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! And for more great picks, check out our Best Book Series for Early Readers and Funny Books for Kids

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Book Poster Image
Kids will love this account of a boy's bad day.
By Judith Viorst
(2003)
(1972)
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A Bear Called Paddington Book Poster Image
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(2008)
(1958)
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The BFG Book Poster Image
Silly classic is great read-aloud.
By Roald Dahl
(2006)
(2006)
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Bink & Gollie Book Poster Image
Friendship flourishes in fun graphic novel for younger set.
By Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
(2010)
(2010)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Poster Image
Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
(1964)
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Dory Fantasmagory Book Poster Image
Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.
By Abby Hanlon
(2014)
(2014)
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Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
By Annie Barrows
(2007)
(2007)
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Judy Moody Was in a Mood Book Poster Image
Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.
By Megan McDonald
(2004)
(2004)
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Little Robot Book Poster Image
Sweet, surprising story of friendship and courage.
By Ben Hatke
(2015)
(2015)
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Mr. Popper's Penguins Book Poster Image
1939 Newbery Honor book is both tender and funny.
By Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
(2007)
(2007)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(2012)
(1992)
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Stuart Little Book Poster Image
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(2003)
(1945)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends Book Poster Image
Irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems.
By Shel Silverstein
(2012)
(2004)
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The Year of the Book: Anna Wang, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Charming story of lonely, book-loving girl who finds friend.
By Andrea Cheng
(2012)
(2012)
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Beezus and Ramona Book Poster Image
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2007)
(2006)
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The Boxcar Children Series Book Poster Image
Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(2013)
(1942)
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Charlotte's Web Book Poster Image
Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
(1952)
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Clementine Book Poster Image
Move over, Ramona -- here comes Clementine.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2007)
(2006)
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Half Magic: Tales of Magic, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Delightful, charming classic has adventure, humor, heart.
By Edward Eager
(2015)
(1999)
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The Magic School Bus Series Book Poster Image
Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(2012)
(1986)
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Pippi Longstocking Book Poster Image
Lively translation aptly modernizes a classic.
By Astrid Lindgren
(2008)
(1969)
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Secrets of Droon Series Book Poster Image
Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
By Tony Abbott
(2012)
(1999)
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