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1st Grade Libri Aestivi

Libri Aestivi /ˈlibɾi aestīvī/ is Latin for "Summer Books".

Please select summer reading lIsts by Incoming grade:


We encourage you to look for and read quality literature with and to your child at least 15 minutes each day throughout the summer. “Bright and Early Books”, “Beginner Books”, and “Level 1 Books” are stories with controlled vocabulary designed for children who are just learning to read. Many titles under these labels would be great options for students who are ready to practice reading independently. Learn more about Libri Aestivi guidelines and requirements.


The Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales

By Oscar Wilde

A collection of fairy tales for young readers.

ISBN 1-53795-505-5

The Princess and the Pea

Retold by John Cech

A retelling of the tale in which a girl proves that she is a real princess by feeling a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds

ISBN 1-45491-678-8


Retold by Brad Sneed

After being kidnapped by a toad, a beautiful girl no bigger than a thumb has many adventures and makes many animal friends before meeting the perfect mate just her size.

ISBN 0-8037-2812-3


Retold by Sylvia Long

A tiny girl no bigger than a thumb is stolen by a great ugly toad and subsequently has many adventures and makes many animal friends, before finding the perfect mate in a warm and beautiful southern land.

ISBN  0-8118-5522-8

The Ugly Duckling

Retold by Jerry Pinkney

An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.

ISBN 0-688-15932-X

Henny Penny

By Paul Galdone

Henny Penny and her friends are on the way to tell the king the sky is falling when they are outwitted by the fox.

ISBN 0-88919-225-3

Jack and the Beanstalk

By Paul Galdone

Jack climbs the great beanstalk that grows from the bean he bought and confronts a giant at the top.

ISBN 0-89919-085-5

Jack and the Beanstalk

By Steven Kellogg

An illustrated retelling of the classic tale about a boy named Jack who uses his quick wits to outsmart a giant and make a fortune for himself and his widowed mother.

ISBN 0-688-15281-3

Puss in Boots

By Paul Galdone

A poor young man gains a fortune and meets a beautiful princess when his cat, the clever Puss, outwits the evil giant.

ISBN 0-89919-192-4

The Three Little Pigs

By Paul Galdone

Retells the fatal episodes in the lives of two foolish pigs and how the third pig managed to avoid the same.

ISBN 0-89919-275-8


By Paul O. Zelinsky

A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower.

ISBN 0-14-230193-0


By Paul O. Zelinsky

A strange little man helps the miller’s daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she give him her first-born child.

ISBN 0-14-055864-0

James Harriot’s Treasury for Children

By James Harriot

Taken together, these stories comprise a wondrous Harriot menagerie of all his books for children.

ISBN 1-25005-813-9


Ludwig Bemelmans

  • Madeline and the Bad Hat
  • Madeline in London
  • Madeline’s Rescue

Stan and Jan Berenstain

  • Back to School with the Berenstain Bears
  • Bears in the Night
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream
  • Bears on Wheels
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room
  • The Bears’ Picnic
  • The Bears’ Vacation
  • The Berenstain Bear’s and the Missing Honey
  • The Berenstain Bear’s and Mama’s New Job
  • The Big Honey Hunt
  • The Bike Lesson
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter
  • Old Hat, New Hat
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party
  • He Bear, She Bear
  • The Berenstain Bears and Spooky Old Tree
  • The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp
  • The Berenstain Bears Trouble with Friends
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Truth
  • The Berenstain Bears Trouble with Grown ups
  • Inside Outside upside Down
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma’s
  • The Berenstain Bears New Baby
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday
  • The Berenstain Bears in the Dark
  • The Berenstain Bears Big Bear, Small Bear
  • The Berenstain Bears Lose Friend
  • The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus
  • The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
  • The Berenstain Bears Moving Day
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV
  • The Berenstain Bears By the Sea
  • The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
  • The Berenstain Bears get Stage Fright
  • The Berenstain Bears get Their Kicks
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation
  • The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
  • The Berenstain Bears Go out for the Team
  • The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
  • The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail
  • The Berenstain Bears Trouble at School

James Dean

  • Pete the Cat series
  • I Can Read! Pete the Cat Series
  • Pete the Cat Storybooks

