Manchester, Connecticut

Great Books for First Graders

  • Bonsall, Crosby. The Day I Had to Play With my Sister. (JJE Bonsall)
    • An older brother thinks he knows the rules to hide-and-seek, but his little sister has her own idea of how to play, and the resulting confusion, compounded by a lively dog, is hilarious.
  • Eastman, P. D. Go, Dog, Go! (JJE Eastman)
    • A classic romp with some very busy dogs!
  • Hoff, Syd. Danny and the Dinosaur. (JJE Hoff)
    • Danny makes an unusual new friend at the museum and shows him around town.
  • Karlin, Nurit. The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat.* (JJE Karlin)
    • Rat tries to get the fat cat off the mat and back to his usual resting place in the vat.
  • Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends.* (JJE Lobel)
    • Five tales recounting the adventures of two loveable best friends.
  • McClintock, Mike. A Fly Went By. (JJE McClintock)
    • A sheep with its foot caught in a tin can sets off a chase with a fly in the lead.
  • McPhail, David. Big Pig and Little Pig. (JJE McPhail)
    • Although they like different things, Big Pig and Little Pig enjoy spending time together.
  • Marshall, Edward. Fox and His Friends.* (JJE Marshall)
    • Fox wants to play with his friends, but duty calls and interferes with their plans.
  • Meister, Cari. Tiny Goes to the Library. (JJE Meister)
    • Tiny the dog is a big help at the library when his owner takes out too many books to carry home.
  • Minarik, Else H. Little Bear.* (JJE Minarik)
    • Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.
  • Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.* (JJE Parish)
    • A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge in the Green Time.* (JJE Rylant)
    • For Henry and his big dog Mudge, summer means going on a picnic in the park, taking a bath under the garden hose, and going to the top of the big green hill.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Poppleton.* (JJE Rylant)
    • Poppleton the pig makes a friend, reads a library book about adventure, and helps a sick friend get better.
  • Seuss, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham. (JJE Seuss)
    • The story unfolds in classic cumulative rhyme as Sam I Am tries to share his Green Eggs and Ham.
  • Seuss, Dr. Hop on Pop. (JJE Seuss)
    • Pairs of rhyming words are introduced and used in simple sentences, such as "Day. Play. We play all day. Night. Fight. We fight all night.
  • Seuss, Dr. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (JJE Seuss)
    • Suggests in rhyme a number of ways for Marvin K. Mooney to travel as long as he gets going--now!
  • Shaw, Nancy. Sheep in a Ship. (Vroom JJ Shaw)
    • Records the misadventures of a group of sheep that go sailing in a ship.
  • Willems, Mo. Don't Let the Pidgen Drive the Bus. (JJ Willems)
    • Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum in the guise of a pigeon who pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the story.

* This book is part of a series