Summer 2013 Recommended Reading List

Rising First Grade 2013-2014

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Nonfiction Books

Raccoon on His Own by Jim ArnoskyRaccoon on His Own
Arnosky, Jim
Call Number: JE ARNO
A baby raccoon takes an unexpected solo ride on an abandoned dugout canoe.
From Marbles to Video Games: How Toys Have Changed by Jennifer BoothroydFrom Marbles to Video Games: How Toys Have Changed
Boothroyd, Jennifer
Call Number: J 790.1 BOOT
Many kids play video games today. Long ago, these didn't exist! Kids played games with jacks and marbles. What other toys and games have changed over time? Read this book to find out.
Buster Hunts for Dinosaurs by Marc BrownBuster Hunts for Dinosaurs
Brown, Marc
Call Number: JE BROW
When his father takes him to visit a national park about dinosaurs, Buster sends postcards to his friends back home telling them what he is learning.
In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems by Eloise GreenfieldIn the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems
Greenfield, Eloise
Call Number: J 811 G
Maybe there's a place where words live, where our minds and hearts can go and find them when we want to write or read.
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn HelingClothesline Clues to Jobs People Do
Heling, Kathryn
Call Number: J 331.702 HELI
Colorful illustrations help children determine job titles from the clothes the people wear.
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve JenkinsWhat Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
Jenkins, Steve
Call Number: J 573.87 J
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails.
Ten Little Caterpillars by Martin BillTen Little Caterpillars
Bill, Martin
Call Number: JE MART
Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens.
Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnellMe . . . Jane
McDonnell, Patrick
Call Number: JE MCDO
Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals.
Super Sand Castle Saturday by Stuart MurphySuper Sand Castle Saturday
Murphy, Stuart
Call Number: J 530.81 M
This book introduces the concepts of nonstandard measurement as three friends compete to see who can build the tallest sand castle, the deepest moat, and the longest wall.
If You Hopped Like a Frog by David SchwartzIf You Hopped Like a Frog
Schwartz, David
Call Number: JE S
Introduces the concepts of ratio by comparing what humans would be able to do if they had bodies like different animals.
About Mammals: A Guide for Children by Cathryn SillAbout Mammals: A Guide for Children
Sill, Cathryn
Call Number: J 599 S
Beautifully illustrated, this book explains what mammals are, how they live, and what they do.
Recycle Every Day by Nancy WallaceRecycle Every Day
Wallace, Nancy
Call Number: JE W
Minna has to make a school poster about recycling. Her entire family spends the week practicing various kinds of recycling and suggesting ideas for her poster.

Fiction Books

There’s a Fly Guy in My Soup by Tedd ArnoldThere’s a Fly Guy in My Soup
Arnold, Tedd
Call Number: JE ARNO
When Fly Guy is not allowed in the restaurant with Buzz's family, he follows his nose and ends up in the soup.
Biscuit and the Little Pup by Alyssa Satin CapucilliBiscuit and the Little Pup
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
Call Number: JE CAPU
Simple words and illustrations relate the adventures of Biscuit and a new puppy friend.
I’m the Best by Lucy CousinsI’m the Best
Cousins, Lucy
Call Number: JE COUS
When Dog's constant boasting makes his friends sad, they find a way to teach him what it means to be a good friend.
And Then it’s Spring by Julie FoglianoAnd Then it’s Spring
Fogliano, Julie
Call Number: JE FOGL
Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-ShawSame, Same but Different
Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue
Call Number: JE KOST
Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries--America and India--they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric LitwinPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Litwin, Eric
Call Number: JE LITW
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.
See Me Run by Paul MeiselSee Me Run
Meisel, Paul
Call Number: JE MEIS
A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park in this easy-to-read story.
Gracias/Thanks by Pat MoraGracias/Thanks
Mora, Pat
A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about the everyday things for which he is thankful.
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’NeillThe Recess Queen
O’Neill, Alexis
Call Number: JE O
Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen.
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian J. PinkneyMax Found Two Sticks
Pinkney, Brian J.
Call Number: JE PINK
"It was a day when Max didn't feel like talking to anyone. He just sat on his front steps and watched the clouds gather in the sky." This is a story of a young boy's introduction to the joys of making music.
My Name is Yoon by Helen RecorvitsMy Name is Yoon
Recorvits, Helen
Call Number: JE R
When Yoon writes her name in Korean it looks happy, like dancing figures. When she writes it in English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll WalshMouse Shapes
Walsh, Ellen Stoll
Call Number: JE WALS
Three mice make a variety of things out of different shapes as they hide from a scary cat.
Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo WillemsLet’s Go for a Drive!
Willems, Mo
Call Number: JE WILL
Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.