Grade 1 – Reading List

Month 1: Introduction to Reading

“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss – Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat as he turns an ordinary day into a wacky adventure.

“Frog and Toad Are Friends” by Arnold Lobel – Follow the heartwarming tales of two best friends, Frog and Toad, and their everyday adventures.

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle – Discover a colorful parade of animals as they identify each other in this engaging rhyming book.

Month 2: Exploring Nature

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle – Witness the transformation of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly in this captivating story of nature’s wonders.

“The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle – Embark on a journey with a tiny seed as it faces various obstacles and eventually grows into a magnificent flower.

“Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth – Count and explore different animals and their habitats in this delightful rhyming poem.

Month 3: Fairy Tales and Folktales

“Cinderella” by Charles Perrault – Dive into the enchanting world of Cinderella as she overcomes hardships and finds her happily ever after.

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Robert Southey – Follow Goldilocks as she explores the house of three bears and learns important lessons about manners and respect.

“The Three Little Pigs” – Learn the importance of hard work and perseverance as three little pigs build their houses and face a cunning wolf.

Month 4: Friendship and Kindness

“The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister – Join the Rainbow Fish on his journey of sharing and friendship, learning the value of generosity along the way.

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein – Explore the unconditional love and selflessness of a tree as it provides for a boy throughout his life.

“The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen – Follow the heartwarming story of a duckling who discovers his true beauty and finds acceptance.

Month 5: Adventures and Imagination

“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak – Immerse yourself in the imaginative world of Max as he embarks on a wild adventure with the “wild things.”

“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson – Join Harold in his imaginative journey, where he creates his own world with a purple crayon.

“The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Explore the hidden wonders of a magical garden as Mary and her friends embark on a transformative journey.

Month 6: Animals Around the World

“Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans – Follow the adventures of Madeline, a spirited young girl living in a Parisian boarding school.

“Curious George” by H.A. Rey – Join the mischievous and curious monkey, George, as he embarks on various adventures and learns valuable lessons.

“The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling – Discover the captivating story of Mowgli, a boy raised in the jungle by animals, in this classic tale of adventure and friendship.

Month 7: Celebrating Diversity

“The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz – Join a young girl named Lena as she explores the beauty and diversity of skin colors through the vibrant world around her.

“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña – Journey with CJ as he takes a bus ride with his grandmother, learning valuable lessons about gratitude and compassion along the way.

“Elmer” by David McKee – Meet Elmer, the patchwork elephant, and follow his journey of self-acceptance and embracing differences.

Month 8: Environmental Awareness

“The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss – Learn about the importance of environmental conservation as the Lorax speaks for the trees and nature.

“Michael Recycle” by Ellie Bethel – Join Michael Recycle, a superhero, as he teaches the town how to recycle and care for the environment.

“The Great Kapok Tree” by Lynne Cherry – Discover the interconnectedness of life in the rainforest as a man encounters various animals who depend on the kapok tree.

Month 9: Exploring History

“Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport – Learn about the inspiring life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his powerful words of peace and equality.

“Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909” by Michelle Markel – Uncover the story of Clara Lemlich, a young immigrant who stood up for workers’ rights during the garment industry strike.

“Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad” by Ellen Levine – Follow the true story of Henry Brown, who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden crate.

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