Mama Monday: First Grade Read Aloud List

The last two weeks I shared our Preschool Read Aloud List and our Kindergarten Read Aloud List, so this week I thought I would share what we’ve enjoyed for our read aloud time during First Grade. This list is more evenly distributed between picture books and chapter books. The picture books tend to be longer with a higher vocabulary and thought-provoking topics. I have noted which books are chapter books and which are picture books by noting the picture books with a (pic) and chapter books with a (ch). Please keep in mind that children can understand books at a higher level than they can read them, so if the books seem advanced for this age group, they are supposed to be!
*Personal Family Favorite
  • Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen (pic)
  • Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen (pic)*
  • Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life by Jerdine Nolen (pic)
  • Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen (pic)
  • Captain Abdul’s Pirate School by Colin McNaughton (pic)*
  • Jolly Roger and the Pirates of Captain Abdul by Colin McNaughton (pic)*
  • Captain Abdul’s Little Treasure by Colin McNaughton (pic)*
  • How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long (pic)
  • Maggie and the Pirates by Ezra Jack Keats (pic)
  • Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter by Richard Platt (pic)
  • The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (pic)*
  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley (pic)*
  • Mammoth by Patrick O’Brien (pic)
  • Eddie, Harold’s Little Brother by Ed Koch and Pat Koch Thaler (pic)
  • Ella’s Big Chance: A Jazz Age Cinderella by Shirley Hughes (pic)
  • Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie dePaola (pic)
  • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo (pic)
  • Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie (pic)
  • Rapunzel by Paul Zelinsky (pic)
  • Hansel and Gretel by Paul Zelinsky (pic)
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Zelinsky (pic)
  • Swamp Angel by Paul Zelinsky (pic)
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull (pic)
  • High as a Hawk: A Brave Girl’s Historic Climb by T. A. Barron (pic)*
  • Johnny on the Spot by Edward Sorel (pic)
  • The Lost Children by Paul Goble (pic)
  • Crow Chief by Paul Goble (pic)
  • Death of the Iron Horse by Paul Goble (pic)
  • Dream Wolf by Paul Goble (pic)
  • The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (pic)
  • Iktomi and the Berries by Paul Goble (pic)
  • Iktomi and the Boulder by Paul Goble (pic)
  • Star Boy by Paul Goble (pic)
  • Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles (pic)
  • The Boy Who Lived with the Seals by Rafe Martin (pic)
  • The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story by Joseph Bruchac (pic)
  • Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (pic)*
  • The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (pic)
  • Mighty Jackie by Marissa Moss (pic)*
  • Girl Wonder by Deborah Hopkinson (pic)
  • Mama Played Baseball by David A. Adler (pic)
  • Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey (pic)
  • Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen (pic)*
  • An Outlaw Thanksgiving by Emily Arnold McCully (pic)
  • Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ by Eileen Spinelli (pic)
  • My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers by Christine King Farris (pic)
  • The Boy Who Drew Birds: The Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies (pic)
  • Eleanor by Barbara Cooney (pic)
  • Joe Louis: America’s Fighter by David A. Adler (pic)
  • Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome (pic)
  • Roberto Clemente by Jonah Winter (pic)
  • You’re on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt by Judith St. George (pic)
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (pic)**** This is an amazing book for teaching younger children about discrimination! My daughter and I had wonderful discussions because of this book.
  • The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson (pic)
  • When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest (pic)
  • Street of Gold by Rosemary Wells (pic)
  • The Real Theif by William Steig (ch)*
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert K. Smith (ch)*
  • Jelly Belly by Robert K. Smith (ch)
  • The War with Grandpa by Robert K. Smith (ch)
  • Herbie Jones by Suzy Kline (ch) series
  • The Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights by Ted Hughes (ch)
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (ch)*
  • The Littles by John Peterson (ch) series
  • The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame (ch)
  • Stone Fox by John R. Gardiner (ch)
  • The Stray by Dick King-Smith (ch)
  • The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith (ch)
  • Pigs Might Fly by Dick King-Smith (ch)
  • The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith (ch)
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (ch)
  • The Dragonling by Jackie French Koller (ch)
  • Deltora Quest: The Forest of Silence by Emily Rodda (ch) series
  • Cricket in Time’s Square by George Selden (ch)*
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (ch)*
  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla (ch)
  • Rip-Roaring Russell by Johanna Hurwitz (ch) Russell and Elisa series
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord (ch)
  • Wildfire! by Elizabeth Starr-Hill (ch)
  • The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle by Don L. Wulffson (ch)
  • The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline by Don L. Wulffson (ch)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum (ch) series*
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary (ch) series*
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (ch) series*
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (ch) series*
  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (ch) series*
  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (ch)
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White (ch)*
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (ch)
  • The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth (ch)
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (ch)*
  • Nurse Matilda: The Collected Tales by Christianna Brand (ch)*
Happy reading!
Book lists are long because there are just so many good ones in the tree house,


  1. I'm making a note of many of these! Thanks for posting!

    BTW, if you are still using HOD this upcoming year, did you know that I'm hosting the HOD blogroll for the 2012-2013 school year? I'd love it if you'd come and join the link up!

    1. We are actually taking a break from HOD next year to slow down my oldest. I don't want her to do Preparing and the older guides too young, but we will be back with HOD for her fourth grade year. Thanks for the invite though!

  2. Thanks, Chelli! Another great list. We will be sure to read as many of these as we can!

    1. Some of our favorite books are on this list! I hope your family gets as much enjoyment as ours has from them.