Brent strongly encourages parents to read to and with their children on a regular basis during the school year, and particularly during the summer vacation.

If you want to support your children in reading at home, the following lists can be used as a resource to guide their reading choices. Feel free to encourage not only the specific title listed, but other titles by the author as well.

Click the links below to view the reading list for each corresponding grade level.

Reading List – Entering Kindergarten

  • LSM E ASC Asch, Frank. Happy Birthday, Moon. The story of a small bear that wishes the moon a Happy Birthday.
  • LSM E Aliki. My Five Senses. Taste, touch, smell, see and hear.
  • LSM E Ashley, Bernard. Cleversticks. Only Ling Sung knows how to use chopsticks.
  • LSM E(2), LSM JF  Bang, Molly. Ten, Nine, Eight. A bedtime story in lulling rhyme in which all the things in a little girl’s room are counted. The quiet time between father and daughter is illustrated with warm colors.
  • LSM E Banks, Kate. And If the Moon Could Talk. A child gets ready for bed.
  • LSM E 574.5 Bowen, Betsy. Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year. The ABCs through the seasons.
  • LSM E Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon. A young rabbit says goodnight to familiar objects in his bedroom, as gradually darkening illustrations combine with the rhyming text to create a soothing bedtime story.
  • LSM E (2)  Carlstrom, Nancy White. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear. A story about Jesse Bear who experiences “pants that dance”, “sun on the run”, and “sand on my hand”.
  • LSM E Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys With Nothing To Do. Five little monkeys that are bored help their mother clean up the house for Grandmother’s visit, but something happens just before Grandmother arrives.
  • LSM E Day, Alexandra. Carl Goes Shopping. A mostly wordless story about Carl, the rottweiler, and a baby in a department store. A series of funny episodes take place as Carl and the baby tour the store.
  • LSM E Degan, Bruce. Jamberry. A single illustrated poem with irresistible rhythm and language play.
  • LSM E Ehlert, Lois. Color Zoo. Geometric shaped cutouts, vibrant colors and simple text create expressive animal faces.
  • LSM E Freeman, Don. Corduroy. A toy bear is afraid that a missing button on his overalls will prevent a little girl from taking him home.
  • LSM E (2) Henkes, Kevin. Sheila Rae, the Brave. Sheila Rae, the mouse, is so brave that she growls at stray dogs and bares her teeth at stray cats. But when she gets lost, it is her quiet little sister, Louise, who rescues her.
  • LSM E Hoban, Tana. 26 Letters and 99 Cents. Two books in one featuring uppercase and lowercase soft touch letters and a counting book with pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
  • LSM E Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace. Grace can be anything if she sets her mind to it.
  • LSM E Keats, Ezra Jack. Patrick’s Chair. Peter must overcome his jealousy when his furniture is repainted for the new baby.
  • LSM E 530.8 Leedy, Loreen. Measuring Penny. Lisa learns math while measuring her dog.
  • CLM E(5)Lionni, Leo. Inch by Inch. A clever tail of a worm that measures one bird after the other until he inches out of sight to safety.
  • LSM E Markun, Patricia Maloney. Little Painter of Sabana Grande. A boy paints his adobe home in lovely pictures.
  • PUM (storytelling), Martin, Bill. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Simple text and illustrations introduced the concept of color.
  • LSM E Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. The story of what happens when a boy gives a mouse a cookie. Also If You Give A Moose A Muffin and If You Give A Pig A Pancake.
  • LSM E Pfeffer, Wendy. Sounds All Around. How sounds are made by humans and animals.
  • LSM E,Rosen, Michael. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. A father and four children set off on an enthusiastic search for a bear. Together they brave their way through long grass, a cold river, thick mud, a dark forest and a swirling snowstorm until they reach a narrow, gloomy cave in which they find a bear.
  • LSM E Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. Sent to bed without his supper, Max travels far to where the wild things are. After taming them with a magic trick Max longs to be home.
  • (none) Sis, Peter. Beach Ball. While at the beach, Mary and her mother explore letter and number concepts.
  • LSM E Slate, Joseph. Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th day of Kindergarten. Think of 100 wonderful things.
  • LSM E Steptoe, John. Baby Says. A baby and a big brother figure out how to get along.
  • LSM E Voake, Charlotte. Ginger. A cat makes a kitten friend.
  • (none) Wells, Rosemary. Shy Charles. Timid Charles is a hero in an emergency.
  • LSM E,Williams, Vera. More, more, more, said the baby: three love stories. Three babies are caught up in the air and given loving attention by a father, grandmother, and mother.
  • LSM E(2) Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog. To avoid a bath, Harry the dog, runs away from home and begin an adventure involving a ride in a garbage truck, rounding up cattle on a farm, jumping hurdles at a riding station, a paint fight, and the dog catcher.

