beginning Readers 
  • Coeer, Josephina The Josefina Story Quilt
  • Coxe, Molly Big Egg 
  • Dorfman, Craig I knew you Could
  • Dubowski, Cathy Pirate School 
  • Eastman, P.D.
    • Best Nest 
    • Big Dog — Little Dog! 
    • Go Dog Go!
    • There’s a Wocket in my Pocket
  • Eastman, Peter Fred & Ted Go Camping
  • French, Jackie Diary of a Wombat
  • Freemon, Don Dandelion
  • Fox, Mem Hattie and the Fox
  • Gorbachev, Valeri Ms. Turtle the Babysitter 
  • Hader, Berta and Elmer The Big Snow
  • Hill, Susan Ruby Bakes a Cake
  • Hoban, Lillian Arthur’s Pen Pal 
  • Hoban, Russell A Bargain for Frances 
  • Hoberman, Mary Ann You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together
  • Hoff, Syd
    • Danny and the Dinosaur 
    • Sammy the Seal
  • Howe, James Pinky and Rex and the Bully 
  • Hutchins, Pat My Best Friend
  • Lobel, Arnold
    • Frog and Toad are Friends
    • Owl at Homes
  • Joffe, Laura If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Little, Jean Emma’s Magic Winter 
  • Lopshire, Robert Put Me in the Zoo
  • Marshall, Edward Fox at School
  • McNamara, Margaret First Grade Bunny 
  • McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Duckling
  • McPhail, David Edward and the Pirates
  • Meister, Carrie Tiny Goes to the Library 
  • Minarik, Elsa Holmelund  Little Bear (Series) 
  • Parish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia
  • Perkins,Al The Nose Book 
  • Steig, William Amos and Boris
  • Seuss, Dr.
    o The Cat In the Hat o Green Eggs & Ham 
  • Skofield, James
    • Detective Dinosaur 
    • Detective Dinosaur: Lost and Found
  • Thompson, Laura The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
  • Wells, Rosemary Emily’s First 100 Days of School
  • Willems, Mo There is a Bird on Your Head!
  • Wilson, Karma Bear Snores On

1st Grader Read Aloud Book Suggestions (Alphabetically by AUTHOR, TITLE)

Just about any book can be a good book can be a read aloud as you can explain vocabulary out loud when needed. This is a great chance to expand their horizons and introduce great literature and new vocabulary.

  1. Pertzoff, Alexander Three Names
  2. Ashman, Laim Very last First Time
  3. Atwater, Richard and Florence  Mr. Poppers Penguins
  4. Banks, Lynne Reid The Indian in the Cupboard
  5. Bemelmans, Ludwig Madeline
  6. Benchley, Nathan Sam the Minuteman
  7. Bianco, Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit
  8. Burton, Virginia Lee The Little House
  9. Burton, Virginia Lee Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  10. Cameron, Ann The Stories Julian Tells
  11. Cooney, Barbara Miss Rumphius
  12. Cummings, Pat Storm in the Night
  13. Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  14. Dalgiesh, Alice The Courage of Sarah Noble
  15. Estes, Eleanor The Hundred Dresses
  16. Flack, Marjorie The Story About Ping
  17. Leaf, Munro The Story of Ferdinand
  18. LeSieg, Theo I Wish I Had Duck Feet
  19. McClosky, Robert Lentil
  20. Marsh, Carole Real Kids, Real Places (wonderful mysteries that interweave historical facts!)
  21. Milne, A.A. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
  22. Mills, Lauren The Rag Coat
  23. Paola, Tommie de The Clown of god
  24. Potter, Beatrix The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  25. Provensen, Alice Glorious Flight
  26. Roy, Ron A to Z Mysteries (not a classic, but a wide variety of topics to keep your child engaged)
  27. Silverstein, Shel Where the Sidewalk Ends
  28. Silverstein, Shel The Giving Tree
  29. Osborne, Mary Pope The Magic Tree House Series (not a classic, but a wide variety of topics to keep your child engaged)
  30. Say, Allen Grandfather’s Journey
  31. Saint-Exupery, Antoine de The Little Prince
  32. Sendak, Maurice Where the Wild Things Are
  33. Talley, Carol Papa Piccolo
  34. White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
  35. White, E.B. Stuart Little
  36. Wilder, Laura Ingles Little House on the Prairie
  37. Ziefert,Harriet A New Coat for Anna
  38. McCully, Emily Arnold Mirette on the High Wire
  39. Polacco, Patricia Mrs. Katz and Tush
  40. Wadsworth, Henry Paul Revere’s Ride

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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

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