I am wondering what kind of read alouds you do in class??? Not the kind where you read it to introduce a concept in writing or reading, but where you just read to them for pleasure. I am thinking of the following, which were the easier books on my book shelves in 3rd/4th. The Stories Julian Tells for the beginning of the year, and the Julian's Glorious Summer at the end?? Will first graders like this? Catwings (lots of kids loved these books, and I think they'll like the fact that it's about cats and it's fantasy.) Plus, I have siblings in my class, and the kids who I had as 3rd and 4th graders last year LOVED the Warriors series, so these kids know their older brothers and sisters love these cat books... maybe they would connect with Catwings?? Ramona The Brave, which is one of my favorite books from being a kid! I'm not sure all of the kids heard chapter books last year! They might have, but I really don't know. I know at least two of the classes did because I talk to the teachers pretty regularly, but am not sure about the other one, which is where the kids are mostly coming from. Other than that, I'm not sure!!