Reading List – 1st Grade

  • LSM E Bang, Molly. The Paper Crane. When a restaurant owner is kind to a hungry man his generosity is rewarded in a special way.
  • LSM E Barrett, Judi. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. Some things are just too funny to think about—like a walrus in a coat and tie. Read the book and see for yourself.
  • LSM E Brown, Marc. Arthur’s Teacher Trouble. Arthur and his friends are nervous about their new teacher. Also any other book in the Arthur or D.W. series.
  • LSM E Bryan, Ashley. What a wonderful world. Beautiful illustrations accompany the text of this classic song.
  • LSM E(2) Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What happens when a hungry caterpillar eats through foods, spins a cocoon and becomes a butterfly.
  • LSM E Carrick, Carol. Patrick’s Dinosaur. When Patrick and his older brother Hank visit the zoo, Patrick imagines that he sees dinosaurs everywhere. Also by Carol Carrick, What Happened to Patrick’s Dinosaurs.
  • LSM EConrad, Pam. The Tub People. The tub boy is sucked down the drain and the entire family is affected by the mishap.
  • LSM E de Paola, Tomie. Strega Nona. Italian folktale in which Big Anthony is determined to use Strega Nona’s magic powers.
  • LSM E,Dorros, Arthur. Abuela. While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.
  • (none) Greenfield, Eloise. Honey, I Love, and other poems. Sixteen poems tell of love and the simple joys of everyday life as seen through the eyes of a child.
  • LSM E Henkes, Kevin. Julius, the Baby of the World. After her baby brother is born, Lilly is not happy about the attention he gets from her parents until her cousin makes fun of the baby.
  • (none) Heo, Yumi. One Afternoon. Sounds of an ordinary day in New York City with a boy and his mother.
  • LSM E(2) Hutchins, Pat. Rosie’s Walk. Will the fox be able to catch Rosie the hen?
  • (none) Jonas, Ann. Aardvarks, Disembark! Call the animals off the ark from A to Z
  • LSM E Kraus, Robert. Herman the Helper. Herman, the octopus, helps his family, friends and anyone who needs him.
  • (none) Kuklin, Susan. How my family lives in America. Three youngsters whose parents are immigrants tell how they perpetuate their cultural heritage with cherished traditions, language, food, songs, religion, games and school.
  • LSM JF, LSM E(2) Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends. Five stories about the friendship of a frog and a toad and their adventures.

