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Books for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

New Books for Kindergarten and First Grade

This is a great reading list of Caldecott picture books, early readers, non fiction and more from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve.  

Other lists include:

I have more lists here:

Great Reading List of New Books: 2nd and 3rd Grade

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Great Reading List of New Books: 4th and 5th Grade

Great Reading List of New Books: 5th and 6th Grade

 1.   Arlen, HaroldOver the Rainbow. (J Pic+CD)


2.   Berkes, Marianne. Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under. (J Pic)


 3.   Brown, Peter. Children Make Terrible Pets.  (J Pic)


*4.   Donaldson, Julia. What the Ladybug Heard. (J Pic)


*5.   Ehlert, Lois. Lots of Spots. (J Pic)


6.   Elliott, David. In the Wild.  (J Pic)


*7.   Emberley, Rebecca. The Red Hen. (J Folk)


8.   Farquharson, Polly. The Green Line: A Walk in the Park.  (J Pic)


*9.   Hillenbrand, Will. Mother Goose Picture Puzzles. (J 398.8 M85HI)


10.   Hoffman, Mary. The Great Big Book of Families. (J Pic)

*11.   Howe, James. Brontorina. (J Pic)


12.   Kann, VictoriaPink Around the Rink. (J Easy)

*13.   Karas, G. Brian. The Village Garage. (J [Pic] Trans)


14.   Kohuth, Jane. Ducks Go Vroom. (J Easy)


15.   Krebs, Laurie. We’re Roaming in the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure.  (J Pic)

*16.   Lehman, Barbara. The Secret Box. (J Pic )


17.   Long, Ethan. Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors. (J Graphic)

*18.   MacDonald, Margaret Read. Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale. (J Folk)


19.   McDonnell, Patrick. Me…Jane.  (J Pic)

A very simple story of Jane Goodall with a green message too!

 20.   Melvin, Alice. Counting Birds. (J [Pic]123)


21.   Nesbitt, Kenn.  More Bears!  (J Pic)


22.   Nevius, Carol. Soccer Hour. (J Pic)


23.   Pearson, Susan. How to Teach a Slug to Read. (J Pic)

*24.   Schaefer, Lola. Just One Bite… (J 591.53 S29J [Oversize])\


25.   Smallcomb, Pam. I’m Not. (J Pic)

*26.   Staake, Bob. Look! A Book!: A Zany Seek-and-Find Adventure. (J Pic)

My son loves this search and find book.


27.   Stead, Philip C. A Sick Day for Amos McGee. (J Pic) Caldecott Winner!

I bought this book after it won the Caldecott and my son often chooses it for his bedtime story. A sweet story about an elderly zookeeper.


28.   Urbanovic, Jackie. Ducks in a Row. (J Easy)


29.   Willems, Mo. City Dog, Country Frog. (J Pic)

*30.   Willems, Mo. We Are in a Book!  (J Easy)

My little son and I love this series and this book is especially fun because Elephant and Piggie are talking to you! This book won the Geisel Award!


31.   Ladybug. (Magazine)


* Great author who has other good titles.

Click on the link to reserve through the Minuteman Library System. To examine the book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jessica

    This is a great list. I’ll have to check out the ones I don’t already have. Some of my night-time faves include these oldies:
    – Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    – Make Way for Ducklings
    – A Tree is Nice
    – Andrew Henry’s Meadow

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