1st Grade Books for Summer Reading

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Keep your soon-to-be or leaving 1st (first) graders, ages 6 and 7, practicing their growing reading skills with the best 1st grade books for summer reading. I’ve curated a list of 1st grade books for your students and kids that they’ll love — and that will keep them reading all summer long. I’m a former teacher and literacy trainer, mom of two, writer, and book blogger who reads over 1,000 books a year. I know the best new releases and the not-to-be-missed timeless classics, too. Based on my teaching background, I can tell you what books for kids are appropriate for growing readers.

These are favorite early reader books for beginning readers, from the easiest books with a few words per page to beginning chapter books with a sentence per page. (For my kids, this was first grade, but for some kids, it’s earlier and for other children, it’s later. All stages of growth are fine!)

You can find harder books on my summer reading list for 2nd graders and more books and reviews for 5- and 6- year olds here.

1st grade books for summer reading

Keep your first grade kids reading lots and lots of books this summer vacation!

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1st Grade Books for Summer Reading List
(Ages 6 – 7)

If your 1st grade child loves a book, get more books by the same author or in the same series. Keep them reading as much as you can!

Early Reader Books for 1st Grade Summer Reading

This list of easy readers is 1st grade books with only a few words per page, perfect for kids who are entering first grade and just beginning to read.

Sight words and high frequency words are important at this stage. Read 8 strategies for how to teach sight words beyond memorization.

If your 1st grader is looking for funny early reader books, try these good book recommendations:

1ST GRADE BOOKS for summer reading

If your 1st grade child likes stories about daily life and friendship, try:


If your 1st grade reader likes animal stories, try these 1st grade books:

Go here for want MORE easy readers with reviews for first grade age children.

Picture Books for 1st Grade Readers

1st grade picture books

Picture books are always great book choices for 1st graders because they can be read independently or read as read alouds. Hopefully, you are still reading aloud to your 6 year olds 10 – 20 minutes a day. If you’re not, summer is a great time to start this important literacy practice.

Easiest Chapter Books for 1st Grade

Easy chapter books have pictures with words. The easiest chapter books for 1st grade readers have just a few sentences per page. Try these fantastic 1st grade books with chapters…

(If you want to read my reviews of each 1st grade book, go here.)

First Grade Easy Chapter Books for Summer Reading

Easy chapter books have bigger text with pictures every few pages. These books listed range from middle of 1st grade to beginning of second-grade reading levels.

(Go here for 2nd-grade chapter book list.)

If your first grader likes animal main characters, read:

Looking for 1st grade books about superheroes and magic? Try one of these choices…

If your 1st grade children like funny books, try:

If your 1st grade kids like realistic books, read:

If your 1st graders like adventure and mystery books, try:

If your 1st graders like nonfiction books, try:

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