Books Every First Grader Should Know

Each Peach Pear Plum
Each Peach Pear Plum By Ahlberg, Janet (Book - 1988 )

Annotation:Rhymed text and illustrations invite the reader to play "I Spy" with a variety of Mother Goose and folklore characters.

Digging up Dinosaurs
Digging up Dinosaurs By Aliki (Book - 1988 )

Annotation:This book introduces various types of dinosaurs whose skeletons and reconstructions are seen in museums and explains how scientists uncover, preserve and study fossilized dinosaur bones.

Old Black Fly
Old Black Fly By Aylesworth, Jim (Book - 1995 )

Annotation:Rhyming text and illustrations follow a mischievous old black fly through the alphabet as he has a very busy bad day landing where he should not be.

The Berenstain Bears and Mama's New Job
The Berenstain Bears and Mama's New Job By Berenstain, Stan, 1923-2005. (Book - 1984 )

Annotation:When Mama Bear decides to turn her hobby into a business, each member of the Bear family tries to help a little more around the house.

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon By Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952. (Book - 1982 )

Annotation:Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.

The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider By Carle, Eric (Book - 1984 )

Annotation:The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness.

Click, Clack, Moo
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type By Cronin, Doreen (Book - 2000 )

Annotation:When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and they go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

100th Day Worries
100th Day Worries By Cuyler, Margery (Book - 2006 )

Annotation:Jessica worries about collecting 100 objects to take to class for the 100th day of school.

Strega Nona
Strega Nona An Original Tale By DePaola, Tomie, 1934- (Book - 1975 )

Annotation:When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

Corduroy By Freeman, Don (Book - 1987 )

Annotation:A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him, he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen By Galdone, Paul (Book - 1973 )

Annotation:The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it.

Arthur's Honey Bear
Arthur's Honey Bear By Hoban, Lillian (Book - 1982 )

Annotation:Arthur decides to sell his old toys but is reluctant to part with his old bear.

Bread and Jam for Frances
Bread and Jam for Frances By Hoban, Russell (Book - 1993 )

Annotation:Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal until, to her surprise, her parents grant her wish.

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon By Johnson, Crockett, 1906-1975. (Book - 1983 )

Annotation:Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.

Jump, Frog, Jump!
Jump, Frog, Jump! By Kalan, Robert (Book - 1981 )

Annotation:A cumulative tale in which a frog tries to catch a fly without getting caught itself.

The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day By Keats, Ezra Jack (Board Book - 1996 )

Annotation:The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

Miss Spider's Tea Party
Miss Spider's Tea Party By Kirk, David, 1955- (Book - 2006 )

Annotation:When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

Leo the Late Bloomer
Leo the Late Bloomer By Kraus, Robert, 1925- (Book - 1971 )

Annotation:Leo, a young tiger, finally blooms under the anxious eyes of his parents.

Hooway for Wodney Wat
Hooway for Wodney Wat By Lester, Helen (Book - 1999 )

Annotation:All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Days With Frog and Toad
Days With Frog and Toad By Lobel, Arnold (Book - 1979 )

Annotation:Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it's nice to be alone.

Froggy Gets Dressed
Froggy Gets Dressed By London, Jonathan, 1947- (Book - 1994 )

Annotation:Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.

Blueberries for Sal
Blueberries for Sal By McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003. (Book - 1976 )

Annotation:Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.

If You Give A Moose A Muffin
If You Give A Moose A Muffin By Numeroff, Laura Joffe (Book - 1991 )

Annotation:Chaos can ensue if you give a moose a muffin and start him on a cycle of urgent requests.

Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out By Parish, Peggy (Book - 1979 )

Annotation:Amelia Bedelia shows her niece Effie Lou how to follow instructions to the letter as they dust the potato bugs and sew seeds.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit By Potter, Beatrix, 1866-1943. (Book - 1993 )

Annotation:Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.

Good Night, Gorilla
Good Night, Gorilla By Rathmann, Peggy (Book - 1994 )

Annotation:An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

Curious George
Curious George By Rey, H. A., 1898-1977. (Book - 1993 )

Annotation:The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.

In A Dark, Dark Room
In A Dark, Dark Room And Other Scary Stories By Schwartz, Alvin, 1927-1992. (Book - 1984 )

Annotation:Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.

Chicken Soup With Rice
Chicken Soup With Rice A Book of Months By Sendak, Maurice (Book - 1962 )

Annotation:Sendak uses chicken soup as a unifying theme to present an illustrated tour of the months of the year.

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham By Seuss (Book - 1988 )

Annotation:Sam-I-Am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham.

Farmer Duck
Farmer Duck By Waddell, Martin (Book - 1996 )

Annotation:When a kind and hardworking duck nearly collapses from overwork, while taking care of a farm because the owner is too lazy, the rest of the animals get together and chase the farmer out of town.

Harry, the Dirty Dog
Harry, the Dirty Dog By Zion, Gene (Book - 1956 )

Annotation:When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty that he looks like a black dog with white spots and his family doesn't recognize him.

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