First Grade Reading List

The internal struggle between what our kids CAN do and what they WANT to do follows them throughout their school career.  How we address it early has a profound impact on how they address it themselves down the road.  Your first-grader CAN read, but do they WANT to read?  Do they read slowly?  Are they intimidated by “big” books?Sometimes something as simple as the right choices can instill a life-long love of reading.  This list focuses on books using context clues, illustrations, phonics, and common sight words to challenge, strengthen, and encourage first-grade readers.


  1. The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flourno
  2. A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce
  3. A Chair for My Mother by Vera William
  4. Strega Nona Takes a Vacation by Tomic DePaola
  5. Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat by Patricia Giff
  6. Blueberries for Sal by  Robert McCloskey
  7. Amelia Bedelia by  Peggy Parish
  8. Penny Lee and Her TV by  Glenn McCoy
  9. Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey
  10. Katie and the Mona Lisa by  James Mayhew
  11. Wump World by Bill Peet
  12. The Big Balloon Race by  Eleanor Coerr
  13. Pig on the Titanic: A True Story! by Gary Crew
  14. Thomas Jefferson’s Feast by Frank Murphy
  15. The Cat Who Loved Mozart by Patricia Austin
  16. Meet the Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  17. Missing Math: A Number Mystery by Loreen Leedy
  18. The Lion’s Share by Matthew McElligot
  19. The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff by Laura Numeroff
  20. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig


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