1st Grade

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J EASY 1 - Very Beginning ReadersbooksVeryBegReaders

J EASY 1   ArnoldFly Guy (series) by Todd Arnold

J EASY 1   BerenstainBerenstain Bears (series) by Stan Berenstain

J EASY 1   BridwellClifford the Big Red Dog (series) by Norman Bridwell

J EASY 1   CapucilliBiscuit (series) by Aylssa Capucilli

J EASY 1   DotlichDigger the Dinosaur by Rebecca Dotlich 

J EASY 1   HillertDear Dragon (series) by Margaret Hillert

J EASY 1   HillertMargaret Hillert's Fairy Tales (series) by Margaret Hillert

J EASY 1   KannPinkalicious (series) by Victoria Kann

J EASY 1   KellerWe Are Growing! by Laurie Keller

J EASY 1   O'ConnorFancy Nancy (series) by Jane O'Connor

J EASY 1   O'ConnorJojo (series) by Jane O'Connor

J EASY 1   SchaeferWhat's That Mittens? by Lola M. Schaefer

J EASY 1   ScottonSplat the Cat (series) by Rob Scotton

J EASY 1   SeussHop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

J EASY 1   WeeksBaa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks

J EASY 1   WeeksDrip, Drop by Sarah Weeks

J EASY 1   WeeksPip Squeak by Sarah Weeks

J EASY 1   WillemsElephant & Piggie (series) by Mo Willems

J EASY 2 - Beginning ReadersbooksBegReaders

J EASY 2   AdlerDon't Throw it to Mo! by David Adler

J EASY 2   AdlerYoung Cam Jansen (series) by David Adler

J EASY 2   BellRabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell

J EASY 2   ButlerKing and Kayla (series) by Dori Hillestad Butler

J EASY 2   CazetMinnie and Moo (series) by Denis Cazet

J EASY 2   DanzigerAmber Brown (series) by Paula Danziger

J EASY 2   HillMarley (series) by John Grogan

J EASY 2   LinLing & Ting (series) by Grace Lin

J EASY 2   LobelFrog and Toad (series) by Arnold Lobel

J EASY 2   MinarikLittle Bear (series) by Else Minarik

J EASY 2   RylantAnnie and Snowball (series) by Cynthia Rylant

J EASY 2   RylantHenry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant

J EASY 2   RylantMr. Putter and Tabby (series) by Cynthia Rylant

J EASY 2   SeussCat in the Hat (series) by Dr. Seuss

J EASY 2   SnyderCharlie & Mouse (series) by Laurel Snyder

J EASY 3 - Beginning Chapter BooksbooksBegChapterBooks

J EASY 3   AdlerCam Jansen (series) by David Adler

J EASY 3   BarrowsIvy and Bean (series) by Annie Barrows

J EASY 3   CroninThe Chicken Squad (series) by Doreen Cronin

J EASY 3   DicamilloMercy Watson (series) by Kate Dicamillo

J EASY 3   KlineHorrible Harry (series) by Suzy Kline

J EASY 3   LaReauThe Infamous Ratsos (series) by Kara LaReau

J EASY 3   OsborneMagic Tree House (series) by Mary Pope Osborne

J EASY 3   ParkJunie B. Jones (series) by Barbara Park

J EASY 3   Roy A to Z Mysteries (series) by Ron Roy

J Picture Books1stGradePictureBooks

J PICTURE BOOK   BemelmansMadeline (series) by Ludwig Bemelmans

J PICTURE BOOK   CarleThe Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

J PICTURE BOOK   CousinsMaisy (series) by Lucy Cousins

J PICTURE BOOK   FalconerOlivia (series) by Ian Falconer

J PICTURE BOOK   GuarinoIs Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

J PICTURE BOOK   HenkesKitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

J PICTURE BOOK   KangI Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

J PICTURE BOOK   LondonFroggy Gets Dressed (series) by Jonathan London

J PICTURE BOOK   MarinoNight Animals by Jan Marino

J PICTURE BOOK   McCarthyCity Hawk: The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy

J PICTURE BOOK   McFarlandWidget (series) by Lyn Rossiter McFarland

J PICTURE BOOK   McMullanI Stink! (series) by Kate McMullan

J PICTURE BOOK   NumeroffIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie (series) by Laura Numeroff

J PICTURE BOOK   PotterTale of Peter Rabbit (series) by Beatrix Potter

J PICTURE BOOK   ReyCurious George (series) by H.A. Rey

J PICTURE BOOK   SendakWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

J PICTURE BOOK   SteadA Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Picture Book Biographies 1stGradePictureBookBiographies

J CV ANGELOUMaya Angelou by Emma E Haldy and Jeff Bane
This "My Itty-Bitty Bio" biography examines the life of Maya Angelou in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. Includes a timeline and other informative backmatter.

J CV BENTLEY   Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1998.

J CV BRAILLESix Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet -- awhole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today. 

J CV BRIDGESThe Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960. 

J CV GRANDINThe Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca 
Because she was autistic, Doctor Temple Grandin had difficulties as a child, but she soon found what made her different could also be a source of strength. 

J CV GREGORYThe Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller
In 1843, 14-year old Hanson Gregory left his family home in Rockport, Maine and set sail as a cabin boy on the schooner Achorn, looking for high stakes adventure on the high seas. Little did he know that a boat load of hungry sailors, coupled with his knack for creative problem-solving, would yield one of the world's most prized pastries. 

J CV MAATHAISeeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson 
A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and her own Greenbelt Movement, in an effort to restore Kenya's ecosystem by planting millions of trees. 

J ML 3930 E44 P56Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.  (Caldecott Honor Book, 1998)

J ML 3930 G47 W56 2006  Dizzy by Jonah Winter
This is the story of Dizzy Gillespie, a trumpet player, who created a whole new kind of music: Bebop. 

J ML 3930 .I94 S73The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives by Joanne Stanbridge
A tender account of how Charles Ives came to compose the music that expressed the grief and shock of the whole city of New York after the sinking of the Lusitania. 

J ML 3930 .M92 M34Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin
With a fascinating and inspiring story of struggle, determination, and hope, this picture book celebrates a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll. 

J ML 3930 .S42 238Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by Leda Schubert
In this tribute to legendary musician and activist Pete Seeger, author Leda Schubert highlights major musical events in Mr. Seeger's life as well important moments of his fight against social injustice.

J N 6537 B233 S84Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. (Caldecott Medal Winner, 2017) 

J N 6537 .W28 W375Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola
The author describes a trip to see his uncle, the soon-to-be-famous artist Andy Warhol, and the fun that he and his family had on the visit. 

Nonfiction Books1st Grade Nonfiction

J 176.48 .W43 2009xFirst Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet by Carole Boston Weatherford
The U.S. President, Barack Obama, and his family search for the perfect family dog to take to the White House. They choose a Portuguese water dog and name him Bo. 

J E184 .S75 E715 2017Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle
Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways. 

J F 788 .C485 2017Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past. (Caldecott Honor Book, 2018;  Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, 2018)

J GV 551 .G47 2003The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
The story of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers. (Caldecott Medwal Winner, 2004)

J QL 430.3 .A73 F54 2016

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid

J SF 428.7 .M33 2011
The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy
Balto was the dog who led his dogsled team through a blizzard to deliver a lifesaving serum to the stricken people of Nome, Alaska, in 1925. 

J TX 799 .M33 2010Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy
The story of how bubble gum was invented.