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Reading Tips For 1st Grade Parents

Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your young reader to practice every day! Click on the link below to connect to Reading Rocket's Reading Tips For 1st Grade Parents.  The tips offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child.



Biscuit Loves The Park

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli Year Published: 2018 1.0 AR Level

Biscuit is going to play in the big park. Wait, Biscuit! Where are you going?
When Biscuit goes chasing a ball and at first doesn’t come back, where could that little yellow puppy be? Young readers will love reading about all the fun things Biscuit gets up to at the bustling park.


Top Cat

by Lois Ehlert Year Published: 2001 1.1 AR Level

Top Cat rules the house until an unexpected box arrives with someone new--and cute--inside. At first, Top Cat doesn't want to share his house and favorite things, but soon he learns that two cats can be lots more fun than one.


Clifford The Big Red Dog

by Norman Bridwell Year Published: 1995 1.2 AR Level

Emily Elizabeth describes the activities she enjoys with her very big red dog and how they take care of each other.


Benjamin Bear In Bright Ideas

by Philippe Coudray Year Published: 2013 1.3 AR Level

Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea. Told in the form of one-page comic strips, each of Benjamin’s adventures is a hilarious gag, a puzzle, a mini physics lesson, or sometimes all three. Of the first Benjamin book, Horn Book wrote, "Original, deep-down funny . . . steeped in the rare quality of imaginative kindness." Kirkus called it, "A visually formatted joke book to inspire thinking as well as laughs."


Chu’s Day

by Neil Gaiman Year Published: 2013 1.4 AR Level

Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze.
When Chu sneezes, bad things happen.
In dusty library, diner pepper, circus tent,
Will Chu sneeze today?


Hi! Fly Guy

by Tedd Arnold Year Published: 2006 1.5 AR Level

When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

by Mo Willems Year Published: 2005 1.6 AR Level

Merging expressive cartoon network-esque illustrations with beautiful black and white photographs of Brooklyn, this funny story tells how Trixie and Knuffle Bunny's trip to the laundromat with Dad goes terribly wrong when Trixie realizes some bunny's been left behind...! Her attempts to alert Dad all the way home are unsuccessful, until Mom points out that Knuffle Bunny is missing and the family hotfoot it back to the laundromat. Fortunately, KB is safe, if a little wet... 


Pig The Star

by Aaron Blakey Year Published: 2017 1.7 AR Level

Pig just LOVES attention. In fact, he's a great, bit SHOW-OFF.

But when ANOTHER star appears at the photo shoot, Pig doesn't like it. No, Pig doesn't like it at ALL ...


Pete The Kitty And The Groovy Playdate

by Kim Dean Year Published: 2018 1.8 AR Level

Pete the Kitty is super excited to visit his friend Grumpy Toad’s house for a playdate! Grumpy Toad has all the best toys: a truck, building blocks, and a superhero cape. Far out! It’s going to be cat-tastic!

But when Grumpy Toad refuses to share any of his cool toys with Pete, neither of them are having any fun. Will Grumpy Toad ever share his toys with his friend Pete?

In this easy-to-read and engaging picture book, little readers will learn all about sharing with their favorite blue kitten! 


A Bear Sat On My Porch Today

by Jane Yolen Year Published: 2018 1.9 AR Level

What to do if a rather insistent bear squats on your porch today? Followed in short order by a shaggy squirrel, a spraying skunk, a playful possum, and a bevy of forest critters large and small? This hilarious cumulative tale of reluctant hospitality and generous inclusivity will leave readers chanting, "OKAY. OKAY! YOU CAN STAY." But watch out! That porch is starting to sway....