Kindergarten & First Grade: Good Reading

Philip C. Stead
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
Bonny Becker

Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.
Part of a series.

Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

David Wiesner
Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.
Rukhsana Khan
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.
Ree Drummond

While Charlie, a sleepy basset hound, tells about the busy life of a ranch dog, his best friend Suzie, a Jack Russell terrier, is getting the work done.

Mo Willems
Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight to Country Frog's rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for them both.
Susan A. Shea
Poses rhyming questions on folded pages about what grows and what doesn't.
Matthew McElligott

At night under a full moon, a child operates a barber shop with a monstrous clientele

Sherri Rinker

At sunset when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

Lane Smith

A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

Tad Hills

A little yellow bird teaches Rocket the dog how to read by first introducing him to the "wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet."

Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long crazy story about how he broke his trunk.
Part of a series.

Jon Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.
Bob Shea
A boastful shark is not afraid of anything, which impresses his underwater friends until they ask about spiders.
Laura Numeroff

Chaos might ensue if you were to give a dog a donut.
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David Ezra Stein
Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.
Peter Bently & Helen Oxenbury

Jack, Zack, and Caspar build a castle fort, then spend a day fighting dragons and beasts, but at day's end giants carry away first Sir Zack, then Caspar, and King Jack is left to face night creatures alone.

Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama's mother takes good care of him when he has to stay home from school because he is sick, but when Mama Llama begins to feel sick, too, Llama Llama knows how to take care of her.
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Kevin Henkes
After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.
Langston Hughes
Acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets Hughes’ beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
Mac Barnett
After winning the science fair with the giant robot she has built, a little girl realizes that there is a major problem.
Eric Litwin

As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.
Part of a series.

Salley Mavor
A collection of nursery rhymes with hand-sewn fabric relief illustrations.
Hervé Tullet
"Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size!"
Chris Barton
A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.
Tim Wadham
Rose wakes up one morning feeling royal and, donning jewels and a crown, she seeks her parents who behave as her royal subjects, causing Rose to wonder what they would think if the queen traded places with their daughter.