Reading List – 2nd Grade

  • LSM E(3), LSM J Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. A chain reaction begins when Mosquito tells Iguana a tall tale about yams that leads Iguana to put sticks in his ears so he cannot hear such things. The story is a West African jungle tale.
  • LSM E, Crews, Donald. Big mama’s. The author describes what it was like when he and his family visited their grandmother every summer.
  • LSM E, Cummings, Pat. Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon. Harry’s room is a mess and he can’t watch Saturday cartoons until he cleans it up.
  • LSM E Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. A special relationship develops between a Plains Indian girl and the horses she has lived with since becoming lost during a storm.
  • LSM E, Haley, Gail E. A Story, A Story. Is Anansi cleaver enough to capture the leopard, the hornet and the invisible fairy so he can buy the Sky God’s stories.
  • (none) Hedderwick, Mairi. Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers. Katie learns to appreciate her island granny and her mainland granny and their differences.
  • LSM E Hoban, Lillian. Arthur’s Camp–Out. Arthur is not too sure about the overnight camp-out after he falls into a brook, meets up with a snake, and is chased by a bat.
  • LSM E Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the Talking Melon. When Anansi gets stuck in a melon he decides to trick the elephant by making him think the melon can talk.
  • LSM E(2) Lomas Garza, Carmen. Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia. The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas.
  • (none) McKissack, Patricia. Mirandy and Brother Wind. To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner.
  • LSM E Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Speaks. When Martha, the dog learns to speak after eating alphabet soup, the family can’t stop her from saying too much.
  • LSM E 973 Medearis, Angela Shelf. Our People. After learning about the important things African Americans have done in the past, a little girl dreams about what she might do in the future.
  • (none) Merriam, Eve. Quiet, Please. Tells about the things you can do during quiet and peaceful moments.
  • LSM E Miller, Sara Swan. Three Stories You Can Read To Your Dog. Three stories about the things that dogs like best—burglars, bones and running free.
  • LSM J 808.81 Prelutsky, Jack. Something Big Has Been Here. A collection of funny poems about such things as flying hotdogs, an ax resistant meatloaf, ancient tortoises and other animals and people that will amuse the reader.
  • LSM E(2) Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin. Henry is looking forward to a visit from his cousin Annie until she arrives all dressed up—what will he do to entertain her?
  • (none) Sadler, Marilyn. Allistar and the Alien Invasion. In this story Allistar makes friends with aliens, saves the earth, and receives a special present.
  • (none) Schwartz, Alvin. In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories. A collection of easy-to-read ghost stories that will keep kids on the edge of their seats.
  • LSM E, Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Jack has a bean problem and the Little Red Hen talks in capital letters in this retelling of some of the best–known fairy tales.
  • LSM E, LSM JF(2) Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree. Tells the story of a boy and a tree, one growing and the other giving generously.
  • LSM E(2) Small, David. Imogene’s Antlers. A funny story about a girl that wakes up with antlers on her head.
  • (none) Soto, Gary. Too Many Tamales. How many tamales does Maria have to eat before she finds her mothers diamond ring.
  • (none) Steig, William. Doctor DeSoto. The story of a mouse dentist that agrees to help a fox and then has to outsmart him in order to protect his family.
  • LSM E, Steptoe, John. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. This Cinderella style story is set in Zimbabwe and is about a man’s two daughters, one mean-tempered and one kind-hearted, who go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
  • LSM E (3), Swamp, Jake. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. A contemporary Mohawk chief who has delivered the address around the world presents the Native American Thanksgiving Address, offered to Mother Earth in gratitude for her bounty and for the variety of her creatures, including human beings.
  • LSM E Van Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. A young boy must venture into the secret and mysterious garden of a retired musician after the dog he is tending runs away.
  • LSM E Young, Ed. Seven Blind Mice. What is the Something that the seven blind mice find by the pond.
  • LSM E Yorkins, Arthur. Hey, Al. Janitor Al and his dog are swept away from their boring lives by a large bird that takes them to a special “paradise”.

