Let your soon-to-be 6- and 7-year-old 1st grade (1st grade) students practice their growing reading skills with the best, most highly recommended 1st grade books!
These are favorite books for beginners, from the simplest books with a few words per page to the opening chapter books with one sentence per page. (For my kids it’s 1st grade, but for some it’s earlier and for others it’s later. All growth stages are great!) You can read it in my summer Find harder books on the list for 2nd grade and more book recommendations for 5- and 6-year-olds here.
Get your first graders to read lots and lots of books this summer!
Remember to help your first graders identify those hard-to-read words and “voice” using more than typical (and often useless) word attack strategies. Try these word attack strategies and download free printable bookmarks.
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If your first grader likes a book, buy more books from the same author or series. Get them to read as much as they can! And, if you need more ideas, you can always email me.
1st Grade Primer (Easy)
This entry-level reader list is for first-grade books, only A few words per page, great for kids who are about to start their first grade and just starting to read. (Sight words really matter at this stage – download the free printable sight word cards.)
If your first-year student is looking for silly bookread:
If your first grader likes about real life and friendshiptry:
If your first-year student likes animal storiestry to read:
Find more Simple Readers with 1st Grade Reader Reviews here.
First grade simplest Chapter book
Easy chapter book has pictures with text.The simplest chapter book only A few sentences per page. Try these first grade favorites…
(If you want to read my review of each book, go here.)
fun easiest chapter book
friendship easiest chapter book
First grade simple Summer Reading Chapter Book
Simple chapter books have larger text and pictures every few pages. The books listed range from mid-first grade to second-grade beginning reading levels.
(Go here for a list of harder sophomore chapters.)
If your first-year student likes animal main characterread:
If your first grader likes interesting booktry:
If your first grader likes realism booksread:
If your first-year student likes Adventure & Fantasy Bookstry:
If your first-year student likes nonfictionread:
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