Leveled Book List

by Steve Krile

Below you will find a list of some of my favorite titles and authors at levels that are appropriate for first graders.  


Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin


Bears in the Night by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Bears on Wheels by Jan and Stan Berenstain

How Many Bugs in a Box by David Carter

Where's Al by Byron Barton

Monster and the Baby by Virginia Mueller

Mud by Wendy Lewison

School Bus by Donal Crews

Level E

Sam the Dog Series by Mary Labatt

Mittens the Cat Series by Lola M. Schaefer

Step Into Reading Books Step 1

Nosy Nora by Rosemary Wells

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

Level F

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Scholastic Readers Level 1

Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward

Biscuit Series by Alyssa Capucilli

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz by Byron Barton

Come Out and Play Little Mouse by Harriet Ziefert

Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer

Old Hat, New Hat by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanette Tithering ton


Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak

Apples and Pumpkins Anne Rockwell

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Big Dog, Little Dog by P.D EAstman

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

Goodnight Owl by Pat Hutchins

Hattie and Fox by Mem Fox

Henny Penny by Paul Galdone

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

Level H

Alexander and the Terrible... by Judith Viorst

Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack

Best Nest by P.D. Eastman

Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Curious George by H.A Rey

Father Bear Comes Home by Else Minarik

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer


Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

Kiss for Little Bear by Else H. Minarik

Little Bear by Else H. Minarilk

Little Bear's Visit by Else H. Minarik

Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel

Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

There's An Alligator Under my Bed by Mercer Mayer

Fly Guy Series by Tedd Arnold

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

I Can Read Series Level 2

Step Into Reading Series Step 2

Beatrice Doesn't Want To by Laura Numeroff

Scholastic Reader Series Level 2

Henny Penny by H. Werner Zimmermann

How and what to read with your Krile Kid!

by Steve Krile

The single best thing you can do as a parent to aid in the education of your child is read to them.  The hours that your child spends sitting on your lap or snuggled up next to you on the couch listening to a book will make a difference for YEARS to come.  Children need to hear how good readers read. Then need to hear the inflection in a readers voice, how the reader takes a breath at a period and the voice goes up at a question mark.  These are all skills you are teaching your child just by sharing a book. Not to mention you are setting an example for a lifetime of enjoyment. A child can go ANYWHERE in a book.  A child can be transported to the moon or back in time through the pages in a book.  Just-Right books at the first grade level can make simple acts like going to the grocery store with mom a WILD adventure.  

Books for young children need to be experienced, not just read.  Comprehension of text comes from discussion about the books. Comprehension is the key and IS reading!  Simply being able to read the words on a page but not understand any of what was just read is "word calling" and NOT reading.  Children who can read can:

  • discuss the characters,
  • where  the story take place,
  • when is it taking place, in the past, present or future, during the day or at night
  • As you are reading with your child, stop and discuss the pictures. What are the characters doing, feeling?  Does more of the story happen in the pictures?   Before turning the page make predictions about what might happen next in the story.  Discussion around text is the key to comprehension.

    Books used in my first grade are leveled A-M.  This is the text range for children kindergarten through the end of second grade. Reading is a developmental skill and while we as educators have targets, some children develop at different rates. The most important thing is that your child is making progress. Their sight word vocabulary should be growing by the day, he/she should be learning new skills to attack unknown words and using the skills as the text gets longer. Tricks to attack unknown words are:

    • look at the first letter of the word and get your mouth ready
    • sound out the word
    • look for chunks in the word you know
    • look at the pictures, what word would make sense
    • skip the word and go on to the end of the sentence  - "what could it be now"?

    These are all strategies I use with the children during guided reading time.  It is VERY hard not to just give our children the word when they come to one they do not know - but don't!  Good readers, even experienced readers come upon words they do not know and we have to use strategies to figure them out. 

    I am bias when it comes to reading on several different levels.  I did not learn to read until the second grade and I know first hand what it is like to stare at a page full of print and know all of those words are supposed to mean something and not have a clue what it is.  I NEVER want a Krile Kid to feel the anxiety I did over text. I make a priority everyday to share a great book with my students and the sheer joy of reading so that they too will fall in love with the experience.  Go curl up with your child and share in that magic!!

    Happy Reading!! :)

    Brain Food!!

    by Steve Krile

    It takes a lot of energy to be a Krile Kid!  Little bodies need to be fueled often and with good foods to keep the little people of Kriletown at their best. Here are a few things the kids like and make GREAT snacks.  Remember we are having snacks in the morning and afternoon to keep our energy  up.  It would be VERY helpful if you send in at least two snacks per month and more is ALWAYS welcome!!  Remember we are a NO NUT building :)

    1. granola bars 
    2. cheese sticks
    3. apple slices
    4. carrot slicks
    5. cereal
    6. yogurt tubes
    7. breakfast bars
    8. cereal bars
    9. fruit snacks
    10. apple sauce packages
    11. mini muffins
    12. bananas
    13. cheese its
    14. veggie sticks
    15. grapes in baggies
    16. fruit cups  (send in spoons as well please) 
    17. jello (send in spoons as well please) 
    18. goldfish
    19. animal crackers
    20. pretzels  

    Fun on the web!

    by Steve Krile

    Our children are growing up in an amazing technology age!  Here are a few websites and games for the Iphone and Ipad that I REALLY like!!  Some are completely educational while others teach strategy and predicting skills and a few are just plan fun and have given my family lots of laughs!! Enjoy!

    • Math Drills Lite 
    • Tiny Tower
    • Angry Birds
    • Cloud Math
    • Basic Math
    • Cut the Rope
    • DoodleJump
    • Fruit Ninja
    • Game of Life
    • Grammar Jammers
    • Kids Math
    • Kids Math Fun
    • Tiny Wings
    • Pop Math Lite
    • Sunny Day Sky
    • Where's My Water?
    • Traffic Rush
    • Temple Run
    • Magic Piano

    Happy gaming!!

    High Frequency Words

    by Steve Krile

    Not all words are used equally.  Scan an article in your newspaper and you will see some words used A LOT more than the others.  These building blocks set a foundation for your kids to be able to turbo-charge their reading.  All First-graders need to be able to see, read, write, and know the meaning of these words. 


    As I introduce them the children will enter them into their fancy vocabulary books and from them on will be expected to spell them correctly.

    Some will be introduced during phonics lessons using the spelling patters and rules others the ones that follow no rules the children will be expected to memorize.


    by Steve Krile

    What is time worth to you? 20 minutes can seem like a lifetime in a day already too full with responsibilities. But, what would 20 minutes of reading a night do for your child?

    Here's what I've learned over the course of my career. Kids need to read for themselves. They need to sound it out, struggle through it, get the hang of it, and through perseverance, conquer the written word. Sound like a lot of work? You bet!

    Learning to read is a lot more than just studying the words and cracking the code. One hugely important aspect of becoming a good reader is modeling other good readers. When your child hears you read a story, and they are free to listen to the story rather than focusing on the mechanics of reading, they learn that all those words have a bigger meaning. It's like taking them up in a hot air balloon and showing them that all those giant trees they've been standing under actually make up a beautiful forest.


    And please understand - I'm not a literacy snob.  If the Walter the Farting Dog does it for your kids, then by all means!  The point is to take away the mystery and reveal reading for what it really can be - a simple joy and gateway to the thoughts of others.