25 Great How-To Books for First Grade Students

Here you will find a quality collection of how-to books for first-grade students.

These how-to books for first graders fit well in your reader’s workshop instruction as students learn how to draft how-to stories and analyze how-to books.

Also use this list of first-grade how-to books when learning procedural and how-to writing.

How-To Books for First Grade

All You Need For a Snowman (Alice Schertle)

This children’s book takes you through the steps of building a snowman.

Building a House (Byron Barton)

Step-by-step, this book describes the steps for building a house.

Caring for Your Lion (Tammi Sauer)

Use this mentor text to guide first graders as they create their own procedural writing pieces.

The Easter Bunny’s Assistant (Jan Thomas)

This text humorously shows how to decorate the Easter Bunny’s eggs.

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle (Chris Raschka)

This simple text takes readers on a journey of learning how to ride a bicycle.

Growing Vegetable Soup (Lois Ehlert)

In this picture book, readers learn the steps for making vegetable soup … all the way from planting seeds to putting the ingredients into the pot.

How to Babysit a Grandma (Jean Reagan)

Use this lovely book to teach first graders how to be kind and loving towards their grandmothers.

How to Babysit a Grandpa (Jean Reagan)

Part of a how-to series, this procedural picture book teaches kids how to lovingly babysit their grandpa.

How to Bake a Cake (Anastasia Suen)

This step-by-step book is great for showing students an example of procedural writing.

How to Be a Cat (Nikki McClure)

This book teaches first graders how to be a cat by demonstrating how to feast, clean, pounce, and stretch.

The overall theme is about mastering life skills with the help of a grown-up.

How to Build an Insect (Roberta Gibson)

This fun how-to book teaches kids how to build their very own insect!

How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps (Jennifer Larue Huget, Edward Koren)

This children’s book humorously details the steps for how to clean your room.

How to Find a Fox (Nilah Magruder)

This fictional text tells a story about how to never give up.

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps (Nicola Winstanley)

An instruction manual-type plus humorous read that tells how to bathe a non-cooperative cat.

How To Make Friends With a Ghost (Rebecca Green)

An amusing story about ghosts, this picture book offers simple steps for how to make friends with a kind ghost. 

How To Make a Pancake (Dave Max)

This simply-written mentor text details the steps for making pancakes.

How to Make Slime (Lori Shores)

Part of a hands-on science series, this fun project prompts first graders to follow directions in order to complete the task at hand.

How to Read a Story (Kate Messner)

This clever book is yet another how-to writing example to show students as they create their own procedural writing pieces.

How to Survive as a Shark (Kristen Foote)

Bursting with fun facts, this non-fiction book about sharks entertains readers throughout as it illustrates to first graders how to think and swim like a shark.

How to Teach a Slug to Read (Susan Pearson)

Written in a unique comic-like fashion, this nicely-illustrated book takes the reader along the journey as a mother slug teaches her little one to read.

How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth (Michelle Robinson)

Engaging and humorous, this tale follows the story of a young girl as she attempts to wash a wooly mammoth.

This book serves well as a procedural writing mentor text.

If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed (Denise Vega)

If your first graders are dealing with a monster in their room that won’t go to bed, this instructional guide will provide them with the specific steps they need in order to finally get the monster to sleep.

Pizza At Sally’s (Monica Wellington)

In this text, students follow along with the steps for how to make a pizza.

Ten Steps to Flying Like a Superhero (Deb Pilluti)

This entertaining fiction text demonstrates a lesson on how to fly like a superhero.

When Your Llama Needs a Haircut (Susanna Leonard Hill)

Teach how-to writing to first graders in a humorous way using this read-aloud book about giving a llama a haircut.

Final Thoughts: How-To Books for First Graders

Now you have a treasure-trove of how-to books for first-grade students.

These first-grade how-to books keep students engaged while learning about important procedures.

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