Any of the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer are fun and realistic adventures and easy to get your hands on.
Off the top of my head, you might try Rachel Parker Kindergarten Show Off by Ann Martin, and The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill. We use both stories at the beginning of the year in our lessons on friendship and how to treat others.
Cynthia Rylant’s books are good. Bookstore Dog, the Henry and Mudge books, and others…
The Relatives Came by C. Rylant, Kevin Henkes books.
When I Was Five, and When I was Little, A Four-Year-old’s Memoir of Her Youth, by Jamie Lee Curtis
Max and Ruby books, especially the short board books, Kevin Henkes books. (Kids don’t care if they are animals or kids as characters)
Chrysanthemum is s good one.
My Great Aunt Arizona and The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston are wonderful personal narratives. My students enjoy both of them.
We just used The Hello Goodbye Window. It worked great because most kids could relate to visiting at a grandparent’s house.
Mo Willems books are great — Knuffle Bunny! Also, any Kevin Henkes’ books – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, Julius Baby of the World, Chrysanthemum…
I love this question! I struggle with this too. I like No David, Little Critter’s Me Too and Jamica’s Find,to name a few.
The Jamie Lee Curtis is what came to my mind.
Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books are great to help with ideas. My kids loved writing their “I was so Mad!”, “Just Grandma and Me”, etc. Stories!