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Before Entering First Grade

Fun Books to Share

  • Too Many Frogs by Asher: c2005 animals, humor
    Each night Froggie interrupts Rabbit's cozy home for a read-aloud story.
  • Stanley’s Party by Bailey: c2003 dogs, humor
    When a dog’s owners leave for the evening, he gets into a lot of mischief.
  • A Splendid Friend Indeed by Bloom :c2005 friendship
    A polar bear and a goose learn to get along and be friends.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Brett: c1987 fairy tale
    This favorite fairy tale features a young girl who enters the home of three bears who are not at home.
  • Bad Kitty by Bruel: c2005 alphabet book
    Finding that there is no food in the house, a kitty chooses to be very bad.
  • Mister Seahorse by Carle: c2004 animals, fiction
    Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, after which Mr. Seahorse carries the eggs through the sea, greeting other fish fathers.
  • Dooby, Dooby, Moo by Cronin: c2004animal humor
    Duck organizes the farm animals for a talent show at the county fair. The first prize is a trampoline.
  • Diary of a Fly by Cronin: c2005 insect, humor
    While keeping a diary, the young fly records how hard it is to be an insect.
  • The First Day of Winter by Fleming: c2005 counting, rhyming, diversity
    In the first ten days of winter a child brings a snowman to life in a style similar to The Twelve Days of Christmas.
  • Amazing Grace by Hoffman: c1991 ethnic diversity
    Grace is told by a fellow classmate that she can’t play Peter Pan in the school play because of her skin color, but she learns she can do anything she tries to do.
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat by Lester: c1999 fantasy, abilities awareness
    Students in Rodney’s class make fun of him, because he can’t pronounce his name properly; but it is his speech problem that helps to punish the class bully.
  • One Smile by McKinley: c2002 kindness
    While walking through the park with her mother, a child smiles at a discouraged stranger and sets off a chain of events that spreads kindness and comes full circle.
  • Beatrice Doesn't Want To by Numeroff: c2004 realistic fiction, humor
    Beatrice Doesn't Like to Read, but a librarian changes her attitude during a story session in this humorous, well illustrated book.
  • Me I Am by Prelkutsy: c2007 poetry
    A book of poem for children celebrating being an individual.
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Rathmann: c1995 safety, fiction
    When Officer Buckle delivers safety speeches at a local elementary school, the students don’t listen until his police dog Gloria accompanies him.
  • Russell the Sheepby Scotton: c2005 animals, fiction
    Russell experiments with many different ways to fall asleep.
  • The Cat in the Hat by Seuss: c1957 classic
    On a rainy day, two children are visited by a cat who shows them games and tricks.
  • A Bad Case of Stripes by Shannon: c1998 individuality, fiction
    A girl who is always concerned about what others think of her wakes up one day to discover she is covered with stripes.


Learn to Read Series

  • Hello Reader
  • I Can Read Books
  • Puffin Easy-to-Read
  • Step Into Reading Levels 1-4

Math in Picture Books

  • How Much Is a Million? by Schwartz
  • One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints by Pomeroy
  • Ten Sly Piranhas: A Counting Story in Reverse, (A Tale of Wickedness - and Worse!) by Wise
  • When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Kitamura

Classics to Read to a First Grader

  • Leo the Late Bloomer by Kraus
  • The Little House by Burton
  • Make Way for Duckling by McCloskey
  • When Will I Read? by Cohen

Caldecott Award and Honor Books

  • Alphabet City by Johnson
  • Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Musgrove
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window by Juster and Raschka
  • Owen by Henkes
  • The Polar Express by Allsburg
  • A Story, A Story by Haley