Suggested Summer Reading: 1st Grade

2020 Suggested Summer Reading – 1st Grade


Popular
Picture Books 

  • 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar (RL: 1.5). When 7 is accused of eating 9, worried 6 hires a detective to investigate. 
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat (RL: 3.3). After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds. 
  • Bad Seed by Jory John (RL: 1.3). A bad seed who cuts in line, never washes his hands or feet, and lies. 
  • Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan (RL: 2.3). Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes traveling--and soon he is a family and school favorite. 
  • Baseball Buzz (Sports Illustrated Kids Series) by C.C. Joven (RL: 0.7). Jackson loves baseball, but a bee in the outfield causes him to miss a fly ball, and the game is stopped until the bee finally departs. 
  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (RL 3.0). When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit. 
  • Biscuit Flies a Kite (Biscuit Series) by Alyssa Capucilli (RL: 0.7). It seems like the perfect day to fly a kite, until-oh, no!-the wind begins to blow it away!  
  • The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien (RL: 3.6). An introduction to the blobfish and other facts about sea creatures in the deepest reaches of the ocean. 
  • The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak (RL: 1.6). In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what. 
  • Charlotte the Scientist is Squished! by Camille Andros (RL: 2.9). Charlotte, a serious scientist and a bunny, uses the scientific method to solve her problem: being squished by her many brothers and sisters. 
  • Dear Boy or Dear Girl by Amy Rosenthal (RL: 1.3). Life lessons about how to be strong and love yourself. 
  • Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter (RL: 1.5). The only rule in Larry's book is that the reader not push the button, but when no one is looking, it may be irresistible. 
  • Don’t Throw It to Mo by David Adler (RL: 1.5). Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. 
  • Drawn Together by Mihn Le (RL: 2.8). A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy. 
  • Fly Guy’s Big Family by Tedd Arnold (RL: 1.4). Fly Guy misses his family, so Buzz invites them to a surprise party and his mother, father, and thousands of brothers and cousins show up. 
  • Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell (RL: 2.4). A magical story about a little girl and a dragon who dream up a plan to share their love of books and stories. 
  • The Good Egg by Jory John (RL: 1.9). A very good egg learns to relax and not be perfect all the time. 
  • Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick (RL 1.6). When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world. 
  • How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk (RL: 1.7). Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, need to build a sandcastle before summer vacation is over, and they're going to do it using code. 
  • I Lost my Tooth by Mo Willems (RL: 1.4). Friends search for Zoom Squirrel's missing baby tooth. 
  • The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau (RL: 2.2). Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. 
  • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (RL: 2.2). Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board.  
  • King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler (RL: 1.4). Kayla, has baked some treats for a friend's new puppy but some go missing and it is up to King to find the culprit. 
  • Moo Moo in a Tutu by Tim Miller. Moo Moo the cow surprises her roommate Mr. Quackers the duck when she decides to become a ballerina. 
  • Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins (RL: 2.7). Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself.  But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite.  
  • Mouse and Hippo by Mike Twohy (RL: 1.8). When Hippo saves Mouse after he falls into the lake, Mouse paints his new friend's portrait to thank him. 
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton (RL: 2.0). Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. Join them as they discover the whole wide ocean together. 
  • Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School by Kim Dean (RL: 0.8). Pete the Cat asks everyone for advice on what to wear so he can look cool but figures out that he only needs to be himself to be cool. 
  • Snail & Worm Again by Tina Kügler (RL: 0.9). Snail and worm show what it means to come out of their own shall. 
  • Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea (RL: 1.9). Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn. 
  • We Dig Worms!  by: Kevin McCloskey (RL 1.9). Learn fun facts about worms and their important role in our environment. 
  • What to Do with a Box by Jane Yolen (RL 1.6). A simple box can be a child's most imaginative plaything. 
  • Where are My Books? By Debbie Ridpath (RL: 2.4). A boy investigates a squirrelly situation to track down his missing stories. 
  • Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom and Salaam by Fauzia Gilani-Williams (RL: 2.0). Two neighbors have always been best friends. When they both fall on hard times, can they find a way to help each other? 
  • You Will be my Friend! By Peter Brown (RL: 2.0). Lucy, a young bear, starts her day determined to make a new friend but her enthusiasm leads to all sorts of problems until, just as she is about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her. 
  • You’re Missing It! by: Brady Smith (RL: 0.8). A busy Hollywood couple spins a hilarious cautionary tale about what happens when you are glued to your phone.  

