When I was growing up, I was a dedicated bookworm and I looked forward to summer, not just for the warm temperatures and outdoor adventures it held, but for the hours and hours of uninterrupted reading time.
Stories are powerful – they can transport you to new worlds and take you on escapades you’d never dreamed of. They can stretch your understanding of how the world works and how friends and family might treat each other. They build empathy as you accompany the protagonist on his or her journey. There is something magical about the right story at just the right time -- if you encounter it when you are too young, you cannot grasp the weight and depth of the author’s work, while if you wait too long, the tale seems babyish and not worth your time.
Over my many years of teaching, parents and students have come to me, looking for guidance on how to choose a book. To help families, I have created an annotated book list describing what to think about before you head to the library or bookstore and what to look for when you get there. The list contains both “easy readers” for those learning to read to themselves and novels to be read aloud or enjoyed by independent readers. For those of you who have already seen my book list, this is the latest and most updated version so have another look to find some new titles mixed in!
I wish everyone a wonderful summer of memorable adventures and good books!
~Submitted by Mary Ellingson, Grades Teacher
Choosing books to support your child’s soul development and love of literature
Books to read prior to the nine-year change --
what to look for and what to avoid
For the first nine years (or so) of childhood, the world is unquestionably good -- though problems arise, they are always resolvable, the bad guys get their just desserts and stories are guaranteed to come with happy endings. During early childhood, children are learning about their world through the archetypal characters and plot lines of fairy tales. The predictable is reassuring and young children will ask to hear the same stories over and over again.
What to look for:
- Stories that carry that archetypal nature of fairy tales.
- Shorter stories with a resolution at the end of one sitting are best for younger listeners. As children become more able to live with uncertainty, you can slowly introduce longer tales that might stretch across a few days (usually this comes after the sixth birthday).
What to consider and perhaps avoid at this age:
Have you read this story since you were a child? Our memories of the stories we read way back when can fade and get fuzzy. A book may have more violence or mature themes than you first remember (this happened to me with The Secret of NIHM). It is better to pre-read and make sure you want that story for your child at this point in their development than to get half-way through a read-aloud and realize you don’t want your child exposed to the rest.
- Would this story be better later? There are many fabulous stories in the world and the first hearing is usually the most powerful. You don’t want to rush ahead out of your own adult enthusiasm and bring a story that will better serve your child at a later stage in their development (for example, the first few books in the Harry Potterseries are wonderful, but are best after the nine-year change, likewise The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be most meaningful in adolescence or adulthood).
- If the story is a novel, is the protagonist my child’s age? If the difference is two years or more, I would lean toward saving it for later.
- If the story is based on a myth or legend, will this be a part of the curriculum further down the road? Please save any of these so that they may come at school or after we have worked with them in class.
- Is this a book that will help my child through the nine-year-change? If a book contains some of the characteristics listed below, perhaps consider saving it until it will have the most impact.
- Is this a coming-of-age story (like Harry Potter, Rascal, My Side of the Mountain, Where the Red Fern Grows, Little Britches, later Little House books, Lassie, The Yearling, Old Yeller, Misty of Chincoteague)? Has hardship befallen some child and they find a way through their hard time? Save these for after the nine-year-change.
- Humor: We all appreciate a good laugh, but consider the sources of humor.
- Understanding jokes, riddles and plays on words evolves with age and development. Some first graders think knock-knock jokes are hilarious while others are mystified at what everyone is laughing about. Make sure that the humor in the book will be appreciated without having to be explained.
- These days, many authors will frame interactions that are actually mean or inappropriate as funny. Would you want your child to behave or speak as the protagonist is? If not, perhaps save that book for later.
- It is also common for modern authors to weave adult or teenage humor into books for much younger audiences. The subtlety of irony and sarcasm is lost on young children and may be misapplied when they try to emulate what they have heard.
- Violence: There is a difference between the archetypal violence of fairy tales and the more personalized, individuated violence in novels like Redwall or The Hobbit. Just because your child isn’t visibly flinching or suffering nightmares doesn’t mean that a story isn’t too much. In general, save novels with violence for a later phase of childhood.
- Facts: Books of facts are often bright, colorful and enticing. If learning were a dessert, facts would be the sprinkles on top. It is easy for children to mistake a collection of facts as a repository of knowledge. They don’t understand that while trivia can be impressive and make you look precocious there is no depth in facts alone. Stories, with their matrix of context around the facts, provide a much rounder, deeper experience of a topic.