Reading List – 3rd Grade

  • (none)Ackerman, Karen. By the Dawn’s Early Light. Rachael and Josh’s mother works at the factory during the night so they spend some special time together in the early morning.
  • (none)Ada, Alma Flor. My Name is Maria Isabel. Third grader Maria Isabel, born in Puerto Rico and now living in the US, wants badly to fit in at school; and the teacher’s writing assignment, “My Greatest Wish” gives her that opportunity.
  • LSM J 796.3 Adler, David A. Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. A biography of a beloved baseball player who shows courage and strength in the face of a terrible illness.
  • LSM E Alexander, Lloyd. The Fortune Tellers. After visiting a fortune teller, a carpenter finds the predictions about his life coming true in an unusual way.
  • (none)Andrews, Jan. The Very Last First Time. Eva, an Inuit girl living in northern Canada, walks under the frozen sea at low tide to collect mussels.
  • LSM E Barrett, Judi. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. Life in the town of Chewandswallow suddenly takes a turn for the worse when it the weather dumps heavy downpours of Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
  • LSM E, LSM JF Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice. Andrew wants freckles so much that he buys a freckle-producing recipe for fifty cents.
  • (none) Bulla, Clyde Robert. The Chalk Box Kid. A young artist creates a unique garden.
  • LSM E Cameron, Ann. The Stories Huey Tells. Huey says he’s an inventor, a chef, a tracker, and a scout.
  • LSM JF (3)  Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle. A boy and a mouse share a common interest — a motorcycle.
  • LSM E (2),Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor. The students in Miss Frizzles class explore the ocean floor while riding on a magical school bus. Also any other book in the Magic School Bus series.
  • LSM JF Conford, Ellen. Jenny Archer, Author. Jenny writes a funny story about herself.
  • LSM JF Dahl, Roald. The Magic Finger. The Gregg family loves hinting, but their eight-year-old neighbor can’t stand it. After countless please for them to stop are ignored, she has no choice but to put her “magic finger” on them.
  • LSM JF (2) Danziger, Paula. Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon. Amber’s year is third grade is a sad one because her best friend is moving away.
  • LSM E Griffith, Helen V. Grandaddy and Janetta. Janetta is nervous about spending her second summer with her grandfather until she arrives and discovers a new addition to his home.
  • LSM E 398.2 Hodges, Margaret. Saint George and the Dragon. Set in the day when monsters, giants and fairy folk roamed the earth, this is the story of how Sir George, a brave knight, slays the dragon threatening the kingdom.
  • LSM JF Hurwitz, Joanna. The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein. Once David changes his name, exciting things begin to happen.
  • PUM STORY TELLING Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock. Anansi uses a magic rock to trick his friends.
  • LSM E Lowell, Susan. The Three Little Javelinas/Los Tres Pequenos Jabalies. Will coyote try the “three little pigs” with chili sauce?
  • (none) Luenn, Nancy. Nessa’s Story. Nessa, an Eskimo girl, listens to her grandmother’s stories and then goes looking for a story of her own on the Arctic tundra.
  • LSM E Marshall, James. Three Up A Tree. The story of two boys who build a treehouse and a girl that tells them a story.
  • LSM E Miles, Miska. Annie and the Old One. Native American traditions are expressed in this story of Annie, her mother, father and grandmother.
  • (none) Namioka, Lensey. Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear. Yang wants to play with his new friends, not the violin.
  • LSM E, LSM JF Park, Barbara. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business. Junie B. thinks that her new baby brother is really a baby monkey and the revelation leads to excitement and trouble in her class.
  • LSM E Polacco, Patricia. Some Birthday! Patricia expects an ordinary birthday party until Dad suggests a trip to the Clay Pit Bottoms Monster.
  • LSM E(2)  Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. Cassie’s flight high above the city of New York is illustrated in the form of quilts representing the traditional form of African–American communication.
  • LSM E San Souci, Robert D. The Boy and the Ghost. Thomas learns of a hidden treasure in a haunted mansion after sharing his meal with a poor man.
  • LSM E,Steptoe, Javaka. In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall. In this collection of poetry by new and established African–American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor and grace.
  • LSM E, LSM JF Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji. Incredible adventures await Judy and Peter after they find a game in the park.
  • LSM E Wiesner, David. Tuesday. Flying frogs on lily pads enter town on a Tuesday evening creating mischief.
  • (none) White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. A children’s classic about a pig named Wilbur and his friend Charlotte the Spider.

