Looking for some great books to read aloud to 1st grade kids? Here are a list of the best 1st grade picture books.
1st Graders are learning to read on their own and need practice reading, but they also need to be read to. At this age they are ready for more complex stories and vocabulary, but they still enjoy seeing beautiful illustrations that make stories come alive to them.
With all the varied needs of 1st graders I’ve compiled several lists of favorite books for you to help your 1st grader love reading (see the bottom of the post), but for this one I am going to focus on favorite picture books for 1st graders.
Note: For your convenience I’ve made it into a free printable book mark so you can easily bring it along to the library.
1st Grade Read Aloud Picture Books
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Marshmallow Incident by Judi Barrett
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
When the Library Lights Go Out by Megan McDonald
Museum ABC by Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
The Polar ExpressThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Sir Cumference: And the First Round TableSir Cumference: And the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Did I miss your favorite 1st Grade Read Aloud Book? I’d love to hear what your families favorite read alouds are for this age. Just leave me the book name and author in the comments section!
More GREAT 1st Grade Books to Read!
Download Favorite 1st Grader Picture Books
To make it easies to pick out books at the library I made a printable from this list. 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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