Recommended reading: Kindergarten

  •          Armstrong, Jennifer             Once Upon a Banana
  •          Bang, Molly            When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry
  •          Beaumont, Karen            Move Over, Rover!
  •          Falwell, Cathryn            Turtle Splash! Countdown At the Pond
  •          Fleming, Denise            Alphabet Under Construction
  •          Fleming, Denise            Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
  •          Henkes, Kevin            Kitten’s First Moon
  •          Krans, Robert            Leo the Late Bloomer
  •          Lum, Kate            What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story
  •          McMullan, Kate            I Stink
  •          Rey, Margret            Curious George series
  •          Seuss, Dr.            Dr. Seuss books
  •          Shannon, David            Duck on a Bike
  •          Shulevitz, Uri            Snow
  •          Slate, Joseph            Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
  •          Stevenson, James            Don’t Make Me Laugh
  •          Wells, Rosemary            Bunny Money
  •          Wells, RosemaryMax & Ruby series
  •          Zimmerman, Andrea            Trashy Town

 Recommended reading: First Grade

  • Barton, My Car 
  • Beaumont, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
  • Bloom, Splendid Friend, Indeed
  • Calhoun, Cross-Country Cat
  • Daly, Jamela’s Dress
  • Dannenberg, First Day Jitters
  • Falconer, Olivia Saves the circus
  • Gravett, Orange Pear Apple Bear
  • Henkes, Good Day
  • Hoffman, Amazing Grace
  • Howe, The Day the Teacher Went Bananas
  • Kellogg, Pinkerton, Behave!
  • Kimmel, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
  • Marshall, George and Martha
  • Noble, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
  • Portis, Not a Box
  • Rey, Curious George Series
  • Rohmann, My Friend Rabbit
  • Seeger, Lemons Are Not Red
  • Shannon, Good Boy, Fergus
  • Simont, Stray Dog

 Recommended reading: Second Grade

  • Agee, Terrific
  • Allard, Miss Nelson Books
  • Brown,  Arthur Series
  • Calhoun, Cross-Country Cat
  • Cannon, Stellaluna
  • Carle, “ Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, “ Said the Sloth.
  • Chen, Guji, Guji
  • Chodos-Irvine, Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
  • Daly, Jamela’s Dress
  • Daugherty, Andy and the Lion
  • DePaola, Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile
  • Friedman, How My Parents Learned to Eat
  • Gantos, Back to School for Rotten Ralph
  • Graham, Oscar’s Half Birthday
  • Henkes, Kitten’s First Moon
  • Hoban, Bedtime for Frances
  • Howard, Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys
  • Long, How I Became a Pirate
  • McKissack, Ma Dear’s Aprons
  • Meddaugh, Martha Speaks
  • Pilkey, Dogzilla
  • Pinkney, The Adventures of Sparrow Boy

 Recommended reading: Third and Fourth Grade

  • Bauer, The Blue Ghost  Nine year-old Liz is led to make contact with children she believes may be her ancestors.
  • Benton, Attack of the 50-Foot Cupid  A 50 ft. arrow shooting cupid is on the loose.
  •  Blume, Double Fudge 12 year-old Peter must deal with his embarrassing cousins and his brother.
  •  Brown, Flat Stanley  Stanley Lampchop goes flat to help win certain situations.
  • Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts   A 12 year-old boy moves to Alcatraz Island where guard families live.
  • Colfer,  Half Moon Investigations  A boy must track down a conspiracy  or be framed for a crime.
  • Christopher, Matt Christopher Sports Series
  • Curtis, *Bud, Not Buddy Ten year-old homeless boy living in Michigan, leaves a foster home to find his dad.
  • Danziger, Amber Brown Series
  • Drake, Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology handbook : a practical course in dragons
  • Edwards, The Great American Mousical Presents the adventures of theatrical mice that live & work in a miniature world beneath Broadway.
  • Erickson,  Hank the Cowdog Series   PB
  • Greene, Queen Sophie Hartley Sophie befriends a new girl at school which  helps her feel good at something.
  • Greenwald, Rosy Cole’s Memoir Explosion  A girl  writes a memoir about  herself  and  her friends, and they are angry with her.       
  • Lewis, The Lion, the Witch , and the Wardrobe Four kids find their way through the back of a wardrobe…       
  • MacLachlan, *Sarah, Plain and Tall  Caleb and Anna must find a way to make their father’s new mail-order bride stay.
  • McDonald, Judy Moody The adventures of a third grader
  • Naylor, Cuckoo Feathers  A young girl’s pigeons make their home somewhere else—how will she get them back?
  •  Osborne, Winter of the Ice Wizard  A group of kids travel behind the clouds to find the wizard’s eye.
  •  Pilkey,  Captain Underpants Series Superhero Captain Underpants tries to save the world.      
  •  Warner, Not so Weird Emma Eight year-old Emma likes her new school, until a friend tells others she is strange.
  •  Wilder, Little House on the Prairie Series Stories of a little girl and her family and their adventures in  the late 1800’s.

* Denotes Newbery Award         

 Recommended reading: Fifth and Sixth Grade

  • Anderson,  Whales on Stilts    Lily must foil the plot of her father's conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.              
  •  Avi,  *Crispin  Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
  •  Babbitt,  Tuck Everlasting  The Tuck family drinks from a magical spring and suffer pangs of eternal youth.
  •  Bauer,  On My Honor  When his best friend drowns in a river they were forbidden from, a boy must tell his friend’s family of the tragedy.
  •  Cooper,  The Dark is Rising  Adventures in the supernatural as Will takes part in the conflict between good and evil.  PB
  •  Creech,  The Wanderer  A girl and her cousin record their adventures aboard a 45 ft sailboat enroute to England
  •  George,  *Julie of the Wolves  An adventure about a 13 year-old girl and the wolf pack that adopts her in the Alaskan tundra     
  •  Levine,  Ella Enchanted  Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
  •  Lowry,  *The Giver  Jonas is chosen to be the person responsible for receiving and keeping all memories of the past.
  •  MacHale,  Pendragon   Fantasy/adventure book series: Journals of an adventure through  time and space.   PB
  •  Martin,  The Doll People   A porcelain doll family, that has lived in a doll house for 100 years, is taken aback when a plastic doll family moves into the house.
  •  O’Dell,  *Island of the Blue Dolphins  Indian girl is left alone on an island for ten years.
  •  Paulsen,  Canyons   Finding a skull on a camping trip in the canyons of El Paso causes a young man to become entwined in the fate of an Apache Indian   YA
  •  Paulsen,  Hatchet  A 13 year-old boy spends 54 days in the wilderness after a plane crash.
  •  Rodgers,  Freaky Friday   A 13 year-old girl spends a day in  her mother’s body.  PB
  •  Ryan,  Esperanza Rising  A young girl and her mother are forced to leave Mexico and wealthy lifestyle to work in the U.S. labor camps during the depression.
  •  Sachar,  *Holes  A young boy is sent to a hellish correction camp in the Texas desert and ultimately breaks a family curse.
  •  Silverstein,  Where the Sidewalk Ends  Poems by a popular children’s poet will have the whole family laughing.
  •  Spinelli,  *Maniac Magee  After his parents die, Jeffrey’s life becomes legendary.        
  •  Taylor,  *Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  A black family in the depression struggles with hardships of poverty.    

  *Denotes Newbery Award