15 Terrific Books for First Graders

by Dena McMurdie

This fall will mark the second time I’ve sent a child off to first grade. Since I’ve done it once before, I know what to expect — but my rising first grader doesn’t. She’s waving goodbye to the coddled days of kindergarten and feeling nervous about first grade. She’ll have a new teacher and a new set of classmates. It will be more difficult academically, socially, and emotionally than kindergarten. In order for her to be ready to face the days ahead and make the most of her first “real” year of school, we’re reading these books for first graders.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2021.