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Summer Reading List 

First Grade Summer Reading List


Barrett, Judy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town except for its weather, which came three times a day, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Becker, Bonnie, A Visitor for Bear
A friendship is forged between Bear, who wants no visitors, and mouse, who won’t leave Bear alone.

Child, Lauren, I am Too Absolutely Small for School
When Lola is worried about starting school her older brother Charlie reassures her.

Cronin, Doreen, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
Farmer Brown’s cows like to type. But his problems really start when his cows start leaving him notes!

Dooley, Norah, Everybody Cooks Rice
Carrie travels from one house to another looking for her brother at dinnertime. Each family invites her in for a taste of what they are cooking.

Falconer, Ian, Olivia
Olivia is constantly on the move, dreaming big dreams, and meeting every challenge head-on.

Henkes, Kevin, Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum loved her name…until she went to school.

Hobbie, Holly, Toot and Puddle
The activities of two pigs, one a homebody and the other an enthusiastic world traveler, are contrasted in illustrations brimming with humor.

Hutchins, Pat, Rosie’s Walk
Rosie the hen leaves the chicken coop and sets out for a little walk. Right behind her is the fox slyly trying to catch up with her.

Martin, Bill, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
In this lively alphabet rhyme all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree.

Meddaugh, Susan, Martha Speaks
When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog Martha, Martha begins to speak. But having a talking dog is not as fun as it seems.

McMullan, Kate, I Stink!
An enthusiastic garbage truck describes the hearty joys of its daily rounds.

Rayner, Catherine, Augustus and His Smile
Augustus the tiger has lost his smile. Not knowing where to find it, he begins a quest that takes him all over the world.

Sendak, Maurice, Where the Wild Things Are
Max is sent to bed without supper and sails away to the land of Wild Things where he is made king.

Shannon, David, Duck on A Bike
A Duck spies a red bicycle and gets "a wild idea."

Slate, Joseph, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
This rhyming and brightly illustrated book is an ideal way to practice the alphabet while introducing young children to kindergarten.

Steig, William, Doctor De Soto
Doctor De Soto, a well-respected mouse-dentist, is friendly and professional toward all patients with the exception of "cats and other dangerous animals," as stated clearly on the sign outside the office.

Swanson, Susan Marie, The House in the Night
A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children.

Wiesner, David, Flotsom
A wave deposits an old-fashioned contraption at the feet of an inquisitive young beachcomber. It’s a Melville underwater camera, and the excited boy quickly develops the film he finds inside.

Willems, Mo, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
Wilbur is different from the other Naked Mole Rats in his Colony, because he wears clothes (and he likes it!).

Yolen, Jane, How Do Dinosaurs go to School?
What would happen if dinosaurs went to schools like children?


Easy Readers

Capucilli, Alyssa, Biscuit (I Can Read! series)
Join Biscuit on his puppy adventures with this short and repetitive text.

Hoff, Syd, Who Will By My Friends? (any title by author)
Freddy is looking for friends to play with; clear text requires some word decoding.

Maslen, Bobby Lynn, Bob Books
These books come in sets designed for early readers learning to put sounds and sentences together.

McDonald, Megan, Beezy and Funnybone (series)
A longer text for readers who are ready to decode words on their own.

Minarik, Else Holmelund, Little Bear (and other Little Bear books)
This is the first I Can Read Book ever, and the first of five classic Little Bear books, expressly designed for beginning readers.

Rylant, Cynthia, Puppy Mudge (Ready-to-Read series)
The prequel to Rylant’s Henry and Mudge series is perfect for early readers with limited sight vocabulary.

Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat is a fun classic to practice reading and rhyming.


Non-Fiction Authors

Aruego, Jose, Weird Friends
In the animal kingdom, you just can't predict who will be friends with who.

Backer, Miles, Travelin’ the Northeast                                                                    A combination of I-Spy, geography lesson, map reading, and facts about each state is jam-packed with information.  And it's FUN!

Fanelli, Sara, Mythological Monsters                                                                      An introduction to the stories of fourteen monsters from Greek mythology.

Hillman, Ben, How Big Is It?                                                                                      In this book, wildly different objects are taken out of their normal context and placed next to one another to allow for new and exciting perspectives.

Hooper, Meredith, Who Built the Pyramid?
In this innovative nonfiction title, everyone from the mighty king to the lowly water carrier claims to have built this massive monument

Waring, Geoff, Oscar and the Bat: A Book about Sound
When Oscar hears a blackbird singing in the meadow, Bat swoops in to talk to him about sound.

Williams, Rozanne Lanczak, The Coin Counting Book
A bold design encourages play with actual coins while reading the book.