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First Grade Summer Reading List and Assignment.   2020-2021  (Please see 1st grade homework page for more information)

Research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are some titles to get you started! Please note that the reading level of the books suggested varies. If your child is already reading have him or her read a page of the book aloud to you to see if it is a good fit. If they struggle with more than a few words on the page, it is probably too difficult, but the book would still be a great book to read aloud to your child.

Fun Books to Share

  • And I Mean It, Stanley by Crosby Bonsall
  • Arthur series by Marc Brown
  • A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
  • Berenstain Bear series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
  • Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish
  • The Eye Book by Theo Lesieg
  • Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Froggy series by Jonathan London
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
  • Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  • How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
  • Junie B. Jones series by Barabar Park
  • Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
  • Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman
  • Nate the Great series by Marjoire Weinman Sharmat
  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  • The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
  • The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Learning to Read Series

  • Hello Reader!
  • I Can Read Books
  • Puffin Easy-to-Read
  • Step Into Reading Levels 1-4

Alphabet Books

  • Animals by Graeme Basese
  • The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
  • Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

Math in Picture Books

  • How Much Is a Million?  by David M. Schwartz
  • Monster Math by Anne Miranda
  • One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy
  • When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Satoshi Kitamura


  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals by Catherine D. Hughes

Caldecott Awards and Honor Books

  • Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
  • Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes