First Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever—or Snack Time? Tammi Sauer and Michael Slack (illus.)

In the deep ocean, tiny Nugget and big, toothy Fang get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate (and hilarious) measures. But it’s not until his big sharp teeth save the entire school that minnows learn this shark is no foe. Fantastically stylized artwork adds even more humor to this undersea story of unlikely friendship. (from publisher’s description)

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero, by Deb Pilutti

In this handy guide, Captain Magma and his trusty sidekick, Lava Boy, take young readers on an adventure to learn all ten rules of being a good superhero. (from publisher’s note)

11 Experiments that Failed, by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter (illus.)

By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book’s curious narrator. Here are 12 “hypotheses,” as well as lists of “what you need,” “what to do,” and “what happened” that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!) (from publisher’s note)

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons, by John J. Muth

With a featherlight touch and disarming charm, Jon J Muth–and his delightful little panda bear, Koo–challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons.  (from publisher’s note)

My Name is Yoon, by Helen Recordist & Gabi Swiatkowska (illus.)
Helen Recorvits’s spare and inspiring story about a little girl finding her place in a new country is given luminous pictures filled with surprising vistas and dreamscapes by Gabi Swiatkowska. (from publisher’s note)

Additional Reading Recommendations

This is a Moose, by Richard T. Morris & Tom Lichtenheld (illus.)

Around the World on Eighty Legs, by Amy Gibson & Daniel Salmieri (illus.)

Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss (illus.)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, by Jennifer Fisher Bryant & Melissa Sweet (illus.)

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Ariceman | Click here for an e-book edition

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