If you're looking for Read Aloud Books for First Grade, I've put together a fantastic list of chapter books. There are old classics and new favorites, perfect 1st grade read aloud books for home and school. Updated August 2022
I still remember being in the first grade and listening to my teacher, Ms. Bershad, read aloud from Superfudge by Judy Blume. It was my favorite part of the school day.
Superfudge, however, can be a little controversial (especially for first graders), so Ms. Bershad did some editing as she read, skipping scenes that might cause problems. I still have a very distinct memory of sitting in the back of our mini-van at my little brother's t-ball practice with my best friend Lindsay as we scoured each page of our very own copy of Superfudge for all the "inappropriate" parts.
Fudge is still near and dear to my heart all these many years later. And I still laugh when I think about Peter Hatcher peeing in the houseplant because four-year-old Fudge is so slow in the bathroom (this was one of the scenes Ms. Bershad skipped of course).
All that to say, First Grade is a wonderful time for read aloud books. By first grade, kids are ready to listen to longer books and more complicated stories. It's an excellent time to introduce these fantastic read aloud books and create reading memories that will last a lifetime.
Tips for Reading Aloud to 1st Graders
Choose Books Above Their Reading Level: By first grade, most kids are beginning to read aloud on their own. However, their listening comprehension is higher than their actual reading level. They can understand vocabulary and language patterns, even if they can't read them yet, so this a great way to introduce them to more complex stories and ideas.
Choose Book Series At Their Reading Level: While it's great to read aloud stories above their reading level, it's also helpful to read books, especially the first in series, at their reading level. This encourages them to want to pick up the next book in the series and continue reading on their own.
Ask Questions and Encourage Discussion: Whether you're reading aloud at home or in a classroom, it helps to ask questions as you read. Not only does this help your little listeners to engage with the text, but it also helps you know if they are understanding the story. I like to have my kids tell me in their own words what's happening in the story. I also like to ask them to imagine what they would do if they were a character in the book. (Note: I don't interrupt the story to do this, but rather wait until the end of a chapter or section).
Choose great books: A good book that will excite and engage little listeners is the key to a rewarding read aloud experience. Luckily, I've been compiling a list of my favorite read aloud books for first grade over the years and I'm more than happy to share them here!
Read Aloud Books for First Grade
Below is a collection of my favorite read aloud books for first grade. Almost all of them have illustrations to help keep little listeners engaged with the story, as well as simple storylines, and short chapters - perfect for kids ages 6 to 8.
I've read every single book on this list, most of them aloud too, and I love them all. Note: All of the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. You can also download a printable copy of the list below.
MORE HELPFUL BOOK LISTS
- Excellent Chapter Book Series for First Graders
- Read Aloud Books for Second Grade
- Read Aloud Books for Third Grade
- Easy Chapter Books for Independent Reading