Reading List – 4th Grade

  • LSM JF(2) Babbit, Natalie. KneeKnock Rise. Villagers in Instep think that KneeKnock Rise has mysterious properties. They think a fearsome creature lives at the top of the hill and is the source of strange sounds on stormy nights.
  • LSM J 398.2  Bryan, Ashley. Beat the Story-Drum, Pum–Pum. Five stories based on African American traditional folk tales that feature cleaver and foolish people and animals.
  • LSM JF, Catling, Patrick Skene. The Chocolate Touch. Everything John touches turns to chocolate.
  • LSM JF Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw. Leigh Botts, the new boy in town, shares his feelings about his parents and their divorce with his favorite author.
  • LSM JF Christopher, Matt. Challenge at Second Base. A mysterious note keeps Stan from quitting the team.
  • SM JF Cooper, Floyd. Coming Home. A biography of the Langston Hughes, an African–American poet.
  • LSM JF Dahl, Roald. The BFG. The story of Sophie and the Big Ugly Giant that she befriends and helps to overcome eating “real human beans”.
  • (none) DeGross, Monalisa. Donavan’s Word Jar. What do you do when your word jar is full?
  • (none) Duffey, Betsy. Hey, New Kid! Jeremy reinvents himself to impress his classmates.
  • LSM J(3) Fritz, Jean. What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? A short biography of the inventor, printer and statesman who is an important part of the history of the United States.
  • LSM JF Howe, James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery. Is Bunnicula really a vegetarian vampire bunny?
  • LSM JF King–Smith, Derek. Ace, The Very Important Pig. Farmer Tubb’s pig becomes famous.
  • LSM J, Krull, Kathleen. Wilma Unlimited. The story of the running ace who overcame polio to win three gold medals in track.
  • (none) Lansky, Kathryn. The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple. Twelve year–old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the new world. Any other books in the Dear America series.
  • LSM J 398.21 Lester, Julius. John Henry. A Caldecott Honor Book provides the retelling of the African–American tale about a man with great strength and outstanding skills in the art of mountain digging.
  • (none) Manitonquat. The Children of the Morning Light. Tales from the Wampanoag Indians Tribe that explore how the world came to be, the meaning of porpoises and dolphins, and a special story about children.
  • LSM E McCully, Emily Arnold. Mirette on the High Wire. Mirette, a spirited young girl, help the famous Bellini overcome his fear of walking the high wire. Set in 19th Century Paris.
  • (none) Mead, Alice. Crossing the Starlight Bridge. Rayanne’s people have always lived on an island in Maine and when she has to leave the island she is sure her life will be miserable.
  • LSM E, Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. A Japanese–American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.
  • LSM JF(2) MSM F,Naylor, Phyllis R. Shiloh. When Marty finds a lost and mistreated beagle in the hills behind his house he tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner.
  • LSM E(2) LSM JF Osborne, Mary Pope. Hour of the Olympics. Jack and Annie travel back in time to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they are spectators to the Olympic games. Also other titles in the Magic Tree House series.
  • (none) Pooey, Sarah. Jump the World: Stories, Poems and Things to Make and Do from Around the World. International stories, activities, recipes and poetry.
  • (none) Seabrooke, Brenda. Jerry on the Line. Playing soccer and being a “latchkey” kid are the two most important things in Jerry’s life until he meets Sherita and is force to make some difficult decisions.
  • LSM J, MSM, Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. A most popular book of poems that will delight children and adults as well. A good book for the entire family to share.
  • LSM J 639.9 Smith, Roland. Sea Otter Rescue. The story of the effort made to rescue the sea otters after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
  • (none) Spinelli, Jerry. The Bathwater Gang. It’s war between boys and girls until Grandma steps in.
  • (none) Walsh, Jill Paton. The Green Book Refugees flee the Earth for a new planet.
  • (none) Wright, Betty Ren. Nothing But Trouble. Strange things happen on grouchy Aunt Bert’s farm.
  • (none) Yep, Laurence. The Journal of Wong Ming–Chung. A diary format chronicles the life of an immigrant boy from China in the Gold Rush era in California. Also other titles in the My Name is America series.

