1st Grade Booklist

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs : As Retold by Mo Willems


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs book cover

Mo Willems has taken on a fairy tale  and has twisted and tweaked it to transform the classic tale into a very silly story.   Curious Goldilocks is out and about and happens  to come upon an empty house that is inhabited by three hungry ,clever dinosaurs ( one of the dinosaurs is visiting from Norway) .  What happens next is a hilariously fractured fairy tale that will entertain audiences who are familiar with, and perhaps bored with, the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Both text and illustrations are filled with the unmistakable wit and humor of Mo Willems.  Bears are now dinosaurs, porridge is chocolate pudding, but the chairs and beds are still there.  When you finish reading the story, take a look at the end papers in the front and back of the book.  Willems provides more laughs as he lists all the rejected possible titles for his book. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is pure entertainment for young and old alike.  Don't miss it !



Rain Brings Frogs: a Little Book of Hope


Rain Brings Frogs book coverNate always sees the bright side of everything that happens.  When it rains, he says "Rain brings frogs!"  When his sister thinks that her winter outfit is too ugly, he says "It's so warm!".  Read this to feel uplifting when in times of sorrow.

 

Rain Brings Frogs: a Little Book of Hope is written by Maryann Cocca-Leffler who "owes both her optimistic view of life and the idea for this book to her daughter, Janine." (publisher's introduction)



My Tooth is About to Fall Out


book cover of My Tooth is about to fall outYou don't have to be scared when your tooth is about to fall out.  Have fun learning new words while learning what to do when your tooth is loose.

 

Written by Grace Maccarone.



Fancy Nancy The 100th Day of School


book cover of Fancy Nancy The 100th Day of SchoolIt's going to be the 100th day of school, and kids in Fancy Nancy's class are bringing in different items that can match with the number 100.   Fancy Nancy tries to be imaginative, but cannot come up with anything, yet.  Then, after her sister's goldfish doesn't move anymore and then gets buried in the family yard, Fancy Nancy comes up with a poem and an imaginative poster to commemorate the fish.

 

Written by Jane O'Connor.



The New Kid


The New Kid book coverWith photographs of real kids, The New Kid by Susan Hood presents real experience by kids at school.  When a kid is new in a new environment, he can "act bad", because "he is sad".  Then eventually, when his friends make him feel at home, he is not sad anymore, therefore he "does not act bad".  The book rhymes from first page to last.  For Preschool to Grade 1.



My Dog, Buddy


book coverWhen other people in the family give Buddy orders, Buddy always does the opposite.  When the boy gives orders, Buddy always does whatever he asks.  His advice is:  "You have to know how to talk to a dog."

 

The cartoonish illustrations make this book look very cute and fun to read.

Written by David Milgrim.

Grade level: Preschool-K-1.