Kevin Henkes

  • All Alone
  • Barney Goes Camping
  • The Biggest Boy
  • Chester’s Way
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Circle Dogs
  • A Good Day
  • In the Middle of Fall
  • Jessica
  • Julius the Baby of the World
  • Kittens First Moon
  • My Garden
  • Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
  • Old Bear
  • A Weekend with Wendell
  • Owen
  • Penny and her Doll
  • Shelia Rae, the Brave
  • Penny and her Marble
  • Waiting
  • Penny and her Sled
  • Penny and her Song
  • Wemberly Worried

Russell Hoban

  • A Baby Sister for Frances
  • A Bargain for Frances
  • Bedtime for Frances
  • Best Friends for Frances
  • A Birthday For Frances
  • Bread and Jam for Frances
  • Ace Dragon, Ltd.

Syd Hoff

  • Barney’s Horse
  • Captain Cat
  • Chester
  • The Horse in Harry’s Room
  • Grizzwold
  • The Littlest Leaguer
  • Mrs. Brice’s Mice
  • Oliver
  • Sammy the Seal
  • Who Will Be My Friends?

Leo Lionni

  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
  • The Alphabet Tree
  • Fish is Fish
  • The Biggest House in the World
  • A Color of His Own
  • Frederick
  • Cornelius: a Fable An Extraordinary Egg
  • Geraldine, the Music Mouse
  • The Green Tail Mouse
  • Let’s make Rabbits: a Fable
  • Little Blue and Little Yellow
  • Inch by Inch
  • It’s Mine
  • Swimmy
  • Matthew’s Dream
  • Tillie and the Wall
  • Nicholas, Where Have You Been?
  • Pezzettino

Arnold Lobel

  • Days with Frog and Toad
  • Frog and Toad All Year
  • Frog and Toad are Friends
  • Frog and Toad Together
  • Owl at home
  • Small Pig
  • Uncle Elephant
  • Grasshopper on the Road
  • Ming Lo Moves the Mountain
  • Mouse Soup
  • Mouse Tales On Market Street

Else Holmelund Minarok

  • Cat and Dog
  • Father Bear Comes Home
  • A Kiss for Little Bear
  • Little Bear
  • Little Bear and Marco Polo
  • Little Bear’s Friend
  • Little Bear’s Visit
  • No Fighting, No Biting

H. A. Rey

  • Curious George
  • Curious George Takes a Job
  • Curious George Rides a Bike
  • Curious George Gets a Medal
  • Curious George Flies a Kite
  • Curious George Learns the Alphabet
  • Curious George Goes to the Hospital
  • Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys

Maurice Sendak

  • Alligators All Around: an Alphabet
  • Bumble-ardy
  • Outside Over There
  • Chicken Soup with Rice: a book of months
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Hector Protector; and, As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes with Pictures
  • Higglety Pigglety Pop!, or There Must Be More to Life
  • One Was johnny: a Counting Book
  • Pierre: a Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

William Steig

  • Abel’s Island
  • The Amazing Bone
  • Amos and Boris
  • Brave Irene
  • Caleb and Kate
  • Doctor DeSoto
  • Dominic
  • Farmer Palmer’s Wagon Ride
  • Pete’s Pizza
  • The Real Thief
  • Roland the Minstrel Pig
  • Solomon the Rusty Nail
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Dr. Seuss

  • And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
  • Fox in Socks
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  • The King’s Stilts
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew
  • Horton Hatches the Egg
  • The Foot Book
  • McElligot’s Pool
  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories
  • Thidwick the big-hearted Moose
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck
  • If I Ran the Circus
  • If I Ran the Zoo
  • Scrambled Eggs Super!
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
  • The Lorax
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • On Beyond Zebra
  • A Great Day for Up
  • Yertle the Turtle and other Stories
  • There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
  • Oh, the Thinks you Can Think
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Happy Birthday to You!
  • I can Read with My Eyes Shut!
  • Hunches in Bunches
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Oh, Say can you Say?
  • Hop on Pop
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories
  • Dr. Seuss Sleep Book
  • Dr Seuss’s ABC