Reading Roadmaps 1st Grade

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Reading Roadmaps is a manual containing annotated reading lists for grades K-12 created by the Center for Lit. The manual summarizes the plot, themes, and other literary devices in each of the books. The following books are covered for 1st grade.

The Story of FerdinandThe Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: Memoria Press Kindergarten Read-Aloud Program
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: My Father's World Kindergarten Literature Collection
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: What We Read: Spain and Portugal
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury)

Thunder CakeThunder Cake
by Patricia Polacco

Little TootLittle Toot
by Hardie Gramatky
Also: Memoria Press 1st Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3

Brave IreneBrave Irene
by William Steig
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

A Bargain for FrancesA Bargain for Frances
by Russell Hoban

Tale of Squirrel NutkinTale of Squirrel Nutkin
by Beatrix Potter
Also: Sonlight Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5 (in The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit)

Amos & BorisAmos & Boris
by William Steig
Also: Memoria Press 2nd Grade Read-Aloud Program

MadelineMadeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Mater Amabilis Kindergarten Book List for Ages 5-6
Also: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Read-Aloud Program
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature
Also: What We Read: France
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury)

Owl MoonOwl Moon
by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by John Schoenherr
Recommended Age: 3
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Memoria Press Kindergarten Read-Aloud Program
Also: Picture Books for Minor Holidays
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

The Relatives CameThe Relatives Came
by Cynthia Rylant
Also: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Read-Aloud Program

The TreasureThe Treasure
by Uri Shulevitz
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the WorldHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
by Marjorie Priceman
Recommended Age: 5
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Mater Amabilis Kindergarten Book List for Ages 5-6
Also: Memoria Press Kindergarten Read-Aloud Program
Also: My Father's World Kindergarten Literature Collection

Nate the GreatNate the Great
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Also: Reading Roadmaps 2nd Grade
Also: Sonlight Grade 2 Readers
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature

Amelia BedeliaAmelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: Sonlight Grade 2 Readers
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury)

DandelionDandelion
by Don Freeman
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5

The GardenerThe Gardener
by Sarah Stewart
Recommended Age: 5
Also: Memoria Press 2nd Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know

Horton Hears a Who!Horton Hears a Who!
by Dr. Seuss
Also: Reading Roadmaps 3rd Grade

Miss RumphiusMiss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: National Book Award Children's Book Winners
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

Sam, Bangs & MoonshineSam, Bangs & Moonshine
by Evaline Ness
Recommended Age: 7
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Memoria Press 2nd Grade Read-Aloud Program

The Biggest BearThe Biggest Bear
by Lynd Ward
Recommended Age: 7
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature

Make Way for DucklingsMake Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
Recommended Age: 3
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: My Father's World Kindergarten Literature Collection
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury)

Wilfred Gordon McDonald PartridgeWilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox

Henry & Mudge: The First BookHenry & Mudge: The First Book
by Cynthia Rylant
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature

Leo the Late BloomerLeo the Late Bloomer
by Robert Kraus
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3

Little BearLittle Bear
by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: My Father's World Kindergarten Literature Collection
Also: Sonlight Grade 1 Readers
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature

Snap!Snap!
by Marcia Vaughan

The Biggest House in the WorldThe Biggest House in the World
by Leo Lionni

The Great Gracie Chase: Stop that Dog!The Great Gracie Chase: Stop that Dog!
by Cynthia Rylant

Snowflake BentleySnowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Illustrated by Mary Azarian
Recommended Age: 5
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Memoria Press 1st Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: Top 20 Science and Nature Books for Young Children
Also: What We Read: Winter and Snow

PetuniaPetunia
by Roger Duvoisin
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury)

The Five Chinese BrothersThe Five Chinese Brothers
by Claire Huchet Bishop
Also: Mater Amabilis Kindergarten Book List for Ages 5-6
Also: Memoria Press 2nd Grade Read-Aloud Program

The Spider and the FlyThe Spider and the Fly
by Mary Howitt

Fishing in the AirFishing in the Air
by Sharon Creech

Bread and Jam for FrancesBread and Jam for Frances
by Russell Hoban; illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Memoria Press Kindergarten Read-Aloud Program
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature

It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish FolktaleIt Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folktale
Retold And Illustrated by Margot Zemach
Recommended Age: 5
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten

