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 Book Poster Image
Inspiring bio of woman who published first computer code.
By Rebel Girls
(2019)
(2019)
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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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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 1 Book Poster Image
Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.
By Abby Hanlon
(2014)
(2014)
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Dragons and Marshmallows: Zoey and Sassafras, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girl solves fun mystery with science, magic, and her cat.
By Asia Citro
(2020)
(2017)
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Inspiring, kid-friendly tales of extraordinary women.
By Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
(2017)
(2016)
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I Am Sonia Sotomayor: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
Positive messages in engaging bio of Supreme Court justice.
By Brad Meltzer
(2018)
(2018)
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Book Poster Image
Inspiring bio of Supreme Court justice empowers girls.
By Debbie Levy
(2016)
(2016)
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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
Funny take on third grade life and friendships.
By Megan McDonald
(2004)
(2004)
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Kitty Book Series Book Poster Image
Girl with cat-like superpowers has fun, daring adventures.
By Paula Harrison
(2020)
(2019)
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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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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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Mindy Kim Series Book Poster Image
Warm series about Korean American girl's life in new town.
By Lyla Lee
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Nate the Great Series Book Poster Image
Nate solves neighborhood mysteries in fun new-reader series.
By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
(2016)
(2016)
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P Is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever Book Poster Image
Wacky alphabet book pokes fun at silent letters and more.
By Raj Haldar, Chris Carpenter
(2019)
(2018)
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Polly Diamond and the Magic Book Book Poster Image
Girl learns words, family matter in fun, imaginative story.
By Alice Kuipers
(2018)
(2018)
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Princess Pulverizer Series Book Poster Image
Atypical princess story is spirited, funny, full of burps.
By Nancy Krulik
(2018)
(2018)
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girl invents a painting machine in fun story of engineering.
By Andrea Beaty
(2018)
(2018)
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Stella Díaz Never Gives Up: Stella Díaz, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Girl becomes activist, navigates friendships in fun story.
By Angela Dominguez
(2020)
(2020)
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Stink Series Book Poster Image
This 7-year-old's antics will engage emerging readers.
By Megan McDonald
(2016)
(2013)
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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)
(1955)
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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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Captain Underpants Series Book Poster Image
Fun, irreverent series delights with action, wedgie jokes.
By Dav Pilkey
(2019)
(1997)
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Book Poster Image
Inspiring tales of women pursuing dreams in a new land.
By Elena Favilli
(2020)
(2020)
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CatStronauts: Mission Moon -- CatStronauts, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Successful launch of fun series starring heroic space cats.
By Drew Brockington
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History Book Poster Image
Beautifully illustrated bio of abolition's greatest hero.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2017)
(2017)
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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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I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
Kid-friendly bio a strong, accessible intro to King's life.
By Brad Meltzer
(2016)
(2016)
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I Survived Series Book Poster Image
Riveting, emotional historical fiction for young readers.
By Lauren Tarshis
(2016)
(2010)
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Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Rollicking spy adventure is loaded with humor.
By Mac Barnett
(2018)
(2018)
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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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My Journey to the Stars Book Poster Image
Exciting memoir rockets future astronauts to space.
By Scott Kelly
(2017)
(2017)
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Outside the Box Book Poster Image
Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)
(2014)
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Pippi Longstocking Book Poster Image
Wild adventures with fun-loving, rule-breaking redhead.
By Astrid Lindgren
(2008)
(1945)
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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History ... and Our Future! Book Poster Image
Artful profiles of groundbreakers are fresh, inspiring.
By Kate Schatz
(2015)
(2015)
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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Laughs, science in new Callie series for younger readers.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2016)
(2016)
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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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Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight Book Poster Image
Delightful, funny dad-son space-travel adventure.
By Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer
(2014)
(2014)
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Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker Book Poster Image
Boy strives to make his mark in funny family tale.
By Molly B. Burnham
(2015)
(2015)
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Zita the Spacegirl Book Poster Image
Brave girl seeks missing friend in exciting graphic novel.
By Ben Hatke
(2011)
(2011)
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