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ELA Grade 1 Required and Recommended Texts

Note: MetaMetrics® made changes to the Lexile® levels in June 2017 in order to provide more accurate measures for early readers. These changes affected 32% of all previously assigned Lexile® levels, including some texts for elementary and middle grade readers. The Lexile® levels listed on EL Education materials were added before this shift and do not reflect updated Lexile® levels.

Module 1

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
A Chef's Tools
by Holden Strauss
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781499408348
The Little Red Pen
by Janet Stevens and Susan Crummel
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9780152064327
The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9781554537044
Tools
by Ann Morris
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9780688161651
I Use Science Tools
by Kellie L. Hicks
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781617419317
My Math Toolbox
by Nancy Kelly Allen
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781617419607

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Dreaming Up
by Christy Hale
Literary 550
Izzy Gizmo
by Pip Jones
Literary
Doll-E 1.0
by Shanda McCloskey
Literary
The Invention Hunters Discover How Machines Work
by Korwin Briggs
Informational
Linus the Little Yellow Pencil
by Scott Magoon
Literary
My Pen
by Christopher Myers
Literary
The Patchwork Bike
by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Literary
The Pot that Juan Built
by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
Literary 1 150
Sky Dancers
by Connie Anne Kirk
Literary 720
If I Built a Car
by Chris Van Dusen
Literary
Sky Boys
by Deborah Hopkinson
Literary 770
Dumpling Soup
by Jama Kim Rattigan
Literary 500
A Day in the Life of a Builder
by Linda Hayward
Informational 470
Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper
by Anastasia Suen
Informational
Tool School
by Joan Holub
Literary 490
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
by Jeanette Winter
Informational 760
Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem
by Chris Monroe
Literary 580
Interstellar Cinderella
by Deborah Underwood
Literary 630
Drew the Screw
by Mattia Cerato
Literary 220
Diggers (Seedlings)
by Aaron Frisch
Informational 360
Cranes (Seedlings)
by Aaron Frisch
Informational 350
Whose Tools Are These?: A Look at Tools Workers Use - Big, Sharp and Smooth
by Sharon Katz Cooper
Literary 580
Tooling Around: Crafty Creatures and the Tools They Use
by Ellen Jackson
Informational 1 050
The Pencil
by Allan Ahlberg
Literary 470
The Chickens Build A Wall
by Jean-Francois Dumont
Literary 850
Chopsticks
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Literary 500
Building Our House
by Jonathan Bean
Literary 640
Brush of the Gods
by Lenore Look
Literary 580
Brick by Brick
by Charles R. Smith
Informational

Module 2

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees
by Nancy Tafuri
6 per class
ISBN: 9780688144937
Does the Sun Sleep?: Noticing Sun, Moon, and Star Patterns
by Martha E.H. Rustad
1 per class
ISBN: 9781467786119
What Makes Day and Night
by Franlyn M. Branley
6 per class
ISBN: 9780062381972
Kitten’s First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes
2 per class
ISBN: 9780060588281
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
by Eric Carle
1 per class
ISBN: 9780887080265
Sun and Moon
by Lindsey Yankey
1 per class
ISBN: 9781927018606
Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky
by Elphinstone Dayrell
1 per class
ISBN: 9780395539637
Summer Sun Risin’
by W. Nikola-Lisa
6 per class
ISBN: 9781584302520

