23 Must-Have Books for New Readers | Peace, Love, and First Grade

23 Must-Have Books for New Readers

Happy Tuesday, Friends!
I'm back from Vegas, and my calendar says July 15. 

Hmm...Where is the summer going?

If you've taught first grade for any time at all, you know this:
The reading levels of your kiddos are ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE.

Well, today I've compiled a list of 21 favorites I use
with my kiddos who are getting ready to fly.  

Honestly, most of them are tried and true. 

If you have any to add, let me know in the comments.
I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
It's the same Amelia Bedelia from your childhood.
The one who takes everything literally (just like first graders)
and just makes you laugh out loud.
Kids still love her! 

My. Absolute. favorite. from my childhood!
I think I read this book everyday!
The classic story of a little bird who falls from his nest and can't find his mama.
If P.D. Eastman's name is on the book, it's gold!
Other Eastman favorites: The Best Nest, Put Me in the Zoo, Go, Dog, Go, I could go on...

The Berenstain Bears' Beginning Readers by Stan and Jan Berenstain
I love the classic Berenstain Bears readers-
the vacation, the picnic, the honey hunt, and the bike ride!
You know these bears! Kids still love them!

I adore all Syd Hoff's books! 
They are easy to read and full of fun!
In this story, Danny spends his day with a dinosaur.
Other favorite Hoff books: Sammy the Seal, Chester, Stanley, Grizzwold, and on and on!

I listed Elephant and Piggie on my Favorite Animal books, but they belong here, as well. Kids (and you) can't help smiling at the antics of these two very different friends. 

Fancy Nancy Series by Jane O'Connor
It's the girl with the incredible vocabulary!
If you have girls in your classroom, you need these books!
Boys actually like them, too, because they are funny and have huge words!
Gotta love Nancy!

The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
 Classic "I Can Read" book.
The story of a cat who's adopted by a firehouse and gets his wish to do big things!
Boys, especially, love!

Fox on the Job Series by James Marshall
I love this silly series where Fox lives a life of adventure.
He gets a job, falls in love, gets outfoxed!
James Marshall wrote this series of funny tales. 

Frog and Toad Series  by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad are staples in a first grade classroom.
If you don't know them, please meet them soon.
Your kiddos will adore this darling pair of amphibians!
Love Arnold Lobel!

Green Eggs and Ham (and friends) by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss beginning readers!
Even if you aren't a Seuss fan, kids are!

Henry and Mudge Series  by Cynthia Rylant
The adventures of a boy and his giant dog!
It's Cynthia Rylant. You can't go wrong!

Lego City Series by Various Authors
Kids love Legos!
With the popularity of the toys and now the movie, these books are hits all around!
This series of beginning readers is actually great for new readers!

Little Bear Series by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
The classic story of Little Bear and his family.
These books make you feel warm and fuzzy!
It doesn't hurt that they are illustrated by Maurice Sendak!

There are five precious books in this series.

Little Critter Series by Mercer Mayer
Most of us are familiar with Mayer's Little Critter.
Your littles will love the "I Can Read" series about the adorable critter and his family.

Minnie and Moo Series by Denys Cazet
What's cuter than a series about two cow friends
who have fun and take care of each other? Precious!

Morris and Boris Series by Bernard Wiseman
This adorable Bear and his not so smart Moose friend will make your kiddos smile.
You'll smile, too! 

Mr. Putter and Tabby Series by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter is a sweet elderly man, and Tabby is his cat.
They live together in a little cottage and share adventures.

Another Cynthia Rylant. Brilliant!
Oliver and Amanda Pig Series by Jean Van Leeuwen
Oliver and Amanda Pig are brother and sister who like to hang out and have fun.
Kids love this sweet series.

Owl at Home (and friends) by Arnold Lobel
 Arnold Lobel is one of my favorite children's authors.
I love all of his books about sweet and funny animals.
This is one of them. 
Other favorites: Mouse Soup, Mouse Tales, Grasshopper on the Road, Uncle Elephant

Pete the Cat Readers  by James Dean
Pete the Cat now has an "I Can Read" beginning reader series.
Kids love Pete and his everyday adventures.
These don't stay on the shelf in my room.

Poppleton Series by Cynthia Rylant
Poppleton is a kind pig who lives in the country and visits his animal friends.
Another fun series by Cynthia Rylant. I'm a fan!

Splat the Cat Series by Rob Scotton
Just like Pete the Cat, Splat the Cat has his own "I Can Read" series, too.
Cute and fun, just like the original series.
Each of these books has a word family list in the front for content phonics.

Young Cam Jansen Series by David Adler
Cam Jansen is a young girl who has a photographic memory.
Her great memory helps her solve mysteries for her friends and family.
There is also a Cam Jansen chapter book series.

Have one amazing week!

All the links here are Amazon affiliate links, but these books are available on other sites, as well.