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Ages 6-8

Books Every First Grader Should Know

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Recounts the events of a day when everything goes wrong for Alexander.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
No matter how hard he pleads and begs, the pigeon is not supposed to drive the bus while the driver is away, but pigeon tries every persuasive trick a young child knows to get you to say, "Yes."Lexile-120L
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.
George and Martha by James Marshall
Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves--inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters. At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont's joyous rhyming text and David Catrow's wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful--and straight from the heart.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.Lexile 370
Series -
Little Bear
No, David! by David Shannon
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
A story-poem about the activities of such unusual animals as the Nook, Wump, Yink, Yop, Gack, and the Zeds.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. Lexile 550
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
It's a rainy day and Dick and Sally can't find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! Lexile 430
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
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.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
We Are in A Book! by Mo Willems
Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?
Updated 10/16/2020