Book lists

Here is a book list and some websites with many more books for first through third grade students.  No list is comprehensive, so please add to this by commenting if you have a book or series that has worked for you.  Also, if you have used one of these books or series, please give some feedback for our other members.

Books and Book Series for Grades 1-3


Links to lists:




It is harder to find chapter books for first graders, but some of the books on these lists may work.



My personal  book series recommendations:



Junie B Jones by Barbara Park


Cam Jansen by David Adler


A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy


Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne


Judy Moody by Megan McDonald


Frog and Toad byArnold Lobel


Amber Brown by Paula Danziger


The Wayside School series by Louis Sachar


The Black Lagoon chapter book series by Mike Thaler (beware there is also a picture book series)




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Experience Corps Bay Area recruits and trains adults 50+ to tutor and mentor elementary school children, with a focus on K-3 literacy.
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One Response to Book lists

  1. Gail Perin says:

    Thanks for posting this helpful book list, there are some new ones for me (a Jim Trelease fan for 35 years!) and I am excited to explore them with my students. Did I give you the copy of NYT? article from Harvard study that demonstrated that emotional engagement through good literature was highly motivating for early readers?
    Keep up the great job!

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