Too-Good-to-Miss Books: 1st Grade

Staff recommendations for children at a first grade reading level.


Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole

Wong Yee
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Yee)

Mole is mad about magic until he takes his friend Mouse to a show that turns out to be all tricks, but then Mouse conjures up a special night program to show him the enchantment found in nature.


Alfie: (The Turtle that Disappeared)

Thyra Heder
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hed)

Told from the perspective of both the girl, Nia, and her pet turtle, Alfie, and describes what happens when he disappears on the eve of her seventh birthday to find her a special present.


Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Brian Selznick
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Sel)

Who is Baby Monkey? He is a baby. He is a monkey. He has a job. He is Baby Monkey, Private Eye! Lost jewels? Missing pizza? Stolen spaceship? Baby Monkey can help... if he can put on his pants!


Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!

Geoffrey Hayes
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Hayes)

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.


Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow

Andy Griffiths
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Gri)

In these ten easy-to-read stories there is a mixed-up cow that says "miaow," a mole called Noel who plays rock 'n' roll in a hole, and a boy named Mike who rides a bike with a very big spike!


Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery

David Adler
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Adl)

While looking for his lost magnifying glass in the park, young Detective Jeffrey Bones and his grandfather discover that Curly the detective dog is also missing, and start tracking down clues.


Charlie & Mouse

Laurel Snyder
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Sny)

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible book! Join Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana.


Chicken Said, "Cluck!"

Judyann Grant
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Gra)

Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.


A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

Marla Frazee
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fra)

Friends James and Eamon enjoy a wonderful week at the home of Eamon's grandparents during summer vacation.


Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa

Erica Silverman
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Si)

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.


Danny and the Dinosaur

Syd Hoff
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ho)

Danny makes an unusual new friend at the museum and shows him around town.


Dragon's Fat Cat

Dav Pilkey
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Pil)

Dragon finds a fat cat in the snow outside his house, brings it inside, and soon has a family.


Duck! Rabbit!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ros)

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.


Fox and His Friends

Edward Marshall
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Mar)

Fox wants to play with his friends, but duty calls and interferes with their plans.


The Frog Prince

Edith Tarcov
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Frog Prince Tar)

Angry at being forced to keep her promise to a frog, the princess finally resorts to violent action, with unexpected results.


Frog and Toad Are Friends

Arnold Lobel
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Lo)

Five tales of the adventures of two lovable best friends.


Little Bear

Else Minarik
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Mi)
Series: An I Can Read Book

Little Bear's adventures include a trip to the moon and a birthday party.


The Most Magnificent Thing

Ashley Spires
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Spi)

A little girl is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows how it will look and work. But making it turns out to be harder than she thinks.


Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page

Cynthia Rylant
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ryl)
Series: Mr. Putter and Tabby

Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry bring Tabby and Zeke to the library for a special storytime.


My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

Cari Best
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bes)

Zulay is a blind girl who longs to be able to run in the race on field and track day at her school.


Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea

Ben Clanton
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Clanton)
Series: Narwhal and Jelly; 1

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.


Noodleheads See the Future

Tedd Arnold
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Arn)
Series: Noodleheads; 2

Inspired by folktales about fools from around the world, brothers Mac and Mac Noodlehead exasperate Uncle Ziti, are fooled by their friend Meatball, and make a garden for their mother.


Penny and Her Marble

Kevin Henkes
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Hen)
Series: Penny

Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day. 


Prince Fly Guy

Tedd Arnold
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Arn)
Series: Fly Guy

Buzz is writing a fairy tale for homework, and Fly Guy naturally assumes the role of a handsome prince, who fends off a giant and rescues a beautiful princess.


Rabbit and Robot : The Sleepover

Cece Bell
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Bel)

Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.


The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lea)

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.


The Sword in the Stone

Grace Maccarone
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 King Arthur Mac)

Despite the boasting of grown men, only young Arthur is able to draw a sword from a stone, thereby becoming king.


What Do You Do With an Idea?

Kobi Yamada
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yam)

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself.


When Andy Met Sandy

DePaola, Tomie
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Dep)
Series: Andy & Sandy

When Andy and Sandy first meet at the playground, they are cautious of one another, but soon find a way to become friends.


You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales...

Mary Ann Hoberman
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Hob)

Each short, rhymed story in this collection is like a little play for two voices. Often humorous, this book contains retellings of favorite fairy tales.


Young Frank, Architect

Frank Viva
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Viv)

A trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York helps Young Frank feel older, and Old Frank feel younger-- and a little wiser.


Yucky Worms

Vivian French
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fre)

While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role of the earthworm in helping plants grow.