Best Books for First-Graders

Whether you're looking for books your early readers can devour on their own or fun read-aloud stories, you'll find a great mix of classics and recent titles in a variety of genres on our list, including fantasy, adventure, humor, mystery, poetry, science, and sci-fi, as well as family and animal tales. And they're all kid-proven to be engaging and entertaining for 6- and 7-year-olds. Happy reading! For more great picks, check out our Best Book Series for Early Readers and Funny Books for Kids.

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Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code

age 6+

Inspiring bio of woman who published first computer code.

By: Rebel Girls (2019)
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

age 6+

Kids will love this account of a boy's bad day.

By: Judith Viorst (1972)
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A Bear Called Paddington

age 6+

Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.

By: Michael Bond (1958)
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Bink & Gollie

age 6+

Friendship flourishes in fun graphic novel for younger set.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

age 6+

Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.

By: Roald Dahl (1964)
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Dory Fantasmagory: Book 1

age 6+

Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.

By: Abby Hanlon (2014)
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Dragons and Marshmallows: Zoey and Sassafras, Book 1

age 6+

Girl solves fun mystery with science, magic, and her cat.

By: Asia Citro (2017)
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Book 1

age 6+

Inspiring, kid-friendly tales of extraordinary women.

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I Am Sonia Sotomayor: Ordinary People Change the World

age 6+

Positive messages in engaging bio of Supreme Court justice.

By: Brad Meltzer (2018)
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

age 6+

Inspiring bio of Supreme Court justice empowers girls.

By: Debbie Levy (2016)
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Ivy + Bean, Book 1

age 6+

Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.

By: Annie Barrows (2007)
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Judy Moody Was in a Mood

age 6+

Funny take on third grade life and friendships.

By: Megan McDonald (2004)
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Kitty Book Series

age 6+

Girl with cat-like superpowers has fun, daring adventures.

By: Paula Harrison (2019)
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Little Robot

age 6+

Sweet, surprising story of friendship and courage.

By: Ben Hatke (2015)
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Magic Tree House Series

age 6+

Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.

By: Mary Pope Osborne (1992)
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Mindy Kim Series

age 6+

Warm series about Korean American girl's life in new town.

By: Lyla Lee (2020)
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Mr. Popper's Penguins

age 6+

1939 Newbery Honor book is both tender and funny.

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Nate the Great Series

age 6+

Nate solves neighborhood mysteries in fun new-reader series.

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P Is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever

age 6+

Wacky alphabet book pokes fun at silent letters and more.

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Polly Diamond and the Magic Book

age 6+

Girl learns words, family matter in fun, imaginative story.

By: Alice Kuipers (2018)
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