Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Great Nonfiction

Everything Space

Everything Space by Helaine Becker
Introduces the solar system, sharing information on how scientists study space, how stars are born and die, and how astronauts train for space missions.

Raindrops Roll by April Sayre
In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

Creature Features by Robin Page
Examines unusual animal facial features and how they help the animals survive.

Creature Features

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds’ nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.

Zooborns! (series)
Presents a selection of baby animals from zoos around the world.

Pebble Plus (series)

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Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Great Fiction Series

Sounds Like Reading by Brian P. Cleary
The Sounds like Reading series was created by a former literacy coach and is full of imaginative, often humorous text and vibrant cartoon-like digital illustrations. Incorporates repetition, rhyme, and phonics.

Flip-a-Word by Yukiko Kido
A creative approach to teaching beginning readers, the Flip-a-Word series invites children to flip pages to reveal new words. A cat turns into a bat, then a rat and finally a hat, as die-cuts change one word to another rhyming word with each turning page. Subsequent pages present the newly learned words in sentences.

I Like to Read by Various
These picture books by renowned and beloved artists feature short texts, familiar vocabulary, repetition to reinforce learning, and illustrations that are designed to be a part of the learning experience.

DK Readers Pre-Level 1 by Various
DK Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children’s authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies.

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Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Great Fiction

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
Leo is a friendly house ghost–but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

The Skunk by Mac Barnett
A man is followed by a skunk all day until the tables turn.

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony–but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.

Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont
From Elephant’s long nose to Kangaroo’s huge feet to Monkey’s stick-out ears, everyone is worth celebrating, no matter what they look like.

The Monkey and the Bee by C.P. Bloom
The monkey has finally gotten his banana, but now a bumble bee wants a bite.The monkey tries to swat away the bee, but in the process finds himself with a bigger problem on his hands. Will the monkey and the bee be able to work together and become friends?

8, an Animal Alphabet by Elisha Cooper
Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about each animal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because for each letter of the alphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes
Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation.

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Possum is hiding from the sounds in the night, and his fear sets off a chain reaction in the other night animals.

I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty
A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.

I Wish You More by Amy K. Rosenthal
In simple text and pictures, the author and illustrator create a compendium of small daily moments.

Ellie by Mike Wu
When zookeeper Walt announces that the zoo will have to close, all of the animals pitch in to try to save their home but it is Ellie the elephant who reveals a talent that just may keep the zoo open for good.

Get this list in a printable format: https://www.bcpl.org/media/ys/bkmrk-k-2nd-grade-2016.pdf

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