Books to read during the nine-year change
The nine-year change is a transition in the midst of childhood. Children are separating from the magic of early childhood, from the one-ness and connection they felt to parents, family and the world. During this time they are coming to recognize that they will have to make their way in a world that can seem harsh and heartless. They begin to question if their parents are really their parents. They become aware of mortality in a new way and begin to consider what it would be like if they lost one or both parents. It is an insecure and inward time. Certain themes addressing this inner soul state appear frequently in books for children of this age. The examples below are by no means the only ones that fit these categories. These few are meant as a starting place as you think about books for your child going through the nine-year change.
- Children are often orphaned or are in situations removed from loving adult care-givers (examples: Pippi Longstocking, A Little Princess, James and the Giant Peach)
- Children have access to a magical world, but at a certain point, they must choose to return to the mundane world with the understanding that they are leaving the fantasy behind. (examples: The Chronicles of Narnia, The House Above the Trees, The BFG)
- Children make their way, learning how to be competent and independent in the real world (examples: Farmer Boy, Understood Betsy, Swallows and Amazons)
Books for after the nine-year change
After going through the nine-year change children have spent time in darkness and come out stronger on the other side. They are able to face the troubles of a world without magic. After all of the inner work and soul-searching they have been through, they are often ready for fun and adventure. Connection to animals is particularly strong at this point in childhood and many stories feature a child’s special relationship with a pet or wild creature. This is the perfect time for old-fashioned coming-of-age stories (like Rascal, My Side of the Mountain, Where the Red Fern Grows, Little Britches, the later Little House books, Lassie, The Yearling, Old Yeller, Misty of Chincoteague).
Now is the moment that I would allow a child to start the Harry Potter series, but only the first few books -- save Harry’s moody adolescence for your child’s moody adolescence.
Books for early adolescence
By middle school the voracious readers have devoured most every book worth reading in the children’s section of the library and are ready to move on to a new selection of books. However, the library category of Young Adult readers is decidedly murky. This designation is applied to books aimed at readers between twelve and twenty-one. As you can imagine, there is a tremendous range of development in those nine years and the material appropriate for someone at the upper end of that age range could be pretty overwhelming to a young one. Parents will need to stay aware of what books are popular in the middle school set, do some pre-reading and determine what you find appropriate for your child.
For those advanced readers looking for something new, middle school is a good time to delve into science fiction. This genre brings stories that are imaginative and fantasy-based while adding an intellectual and/or sociological element to consider as well.
Middle school is also a good time to broaden the student’s connection to the world through historical fiction and biographies.
Beginning readers find security in books by the same author, particularly those that come in a series. After the first few pages, they have a handle on the vocabulary they will need and they can move forward with confidence. When they finish one book, they know what to read next.
Dr. Seuss brings a genius to the world of easy readers. His books are funny, wacky, colorful page turners. He has a knack for linking predictable text, rhyme, and illustration to give beginning readers confidence. He has a good assortment of sight words, easily decoded words and altogether invented words that will keep a struggling reader on task.
Hop on PopIn a People HouseThe Cat in the HatThe Foot Book
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
Fox in Socks
Green Eggs and Ham
Horton Hears a Who
Yertle the Turtle
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
TightHand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
P.D. Eastman books are published in the same format as Dr. Seuss and it is easy to lump the two authors together. Like Dr. Seuss, Eastman books are highly illustrated with a few words on each page. There are many context clues that make it easy for a beginning reader to decode the text.
Are You My Mother?
Go Dog Go
Big Dog... Little Dog
The Best Nest
Flap Your Wings
Sam and the Firefly
Elephant and Piggie
These books are recent publications but they have the feel of books like Are You My Mother?. The simple humor and predictable text allow beginning readers to feel successful.
Today I Will Fly!
There is a Bird on Your Head!
Watch Me Throw the Ball!
We Are in a Book
I Love My New Toy!
Can I Play Too?
Happy Pig Day!
I Am Going!
Listen to My Trumpet!
Should I Share My Ice Cream?
I Broke My Trunk!
Elephants Can Not Dance!
Pigs Make Me Sneeze!
I am Invited to a Party!
I Will Surprise My Friend
The Sheep Books
These books by Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple make up one of the few modern easy reader series that I love. Like Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman, the illustrations are tied closely to the text and help the emerging readers make good guesses on the harder words. The stories are silly and endearing.
