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The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

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Move over picture books! These chapter book read-alouds for first grade will keep kids engaged with their humor and excitement.

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

Why Chapter Books Make Great Read-Alouds for 1st Grade

It’s true that many first graders are not yet ready to read chapter books, but they can enjoy them as read-alouds. Children can listen and comprehend books far above their reading level. By reading these types of books, you not only train their attention span but also build their vocabulary, help their auditory processing, and create anticipation for independent reading.

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for First Grade

Not all chapter books make great read-alouds for first grade. This list represents the best of the best. These books have age-appropriate humor and themes as well as fast-paced plots.

Cam Jansen by David A. Adler

This spunky mystery-solving heroine has a photographic memory and a knack for being at the right place and time.

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones is the world’s most hilarious Kindergartener! Your first graders will love remembering Kindergarten with Junie’s editorializing.

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osbourne

The Magic Treehouse books are simply genius. Not only do they feature a time-traveling brother-sister duo, but the books also manage to teach kids about history at the same time.

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Louis the swan looks just like the other swans. The only difference is that he can’t make a sound. This charming classic teaches about overcoming obstacles.

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

A dog can make a difference in a person’s life. That is undoubtedly true for Opal. Everything good that happens to her that summer is because of her dog Winn Dixie.

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

A mouse named Ralph is enraptured by a toy motorcycle. Much to his delight, he figures out how to make it run!

Poppy by Avi

This series features the tiny deer mouse Poppy, whose courage is much larger than her size.

The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Follow the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad in this rollicking classic.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

This series begins with the story of four siblings who make their way in the world by living in an abandoned boxcar–and loving every minute! Subsequent books in the series are mystery stories.

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Everyone loves this classic tale of friendship between a spring pig and a spider names Charlotte.

Snot Stew by Bill Wallace

Some books have titles that immediately grab a first grader’s attention. Kiki the kitten’s brother Toby is learning from a game the owners play. The game is turning Toby into a bully. That spells trouble when Toby starts taunting the neighbor dog, Butch!

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Little Willy must win the National Dogsled Race to save the family farm. Willy and his dog Searchlight must challenge expert bobsledders to win the race.

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

This earnest, marmalade-loving bear negotiates the city of London.

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Wayside School is no ordinary place. From crazy teachers to wacky students, the daily goings-on of Wayside will have your students giggling with delight!

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Elmer captures an imprisoned dragon to catch a free ride.

A Teacher in the Wild by Devin Siebold

When a student sees his teacher at the mall, he knows something suspicious is going on! This book is hilarious and exciting!

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

Forget the Midas touch being gold! What if everything you touched turned to chocolate? Is that a blessing or a curse?

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 1st Grade

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Have you ever started something you couldn’t stop? That’s what happens when Nick Allen starts calling his pen “Frindle.”

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

The lovable pig Mercy Watson gets into all kinds of mischief! This charming series is full of delight and adventure.

Read Aloud Books for First Grade

These books will have your first graders hanging on your every word. Since most of these books are the start of the series, you may find eager readers sliding new books off the shelves. What better way to introduce your kids to the power of reading?

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