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Kindergarten and First Grade Reading List

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Recommended Reading List

The following books were recommended by our local library. This reading list presents reading material ideal for a child entering either kindergarten or first grade. We offer a list of great books to read during summer break or throughout the school year.

Picture Books

in alphabetically order

  1. Dragon Dancing
    By: Carole Lexa Schaefer

    Book Details:
    Can Mei Lin make a dragon dance?
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 0670060844
    ISBN-13: 978-0670060849
  2. Fast Food
    By: Saxton Freymann

    Book Details:
    Food can go fast!
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 043911019X
    ISBN-13: 978-0439110198
  3. Jack’s Talent
    By: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

    Book Details:
    Everyone has a special talent even Jack, who needs to find his.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0374336814
    ISBN-13: 978-0374336813
  4. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
    By: Simms Taback

    Book Details:
    Read about how Joseph reinvents his very old worn-out coat.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0670878553
    ISBN-13: 978-0670878550

  5. Moony Luna / Luna, Lunita Lunera
    By: Jorge Argueta

    Book Details:
    A bilingual picture book depicts a five-year-old girl who is fearful about her first day of school.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0892392053
    ISBN-13: 978-0892392056

  6. My Little Car (Spanish Edition)
    By: Gary Soto

    Book Details:
    Promotes a good lesson; teaching your child about responsibility (taking care of her things).
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0399232206
    ISBN-13: 978-0399232206

  7. Not Norman: A Goldfish Story
    By: Kelly Bennett

    Book Details:
    A must read if your child wants a dog and you prefer the simple ease of a pet goldfish.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0763627631
    ISBN-13: 978-0763627638

  8. Olivia
    By: Ian Falconer

    Book Details:
    She’s adorable; she’s a feisty energetic pig!
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 0689829531
    ISBN-13: 978-0689829536

  9. Princess Grace
    By: Mary Hoffman

    Book Details:
    Don’t be deceived by this title; this book explores royalty from different cultures.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0803732600
    ISBN-13: 978-0803732605
  10. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
    By: Melanie Watt

    Book Details:
    Scaredy sets out to make a new friend. Who will Scaredy select?
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 1554533856
    ISBN-13: 978-1554533855

  11. Subway
    By: Anastasia Suen

    Book Details:
    Take a ride with a little girl and her mother.
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 0670036226
    ISBN-13: 978-0670036226

  12. Where Are You Going? To See My Friend!
    By: Eric Carle

    Book Details:
    A fabulous book about friendships.
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 0439416590
    ISBN-13: 978-0439416597

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Beginner Books

in alphabetically order

  1. Cork and Fuzz
    By: Dori Chaconas

    Book Details:
    Can a muskrat and possum be friends?
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0670036021
    ISBN-13: 978-0670036028
  2. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
    By: Erica Silverman

    Book Details:
    Kate and her horse, Coca are best friends.
    Pages: 44
    ISBN-10: 0152060103
    ISBN-13: 978-0152060107
  3. Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover
    By: Cynthia Rylant

    Book Details:
    A sleepover for boys and dogs – will anyone get sleep tonight?
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 0689834519
    ISBN-13: 978-0689834516
  4. Nice Wheels
    By: Gwendolyn Hooks

    Book Details:
    Read about special wheels and even more special friends.
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 0516252771
    ISBN-13: 978-0516252773

  5. Rafi and Rosi: Carnival!
    By: Lulu Delacre

    Book Details:
    Share two siblings’ adventures together during a Puerto Rico magical carnival.
    Pages: 64
    ISBN-10: 006073597X
    ISBN-13: 978-0060735975

  6. Shoo, Fly Guy!
    By: Tedd Arnold

    Book Details:
    Read about the fun adventures of a boy and his pet fly.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0439639050
    ISBN-13: 978-0439639057