Reading List – 5th Grade

  • LSM JF Avi, Brian Floca.  Poppy. Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move near a field of corn big enough to feed them forever, but Mr. Ocas, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
  • LSM JF(2) MSM F Babbit, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting. The story of a young girl that meets up with the Tuck family and learns that they have discovered the secret of everlasting life.
  • LSM J 398.2 Bruchac, Joseph. Native American Animal Stories. A collection of 24 Native American myths, taken from the stories of the Mohawk, Hopi, Yaqui, Haida, and other cultures, which demonstrate the power of animals in Native American tradition.
  • MSM Delacre, Lulu. Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America. Twelve classic tales of Latin America celebrate the literature, culture and history of thirteen counties including Mexico, Puerto Rico and Colombia.
  • MSM, Filipovic, Zlata. Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo. The personal diary of a young girl before, during and after the war in Bosnia.
  • LSM JF Fleishman, Sid. The Whipping Boy. A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they change places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
  • MSM(2), LSM JF Fox, Paula. The Slave Dancer. Kidnapped and forced to play his fife while the slaves “dance”, 13 year-old Jesse learns about the savagery of the slave trade.
  • MSM  Fritz, Jean. Homesick, My Own Story. The author remembers her childhood years in China during a very turbulent time.
  • (none), Hackwell, John W. Desert of Ice: Life and Work in the Antarctica. Take a journey to Antarctica and join a team of scientist as they investigate this frozen land.
  • LSM JF, Hamilton, Virginia. Zeely. When Elizabeth meets Zeely she is sure that her dreams have come true. The tall and graceful Zeely looks just like the picture of a Watusi queen Elizabeth saw in a magazine.
  • LSM JF(2), MSM F, Hesse, Karen. Music of Dolphins. After her rescue from the sea, scientists discover that she was raised by dolphins and try to rehabilitate her to the human world.
  • (none) Howe, James. What Eric Knew. Who pushed Eric down the stairs and does the mysterious figure in the cemetery have anything to do with it?
  • LSM JF MSM F(3) FKonigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The adventures of two children who hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art after running away from home.
  • LSM JF Korman, Gordon. The Twinkie Squad. Trouble happens when the most eccentric 6th grader in the school joins the Twinkie Squad, a special counseling group for trouble students.
  • LSM J, Lasky, Kathryn. Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth. How an undersea volcano creates a new island which may contain clues as to the beginning of life on earth.
  • LSM JF Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. A hilarious fantasy about a young girl with a curse that forces her to obey every command.
  • (none) Lyons, Mary E. Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, Painter. The story of the African-American painter and how he fulfilled his dream.
  • (none)  Macaulay, David. The Way Things Work. An enormous, imaginative, and witty explanation of just about every everyday thing. A book that is fun and fascinating.
  • LSM J 398.2 Medearis, Angela Shelf. The Singing Man. A West African folk tale about a young man dream to become a musician.
  • LSM JF, Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins. Gilly is abandoned as a preschooler and finds herself in a series of foster home. She stays in trouble until she goes to live with Maime Trotter, a woman with a heart big enough to reach the unhappy girl.
  • LSM JF Rockwell, Thomas. How To Eat Fried Worms. Billy makes a bet with his friends that he can eat fifteen worms.
  • MSM F(2), LSM JF Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches provides an opportunity for Harry Potter to achieve his destiny. Also look for the sequel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A great read-aloud for the entire family.
  • (none) Ruby, Lois. Steal Away Home. A skeleton discovered in an abandoned house in Kansas leads to a story of the Underground Railroad.
  • LSM J 791.8  Say, Allen. El Chino. Presents the true story of a Chinese boy who grew up in the Southwestern United States who believed and lived by his father’s words that “in America, you can be anything you want to be.” Bill Wong, a Chinese American, actually became a famous bullfighter in Spain.
  • (none), Stevens, Carla. A Book of Your Own. The author tells how to start and keep a diary or journal. She also shares examples of diary entries from famous people.
  • (none), Trimble, Stephen. The Village of Blue Stone. A look at the Anasazi and how they lived 900 years ago in the Pueblo known as Cliff Palace.
  • LSM J Turner, Ann. Grasshopper Summer. Twelve–year–old Sam thinks things are uncomfortable when he moves from his home in Kentucky to a sod house in the Dakota Territory — until the grasshoppers come.

