First Grade Kit

Lessons for Levels A–K

The Literacy Footprints First Grade Kit provides teachers with 130 different titles (6 copies of each) designed to support small-group literacy instruction. Authentic, original leveled text, lesson plans, and materials are designed to foster and expand students’ literacy processing skills. The Literacy Footprints Guided Reading System was developed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne and is a powerful part of a comprehensive literacy solution for today’s culturally diverse classrooms.

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First Grade Kit Single Student


Includes 1 copy of each book


First Grade Kit Single Student Includes:


Literacy Footprints is a Guided Reading system designed for classroom teachers, intervention, ELL, Special Education teachers, and support staff who are teaching children to read and write. Each of the guided reading kits contains sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text. The lesson cards that accompany the books follow Jan Richardson’s Next Step lesson format (Richardson, 2009 and 2016). Each lesson includes word study and phonics instruction based on The Next Step Forward in Word Study (Dufresne and Richardson 2019). Each guided reading kit also includes component materials designed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne to consistently support teachers throughout the lessons.

Click the Level below to see the list of titles in this kit.

Kit Titles Per Level

Number of titles



A - K

8 12 18 19 16 12 12 10 11 8 4

Level A

Choose a Pet

Find the Kittens


Look at This Mess

Looking Out

My Community


Super Sam Has Fun

Level B

Animal Race

Baby Animals and Their Mothers

Can We Play

Counting with Rosie

Fruit Salad

How Many?

Marvin Dresses Up


Snow Fun


Where Are We?

Where is My Dog?

Level C

A Carpenter’s Tools

A Dinosaur Snack

A Season of Trees

Bella’s Dinner


Come Here, Puppy

Fabulous Frogs

Fun in the Snow

Jasper the Fat Cat

Making Pizza

My Dog

Oliver Has a Snack


The Chicks Are Hatching

The Gingerbread Boy

The Three Little Pigs

The Water Park

We Love to Swim

Level D

A Hungry Puppy


Bella’s Bone

Big Trucks

Georgie Giraffe, the Detective


Hermit Crabs

How to Grow a Carrot

In the Forest

Jack and the Bean Stalk

Jack the Cowboy

Lost in the Jungle

Nap Time for Gilbert

No Cookies Before Dinner

The Loose Tooth

The Missing Earrings

The Missing Puppy

Where Are the Baby Chicks?

Where is My Hat?

Level E

A Birthday Present for Spaceboy

A Walk for Jasper

Bully Dinosaur



Gilbert the Pig Wears a Dress

Jack’s New Skates

Lost in the Woods

Our Senses

Santa’s Suit

Shooting Hoops

Spaceboy Finds a Friend

The Sky is Falling

The Space Fort

Whitewater Rafting

You Can Save Energy

Level F

A Tower of Pillows

All About Cars

Bella and Rosie Love the Fall

Gilbert Goes on a Picnic

Help for Santa

How to Catch a Fish

Little Dinosaur The Hero

Making Maple Syrup

Pickles Helps Out

Quack Goes Camping

Sea Stars

Swimming in the City

Level G

A Mouse in the House

A New Friend at the Beach

Cookies for Santa

Fantastic Fish

How to Give Your Dog a Bath

Puppy Trouble

Rosie Feels Sick

Sleep Tight, Spaceboy


The Fishing Adventure

The Lost Valentines

Too Cold

Level H

A Cape for Daisy

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Pencils for Tidbit and Morsel

Petting Gilbert

Riding Bicycles

Space Fairy

The Seashell

The Shoemaker and the Elves

The Story of the Three Bears

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?

Level I

Adventure in the Purple Forest


Gilbert the Pig Has an Adventure

Going to School

In the Ocean

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Math Tricks



Space Monster’s Birthday Party

The Ugly Duckling

Level J

A World of Squirrels

All About Soccer

Apples for Santa


Creepy, Crawly Caterpillars

Daisy’s Airplane Trip

The Thunderstorm

Trouble for Jasper

Level K

Daisy to the Rescue

Keeping Watch

Quack the Brave Duck

The Princess and the Pea

Lesson Cards

  • Accompany each book.
  • Our lesson plans are designed to support teachers in providing dynamic small-group instruction that engages students in reading, writing, and word study/phonics. Each component of the lesson supports students in developing strong reading, writing, and decoding skills, while building vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

Our Books

  • High-quality award-winning fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres
  • Rigorously sequenced and leveled to provide gradually increasing text complexity that builds reading proficiency
  • Supportive photography and illustrations
  • Characters and topics that reflect the diversity of our world

Our goal is simple.

We want all students
to become proficient readers
who just can’t wait to read
another book.