Sheep in a Jeep
Sheep on a Ship
Sheep in a Shop
Sheep Take a Hike
Sheep Out to Eat
Sheep Trick or Treat
Sheep Blast Off
Henry and Mudge
This series by Cynthia Rylant features a boy and his dog. What is unusual about this set of books is that they span a range of levels. Beginning readers can start with the easiest books, which have a few words on each page. As their skills advance they can enjoy the same characters in harder books.
This series by Else Holmelund is great to read to preschoolers and very satisfying for beginning readers to return to as they move into easy readers.
Little Bear’s Visit
Little Bear’s Friend
A Kiss for Little Bear
Father Bear Comes Home
Not enough good words can be written about Arnold Lobel. He has written wonderful books for beginning readers. They are sweet, funny and timeless.
Here is a list of titles:
Frog and Toad are Friends
Owl at Home
Days with Frog and Toad
Frog and Toad All Year
Grasshopper on the Road
Cork and Fuzz
This is a modern series with the feel of Frog and Toad.
Cork and Fuzz
Cork and Fuzz: Short and Tall
Cork and Fuzz: Good Sports
Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters
Cork and Fuzz: The Collectors
Cork and Fuzz: Finders Keepers
Children delight in knowing better than poor Amelia Bedelia. Her absurd mistakes have kept children laughing for generations.
Amelia BedeliaThank you, Amelia Bedevil Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia, Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower
by Edward Marshall
Fox at School
Fox on Stage
Fox and His Friends
Fox All Week
Fox on Wheels
Fox in Love
Fox on the Job
The Golly Sisters
by Betsy Byars
Hooray for the Golly Sisters!
The Golly Sisters Go West
The Golly Sisters Ride Again
Little Animal Adventures
Reader’s Digest Series
Beaver Gets Lost
Keep Trying Little Zebra
Little Bear’s New Friend
Go To Sleep, Little Groundhog
Be Patient, Little Chick
The Hungry Duckling
Little Puppy Saves the Day
A Home for Little Turtle
The Curious Little Dolphin
Brave Little Fox
Little Goat’s New Horns
Silly Little Hedgehog
Curious Little Raccoon
Little Llama Tells the Truth
Little Squirrel’s Special Nest
The Hopeful Little Leopard
Harry the Dirty Dog
Harry the Dirty DogHarry by the SeaNo Roses for HarryHarry and the Lady Next Door
Read-alouds for Grade 1
Many first graders are happy to enjoy the picture books their parents were reading to them in kindergarten. Fairy tales and folk tales from all over the world are perfect for this age and there are longer, more complicated fairy tales that can last over several readings as an in-between step for those wanting more than a picture book, but not quite as much as a long chapter book.
For those ready and interested in chapter books, here are some that I would recommend.
The Magic Faraway Tree (series) Blyton, Enid
Paddington (series) Bond, Michael
Old Mother West Wind (and others by the same author) Burgess, Thorton
Tales of Tiptoes Lightly (series) Down, Reg
The Moffats (series) Estes, Eleanor
Uncle Wiggly’s Story Book Garis, Howard
Raggedy Ann and Andy (series) Gruelle, Johnny
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Lagerlof, Selma
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook Lankester-Brisley, Joyce
The Children of Noisy Village Lindgren, Astrid
Betsy Tacy Lovelace, Maud Hart
The Sneeches and Other Stories (and others by the same author) Dr. Seuss
The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (series) Sidney, Margaret
Little House in the Big Woods Wilder, Laura Ingalls
The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book Wyatt, Isabel
Read-alouds for Grades 2-4
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Atwater, Richard & Florence
Miss Hickory Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin
Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (Series) Baum, L. Frank
Paddington (Series) Bond, Michael
Old Mother West Wind (and others by the same author) Burgess, Thorton
Enormous Egg, The Butterworth, Oliver
Katie John (Series) Calhoun, Mary
Mouse and the Motorcycle, The (Series) Cleary, Beverly
Ramona the Pest (Series) Cleary, Beverly
Matilda (and others by the same author) Dahl, Roald
Courage of Sarah Noble, The Dalgliesh, Alice
The Spiderwick Chronicles DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black
Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles Edwards, Julie Andrews
Wind Boy, The (and others by the same author) Eliot, Ethel Cook
Hundred Dresses, The Estes, Eleanor
Moffats, The (Series) Estes, Eleanor
Elmer and the Dragon (Series) Gannett, Ruth Stiles
Linnets and Valerians Goudge, Elizabeth
Just-so Stories Kipling, Rudyard
Catwings (Series) LeGuin, Ursula
Strawberry Girl (and others by the same author) Lenski, Lois
Chronicles of Narnia, The (Series) Lewis, C. S.
