Reading books in 1st Grade

My daughter finished 1st grade in 2010 . First grade is the year my kids usually transitioned from us reading to them to them reading to us.  I loved reading to my kids, as they have grown older, I have transitioned to asking questions about the many forms of literature they are reading so that they transition into understanding what they are reading.

The books below my kids have read in first grade. These are usually books they pick out themselves from the school library.  I’ll have to admit, in first grade, we read a lot of Junie B. Jones books.

  • A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  • Junie B Jones by Barbara Park
  • Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Mouse Mess by Linnia Asplind Riley
  • The Very Small by Joyce Dunbar

If you find these 1st grade level books too simple or too challenging, please check out these 2nd grade books or kindergarten level books.


5 Ways to Improve Reading Skills in Children

1. Set aside a regular time to read to your first grader every day

Studies show that regularly reading out loud to children will produce significant gains in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the decoding of words. Whether your children are preschoolers or preteens, it will increase their desire to read independently.

2. Surround your first grader with reading material.

Children with a large array of reading materials in their homes score higher on standardized tests. Tempt your kids to read by having a large supply of appealing books and magazines at their reading level. Put the reading materials in cars, bathrooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and even by the TV.

3. Have a family reading time.

Establish a daily 15 to 30 minute time when everyone in the family reads together silently. Seeing you read will inspire your children to read. Just 15 minutes of daily practice is sufficient to increase their reading fluency.

4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities.

Make reading an integral part of your children’s lives. Have them read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports, movie time listings, and other practical everyday information. Also, make sure they always have something to read in their spare time when they could be waiting for appointments or riding in a car.

5. Develop the library habit.

Entice your children to read more by taking them to the library every few weeks to get new reading materials. The library also offers reading programs for children of all ages that may appeal to your children and further increase their interest in reading.

First Grade Reading Skills – Reading Skills to be developed while in 1st Grade

My school district provides a list of skills each first grader should learn as they progress through 1st grade.

  • Develop an understanding for literature and phonics through a balanced literacy program
  • Use phonemic awareness knowledge to identify and recognize rhyme, letter/sound relationships and patterns in words
  • Use letter-sound knowledge and age appropriate sight vocabulary to read
  • Use a variety of reading strategies to self-monitor and self-correct miscues that interfere with meaning
  • Read fiction and non-fiction materials for specific purposes
  • Use text clues and prior knowledge of topics to make and justify predictions
  • Read age appropriate material orally with accuracy, rhythm, volume, and flow
  • Respond to analytical and interpretive questions based on information in text, including graphs, pictures, maps, and diagrams
  • Recognize, discuss, and retell the structure of a story, read or heard, in sequential order
  • Describe and compare characters, setting and/or events in stories or pictures
  • Investigate self-selected/teacher selected literature from a variety of authors and cultures
  • Make connections between texts, personal ideas, and lives
  • Children who read the most, read the best

Share any other books you may read to first graders in the comments below.