First Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

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

Pack your bags and put on your travelin’ shoes! There’s an animal adventure waiting for you! Awake with the HOWLER MONKEYS, twist into a pretzel like a QUETZAL, hang with a SLOTH, be will-nilly like a CHINCHILLA. Squawk with an AUK, bump your rump like a CAMEL, be silly with a BILBY, and drift off to sleep in the deep of the OUTBACK. Fun-filled and fact-packed, AROUND THE WORLD ON EIGHTY LEGS is the ticket for an unforgettable adventure!

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Ariceman

Click here to access a digital version through Annie Wright’s ebook collection.

An apple pie is easy to make…if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don’t forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.

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What Do You Do with a Problem, by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom (illus.)

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.

trianglebooksTriangle, by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (illus.)

Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks. . . . With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humor, here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of today’s most irreverent — and talented — picture book creators.

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

Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup—and nothing else—all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? 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!).

Additional Recommendations

The Recess Queen, by Alexis O’Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith (illus.)

Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (illus.)

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

Memoirs of a Hamster, by Devin Scillian and Tim Bowers (illus.)

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero, by Deb Pilutti

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