Pippi Longstocking (Series) Lindgren, Astrid
Emil and the Great Escape (Series) Lindgren, Astrid
Betsy-Tacy (Series) Lovelace, Maud Hart
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Series) MacDonald, Betty
Nancy and Plum MacDonald, Betty
Princess and the Curdie (and others by the same author) MacDonald, George
Sarah Plain and Tall (and others by the same author) MacLachlan, Patricia
Homer Price McCloskey, Robert
Borrowers, The (Series) Norton, Mary
King’s Equal, The Paterson, Katherine
Littles, The (Series) Peterson, John
Hoboken Chicken Emergency, The Pinkwater, D. Manus
Cricket in Times Square Selden, George
Five Little Peppers, The (Series) Sidney, Margaret
101 Dalmatians Smith, Dodie
All of a Kind Family (Series) Taylor, Sydney
Mary Poppins (Series) Travers, P. L.
Read-alouds for Grade 3 – 4
Indian in the Cupboard, The (Series)Banks, Lynne Reid
Caddie Woodlawn Brink, Carol Ryrie
Baby Island Brink, Carol Ryrie
Little Princess, A Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Secret Garden, The Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Family Under the Bridge, The Carlson, Natalie Savage
Wheel on the School, The (and others by the same author) DeJong, Meindert
Half Magic (and others by the same author) Eager, Edward
Mandy Edwards, Julie Andrews
Neverending Story, TheEnde, Michael
Understood Betsy Fisher, Dorothy Canfield
Our Only May Amelia Holm, Jennifer
Bunnicula (Series) Howe, Deborah and James
Babe (and others by the same author) King-Smith, Dick
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Konigsburg, E. L.
Ella Enchanted (and others by the same author) Levine, Gail Carson
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (and others by the same author) Lin, Grace
Ronia the Robber’s Daughter Lindgren, Astrid
Different Dragons Little, Jean
Story of Doctor Dolittle, The (Series) Lofting, Hugh
Owls in the Family (and others by the same author) Mowat, Farley
Shiloh (Trilogy) Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
Five Children and It (and others by the same author)Nesbit, E.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Norton, Mary
First Farm in the Valley (Series) Pellowski, Anna
Swallows and Amazons (Series) Ransome, Arthur
How to Eat Fried Worms Rockwell, Thomas
Singing Tree, The (and others by the same author) Seredy, Kate
Black Beauty Sewell, Anna
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series) Snicket, Lemony
Miracles on Maple Hill Sorenson, Virginia
Heidi Spyri, Johanna
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Series) Stewart, Trenton Lee
Charlotte’s Web (and others by the same author) White, E. B.
Little House on the Prairie (Series) Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Grade 4 – 5
Little Women (and others by the same author) Alcott, Louisa May
Chronicles of Prydain, The (Series) Alexander, Lloyd
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes Auxier, Jonathan
National Velvet Bagnold, Enid
Peter Pan Barrie, J. M.
Peter and the Star Catchers Barry, Dave and Pearson, Ridley
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Series) Blume, Judy
The Name of This Book is Secret (Series) Bosch, Pseudonymous
Incredible Journey Bumford, Sheila Every
Gregor the Overlander (Series) Collins, Suzanne
Because of Winn-Dixie (and others by the same author) DiCamillo, Kate
Mandy (and others by the same author) Edwards, Julie Andrews
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm Farmer, Nancy
Harriet the Spy (Series) Fitzhugh, Louise
Whipping Boy, The Fleischmann, Sid
Homesick: My Own Story Fritz, Jean
Secret of Roan Inish, The Fry, Rosalie, K.