The True Story Of PocahontasThe True Story Of Pocahontas
by Lucille Rech Penner

The Church MouseAlternate:
The Church Mouse
by Graham Oakley

Blueberries for SalAlternate:
Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McCloskey
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Before Five in a Row Book List for Ages 3-4
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: Moving Beyond the Page Age 4-5 Literature Package
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: Top 10 Books for Toddlers
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury)

Waiting to WaltzAlternate:
Waiting to Waltz
by Cynthia Rylant

The Wing ShopAlternate:
The Wing Shop
by Elvira Woodruff

The Fool of the World and the Flying ShipAlternate:
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Retold by Arthur Ransome, Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
Recommended Age: 5
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: What We Read: Russia

JumanjiAlternate:
Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg
Recommended Age: 9
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: National Book Award Children's Book Winners

Tops & BottomsAlternate:
Tops & Bottoms
by Janet Stevens
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten

IshAlternate:
Ish
by Peter H. Reynolds

The Crock of GoldAlternate:
The Crock of Gold
by Joseph Jacobs

Days of the BlackbirdAlternate:
Days of the Blackbird
by Tomie dePaola

MadelineAlternate:
Madeline's Rescue
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Recommended Age: 3
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners

The Judge: An Untrue TaleAlternate:
The Judge: An Untrue Tale
by Harve Zemach

Duffy and the DevilAlternate:
Duffy and the Devil
Retold by Harve Zemach, Illustrated by Margot Zemach
Recommended Age: 6
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners

How the Ostrich Got Its Long Neck: A Tale from the Akamba of KenyaAlternate:
How the Ostrich Got Its Long Neck: A Tale from the Akamba of Kenya
by Verna Aardema
Also: What We Read: East Africa

The Crane WifeAlternate:
The Crane Wife
by Odds Bodkin

The Empty PotAlternate:
The Empty Pot
by Demi
Also: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Read-Aloud Program

The Stranger Alternate:
The Stranger
by Chris Van Allsburg
Also: Memoria Press 3rd Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

The Cat in the Hat Alternate:
The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: Sonlight Grade 1 Readers
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

The Velveteen RabbitAlternate:
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: Memoria Press 2nd Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature
Also: Veritas Press 2nd Grade Literature

Caps for SaleAlternate:
Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Before Five in a Row Book List for Ages 3-4
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: Veritas Press 1st Grade Literature
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics)

Love You ForeverAlternate:
Love You Forever
Robert Munsch
Also: My Father's World Kindergarten Literature Collection
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

Bedtime for FrancesAlternate:
Bedtime for Frances
by Russell Hoban
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury)

Sammy the SealAlternate:
Sammy the Seal
by Syd Hoff

The Polar ExpressAlternate:
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Memoria Press 1st Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: Top 25 Christmas Picture Books

Mike Mulligan And His Steam ShovelAlternate:
Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel
by Virginia Lee Burton
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Mater Amabilis Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5
Also: Memoria Press 1st Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: New York Public Library’s List of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
Also: What We Read: Trucks and Construction
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4 (in Mike Mulligan and More)

Paper JohnAlternate:
Paper John
by David Small

The Boy Who Fooled the GiantAlternate:
The Boy Who Fooled the Giant
by Tamara Kitt

Baby BrainsAlternate:
Baby Brains
by Simon James

Sir Kevin of DevonAlternate:
Sir Kevin of Devon
by Adelaide Holl

Journey Cake, Ho!Alternate:
Journey Cake, Ho!
by Ruth Sawyer

The Selfish GiantAlternate:
The Selfish Giant
by Oscar Wilde, Illustrated by Ritva Voutila
Also: Top 20 Beautifully Illustrated Fairy Tales

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis BleriotAlternate:
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot
by Alice & Martin Provensen
Recommended Age: 6
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Memoria Press 1st Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: What We Read: France

A Baby Sister for FrancesAlternate:
A Baby Sister for Frances
by Russell Hoban

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-DuckAlternate:
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
by Beatrix Potter
Also: My Father's World Kindergarten Literature Collection
Also: Sonlight Pre-K Book List for Ages 4-5 (in The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit)
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime (in Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales)

Many MoonsAlternate:
Many Moons
by James Thurber, Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
Recommended Age: 4
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners

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