Some good story books for first graders include “Frog and Toad Are Friends,” “Widget” and “Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair.” These picture books offer engaging, educational stories for younger readers.
Arnold Lobel’s classic duo comes alive in “Frog and Toad Are Friends,” a collection of five stories highlighting the pair’s friendship. Whether they’re waiting for the mail or feeling embarrassed in their bathing suits, Frog and Toad’s timeless adventures are enjoyable for young readers. “Frog and Toad Are Friends” was a Caldecott Honor book in 1971.
Author Lyn Rossiter McFarland and illustrator Jim McFarland offer a delightful tale in “Widget,” the story of a young stray dog who wanders into a house full of hostile cats. Widget wants food and a warm bed, so he tries to fit in with the cats by learning to purr and meow. “Widget” is a tender tale that helps kids learn to put prejudices aside.
In “Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair,” Patricia Polacco presents a speculative fable that reads like “Fahrenheit 451” for first graders. The residents of Triple Creek love television so much that they’ve all forgotten how to read, and books are used to dam the town’s river. When Eli’s Aunt Chip teaches him how to read, the boy’s curiosity changes Triple Creek forever.