Thief Lord, The (and others by the same author) Funke, Cornelia
My Side of the Mountain (and others by the same author) George, Jean Craighead
Old Yeller Gipson, Fred
Wind in the Willows, The Grahame, Kenneth
Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe Greene, Bette
Misty of Chincoteague (Series) Henry, Marguerite
Horse Diaries: Koda (Series) Hermes, Patricia
All Creatures Great and Small Herriot, James
Boston Jane (Series) Holm, Jennifer
Warriors (Series) Hunter, Erin
Redwall (Series) Jacques, Brian
Howl’s Moving Castle Jones, Diana Wynne
Phantom Tollbooth, The Juster, Norton
Karen Killilea, Marie
Big Red Kjelgaard, Jim
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) Lowry, Lois
Box of Delights, The Masefield, John
Homer Price McCloskey
The Moorchild McGraw, Eloise
The Story Girl (and other books by the same author) Montgomery, Lucy Maud
Anne of Green Gables (Series) Montgomery, Lucy Maud
Little Britches (Series) Moody, Ralph
Gentle Ben Morey, Walt
Rascal North, Sterling
Island of the Blue Dolphins O’Dell, Scott
Silverwing (Series) Oppel, Kenneth
Peter and the Starcatchers (Series) Pearson, Ridley
Harry Potter (Books 1, 2 and 3) Rawling, J. K.
Yearling, TheRawlings, Marjorie Kinnan
Where the Red Fern Grows Rawls, Wilson
Girl With the Silver Eyes, The Roberts, Willo Davis
Encyclopedia Brown Sobol, Donald
Sign of the Beaver Speare, Elizabeth George
Hobbit, The Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Fantastic Family Whipple Ward, Matthew
Dealing with Dragons (Series) Wrede, Patricia
Child of the Owl Yep, Lawrence
Grade 6 and 7
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt, Natalie
Dark is Rising, The (Series) Cooper, Susan
Bud, Not Buddy Curtis, Christopher Paul
Midwife’s Apprentice (and others by the same author) Cushman, Karen
The Door in the Wall De Angeli, Marguerite
Twenty-One Balloons, The DuBois, William Pene
The City of Ember DuPrau, Jeanne
Shadow Spinner Fletcher, Susan
Julie of the Wolves (Series) George, Jean Craighead
Princess Bride, The Goldman, William
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Haddon, Mark
Wrinkle in Time, A (Series) L’Engle Madeleine
Wizard of Earthsea, A LeGuin, Ursula
The Lions of Little Rock (and others by the same author) Levine, Kristedn
Dragonsong (Series) McCaffrey, Anne
Wise Child Monica Furlong
Jacob Have I Loved (and others by the same author) Paterson, Katherine
Eragon (Series) Paolinie, Christopher
Hatchet (Series) Paulson, Gary
Alanna: The First Adventure Pierce, Tamora
Disc world series Pratchett, Terry
Amber Spyglass, The (Series) Pullman, Philip
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) Riordan, Rick
Holes (and others by the same author) Sachar, Louis
Bronze Bow, TheSpeare, Elizabeth George
Shabanu (and others by the same author) Staples, Suzanne Fisher
The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Amulet of Samarkand Stroud, Jonathan
Cay, The Taylor, Theodore
I, Juan de PerejaTrevino, Elizabeth Borton de
Adam of the RoadVining, Elizabeth Gray
Homecoming (and others by the same author) Voigt, Cynthia
Once and Future King, The White, T. H.
Mistress Masham’s Repose White, T. H.
Dragonwings Yep, Lawrence
Children of the Wolf Yolen, Jane
Grade 8 and up
By eighth grade, students are ready to grapple with some of the more difficult and complex aspects of humanity – particularly times when people have been subjugated or oppressed by others. Young adolescents are also more able to accompany protagonists through times of serious illness or grief, when there will be no happy ending. Issues like these can be brought in the context of biographies, historical fiction, and dystopian literature. Stories of this sort can lead to powerful discussions and are best read when there are peers, older students or adults available to help younger readers process such weighty ideas.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Alexie, Sherman
Fever 1793Anderson, Laurie Halse
Ender’s GameCard, Orson Scott
Hunger Games (series) Collins, Suzanne
The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil
The Fault in Our Stars (and others by the same author) Green, John
How to Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
The Giver (series) Lowry, Lois
Divergent (series) Roth, Veronica
Let the Circle Be Unbroken (and others by the same author) Taylor, Mildred
The Devil’s Arithmetic Yolen, Jane
2nd Grade Family Book List Created by the Class of 2022
Averill, Esther. Jenny and the Cat Club (Series). New York Review Collections.
Bannerman, Helen. The Story of Little Babaji.
Barrows, Annie. Ivy and Bean (Series).
Barry, Dave & Pearson, Ridley. Peter and the Starcatchers.
Baum, L. Frank. Glinda of Oz.
Benchley, Nathaniel. Red Fox and his Canoe (Illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
Berger, Barbara Helen. Gwinna.
Beskow, Elsa. The Children of the Forest.