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Whose Moon is That?
by Kim Krans
Literary
My Light: How Sunlight Becomes Electricity
by Molly Bang
Informational 690
Moon: A Peek Through Picture Book
by Britta Teckentrup
Literary
Many Moons: Learn About the Different Phases of the Moon
by Remi Courgeon
Informational 480
If You Were the Moon
by Laura Purdie Salas
Informational 790
How the Sun Got to Coco's House
by Bob Graham
Literary 650
City Moon
by Rachel Cole
Literary 450
Mae Among the Stars
by Roda Ahmed
Informational
Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations
by Jacqueline Mitton
Informational 750
What the Moon is Like (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
by Franklyn M. Branley
Informational 490
What Makes Day and Night (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
by Franklyn M. Branley
Informational 230
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moon
by Joseph Bruchac
Literary 960
There is Day and Night (Tell Me Why)
by Linda Crotta Brennan
Informational 430
Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
by Franklyn M. Branley
Informational 510
Sun Up, Sun Down: The Story of Day and Night (Science Works)
by Jacqui Bailey
Informational 800
Sun Up, Sun Down
by Gail Gibbons
Informational 490
The Sun Our Nearest Star (Let's Read and Find Out Science Level 2)
by Franklyn M. Branley
Informational 570
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei
by Peter Sis
Informational 830
The Reasons for Seasons
by Gail Gibbons
Informational 620
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
by Gerald McDermott
Literary 380
Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
Literary 630
Our Seasons
by Grace Lin
Informational
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
by Brian Floca
Informational 990
The Moon Seems to Change (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
by Franklyn M. Branley
Informational 470
Moon Rope / Un lazo a la luna
by Lois Ehlert
Literary
The Moon Book
by Gail Gibbons
Informational 740
Many Moons
by James Thurber
Literary 790
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
by Kathryn Lasky
Informational 840
If You Decide to Go to the Moon
by Faith McNulty
Literary 690
I Wonder Why the Sun Rises: and Other Questions About Time and Seasons
by Brenda Walpole
Informational 820
How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend
by Jerrie Oughton
Literary 780
Henry's Stars
by David Elliott
Informational 500
Gravity
by Jason CHin
Informational
Fly Guy Presents: Space (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)
by Tedd Arnold
Informational 590
Flashlight
by Lizi Boyd
Literary
The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land
by Joseph Bruchac
Poetry
Coyote Places the Stars
by Harriet Peck Taylor
Literary 780
Coyote in Love With a Star: Tales of the People
by Marty Kreipe De Montano
Literary 640
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings
by Doug Florian
Poetry
Come Back, Moon
by David Kheridan
Literary
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale
by Gerald McDermott
Literary 480
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
by Gerald McDermott
Literary 290
Where are They?: The Sun, Moon, and Stars
by EL Education for Instructional Purposes
Informational

Module 3

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Feathers: Not Just for Flying
by Melissa Stewart
One per pair
ISBN: 9781580894319
Flight School
by Lita Judge
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781442481770
Little Kids First Big Book of Birds
by Catherine Hughes
One per pair
ISBN: 9781426324321
Birds
by Kevin Henkes
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780061363047
Just Ducks
by Nicola Davis
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780763670511
Beaks!
by Sneed Collard
One per pair
ISBN: 9781570913884
Birds (Scholastic Discover More)
by Penelope Arlon
One per pair
ISBN: 9780545667739

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“Did You Know?”
by EL Education for instructional purposes
One per student
EL Education, 2016

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Warbler Wave
by April Pulley Sayre
Informational
This is the Nest That Robin Built
by Denise Fleming
Literary
The Blue Songbird
by Vern Kousky
Literary
Robins!: How They Grow Up
by Eileen Christelow
Informational 650
Plume
by Isabelle Simler
Literary
Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet are Neat
by Laurie Ellen Angus
Informational 480
Just Like Us! Birds
by Bridget Heos
Informational 980
Circle
by Jeannie Baker
Literary
Birds: Explore the World of Our Feathered Friends
by Jill Bailey
Informational
Bird Builds a Nest: A First Science Storybook
by Martin Jenkins
Informational
Five Little Ducks
by Steve Anderson, Klaus Blipper
Literary
Birds, Nests, And Eggs
by Mel Boring, Linda Garrow
Informational 830
Brilliant Birds
by Thea Feldman
Informational
National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds
by Kim Kurki, National Wildlife Federation
Informational
Ducks Don't Get Wet
by Augusta R. Goldin, Helen K. Davie
Informational 660
Today at the Bluebird Cafe
by Deborah Ruddell, Joan Rankin
Poetry
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
by Katherine Paterson, Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon
Literary 930
Sylvie
by Jennifer Sattler
Literary
The Crows of Pearblossom
by Aldous Huxley, Sophie Blackall
Literary
Inch by Inch
by Leo Lionni
Literary 210
Two Parrots
by Rashin Kheiriyeh
Literary 880
About Parrots
by Cathryn Sill, John Sill
Informational 640
Parrots Over Puerto Rico
by Cindy Trumbore, Susan L. Roth
Informational 960
Is This Panama?: A Migration Story
by Jan Thornhill, Soyeon Kim
Informational 620
Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts, Noah L. Jones
Literary 680
The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig, Patrice Barton
Literary 680
Crow Boy
by Taro Yashima
Literary 760
The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson, E.B. Lewis
Literary 300
Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson, E.B. Lewis
Literary 640
I'm New Here
by Anne Sibley O'Brien
Literary
The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems
by Michael J. Rosen, Stan Fellows
Poetry
Birdsongs
by Betsy Franco, Steve Jenkins
Literary
Bring On the Birds
by Susan Stockdale
Informational
Penguins
by Kate Riggs
Informational 320
Eagles
by Kate Riggs
Informational 270
Hummingbirds
by Quinn Arnold
Informational 230
Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds
by Monica Russo, Kevin Byron
Informational 1 070
About Raptors: A Guide for Children
by Cathryn Sill, John Sill
Informational 530
About Hummingbirds: A Guide for Children
by Cathryn Sill, John Sill
Informational 770
About Birds: A Guide for Children
by Cathryn Sill, John Sill
Informational 220
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
Informational 620
Birds
by Ann O. Squire
Informational 880
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines
by Caroline Arnold, Patricia J. Wynne
Informational 850
A Bird Is a Bird
by Lizzy Rockwell
Informational 190
Fur and Feathers
by Thea Feldman, Claire Llewellyn
Informational 540

Module 4

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf
by Olivia Bouler
one per classroom
ISBN: 9781402786655
City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male
by Meghan McCarthy
one per classroom
ISBN: 9781416933595
Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation
by Christie Gove-Berg
one per classroom
ISBN: 9781591935162
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
by Jean Marzollo
one per classroom
ISBN: 9781585364855
The Lion and the Bird
by Marianne Dubuc
one per classroom
ISBN: 9781592701513
Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
one per classroom
ISBN: 9780399245039
A Place for Birds
by Melissa Stewart
one per pair
ISBN: 9781561458400

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
What’s Best? The Debate about Pale Male
by EL Education
one per student
EL Education, 2016

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Jelly Bean Tree
by Toni Yuly
Literary
The Eagles are Back
by Jean Craighead George
Informational
Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World
by Celia Godkin
Informational
Pandora
by Victoria Turnball
Literary 500
Hello, Mr. Dodo!
by Nicholas John Frith
Literary
Puffling Patrol
by Ted Lewin
Informational
Fly Free!
by Roseanne Thong
Literary 760
Esther the Eaglet: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation
by Christie Gove-Berg
Informational 520
Horton Hatches the Egg
by Seuss, Dr.
Literary 460
Sparrow Girl
by Sara Pennypacker
Literary 590
Yeti and the Bird
by Nadia Shireen
Literary 530
A Mother for Choco
by Keiko Kasza
Literary 390
Forever Friends
by Carin Berger
Literary
Abby’s Birds
by Ellen Schwartz
Literary
Just a Baby Bird (Little Critter)
by Mercer Mayer
Literary 340
Albert
by Donna J Napoli
Literary 350
Basil’s Birds
by Lynn Rowe
Literary 590
Loveykins
by Quentin Blake
Informational 860
Vanilla Ice Cream
by Bob Graham
Literary 220
Stork’s Landing
by Tami Lehman-Wilzig
Literary 630
The Dead Bird
by Margaret Wise Brown
Literary
The Birdman
by Veronika Martenova Charles
Literary
Lotus and Feather
by Ji-li Jiang
Literary
How to Heal a Broken Wing
by Bob Graham
Literary
The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown
Literary 740

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