Informational 

  • All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon (RL: 1.8). Follows a group of family members and friends through the course of a day as they learn the importance of all things great and small 
  • Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Cen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge?  by Carrie Clickard (RL: 1.7). Get to know Chef Joyce Chen who is famous for popularizing Chinese food in the northeastern United States. 
  • Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins (RL: 4.2). Text and illustrations explore unusual animal locomotion. 
  • The Flying Girl: How Aida De Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle (RL: 4.4). The true story of Aída de Acosta, the first woman to fly a motorized aircraft. 
  • Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray (RL: 1.9). Learn just why the mother nesting bird stays quiet and still while sitting on her eggs. 
  • If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams (RL: 4.8). What would happen if sharks disappeared from our planet? 
  • What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins (RL: 3.0). Looks at the ways in which different animals use their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails. 
  • The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin (RL: 1.7). A deaf baseball player leaves a lasting impression on the game when he introduces signs for "strike" and "ball. 
  • Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor (RL: 2.3). An autobiographical picture book of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. 
  • Poetry 
    Change: A Child’s First Poetry Collection by Charlotte Zolotow (RL: 3.6). Poems and color illustrations show the changing of the seasons. 
  • Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer (RL: 2.2). A little boy's animal friends help him discover the poetry to be found in nature. 
  • Hi, Koo!  by Jon Muth (RL: 2.3). Contains twenty-six illustrated haikus about the four seasons. 
  • Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia Maclachlan (RL 1.9). A collection of fourteen poetic examples of a dog's life from the perspective of the animals. 
  • This is the Earth by Diane Z. Shore (RL: 4.1). Learn how to create a greener, healthier world. 
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano (RL: 2.8). A book of poetry moving through the seasons.  

Pennsylvania Youngs Reader’s Choice K-3 Nominees 2020-2021 

  • Billie Jean!  How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women’s Sports by Mara Rockliff 
  • Can I Be Your Dog?by Troy Cummings 
  • Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!by CeCe Bell 
  • A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade 
  • Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon by Suzanne Slade 
  • Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore 
  • Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlifeby Sarah Grace Tuttle 
  • Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz 
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero 
  • The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier 
  • Potato Pants by Laurie Keller 
  • Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty 
  • Sign Off by Stephen Savage 
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach 
  • Warren  and Dragon: 100 Friends by Ariel Bernstein 

Series for 1st Graders

  • Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish 
  • A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy 
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruell 
  • Black Lagoon Adventures by Mike Thaler 
  • Bramble and Maggie by Jessie Haas  
  • Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman 
  • Cam Jansen by David Adler 
  • Captain Awesome by Stan Kirby 
  • Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder 
  • Cork and Fuzz by Dori Chaconas 
  • Cowgirl Kate by Erica Silverman 
  • The Critter Club by Callie Barkley 
  • Dino Sports by Lisa Wheeler 
  • The Data Set by Ada Hopper 
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon 
  • Dragon by Dav Pilkey 
  • Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems 
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown 
  • Franny K. Stein by Jim Benton 
  • Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan 
  • Henry & Mudge by Cynthia Rylant 
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park 
  • Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin 
  • King and Kayla by Dori Hillestad Butler 
  • Little Rhino by Ryan Howard 
  • Lola LeVine, Drama Queen by Monica Brown 
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant 
  • Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat 
  • Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott 
  • Pigeon Books by Mo Willems 
  • Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant 
  • Princess in Black by Shannon Hale 
  • Roscoe Riley by Katherine Applegate 
  • Sofia Martinez by Jacqueline Jules 
  • What Do You Do with a: Problem? / Chance / An idea? by Kobi Yamada 
  • Who Would Win? by Jerry Pallotta 
  • Zoo Borns by Andrew Bleiman