Reading List – 6th Grade

  • LSM JF, MSM F Avi. Nothing But the Truth. Misunderstanding, miscommunication and disagreements get carried away and lead to a crisis for a teacher and a student.
  • MSM F, Christopher, John. The White Mountains. Set in the future after Tripods enslave the world, Will Parker begins a journey to freedom.
  • LSM JF Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.
  • LSM JF, MSM F, Cooper, Susan. The Boggart. When Emily and her family return from visiting a castle in Scotland they discover that they brought home the “Boggart”, an invisible, mischievous ghost.
  • LSM JF, Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Find out what happened to Jeremy when he stumbles upon a magic shop that he has never seen before.
  • LSM J, Donnelly, Judy. The Titanic…Lost and Found. A straightforward account of the Titanic’s launching, sinking and discovery in 1985.
  • LSM JF, MSM F Fox, Paula. One-Eyed Cat. When a one–eyed cat turns up in the neighborhood, Ned is afraid that he may have shot the cat when he used his new air rifle in the dark shadows.
  • MSM F(3), LSM JF George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves. The Newbery Award winner about an Eskimo girl’s trek across the frozen north with a pack of wolves for company.
  • (none), Gold, Susan Dudley. The Pharaohs’ Curse. The story of the strange experiences that happen to the archeologist after they uncovered the tombs of the pharaohs.
  • LSM J Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. Contemporary writers tell twenty–four black American folktales. Selections include animal stories, supernatural tales and tales of freedom.
  • LSM JF Hesse, Karen. Letters From Rifka. In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919.
  • LSM JF Holt, Kim. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. The summer of 1971 brings a lot of change for some residents of the small town of Antler, Texas. Toby’s mother leaves, his best friend’s brother is killed in Vietnam and a self–proclaimed fattest–boy–in–the–world arrives in town.
  • MSM F Konigsburg, E. L. The View from Saturday. Did Mrs. Olinsky choose the four members of the sixth grade Academic Bowl Team, or did they choose her — and one another? Four stories–within–a–story, interspersed with the ongoing narrative of the team’s triumphant march to the state championship, introduce each member of the team in his or her own voice and bring the dynamics of the group into focus.
  • MSM F L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. There is only way for Meg to rescue her father–by passing through another time dimension.
  • LSM JF, MSM F Lewis, C. S. Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The first book in the Chronicle of Narnia series in which the children meet Aslan and the White Witch.
  • MSM, USM Macaulay, David. Pyramid. Describes in detail how the pyramids were built through ink sketches.
  • LSM JF McKissack, Patricia. The Dark–thirty. A collection of suspenseful and bone–chilling tales based on the oral traditions of African–American folklore.
  • LSM JF, MSM F, O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. The Newbery Award book about Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse, and the rats of NIMH, a well-educated group of rats that are setting up their own culture.
  • (none, Ortiz, Simon. The People Shall Continue. Traces the progress of the Indians of North America from the time of the Creation to the present.
  • MSM F Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. When the pilot suddenly dies, Brian is forced to land the small plane and must survive with only a hatchet and the clothes on his back.
  • (none) Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows. The story of a young boy living in the Ozark Mountains that works hard to earn enough money to buy two redbone hound dogs.
  • LSM JF, Scieszka, Jon. Summer Reading Is Killing Me! A wacky time travel story in which the boys find themselves trapped in their summer reading list and must rescue Encyclopedia Brown, Frog and Toad, Mary Poppins and other well–known book characters.
  • MSM F Schwartz, Alvin. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. A collection of stories about ghosts and other creepy topics. Then read More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
  • MSM F Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The setting is Puritan New England and the story is about the trial of an independent–minded young woman.
  • (none) Steele, Philip. The Egyptians and the Valley of the Kings. Read about the mysteries of the tombs of the ancient kings and queens of Egypt.
  • LSM J Stolz, Mary. Zekmet the Stone Carver. The story of Zekmet, a stone cutter, who is commanded to design a monument for the pharaoh and builds the sphinx after seeing a lion in the desert.
  • LSM JF Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey Home. The story of a Japanese–American family and their efforts to rebuild their lives after months in a detention camp during World War II.
  • LSM J 811.54 Viorst, Judith. If I Were In Charge of the World and Other Worries. A group of poems that make you laugh and look at life in a new way.

