Favorite First Grade Read Alouds

Reading aloud to your young children is such a great bonding experience. That time spent cuddled together with a beautiful picture book will create lasting memories for your whole family.

On this page you'll find some of our favorite books for kids - specifically, books that we read when my daughter was in her first-grade year (though these stories can certainly be enjoyed by younger or older children as well!).

Looking for some great books for kids? Check out this awesome list of favorite first grade read alouds.

You'll find some of our favorite picture books, as well as chapter books and audio books, and even a bit of poetry. First grade is the perfect time to start introducing longer books. The easiest way to make that transition is to start listening to audio books during quiet play time. Kids can still wiggle and play but they are listening to wonderful stories at the same time.

Favorite First Grade Read Alouds

Cuddling on the couch with a good book is one of the many joys of parenting. We have so many books that we've enjoyed together. First grade also seems to be that year of transition from picture books to chapter books. We enjoyed both this year. Here are our very favorite first-grade read alouds.

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Picture Books:


Fun with books!

This printable collection includes plenty of ideas and resources for reading fun. With plenty of book recommendations, narration tips, and printable activities, you’ll have lots of ideas to engage your kids with the books you love.

Short Stories & Chapter Books:


Some favorite authors: Ezra Jack Keats, Virginia Lee Burton, Eric A. Kimmel, Robert McCloskey, Tomie dePaola, E.B. White, Gerald McDermott, Ogden Nash, Beverly Cleary, and George MacDonald.

Tonia L

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