Staff recommendations for children at a first grade reading level. Compiled by the Children’s Services Staff at Monroe Public Library
- The Frog Prince by Edith Tarcov
2. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
A little girl is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows how it will look and work. But making it turns out to be harder than she thinks.
3. Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea
Unable to decide how to spend their play date together, Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony share secrets that they fear will challenge their friendship.
4. When Andy Met Sandy by DePaola, Tomie
When Andy and Sandy first meet at the playground, they are cautious of one another, but soon find a way to become friends.
5. Little Bear by Else Minarik
Little Bear’s adventures include a trip to the moon and a birthday party.
6. Dragon’s Fat Cat by Dav Pilkey
7. Fox and His Friends by Edward Marshall
8. Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea, 1. by Ben Clanton
A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.
9. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes
Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.
10. Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva
A trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York helps Young Frank feel older, and Old Frank feel younger — and a little wiser.
11. Yucky Worms by Vivian French
12. Handle with Care : An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns
Explores how caterpillars turn into butterflies through the journey of a chrysalis that originates in a butterfly farm in Costa Rica and winds up in a museum in Boston.
13. Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery by David Adler
14. Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole by Wong Yee
15. Prince Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Buzz is writing a fairy tale for homework, and Fly Guy naturally assumes the role of a handsome prince, who fends off a giant and rescues a beautiful princess.
16. Max’s Words by Kate Banks
17. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales…by Mary Ann Hoberman
18. Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry bring Tabby and Zeke to the library for a special storytime.
19. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
20. Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin’s grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.
21. Chicken Said, “Cluck!” by Judyann Grant
22. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
23. What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself.
24. Take Away the A by Michaël Escoffier
Describes how taking away a letter of the alphabet can change one word into a different word.
25. Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.
26. Rabbit and Robot : The Sleepover by Cece Bell
Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.
27. The Sword in the Stone by Grace Maccarone
28. Hi, Koo! : A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
A delightful little panda bear, Koo, challenges readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons
29. Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow by Andy Griffiths
In these ten easy-to-read stories there is a mixed-up cow that says “miaow,” a mole called Noel who plays rock ’n’ roll in a hole, and a boy named Mike who rides a bike with a very big spike!
30. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman
31. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Danny makes an unusual new friend at the museum and shows him around town.
32. Wallace’s Lists by Barbara Bottner