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
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
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
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
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:
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!! :)
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 :)
- granola bars
- cheese sticks
- apple slices
- carrot slicks
- yogurt tubes
- breakfast bars
- cereal bars
- fruit snacks
- apple sauce packages
- mini muffins
- cheese its
- veggie sticks
- grapes in baggies
- fruit cups (send in spoons as well please)
- jello (send in spoons as well please)
- animal crackers
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
- 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
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.
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.