First Grade Summer Reading List

Book Series

  • Arnold, Tedd. Fly Guy – Join in on the fun adventures of a boy and a fly.
  • Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Biscuit – Join Biscuit for some big, cuddly adventures.
  • Clanton, Ben. Narwhal and Jelly – Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
  • Lester, Helen. Tacky the Penguin – Join Tacky and his crazy adventures!
  • Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat – Readers will love the groovy tales of Pete the Cat!
  • Scillian, Devin.  Memoirs of a ______. – Are you interested in the memoirs of a goldfish?  A hamster? A parrot? These are the books for you!
  • Willems, Mo. Elephant and Piggie – Humorous stories of Gerald and Piggie will make you laugh every time.

Fiction

  • Arnold, Tedd. Parts – A five-year-old boy thinks his body is falling apart until he learns new teeth grow and hair and skin replace themselves.
  • Beaty, Andrea.  Rosie Revere, Engineer – Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer.
  • Beaumont, Karen.  I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! One creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Oh no–here comes Mama!
  • Black, Michael. Chicken Cheeks (The Beginning of the Ends) – Illustrations and humorous, simple text describe the back ends of various animals.
  • Breen, Steve. Violet the Pilot – Violet’s only friend is her dog until one of her homemade flying machines helps her rescue a Boy Scout troop in trouble.
  • Cate, Annette LeBlanc. The Magic Rabbit – Bunny becomes separated from a magician who is his business partner and friend.
  • Harris, Joe. The Belly Book – Bellies can be used for many things, but it’s important to feed them healthy things too.
  • Lee, Suzy. The Wave – A lovely, wordless picture book. At first a girl is afraid of the massive waves at the beach, but then happily plays on the shore.
  • Lester, Helen. Hooway for Wodney Wat – Children will delight as shy Rodney Rat triumphs over all and his tiny voice decides the day.
  • Lester, Helen. Me First – Being first isn’t always best, as Pinkerton Pig finds out after an encounter with a mean Sand Witch.
  • Lester, Helen. The Porcupine Named Fluffy – A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.
  • Lies, Brian. Bats at the Library – Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the books found there.
  • MacDonald, Margaret. The Squeaky Door – A boy is frightened by a squeaky door, so his grandmother invites in various animals to help him feel secure.
  • McGhee, Alison. Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth – A first grader is frightened on her first day of school after hearing a rumor that her teacher is a 300-year-old alien with a purple tongue.
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae. Pictures From our Vacation – Given a camera that takes and prints tiny pictures, a young girl records a family reunion filled with good memories.
  • Reynolds, Aaron.  Creepy Carrots! – Jasper Rabbit loves carrots,  until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?
  • Reynolds, Aaron.  Creepy Pair of Underwear! – When the lights go out, Jasper’s new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. After trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!
  • Rosenthal, Amy. Duck Rabbit – Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz.  Mice and Beans – How will Rosa Maria feel when she finds out a group of mice are interfering with her party preparations for her littlest grandchild?
  • Shannon, David. Too Many Toys – Although he finally agrees that he has too many toys and needs to give them away, there is one toy that Spencer cannot part with.
  • Sierra, Judy. Mind Your Manners, B.B.Wolf – When B.B. Wolf is invited to the library for a storybook tea, he wants to impress everyone with how polite he can be.
  • Smith, Lane. Madam President – A little girl imagines what her day would be like if she were President of the United States.
  • Willems, Mo. We are in a Book – Full of authentic emotions about what makes friendships tick.

Nonfiction

  • Bleiman, Andrew. Splish, Splash, ZooBorns! – Beat the summer heat with these adorably splash-tastic baby animals.
  • Cooper, Wade. On the Road – Learn about all types of vehicles in this nonfiction easy reader.
  • Hall, Katy. Simms Taback’s Great Big Book of Spacey, Snakey, Buggy Riddles – Riddles to make you laugh or groan.
  • Katz, Alan. Going, Going, Gone!: And Other Silly Dilly Sports Songs – New lyrics to well-known sports songs, like “On Top of the Bleachers.”
  • McCarthy, Meghan. Astronaut Handbook – Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?
  • Meltzer, Brad. I am…(series) – These picture book biographies inspire kids to dream big, one role model at a time (Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, etc.).
  • Schwartz, David. Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed and Revealed – Playful poems offer clues about each animal’s identity and whereabouts.
  • Simon, Seymour. Incredible Sharks – Find out cool facts about these impressive hunters.
  • Sneed, Collard. Pocket Babies and Other Marsupial – Learn about the fascinating marsupials of the world, including opossums, kangaroos, koalas and others.
  • Taylor, Sean. Goal! – Where there’s a ball…there will always be someone who wants to play soccer.