First Grade Girl Seeking Funny Books

Natalie is a friendly, fun-loving seven year old girl. Currently in first grade, she enjoys reading (especially with her mommy). However, she does not like being stuck in a reading group at school when it’s not her turn to read. Boring! 

Some of Natalie’s favorite things to do outside of reading are drawing, playing with friends and siblings, and playing with dolls, especially Barbies. Speaking of which, Barbie books are some of her favorites, but if you hand her a Clifford book, she will most likely respond with a "NO thank you." 

Natalie’s mom asked me for a few personalized picks. To help me help her, I asked Natalie to share three of her favorite books and one she was not so crazy about. Here are her favorites:

1. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

A perennial favorite book among first graders about a first grader who always seems to be getting into trouble. Natalie loves Junie B. because she is so funny.

Readers age 6 and up

2. Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a goldfish, Memoirs of a Goldfish gives readers a fun and creative look into the thoughts of one. Natalie loves it because those little guppies are SO cute. It doesn’t hurt that this book is one of her mommy’s favorites too!

Readers age 5 and up

3. Elemenopee: The Day L M, N, O, P left the ABC’s by Pamela Hall.

After being made fun of for too long by the other letters, L, M, N, O, and P decide to leave. Realizing how much they are needed, the rest of the alphabet has to figure out a way to get them back. Natalie loves this book because it is fun and as an added bonus, it’s a pop-up book! 


One book Natalie did not like was Clifford goes to Kindergarten by Norman Bridwell. It was just too little kiddish.


When coming up with personalized picks for Natalie, I wanted to find funny and creative books that would make her laugh and hold her interest. And, because Natalie loves reading books with her mommy, I wanted to come up with at least one book they could read together.  Here are my picks…

1. Amelia Bedilia by Peggy Parish and Amelia Bedilia by Herman Parish 

Let’s call this pick a two for one. The classic Amelia Bedilia books are hard to resist. The messes this very-literal maid gets herself into are hilarious. I think these are great book for new readers to read on their own or with their parents.

More recently, Peggy Parish’s nephew Herman carried on his aunt’s legacy with a series of beginning chapter books featuring a young Amelia Bedilia. Her life is also filled with funny word plays that lead to entertaining misunderstandings. I hope Amelia Bedilia, both the young version and the old, is a character that will make Natalie laugh and that reading them would be a fun experience.

Readers age 4 and up and Readers age 6 and up

2. Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter

Piper Green lives on an island in Maine, she rides a lobster boat to school, and in this first book has a new teacher who doesn’t quite appreciate Piper’s current accessory. This charming first book of the series made me want to read more. I hope Natalie will feel the same. It is a fun read in a unique setting and there just might be a bit of cuteness waiting to be found at the end of the book. 

Readers age 7 and up

3. The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

From the back cover:  Meet the Moffats. Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun. Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess. And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure. 

One of my personal favorites, I picked The Moffats for Natalie because I think it would be a super-fun book to read with her mommy. Great as a read aloud, easily enjoyable by mom and daughter (and sons as well), The Moffats is a sweet, heartwarming and laugh-out loud story I hope they will love sharing together. 

(PS If you discover that you do indeed love the Moffats, you might enjoy more of their adventures in The Middle Moffat, Rufas M. or The Moffat Museum.)

Readers age 10 and up


Natalie, I hope these books grab your interest and make you laugh. Thanks for answering my questions and letting me pick out books for you. 


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(PS Reader age recommendations are just that, recommendations. I list them, oftentimes pulled right off of Amazon, to give you a general guide.)

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