1st Grade Reading Level Books

Instructor: Cara Rogers
If you're searching for great books at the first-grade reading level, you've come to the right place! Learn about a few fun books and resources that will enhance your students' reading abilities while also teaching them valuable lessons.

Books for First-Grade Readers

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Stomp through the Jurassic era and introduce your class to the different kinds of dinosaurs! Dinosaur Roar! explores the various shapes and sizes of dinosaurs through delightful rhymes that demonstrate opposites on each page. With this book, you can use lessons on the types of dinosaurs and dinosaur extinction through the Science for Kids course on Study.com. Dinosaur Roar! offers exciting illustrations and easy-to-read rhymes that will help your students learn about opposites and dinosaurs while improving their reading skills.

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

In A Color of His Own, a misfit chameleon constantly changes from one color to the next based on his surroundings, wishing he could have his own consistent color. To explain this unique camouflaging feature, take a look at chapter four's lesson all about chameleons from the Science for Kids course. As you teach your students about chameleons, you can review the beautiful colors explored throughout the story and help emphasize the message that being different is what you makes you special.

What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rogers

Illustrated by Kazuko, this story sends its young readers around the earth to meet all sorts of exciting creatures and explore the different climates and weather in their part of the world. What Will the Weather Be Like Today? is a great way to strike up a discussion from the Science for Kids course, which offers a chapter of lessons covering weather topics. The book is comprised of fun rhyme-schemes and charming images that will encourage your students to keep reading and get excited about learning about different places and climates.

The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop, retold by Mairi Mackinnon

Before reading the story of The Lion and the Mouse, consider sharing this lesson about Aesop's fables to discuss fables with your students. This famous fable follows a lion who confronts a mouse; however, rather than consuming the small creature, the lion spares the mouse's life. The lion soon finds himself in a perilous predicament from which only the mouse can save him. The remarkable tale of two unexpected friends will show your students that good deeds can sometimes come back around.

Additional Resources

If you're still searching for the perfect book to read to your first graders, take a look at Evaluating Chapter & Picture Books for Literacy Instruction. You can also consider watching a quick video to review the various reading stages in the lesson Reading Development Across Grades. It's certainly no easy task to track down great books at the exact reading levels your students need, but these resources can help facilitate your search.

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