Books for Kindergarten and First Graders

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Titles in this list were recommended by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh staff. Ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.

Crash, Splash, or Moo!

Mr. McMonkey hosts a game in which the reader is invited to guess whether a stunt will result in a crash, a splash, or a moo.

The Dinosaur Expert

Future scientist Kimmy eagerly shares information about dinosaurs during a school field trip until classmate Jake tells her “girls aren’t scientists,” but Mr. Tiffin sets her straight.


Struggling to fit in as the only giraffe in a school of children, reluctant newcomer Geraldine meets fellow outcast Cassie and learns how to stand out by being herself, playing by her own rules, and staying true to her new friend.

Hey Water!

Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms. Back matter includes information on the water cycle and water conservation.

Kick it, Mo!

When soccer season starts, Mo wonders if he will ever get a chance to show his team what he can do.

Thank You, Earth : A Love Letter to Our Planet

This thank-you note to our planet celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world through photographic images. Includes a note from the author about related activities and resources.

Under My Hijab

As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.