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First Grade Reading List

Here is the list of books Hedgie recommends for First Grade. Click on the title to see the book and any reviews by teachers and students.   You can also search on the title for different versions of the books (paperback, hardcover, audio cassette, etc).

If there is no link, Hedgehog does not carry the book and it may no longer be published.  You might find these books in your library or in a used bookstore.

 

 

Madeline's Christmas

Madeline's Christmas
by Ludwig Bemelmans

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Ages 5-6; Fun filled reading for first graders

Madeline returns for more mischief and a merry Christmas adventure in Ludwig Bemelmans' glorious rediscovered masterpiece. Something is not right with the famous "twelve little girls in two straight lines." All of them are sick in bed with head colds except the brave Madeline, who must now run the school. Even the indomitable Miss Clavel is not feeling very well. But during this Christmas time crisis, Madeline finds a remarkable helper, the rug-selling magician. Soon, his spells and 12 rugs are flying 12 girls home for the holidays to see their families. Everyone gets her Christmas wish when Madeline's in charge!

   

 

Bad Dog, Marley!

Bad Dog, Marley!
by John Grogan

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Age 5 to 6; Fun filled reading for first graders

John Grogan's charming bestselling memoir, Marley & Me, comes vividly to life in this colorful kids' tale as Cassie and Baby Louie watch their new little Lab get into big trouble.

   

 

Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That Is My Book

Charlie and Lola™: But Excuse Me That Is My Book
by Lauren Child

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Age 5 to 6; Fun filled reading for first graders

When Lola's favorite book in the library is not there, it's up to Charlie to save the day. But can he help his little sister discover that there is more than one extra-special book to be found in the library?

   

 

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White

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Age 6 and up; Fun filled reading for first graders

Books like Charlotte's Web seem to come around once in a blue moon. E.B. White's classic tale of the true meaning of friendship and love, growing up and the courage to face the many challenges of life is one of those books that will make you fall in love with reading all over again.

The story of Wilbur, a humble pig whose life is saved twice has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of millions of people of all ages since it was published in 1952. Read this wonderful Newbery Honor Medal winner again—or share it with someone you love. It's "some book!"

   

 

Go Diego Go! Level 1 Ready-To-Read

Go Diego Go!™ Level 1 Ready-To-Read
by Simon & Schuster

Mem. Ed. $12.99

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Age 4 to 6; Fun filled reading for first graders

In these exciting stories, Diego and sidekick Baby Jaguar rescue rainforest animals and help beginning readers learn to read with lots of word repetition, familiar words and phrases, and simple sentences.

   

 

Grandma's Smile

Grandma's Smile
by Randy Siegel

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Ages 5-6; Fun filled reading for first graders

"It's not so easy being six and three-quarters, but I can't complain. A guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do," says the intrepid young hero at the center of this very sweet tale. Braving long airport lines, stomaching rubbery airport food and keeping your cool can be trying for even the most brave traveler, but for this boy it's totally worth it! Because he's heading south on a very important mission to help his grandma find her smile. Luckily, he won't have to look very hard.

Grandma's Smile, by Randy Siegel and illustrator DyAnne DiSalvo, is the perfect read-aloud to share with Grandma.

   

 

Grandpa's Tractor

Grandpa's Tractor
by Michael Garland

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Ages: 5-6; Fun filled reading for first graders

A great book to sit on grandpa's lap and read. A storybook sure to spark the imagination and tug at the heartstrings of all who read it! Grandpa Joe has many fond memories of the old farm where he grew up, especially of his father's red tractor. He couldn't be happier to take his grandson Timmy back to the site where the farmhouse once stood. As Grandpa talks about his childhood home Timmy shares in his excitement, especially when he imagines the farm as it was before rows of corn were replaced with rows of houses.

Grandpa's Tractor is another wonderful book from Michael Garland, the award-winning, bestselling author of so many imaginative tales including Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook and Miss Smith and the Haunted Library.

   

 

The Looking Book

The Looking Book
by P.K. Hallinan

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Ages: 5-6; Fun filled reading for first graders

What if you had a pair of "lookers," a magical pair of very special glasses that help you see all the things you might otherwise overlook? That's what Kenny and Mikey find out when their mom declares a moratorium on cartoon watching, hands them each a pair of lookers to put on, and herds them outside to embark on their own adventure. What happens next is, according to the boys themselves, "amazing," "incredible," even "unbelievable"! P. K. Hallinan's clever rhyming verse and Patrice Barton's quirky illustrations in The Looking Book make it so much fun to tag along with the brothers as they discover what happens when you turn off the TV and take time to explore the great outdoors right in your own backyard!

   

 

Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McClosky

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Ages: 2-4; Fun filled reading for first graders

The busy Boston streets are too dangerous for eight little ducklings! But with a little help from a friendly policeman Mrs. Mallard and her family arrive safely at their new home. The public garden was no place for ducklings when they were first born, but now they are old enough to brave the raucous crowds and swim with the giant swan boats.

   

 

A Pirate's Guide To First Grade

A Pirate's Guide To First Grade
by James Preller

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Ages: 2-4; Fun filled reading for first graders

The first day of first grade isn't as easy as it looks: there's getting dressed, eating breakfast, getting on the bus and then meeting a new teacher. It's all pretty daunting—unless you are a boy with a band of pirates by your side. These pirates may be a bit old for first grade, but they sure do have a lot to learn—how to sit still, be quiet and (AHOY, mateys!) pay attention. They are good company though and when the first day of first grade is over, everyone feels confident about the school year to come.

With A Pirate's Guide to First Grade, James Preller and Greg Ruth take on a milestone event and make it both hilarious and tender. Here is a treasure trove of fun for the first grader in all of us. (Ages 5-6)

 

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