First Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, by Torben Kuhlmann

The mice of Europe have fled to America to escape newly invented mechanical mousetraps. One mouse remains, but with steamship ports blocked by gangs of cats, this last remaining rodent must learn to fly in order to achieve liberation.

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, by Bob Shea

Goat always thought well of himself: his bike was cool, he was known for a marshmallow dessert, and he was a pretty well regarded animal. Until Unicorn shows up. Unicorn flies. Unicorn makes the skies pour cupcakes. Unicorn makes Goat feel inadequate. However, everything changes when Goat and Unicorn have a heart-to-heart over a pizza one day.

Cardboard, by Doug TenNapel

When Cam is disappointed to receive a cardboard box for his birthday gift, he bends it into a human-like creature. When the creature suddenly comes to life, the neighborhood bully becomes quite interested in this magical creature’s abilities to execute the bully’s evil plots.

Bink & Gollie, by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, and Tony Fucile (illus.)

This 2011 Theodor Geisl Award Winner chronicles two friends bound by their love of rollerskating adventure. While Bink and Gollie may face surprises and challenges, they always remain friends.

Billy and Milly, Short and Silly, by Eve Feldman and Tuesday Morning (illus.)

Each episode in this series of very short stories features only three to four words, and early readers enjoy the fun, adventurous pair of Billy and Milly.

Other Recommendations

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm (illus.)

Boy and Bot, by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino (illus.)

Chloe and the Lion, by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex (illus.)

The Miniature World of Marvin and James, by Elise Broach

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