What Are Some Good Books to Help Teach First Graders How to Read?

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"I Spy Letters," "Creature ABC," "First the Egg," "Make Way for Ducklings" and "Hop on Pop" are good books for helping first graders learn how to read. "Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type," "Martha Calling," "Frog and Toad Are Friends" and "Diary of a Wombat" are also useful books for practicing reading skills.

"I Spy Letters" and "Creature ABC" are both books that help first graders learn letter recognition. Each page of "I Spy Letters" features two letters surrounded by pictures of things that start with one of the letters. Children practice matching the items to the letter.

"Creature ABC" goes through the alphabet and shows parts of an animal whose name starts with the given letter, such as an alligator's hand for the letter A. Children guess what animal is featured according to the letter.

"First the Egg" and "Make Way for Ducklings" are good first readers for students when they're learning to sound out words. Both feature words with repetitive sounds, such as ducklings named Jack, Kack and Lack. "Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type" and "Hop on Pop" by Dr. Seuss use similar techniques.

"Martha Calling," "Frog and Toad Are Friends" and "Diary of a Wombat" are good for first graders later in the year. The books feature more words, but children persist at reading them because the topics are engaging.