First Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

Research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are some titles to get you started. Please note that the reading level of the books suggested varies. If you child is already reading, have him or her read a page of the book aloud to you to see if it is a good fit. If they struggle with more than a few words on the page, it is probably too difficult, but the book would still be a great book to read aloud to your child.

Fun Books to Share
And I Mean It, Stanley by Crosby Bonsall
• Arthur series by Marc Brown
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
• Berenstain Bear series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish
The Eye Book by Theo LeSieg
• Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
• Froggy series by Jonathan London
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
• Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman
• Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Learning to Read Series
• Hello Reader!
• I Can Read Books
• Puffin Easy-to-Read
• Step Into Reading Levels 1–4
Alphabet Books
Animalia by Graeme Baese
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
Math in Picture Books
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy
Ten Sly Piranhas: A Counting Story in Reverse, (A Tale of Wickedness—and Worse!) by William Wise
When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Satoshi Kitamura
Classics to Read to a First Grader
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
When Will I Read? by Miriam Cohen
Caldecott Awards and Honor Books
Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka
Owen by Kevin Henkes
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley