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10 Great English Books for Primary 1 Students

The joy of reading is one that should be cultivated from an early age, and Primary 1 is a year for making sure your child starts to read good books. We’ve scoured the web to come up with a list of 10 of the best books for young readers of around 7 years old.

All of them are engaging and beautifully illustrated to capture the imaginations of your growing child.

Check them out at a public library or bookstore near you! 

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin

1. this Orq: (he cave boy.) – By David Elliot

This Orq. He Cave Boy. by David Elliott

Orq the cave boy LOVES Woma the woolly mammoth. But Mom says Woma shed; Woma smell; Woma not house-trained. Is there any way Orq can convince his mother that Woma belongs with them? Orq has a plan, kind of.

Check out this Orq: (he cave boy.) through a Library near you.

2. There is a Bird on Your Head! – By Mo Willems

Bespeckled and a little stressed out, pessimistic Gerald the elephant has the look of a worried old man while his upbeat friend Piggie is much more kid-like and exuberant. This humorous story is so much fun, and readers will want to read it over and over again.

Check out There is a Bird on Your Head! through a Library near you.

3. The Invisible Boy – By Trudy Ludwig

Brian is quiet and shy, and nobody notices him at school. However, when he helps a new classmate settle in, something changes and he is no longer invisible.

Read The Invisible Boy as an ebook.

4. Percy and Pam: Trouble at the Prata Shop (book 1) – By Ruth Wan-Lau

Percy and Pam: Trouble at the Prata Shop (book 1)

Percy enjoys nothing more than a prata breakfast with his best friend Pam. Just thinking about crispy fried bread will make a polar bear’s tummy rumble.

When Percy and Pam find the owner of Ramasamy’s Prata in despair over a theft from his shop – the third time that week – the brave duo set out to catch the robber. But can a hungry polar bear surrounded by the delicious smells of nearby restaurants stay focused on the mission? And what mysterious characters will they meet in the middle of the night?

The first in the illustrated Percy and Pam series sees the best friends working together – solving mysteries and helping others – and tucking into some of Singapore’s most treasured dishes along the way. Ideal for Primary 1 students growing in confidence as readers and beginning to read alone.

Get your own copy of Percy and Pam: Trouble at the Prata Shop (Book 1) today.

5. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions – Chris Barton

You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Any kid who likes to tinker with “stuff” will aspire to be just like Lonnie Johnson after hearing this story of the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker.

Check out Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions through a Library near you.

6. Margaret and the Moon : How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing – By Dean Robbins

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing  by Dean Robbins

A true story from one of the Women of NASA to inspire your Primary 1 child!

Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world.

Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.

Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.

Borrow Margaret and the Moon : How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing from a Library near you.

7. The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! (book 1) – By Adeline Foo

A toilet diary by a local school boy, about bullies, exams and Singapore’s sights and sounds. Written from a child’s point of view, this book will delight Primary 1 students with its humor and quirky illustrations. The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! won the inaugural Red Dot award for “Best Junior Fiction” presented by the International School Libraries Network (Singapore) in 2009.

Reserve a copy of The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! today

8. The Lorax – By Dr. Seuss

The Lorax is a children’s book written that chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler. The Lorax was Dr. Seuss’s personal favorite of his books. He was able to create a story addressing economic and environmental issues without it being dull. “The Lorax,” he once explained, “came out of me being angry. In The Lorax I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.”

Borrow The Lorax as an ebook today!

9. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me – By Roald Dahl

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (Colour Edition)

Perfect for story time is this crazy story about Billy, who wants to own a sweet shop, and the Ladderless Window Cleaning Company run by a giraffe, a pelly, and a monkey. There’s the cat-burglar to contend with, plus the richest man in England, the endless pursuit of fresh walnuts, glorious salmon and the pink and purple flowers of the tinkle-tinkle tree, not to mention the Grand Opening of the Grubber….

Borrow the The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me ebook today!

10. The New Girl … and Me – By Jacqui Robbins

Shakeeta is the new girl and like all new kids since schools were first invented she feels out of place. This gentle story of adjustment and budding friendships carefully sticks to a child-eyed perspective to make its point: it’s not so much what you say that makes a difference, it’s that you say it at all.

Get The New Girl … and Me from Book Depository today.

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Do you have other suggestions for our Primary 1 reading list? Let us know in the comments below!

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