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Suggested titles for students in Kindergarten & Grade 1

Non-fiction titles

**Parents are urged to consider titles for read-a-loud or independent reading.**


The Marvelous Thing Ford, Gilbert. The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring : The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
A story of the invention of an iconic American toy describes how engineer Richard James observed the remarkable movements of a coiled spring that fell from his desk.

Coyote Moon  Gianferrari, Maria. Coyote Moon
A nonfiction picture book about coyotes hunting in suburban neighborhoods at night.

Dump Trucks  Graham, Ian. Dump Trucks and Other Big Machines
Introduces various types of construction vehicles, including diggers, dump trucks, bulldozers, cement mixers, and more, with photographs and a glossary.
Do Goldfish Fly  

People of the World
James, Emily. Do Goldfish Fly? : A Question and Answer Book About Animal Movements
Introduces a variety of animals and how they move from one place to another.

Loewen, Nancy. People of the World
People around the world can look very different from one another, but smiles, tears and laughter can be universal. With simple, rhyming text and vibrant photographs that showcase the world's diversity.

Hippos Are Huge  London, Jonathan. Hippos are Huge!
Text and illustrations introduce hippopotamuses, exploring their physical characteristics, noises, behaviors, and habitat.

 Otters Love to Play

The Grasshopper and The Ants


Because of an Acorn
London, Jonathan. Otters Love to Play
Readers will learn about otters while following a litter of river otters through the seasons as they play, slide down mud banks, and learn to swim and catch fish. By the award-winning author of the Froggy series.

Pinkney, Jerry. The Grasshopper & The Ants
In this retelling of the classic Aesop fable, hardworking ants stock up for the winter while a fun-loving grasshopper plays all year long, until the cold weather arrives and he realizes his mistake in not planning ahead.

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Friendshape
The ups and downs of friendship are explored in a geometric romp. Friends Triangle, Circle, Square, and Rectangle have fun together and support one another through life.

Schaefer, Lola M. Because of an Acorn
This informative picture book explores the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem, relating how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connects to one another in spiraling circles of life.


Fiction titles


Thunder Boy Jr.  Alexie, Sherman. Thunder Boy Jr.
Little Thunder wants a name that separates him from his father, Big Thunder, and considers such options as "Touch the Sky" and "Drums, Drums, and More Drums" before his father helps him find the perfect alternative.
Giraffes can't dance  Andreae, Giles. Giraffes Can't Dance
Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.

Journey  Becker, Aaron. Journey
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

Leave me alone  Brosgol, Vera. Leave Me Alone
Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.
Maybe Something beatiful Campoy, F. Isabel. Maybe Something Beautiful
Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.

Horrible Bear  Dyckman, Ame. Horrible Bear!
When Bear breaks a little girl's kite, she thinks he is a "HORRIBLE BEAR!"--until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying "I'm sorry."

A Hat  Edwards, Michelle. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman : A Story About Knitting and Love
Making pom-poms to help Mrs. Goldman, who knits hats for everyone in the community, little Sophia is challenged to overcome her own limited crafting abilities when she discovers that Mrs. Goldman does not have a hat of her own.

Hotel Bruce

We Are Growing
Higgins, Ryan T. Hotel Bruce
A reluctant mother to four young geese, grumpy Bruce the bear loses his temper when he migrates home in the spring only to discover that mice have converted his den into a hotel.

Keller, Laurie. We are Growing!
Observing how his fast-growing friends are becoming the tallest, curliest or silliest members of their grass patch while he appears to stay the same, spindly little grass blade Walt discovers his own special distinctiveness in the wake of a big surprise.

We Found a Hat  Klassen, Jon. We Found a Hat
Two turtles discover a hat that looks good on both of them, but only one can ultimately wear it.

Plant The Tiny Seed

The Not So Quiet Library
Matheson, Christie. Plant the Tiny Seed
Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature. Contains watercolor depictions of a flower in various stages of growth.

O’Hora, Zachariah. The Not So Quiet Library
Oskar and and his bear Theodore must save the day when an angry monster barges into the library...and thinks it's an all-you-can-eat buffet!
Goodnight Owl

School's First Day of School

The Smallest Girl

Before Morning


They All Saw a Cat

The Cookie Fiasco

Pizzoli, Greg. Good Night Owl
Hearing a strange noise as he settles in for bedtime, Owl looks everywhere, from the cupboard to beneath the floorboards, for the source of the noise before spotting a tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail.

Rex, Adam. School's First Day of School
It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself.

Roberts, Justin. The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade
Sally McCabe is a very little girl, and nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her--but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention.

Sidman, Joyce. Before Morning
Hoping for a break from her usual rushed schedule, a small child watches as her wish comes true in the wake of a heavy snowfall, in a lyrical story complemented by scratchboard art. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night and the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Swirl by Swirl.

Twohy, Mike. Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! : An Alphabet Caper
A whimsically illustrated alphabet book by the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist incorporates a story about a little mouse whose nap is interrupted by a ball that bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase from A to Z.

Wenzel, Brendan. They All Saw a Cat
In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

Willems, Mo. The Cookie Fiasco
Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . and four of them! They need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!


Recommended authors

Tedd Arnold
Kevin Henkes
Peter Reynolds
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Melanie Watt
Mo Willems


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