Here are some books from my list for advanced readers in 1st grade (titles at the end of that list are probably at a higher reading level). I could basically copy the whole list depending on your child’s reading level so I advise you to go through that list first. The books from my 1st grade list are perfectly suitable for 7-year-olds. Also check the list My Daughter in 1st Grade where you can find good tips as well.
I know that most people in the US know the author Astrid Lindgren because of Pippi Longstocking. But not everybody knows that she wrote several other fantastic books that are very popular with kids in Europe. We read most of them in Czech but I looked them up, checked the reviews (if the translation is good) and decided to share them with you. Among our favorites are The Children of Noisy Village (my daughter’s all-time favorite) but it is probably more suitable for kids 7 or 8 and up, not for a beginning reader (but a great read-aloud for younger kids). However, there are other titles that are easier so I added them to this list.
Emil’s Pranks My daughter read it in Czech and enjoyed it. Little boys will be especially delighted. Read more reviews here. You can find more Emil books on Amazon (and you can check more reviews on www.goodreads.com). I am not sure about the reading level, maybe it is better to save this one for the end of the school year or 2nd grade.
Mrs. Noodlekugel My kids love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle so I will get this book for my son to try. If you like it, try also Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice Read more reviews here. A new addition to this series is expected in 2015 so you can check this list.
Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire This is the second book in Mr. Gum series, check the reviews here. I have seen this book mentioned on different websites several times, it is supposed to be hilarious. For a list of books in this series click here. My son read two books from this series at the beginning of 2nd grade and loved them.
The Secrets of Droon For a complete list of books in order in this long series (I think about 40 books) click here. My daughter discovered them at the beginning of 2nd grade and devoured them. My son read all of them at the end of 1st grade.
The Sasquatch Escape and other books in The Imaginary Veterinary series (click here for a complete list). My daughter read it at the end of 1st grade and loved it. My son read it when he started 2nd grade and devoured the whole series as well.
The New Kid at School and Revenge of the Dragon Lady. For more books in the Dragon Slayers’ Academy series click here. My son really enjoyed listening to the first two books. We will soon try if he can read them too.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory My daughter had never seen the movie before she read the book. It was her first longer book to read, she couldn’t put it down.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things For a list of books in this series click here.
Marigold and the Feather of Hope, The Journey Begins For a complete list of books in The Fairy Chronicles series click here.
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish This book has mixed reviews but mostly from the parents (because it contains a lot of name calling, etc.) but they all agree that their boys loved it. It is apparently geared toward boys and it is funny. It reminds me Junie B. Jones books a bit—a lot of people hate them because of the way Junie B. talks and behaves. I am trying to instill a love of reading in my son and if he reads a few books with a bit less appropriate behavior, I can deal with that. I can always talk to him about it.
The Enormous Egg
A Mouse Called Wolf and other stories by Dick King-Smith. Parents recommend them everywhere as read-alouds or for the kids to read on their own (but I am not sure about the reading level but we will try them).
The 13-Story Treehouse For a list of books in this series click here. Although the age range is higher, it is an easy book because it is idea for reluctant readers in 2nd and 3rd grade. My son read it in 1st grade.
Eoin Colfer’s Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth Read more about this books here. People say it is hilarious. I have seen it on many websites recommended for this age group. For a list of other books in this series click here.
Little Wolf’s Book of Badness Read more reviews here. If your child likes it, give the Awesome Animals series by this author (Ian Whybrow) a shot. The letters are smaller and my son did not want to read this in January in 1st grade.
Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society For young dog lovers; many people recommended it for 1st graders (it contains some violence though so read the reviews first before you decide)
Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society For young cat lovers.
Beast Keeper #1 (Beasts of Olympus) My son tried this book in March in 1st grade but he did not like it—he said not much was happening. I think he either needs to mature a bit more for this book or it was not his cup of tea.
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (Franklin School Friends)
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / 1 Dog = Chaos We listened to this book when my son was in 1st grade. it was short and simple.