Parenting The Best Books for First Graders  

Stan Holton
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What are the best books for first graders? It depends, at least in part, on the child's reading level. By first grade, many children are ready to be done with board books (or picture books) and move on to other types of books. That's what this list includes: some of the best chapter books for 1st graders. Which books are the best? You decide, with your votes. Also, be sure to add any chapter books that your first grader loved/loves. Other parents will thank you!

When considering great books that first graders can read, the first factor must be the child's reading level. Kids progress at different rates, so you might have to try several different chapter books before you find the right fit. The books listed here are, for the most part, tried and true. They are among the greatest books to read to kids of all time, in fact. Many of them are part of a larger series of books, so if a first grader finds one that he or she just adores, there will be more reading to look forward to in the near future. Examples of some great first grade chapter books in a series are 'Dinosaurs Before Dark' (part of the Magic Tree House series), The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster (the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries), 'Judy Moody' (part of a long, popular series of Judy Moody books) and 'Arthur's Birthday' (there are numerous great 'Arthur' books first graders might enjoy).

By the first grade, some children are more than ready to tackle some of the best, most classic books in children's literature. These include 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (and many other brilliant Roald Dahl books), 'The Velveteen Rabbit,' 'Charlotte's Web' and of course, 'Stuart Little.'

Again, different kids read at different levels and they most definitely have wildly varying interests. The key here is to find a chapter book, or a book series, that your first grader can identify with, read easily (but not too easily!) and enjoy over and over.

If you've got babies or toddlers at home, check out this list of the best board books to find some potential new favorites. Happy reading!

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Curious George H. A. Rey, Margret Rey

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Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

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Junie B. First Grader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Junie B. First Grader Barbara Park

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Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

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Henry and Mudge: The First Boo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Dinosaurs Before Dark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Dinosaurs Before Dark Mary Pope Osborne

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The Velveteen Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams

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Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman

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Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

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Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Stuart Little E. B. White

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Ramona the Brave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Ramona the Brave Beverly Cleary

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Countermoon added How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dr. Seuss

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The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Amelia Bedelia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Amelia Bedelia Garrett Christopher

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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Countermoon added Horton Hears a Who! Dr. Seuss

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Pippi Longstocking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren

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Arthur's birthday party is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Arthur's birthday party Lillian Hoban

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Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Countermoon added Clifford, the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

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Flat Stanley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Flat Stanley J. K. Rowling

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The Hundred Dresses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Hundred Dresses Eleanor Estes

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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault

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Doctor Judy Moody is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Judy Moody Megan McDonald

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Madeline is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans

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George's Marvellous Medicine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Miss Viola Swamp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Miss Viola Swamp James Marshall, Harry Allard

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The Case of Hermie the Missing... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That T... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Danny and the Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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The Borrowers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Borrowers Mary Norton

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The Lion and the Mouse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Lion and the Mouse Aesop, Jenny Dooley, Bob Dole

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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh

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The Snowy Day is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

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Kitten's First Full Moon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books for First Graders

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Olivia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Olivia Ian Falconer

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The Little House is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Little House Virginia Lee Burton

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Mr. Popper's Penguins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Mr. Popper's Penguins Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater

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Chrysanthemum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Chrysanthemum Kevin Henkes

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Henry and the Paper Route is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
Countermoon added Henry and the Paper Route Beverly Cleary

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The Door in the Wall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books for First Graders
The Door in the Wall Marguerite de Angeli