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First & Second Grade Book Recommendations

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Picture Books

Easy Readers


Picture Books

book coverOne Green Apple

by Eve Bunting

Farah, a Muslim immigrant girl, goes apple picking with her classmates with happy results.

Henry's Amazing Imagination!

by Nancy L. Carlson

Henry's imagination takes over during show-and-tell.


Louder, Lili

by Gennifer Choldenko illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Lili is so shy that her voice is never heard in class until the day a good friend needs her help.

Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken

by Kate DiCamillo pictures by Harry Bliss

Longing for adventure, intrepid Louise leaves her comfortable nest and goes to sea.

book coverThe Dog Who Belonged to No One

by Amy Hest

A hard working girl and a lonely dog meet one stormy day.

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend)

by Deborah Hopkinson pictures by John Hendrix

In 1816, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his best friend.

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Adèle & Simon

by Barbara McClintock

When Adèle walks her little brother home from school, he loses one more thing at every stop.

The Lion's Share

by Matthew McElligott 

The animals learn about sharing at Lion's annual dinner party.

book coverWe're All in the Same Boat

by Zachary Shapiro

After being on the ark for months, the ants get antsy, the bees bored, and Noah finds a way to help everyone get along.


by David Wiesner

A boy takes a picture with a camera he finds on the beach.


The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Two girls, one white and one black, become friends as they sit on the fence that divides their town.  

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Easy To Read Books

book coverMinnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater

by Denys Cazet

Minnie and Moo want to knit a sweater for the farmer on his birthday, with surprising results.

Iris and Walter and the Birthday Party

by Elissa Guest

Walter's birthday party guests are supposed to go for horseback rides, but the horse, Rain, has other ideas.


What's That, Mittens?

by Lola M. Schaefer pictures by Susan Kathleen Hartung A kitten digs a hole under a fence and meets a new friend.

book coverAmanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth

by Jean Van Leeuwen pictures by Ann Schweninger Amanda Pig is reluctant to pull out her first loose tooth.

I Love My New Toy!

by Mo Willems Gerald accidentally breaks Piggie's new toy.

Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends

by Wong Herbert Yee

When Spring comes, Mole and his friend Mouse find a unique way to bird watch.  


Informational books to share

book coverOrangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue

by Jon Agee

Tangle your tongue with these funny-sounding tongue twisters.

How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Words and pictures describe animal adaptation.

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Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

by Jeanette Winter

Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Kenya.

Puff the Magic Dragon

by Peter Yarrow

The adventures of a boy and his dragon are told in this classic song.

Dinosaur Tracks

by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld illustrated by Lucia Washburn

Scientists learn about dinosaurs when they discover their tracks.

Raising a Reader

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Last updated: December 4, 2010