A selection of top children’s books about first grade. Read the best books with your child as you get ready for the new school year!
At our old school, the kindergarten lot was separate from the rest of the kids. Here at our new school, kinder kids are on a different schedule, getting picked up much earlier than the rest of the kids.
And this makes sense: Kindergarten is the first time many children experience a school setting—the first time they play with other kids in a learning environment.
But after kindergarten, they now have yet another big change: the first grade.
For my eldest, that meant being in a different part of campus away from the TK and preschool kids. He’d spend recess and PE in the big kids playground, and be expected to have more independence on his own.
For my twins, that meant not saying goodbye to our old school, but welcoming a new year on a new campus.
Thankfully, throughout kindergarten, all their teachers did a fantastic job of transitioning them at the end of the year and fostering necessary skills.
A great tool that helped? Reading first grade books.
Children’s books about first grade
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This stage can be a huge milestones filled with anxiety for kids who’d just gone through their first year at school. Who will be my best friend? Will my classmates be nice? What will the first day of school be like?
I’ve been searching for 1st grade books and found these awesome selections. The subject matter of these books is specifically about what it’s like to be in first grade. From easy chapter books to the simple text, you can find the perfect book for 1st graders.
The Best Seat in First Grade by Katharine Kenah and Abby Carter
Lunch Box Surprise by Grace Maccarone and Betsy Lewin
1st Grade Blues by Britney Lovelace and Jasmine Mills
First Grade, Here I Come! by Tony Johnston and David Walker
On the First Day of First Grade by Tish Rabe and Sarah Jennings
First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick and Matthew Cordell
The Last Day of Kindergarten by Nancy Loewen and Sachiko Yoshikawa
The Night Before Kindergarten Graduation by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing and Deborah Zemke
First Grade, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg and Tracy Bishop
First Grade Stinks! by Mary Ann Rodman and Beth Spiegel
First Grade Jitters by Robert Quackenbush and Yan Nascimbene
Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books by Diane deGroat
Off to First Grade by Louise Borden
First Grade, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson
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