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Books For New Kindergartners

last modified on 08/06/2010

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Great books to read to Kindergartners at the beginning of their first school year. List by Allie Magnuson, the PreK-K 2010-2011 Classroom Solutions Teacher Advisor. Find out more about her classroom at http://blogs.scholastic.com/classroom_solutions.

Total: 12
Status: Public
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A Chair for My Mother

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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A Caldecott Honor Book in which a child and her family save up to buy a new chair after a fire. This is a great book to teach about the beginning-of-the-year theme of hopes and dreams.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 1.4

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

Resources: Yes

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A classic and basic book that teaches colors using rhyme and repetition.

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Chrysanthemum

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 1.0

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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A very cute book about names, this story helps kids know that being different is not only okay, it also makes them special - an especially important lesson to learn early on.

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Curious George Learns the Alphabet

(Curious George)

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Dictionaries, Reference, Series

Resources: Yes

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The man with the yellow hat teaches George about reading with upper- and lower-case letters. Letters are highlighted within the text.

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David Goes to School

(No, David!)

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Series

Resources: Yes

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All day long, David's teacher is interrupted by his trouble-making, and has to remind him of the rules. Every teacher can relate to this one.

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First Day Jitters

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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In this humorous story, Sarah Hartwell, who is afraid to start a new school, tries to get through the morning with the help of Mr. Hartwell. This is a must-read for both students AND teachers with the first-day jitters!

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Kindergarten ABC

Interest Level: Grades PreK - K

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Readers can play a search and find game on each page of this book, while learning their ABCs!

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Kindergarten Kids

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational, Multicultural

Resources: Yes

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Real children from a real Kindergarten class share what they do on a typical day in school.

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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

(Miss Bindergarten)

by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 1.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes, Dictionaries, Reference, Series

Resources: Yes

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An animal beginning with each letter of the alphabet gets ready in a different way for the first day of Kindergarten. At the same time, Miss Bindergarten also gets ready for Kindergarten.

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Ms. MacDonald Has a Class

by Jan Ormerod, illustrated by Jan Ormerod

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 1.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

Resources: Yes

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Although there is much more in this book than what is taught at the beginning of the school year, a fun tale with a familiar rhythm is comforting for new Kindergartners.

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The Kissing Hand

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 1

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Bedtime Stories

Resources: Yes

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Chester the Raccoon doesn't want to go to school; his mother kisses his hand so that when he gets lonely he can press it to his face and remember she loves him.

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Who Will Go to School Today?

by Karl Ruhmann, illustrated by Miriam Monnier

Interest Level: Grades K - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Now published as Who Will Go To Kindergarten Today?, this book is about Sam, a nervous first-day Kindergartner. To solve his problem, he decides to send Timbo, his stuffed monkey, instead. But after giving it some thought, he realizes Timbo will have more fun at school than he himself will at home, so they end up going together.

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