  7. The Big Game
    By: Louise Gikow

    Book Details:
    Is Jose ready for his soccer match?
    Pages: 31
    ISBN-10: 0516255002
    ISBN-13: 978-0516255002

  8. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog
    By: Sara Swan Miller

    Book Details:
    After walking your dog, snuggle together and read these funny canine stories.
    Pages: 48
    ISBN-10: 0395861357
    ISBN-13: 978-0395861356

  9. Way Out West with Pirate Pete & Pirate Joe
    By: A. E. Cannon

    Book Details:
    Did everyone really forget pirate Joe’s birthday?
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0670060801
    ISBN-13: 978-0670060801

  10. What a Week: The Sound of Long E
    By: Cynthia Fitterer Klingel

    Book Details:
    Using simple text and repetition, learn the sound of long e.
    Pages: 24
    ISBN-10: 1567667317
    ISBN-13: 978-1567667318

  11. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You
    Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together

    By: Mary Ann Hoberman

    Book Details:
    Take turns reading eight fairy tales with a slightly altered ending!
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0316146110
    ISBN-13: 978-0316146111

  12. Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery
    By: David A. Adler

    Book Details:
    While playing baseball, the ball disappears in the middle of the game!
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0439227038
    ISBN-13: 978-0439227032

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Non Fiction Books

in alphabetically order

  1. Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems
    By: Heidi Roemer

    Book Details:
    Using poems that take shape to celebration each season.
    Pages: 48
    ISBN-10: 0805066209
    ISBN-13: 978-0805066203
  2. Dinosaur Tracks
    (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Prehistoric World)

    By: Susan Heinrichs Gray

    Book Details:
    What dinosaur left these tracks?
    Pages: 24
    ISBN-10: 0531187799
    ISBN-13: 978-0531187791
  3. Elephants Can Paint Too!
    By: Katya Arnold

    Book Details:
    Elephants are artists; they can paint!
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 0689869851
    ISBN-13: 978-0689869853
  4. Giant Pandas
    By: Gail Gibbons

    Book Details:
    Discover more about China’s rare giant pandas.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0823418286
    ISBN-13: 978-0823418282
  5. Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King
    By: Kathleen Krull

    Book Details:
    Learn about Harry Houdini, the master magician.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0802789536
    ISBN-13: 978-0802789532

  6. How to Be a Friend
    By: Marc Brown

    Book Details:
    A must read for every child and adult; a guide on making and keeping friends.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0316111538
    ISBN-13: 978-0316111539

  7. I Can Draw People
    By: Ray Gibson

    Book Details:
    Step by step instructions on how to draw people.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 074603704X
    ISBN-13: 978-0746037041

  8. Magic Secrets (I Can Read Book 3)
    By: Rose Wyler

    Book Details:
    Learn how to be a magician with easy magic tricks.
    Pages: 64
    ISBN-10: 0064441539
    ISBN-13: 978-0064441537

  9. Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt
    By: Joanna Cole

    Book Details:
    Read about an amazing trip to Ancient Egypt.
    Pages: 48
    ISBN-10: 0590446819
    ISBN-13: 978-0590446815
  10. A Picture Book of Helen Keller
    By: David A. Adler

    Book Details:
    Learn more about an amazing woman.
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0823409503
    ISBN-13: 978-0823409501
  11. Puppy Riddles
    By: Katy Hall

    Book Details:
    Dog lovers are sure to love these silly riddles.
    Pages: 48
    ISBN-10: 0141305754
    ISBN-13: 978-0141305752

  12. Saving the Liberty Bell
    By: Megan McDonald

    Book Details:
    Can John Jacob and papa save the day?
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0689851677
    ISBN-13: 978-0689851674

  13. Wilma Unlimited
    By: David Diaz

    Book Details:
    Read about how Wilma Rudolph became the world’s fastest woman.
    Pages: 44
    ISBN-10: 0152020985
    ISBN-13: 978-0152020989

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Source: Montgomery County Public Libraries, January 2009

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