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New Books for 1st and 2nd Grade

Books for First Grade and Second Grade

This is a great reading list from the Newton Free Library system that includes graphic novels, easy readers, non fiction, picture books, poetry and magazines. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve.

Other lists include:

Great Reading List of New Books: Kindergarten and 1st Grade

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

Great Reading List of New Books: 3rd and 4th Grade

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

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

1.   Berne, JenniferCalvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie. (J Pic)

*2.   Browne, AnthonyMe and You. (J Folk)

*3.   Cleary, Brian P. Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes: And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters. (J 398.8 C58S)


4.   French, VivianYucky Worms.  (J Pic)

*5.   Graham, Bob. April and Esme: Tooth Fairies. (J Pic) 

*6.   Grey, Mini. Three by the Sea.  (J Pic)

*7.   Guarnaccia, StevenThe Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale.  (J Folk)

*8.   Hopkins, Lee BennettDizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems. (J 821.08 D648H) 


9.   Johnson, Angela. The Day Ray Got Away. (J Pic)


10.   Khan, RukhsanaBig Red Lollipop. (J Pic)


11.   Kroll, Steven. Super-Dragon. (J Graphic)


12.   Landman, TanyaMary’s Penny. (J Pic)


13.   Lane, Penny Ann. First Shapes in Buildings.  (J 516.15 L24F)


14.   LaRochelle, David1+1=5: And Other Unlikely Additions. (J Pic )

*15.   Lin, Grace. Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (J Easy/Kit)

Ting and Ling: Not Exactly the Same! won a Geisel Award. It is destined to become a classic in the vein of Little Bear and Frog and Toad. Ling can sit still, Ting can’t and this comes to bear when they get their hair cut. Suddenly, it becomes easier to tell these two identical twins apart. Lin masterfully weaves 6 charming stories together that speak of Asian culture, the unique bond of twins, and creative story telling by both girls. My little son and I LOVE this book!


16.   McArthur, MeherAn ABC of What Art Can Be. (J [Pic] ABC)


17.   McCarthy, MeghanPop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum. (J 664.6 M12P)

18.   Morgan, Sally and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Sam’s Bush Journey. (J Pic)


19.   Pearce, Emily SmithSlowpoke. (J Beg Chp)


20.   PeléFor the Love of Soccer! ( J 796.334 P36S)

*21.   Piven, HanochMy Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil… (J Pic)


22.   Rumford, James. Rain School. (J Pic)


23.   Spiegelman, Nadja and Trade Loeffler. Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework(J Graphic)


24.   Spinner, StephaniePaddywack. (J Easy)


25.   Stein, David EzraInterrupting Chicken. (J Pic)

This book won a Caldecott and my 6-year-old son and I LOVE it. It’s really funny and the illustrations won for the Caldecott, I believe, because Stein changes illustration styles for each book that the Daddy Chicken reads to his little one (who interrupts each story with a happier ending). This is a wonderful addition to our own collection at home!

26.   Vamos, Samantha RThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred. (J Pic)

 27.   Wardlaw, LeeWon-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. (J Pic)


28.   Wells, Robert E. Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? (J 523.7 W46W)

*29.   Winter, Jeanette. Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia. (JE S71.WI)


30.   Yorinks, Arthur. Flappy and Scrappy. (J Easy)


31.   Click. (Magazine)


* Great author who has other good titles.

To view any book more closely in Amazon, please click on image of book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jane

    I would recommend the series “Finance for Kidz” by Prof Prakash Dheeriya..for children of all ages who can read.

  2. From my LinkedIn Group: Parent Bloggers.

    Thanks for this great list!
    Posted by Stacey

  3. From my LinkedIn Group Parent Bloggers:

    Excellent list for first and second grade Thanks Mia for sharing.

    Posted by Melvin J.

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