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Recommended Reading List

Listed below are titles and authors, grouped according to grade level and appropriateness.

Kindergarten-Grade 2

  • The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  • The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett
  • An Arthur Adventure by Marc Brown
  • Arthur’s Jelly Beans by Marc Brown
  • Arthur’s Science Fair Trouble by Marc Brown
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, said the Sloth by Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • One Red Rooster by Kathleen Carrol
  • Ten Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow
  • Vote! by Eileen Christelow
  • A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • Fairy Tails, Folk Tales and Fables by Dorothy Daniel
  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
  • Old Granny and the Bean Thief by Cynthia DeFelice
  • Q is for Duck by Mary Elting
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer
  • Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
  • Tough Boris by Mem Fox
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
  • Back to School for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
  • Addition Annie by David Gisler
  • Where Does it Go? by Bill Graham
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • I Touch, I Hear, I See by Rachel Isadora
  • Pecos Bill by Patsy Jensen
  • Golden Retrievers by Stuart Kallen
  • Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
  • Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Can You Guess?/Hats, Hats, Hats by Margaret Miller
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff
  • Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Amelia Bedelia Series by Peggy Parish
  • Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park
  • The Littles by John Lawrence Peterson
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky
  • It’s About Time, Max! by Kitty Richards
  • My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
  • Tricky Tongue Twisters by Joseph Rosenbloom
  • Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
  • Stories about Rosie by Cynthia Rylant
  • Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams
  • Butterflies by Mari C. Schuh
  • Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
  • Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
  • Meet the Gizmos by John Tocco
  • Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Stories about Rosie by Cynthia Voight
  • Atomic Ace by Jeff Weigel
  • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems
  • Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation by Mark Teague 

Recommended Authors

  • Jan Brett
  • Norman Bridwell
  • Marc Brown
  • Eric Carle
  • Tomie dePaola
  • Gail Gibbons
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Pat Hutchins
  • Leo Lionni
  • Arnold Lobel
  • Robert McCloskey
  • Barbara Park
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Cynthia Rylant
  • Mark Teague
  • Jane Yolen 

Grade 3 – 5

  • The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbot
  • Cam Jansen by David Adler
  • Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Journey to Nowhere by Mary Jane Auch
  • Poppy by Avi
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • The Pinballs by Betsy Byars
  • All Keyed Up by Matt Christopher
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • The School Story by Andrew Clements
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  • The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di’Camillo
  • The Tales of Despereaux by Kate Di’Camillo
  • Tiger Rising by Kate Di’Camillo
  • Spiderwick Series by Tony Di’Terlizzi
  • Bailey School Kids Series by Debbie Dadey
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Meet Martin Luther King, Jr. by James T. DeKay
  • The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
  • Math Rashes and Other Classroom Tales by Douglas Evans
  • The Warm Place by Nancy Farmer
  • Go Free or Die: A Story of Harriet Tubman by Jeri Ferris
  • True Stories About Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Belov Gross
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Sable by Karen Hesse
  • Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
  • Lucy Rose by Katy Kelly
  • Pearl Harbor is Burning by Kathleen Kudlinski
  • Fables by Arnold Lobel
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
  • Baby by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Spider Kane by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Alida’s Song by Gary Paulsen
  • When Lightening Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by William Rawls
  • Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • George W. Bush by Patrick Ryan
  • Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • Time Warp Trio Series by Jon Scieszka
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • A Series of Unfortunate of Events by Lemony Snicket
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Did You See What I Saw? by Kay Winters
  • Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker by Carolyn Meyer
  • Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O’Dell and Elizabeth Hall
  • The Adventures of the Cat with the Missing Ear Collected and Edited by Scott Emerson 

Recommended Authors

  • Tony Abbot
  • David Adler
  • Judy Blume
  • Matt Christopher
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Andrew Clements
  • Bruce Coville
  • Paula Danziger
  • Kate Di’Camillo
  • Scott Emerson
  • Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Elizabeth Hall
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • Lois Lowry
  • Carolyn Meyer
  • Scott O’Dell
  • Mary Pope Osborne
  • Barbara Park
  • Gary Paulsen
  • Jack Prelutsky
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Jon Scieska
  • Shel Silverstein
  • E.B. White