Story book suggestions? I’m mystery reader a 1st grade class

Here’s a fun one- I’m mystery reader a 1st grade class this week. Story book suggestions??

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  • I did this! I Want My Hat Back is a big hit, as is The Gingerbread Man.

  • First grade is 5 and 6 year olds? There is a book called Ridiculous that my children liked. And ‘The Last Noo Noo by Gill Murphy.

    • Also Colin McNaughton books like ‘Suddenly ‘ and Chris Wormall books too

  • There’s A Nightmare In My Closet…. my 6th graders even loved it!

  • Pig, Pigger, Piggest; The Day the Crayons Quit, The Paper Bag Princess; anything Babar related. 🙂

  • Bear says Thanks is so lovely for this time of year and you can get the kids to say “thanks ” every time it comes up on the page.

  • Almost any Robert Munsch. Most of his books are silly and funny, but with a subtle lesson.

  • Muncha Muncha Muncha or Tippy, Tippy Hide by Candace Fleming.
    Bark, George! By Jules Feiffer

    • Yes VERY popular. Had forgotten that one and I shouldn’t have done ~ my granddaughter loved it.

  • One is a feast for a mouse or Violet the Pilot were favorites for my kids at that age

  • Check with the teacher but “The Book With No Pictures, by BJ Novak” is AMAZING for that age. They go bananas for it. (The reason to check with the teacher is the word “butt” is in the text- something like “my only friend is a gorilla named boo boo butt.”) You also can’t go wrong with Mo Willems.

  • The Day the Crayons Quit or The Day the Crayons Ran Away. They are hilarious!

  • Madlenka by Peter Sis. The illustrations are awesome, and the story about a little girl who’s tooth is loose resonates with kids that age. It’s set in an international city block like you’d find in NYC.

  • Some great recommendations! Silly Sally by Audrey Wood is a fun book. And you may even be able to find it in your library in the large size

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I used to almost have it memorized! Also, Jan Brett books are gorgeous!

  • Where the Wild Things Are. I did this for my son’s class, and made each kid a paper crown to wear while I read so they could all be “Kings/Queens of the Wild Things”.

  • Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus, class two at the zoo, Zog, stick man

  • Chrysanthemum. Love any of Kevin Henkes’ books. I️ taught first grade for 15 years. Always my kids’ favorite. Good message too.

  • We are in a Book! , Knufflebunny both by Mo Willems. I ran a K-4th grade library for 3 years, these were always a big hit. If you can, get some titles and check with the teacher to see if he/she has already read them, it’s more fun if it is the first time the kids have heard the book.

    • There’s also Iggy Peck, Architect and Ida Twist, Scientist. We have Rosie Revere and Aida Twist for our boys. I love that these super smart and ambitious kids are girls. Hopefully it’ll help my boys to realize that women are equals. ❤️

  • This is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen. Trust me, I do this for a living. 😉

  • something with Pet the Cat…or anything with a bunny it it

  • I’m a first grade teacher-The Book With No Pictures is a must. They will love it!

  • Anything by Jan Brett. My firsties love The Mitten and The Hat and The Three Snow Bears.

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. is so much fun to read, and the kids can participate. Just ask them to shout “Boom Boom” whenever it appears in the book.

  • How about all the Nancy Drew mystery series?? Kind of dated I suppose but mysterious enough for young minds!

  • Eve Bunting has a cute story called A Turkey for Thanksgiving. I think it’s a moose couple is prepping for Thanksgiving and the husband goes out looking for a turkey, who keeps running away and hiding. He’s finally caught and taken home with the moose. Well, it turns out they wanted a turkey as a GUEST, not as the meal. Kids always get a kick out of the surprise ending!

  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is really popular at my school.

  • I teach first grade. Choose a book YOU love. If you love the book and read it with enthusiasm, they will enjoy it.

  • Someday by Alison Meagher and Peter h. Reynolds
    Or monster at the end of this book

  • ooooooh. The Book Without Pictures! Or the Monster at the End of this Book. Or! Or! Quick as a Cricket. ALL super fun to read aloud – and the pictures from Quick as a cricket had my imagination going for miles when I was a first-grader!

  • So many great recommendations! I second The Book With No Pictures; Walter the Farting Dog; The Day the Crayons Quit; Robert Munsch (anything, but We Share Everything is related to school and sharing); Mo Willems (especially Elephant & Piggie and Pigeon books). I’d also recommend Eric Carle books (I personally love The Grouchy Ladybug); Rainbow Fish (has a good message); Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; A Bad Case of the Stripes or Duck on a Bike by David Shannon; The Day I Became A Pirate; but I also like the recommendation someone said of picking a book you love because the way you read it and your passion for it will shine through.

  • “It’s A Book” is great for kids! And “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” is great!!!

  • Any one of the Elephant and Piggie books, by the same author who wrote the Don’t let the Pigeons book.

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