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Chapter Books for 1st Grade

I always schedule reading right after lunch.  I love this time of the day.  The students settle in from recess and lunch and just enjoy a book.  What a great way to set the tone for the afternoon.








I read all kinds of books during read aloud.

I read favorites, like Mo Willems or Pete the Cat. 


I read books I used for teaching but now want the kids to enjoy, like Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies, The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, or This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.

I read books that make us think like Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie de Paola orThose Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. 

I reread old favorites like Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley or In a Dark, Dark Wood.

I love this time because I get to do one of my favorite things -READ  and I get to share my love of reading.  There are no activities to do afterwards, just talk and share what we thought about the book, the characters, the plot, etc.

During this time, I frequently read chapter books.  I am quite picky about the chapter books I read and want to share a wide variety of books. 


Here are some of my tried and true favorites.





Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate diCamillo

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett {I read the entire trilogy to my firsties}

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate diCamillo

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

Junie B, First Grader, Cheater Pants by Barbara Park

The 100 Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker


Check out some of these books this summer.  You may find a new favorite for your class! 

If you know of any other great first grade books for read aloud, please share in the comments!!
Thank you


2 comments

  1. Thanks for the great list of books. I am always searching for great books to share with my first graders. Do you read them in any particular order?

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  2. I read Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride at the beginning of the school year, sometime after the first 2 weeks. It is a great book to get children interested in reading. I read the My Father's Dragon Trilogy after Winter Break and Charlotte's Web in the spring, but no other particular order.

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