First Graders First Readings

The following lists contain a selection of books for first grade readers.  Most of the authors listed have written several other excellent books at this reading level. to see a title's Lexile number, click on the title and then click on the "Full Record" tab.
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Some of these books can be READ BY a 1st grader, others are good for READING ALOUD TO a 1st grader.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Reading Level: Ages 3-7

Morris Micklewhite likes Sundays when his mother makes him pancakes. He also loves Mondays because he gets to to go school, and there are lots of activities he likes there: painting, singing, snack time, the list goes on. The very best thing about school is the dress up box, where he always finds his favorite bright tangerine dress to put on. The other kids aren't very accepting of Morris wearing a dress, but he is able to find solace at home where he paints pictures inspired by his dreams and imagination.

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This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

A director is trying to make a documentary about the mighty moose in his natural environment, but the moose wants to be an astronaut.

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Itsy Bitsy Spider by Dosh Archer

Reading Level: Grades K - 3

On a rainy day an injured spider is rushed to City Hospital with injuries caused by a terrible waterspout accident.

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Outfoxed by Mike Twohy

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Fox wants chicken for dinner so he makes a quick grab from the chicken coop. When he gets home he finds that he has grabbed a duck by accident, and that duck keeps insisting she is a dog.

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Los vecinos de la c/Quiénsabe by Cristina Zafra

Reading Level: Grades 2 - 4

In this Spanish picture book a young girl meets the neighbors who have moved into the new building next door. Each neighbor she meets is a bit strange. For example, the first neighbor she meets has umbrellas for hands...

En este libro una chica les conoce a los vecinos en el edificio nuevo al lado de su casa. Cada vecino que le conoce es un poco raro. Por ejemplo, el primer vecino tiene paraguas como manos...

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