Classic Books for Kids in First Grade

Classic books for kids come in all types. Sometimes it's a traditional free hundreds chart PDF tale that has been passed down for generations, like Three Billy Goats Gruff. Other classics are books that have been favorites for a very long time. When it was mom or dad's favorite book as a kid, and your child wants you to read it every night, that's a good sign. A very few books become classics almost overnight; these are timeless, wonderful books and kids everywhere can't help but love them.

  • Caps for Sale, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
    A cap salesman falls asleep under a tree and wakes to discover that all his caps have been taken by monkeys, who are now wearing his caps! He tries everything to get the monkeys to give his caps back, but all they do is imitate him. Kids love to act out the story in this funny and clever book. It is a real favorite.
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
    When Max gets sent to his room for acting up, he decides to escape to "where the wild things are". Max journeys in his imagination to visit the wild things ("Let the wild rumpus begin!") but eventually begins to long for the comfort of home, where he is loved best of all.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Joff Numeroff.
    Think twice before you give a mouse a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he'll want milk. And if you give him milk, he'll want a straw. And if you give him a straw... Well, let's just say, mice can be hard to satisfy. First graders love hearing the demands of this bossy mouse!
  • Millions of Cats, Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag.
    An old man and an old woman have no children, so they decide to get a cat. When the old man goes off to find a cat, he finds, "Cats here, cats there! Cats and kittens everywhere! Hundreds of cats. Thousands of cats. Millions and billions and trillions of cats!" The search for the perfect cat is almost as much fun as the musical rhythm. A great read-aloud.
  • The Story of Ferdinand, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
    Ferdinand is not like the other bulls, who want to be chosen for the bullfights. All Ferdinand wants to do is sit under his tree and smell flowers. But on the day that he is stung by a bee, he is ironically chosen as the fiercest bull to fight. Ferdinand's self-possession and pacifist leanings make for an extremely lovable character.

For more classic favorites like The House That Jack Built, be sure to check out these rhythmic 1st Grade Books.

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