Black, Holly & de Terlizzi, Tony. The Spiderwick Chronicles (Series).
Blyton, Enid The Secret Seven Series
Blyton, Enid The Famous Five Series
Bolognese, Don. Little Hawk’s New Name.
Brisley, Joyce Lankester. Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories.
Brown, Palmer. Beyond the Paw Paw Trees.
Brumbeau, Jeff The Quiltmaker’s Gift
Bunting, Eve Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas
Burgess, Thornton W. Animal Stories.
Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Cohn, Diana Mr. Goethe’s Garden
Dadey, Debbie & Jones, Marcia Thornton. The Bailey School Kids (Series).
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
Dahl, Roald. Danny, the Champion of the World.
Davidow, Shelley. Ned and Fred.
DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux.
Down, Reg. The Magic Knot.
Drescher, Daniela. In the Land of Merfolk.
Eliot, Ethel Cook. The Little House in the Fairy Wood.
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. Understood Betsy.
Fleming, Ian. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. (Illustrated by John Birmingham).
Gibbs, May. The Gumnut Land Adventures.
Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. (Illustrated by Inga Moore).
Hale, Shannon Princess Academy
Holwitz, Peter Stick Kid
Howell, Alice. The Beejum Book.
Hunter, Erin. Warriors into the Wild.
Jansson, Tove. Finn Family Moomintroll.
Jansson, Tove. Moominvalley in November.
Jarrell, Randall. The Bat Poet. (Illustrated by Maurice Sendak).
Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth (Illustrated by Jules Feiffer).
Keene, Carolyn. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. (the original series, beginning with The Secret of the Old Clock in 1929; illustrated by Russell Tandy.) (find now for 4th/5th grade)
Kilborne, Sarah S. Peach and Blue
Konigsburg, E.L. The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia
Lindgren, Astrid. The Children of Noisy Village. (Illustrated by Ilon Wikland)
Lindgren, Astrid. Emil in the Soup Tureen.
Lindgren, Astrid. Emil’s Clever Pig.
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking(Series).
Lobel, Arnold. Owl at Home.
Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy-Tacy.
Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear. Harper and Row. (Illustrated by Maurice Sendak).
Muller, Martina Pico the Gnome
Munsch, Robert The Paper Bag Princess
Nesbit, Edith. Five Children and It.
O’Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy.
Ongman, Gudrun The Sleep Ponies
Orr, Wendy. Mokie & Bik.
Pépin, Muriel. Little Bear’s New Friend. (Adapted by Deborah Kovacs). Pleasantville, NY: Readers Digest Kids.
Peterson, John. The Littles.
Ransome, Arthur. Swallows and Amazons.
Riordan, Rick. The 39 Bones (Series).
Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby (Series).
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square. (Illustrated by Garth Williams).
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman & Sharmat, Craig. Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise.
Sidney, Margaret. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew.
Sobel, Donald. Encyclopedia Brown (Series).
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi.
Steig, William. Dominic.
Stilton, Geronimo. The Amazing Voyage (In the Kingdom of Fantasy Series).
Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family.
Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins.
von Olfers, Sibylle. Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale. (Quilted illustrations by Sieglinde Schoen-Smith).
von Olfers, Sibylle. The Princess in the Forest.
Watt, Mélanie. Scaredy Squirrel at Night.
White, E.B. The Trumpet of the Swan.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods (Series).
Willems, Mo. I Love My New Toy.
Suggested by Fourth Graders of the Class of 2013
Dear America Series Assorted authors
Royal Diaries Series Assorted authors
Spiderwick (Series) DiTerlizzi, Tony & Holly Black
Magic by the Lake Eager, Edward
Charlotte Sometimes Farmer, Penelope
Once Upon a Marigold Ferris, Jean
Wagon Train 911 Gilson, Jamie
The Little White Horse Goudge, Elizabeth
Winter Camp (Series) Hill, Kirkpatrick
Trolls, The Horvath, Polly
Echoes of the Elders: The Stories and Paintings of Chief LelooskaLelooska
The Railway Children Nesbit, E.
Wet Magic Nesbit, E.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School Sachar, Louis
Captain’s Dog, The Smith, Roland
Ballet Shoes (and others by the same author) Streatfeild, Noel
The Amulet of Samarkand (Series) Stroud, Jonathan
Long Shot (a basketball book) Tocher, Timothy
Journey to the Center of the Earth (and others by the same author) Verne, Jules