Reading List – 7th Grade

  • LSM E, Agard, John. A Caribbean Dozen: Poems from Caribbean Poets. Thirteen poets tell of their childhood in poetry and prose.
  • LSM JF Avi. The Barn. In an effort to fulfill their dying father’s last request, nine–year–old Ben and his brother and sister construct a barn on their land in the Oregon Territory.
  • (none) Bial, Raymond. The Underground Railroad. Experience the dangers and hardships of traveling to freedom.
  • MSM JF Boyd, Candy Dawson. Chevrolet Saturdays. Joey wants his old life back because nothing seems the same since his dad left home and his new stepfather moved in.
  • MSM F Buss, F. L. Journey of the Sparrows. Maria and her brother and sister, Salvadorian refugees, are smuggled into the United States in crates and try to eke out a living in Chicago with the help of a sympathetic family.
  • MSM F, LSM JF, Cooney, Caroline. The Face on the Milk Carton. A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie Johnson on a search for her real identity.
  • MSM F Dickinson. A Bone from Dry Sea. Two parallel stories present a young prehistoric female who is instrumental in advancing her people and a modern–day girl who joins her father, a paleontologist, in discovering important fossil remains in Africa.
  • MSM F DeFelice, Cynthia. Weasel. Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839, while his father is recovering from an injury, eleven–year–old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as Weasel and makes a surprising discovering about the concept of revenge.
  • MSM F Fine, Anne. Flour Babies. Participating in a class assignment that calls for the students to watch over flour sacks as if they were babies, Simon learns much about his own family life, including why his father walked out on him.
  • MSM 398.2 Hamilton, Virginia. Her Stories: African American Folktales. Tales about strong women.
  • (none) Hentoff, Nat. The Day They Came to Arrest the Book. Students and faculty at a high school become embroiled in a censorship case over “Huckleberry Finn”.
  • (none) Hurmence, Belinda. A Girl Called Boy. A pampered young African–American girl who has been mysteriously transported back to the days of slavery, struggles to escape her bondage.
  • MSM F Meyer, Caroline. White Lilacs. In the 1920s in Texas, Rosa Lee is distressed when whites decide to use her black neighborhood for a park and force the black families to an undesirable area outside of town.
  • MSM F Myers, Walter Dean. Scorpions. Tells the story of 12–year–old Jamal, whose life changes drastically when he acquires a gun. Though he survives the experience, it’s not without sacrificing his innocence and possibly his friendship with his best friend.
  • MSM F Naylor, Phyllis. The Fear Place. When he and his older brother Gordon are left camping alone in the Rocky Mountains, twelve-year-old Doug faces his fear of heights and his feelings about Gordon—with the help of a cougar.
  • USM O’Brien, Robert C. Z for Zacharia. Seemingly the only person left alive after a nuclear war, a sixteen–year–old girl is relieved to see a man arrive into her valley until she realizes that he is a tyrant and she must somehow escape.
  • MSM, USM, LSM J Paulson, Gary. Woodsong. Paulsen recounts his lifetime relationship with Minnesota’s North Woods and the dog team he trained for a sled race across Alaska.
  •  LSM JF Sachar, Louis. Holes. Stanley Yelnats is wrongfully accused of stealing a pair of sneakers. He is sent to Camp Green Lake where he must dig holes in the hot Texas sun five feet wide and five feet deep. Will Stanley survive the torture of the hot sun, the frightful warden and the lizards? Read and find out.
  • MSM F(2) Spinelli, Jerry. Crash. Chronicles the zany antics and adventures of Crash Coogan, a vain, arrogant, and shallow seventh–grade super–athlete; his best friend Mike Deluca; Penn Webb, a dweeby, vegetarian Quaker kid; his environmentalist little sister; and cheerleader-turned-activist Jane Forbes.
  • (none), Strom, Yale. Quilted Landscapes: Conversations with Young Immigrants. An outstanding collection of stories, photographs, poetry and artwork created by twenty-six immigrant youths expresses their feelings and views on how it feels to be an immigrant in their new land.
  • LSM JF, MSM F Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Cassie and her brothers must deal with racial abuse in their rural Mississippi community.
  • (none), Temple, Frances. Grab Hands and Run. Jacinto has seen what the El Salvadorian military does. His tells his wife Paloma, that if the army comes for him, she and the two children should “grab hands and run all the way to Canada” and he will try to meet them there.
  • (none) Uchida, Yoshiko. A Jar of Dreams. Kinko’s family struggles to survive the Depression.
  • MSM F(2) Yep. Laurence. Dragonwings In the early twentieth century, a young Chinese boy joins his father I San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.
  • MSM F Yolen, Jane. The Devil’s Arithmetic. Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi–occupied Poland.
  • (none) Yumoto, Kazumi. The Friends. Kiyama and his friends Kawabe and Yamashita become fascinated and curious about death when Yamashita’s grandmother dies. Hoping to see death firsthand, they spy on an old man who looks like he will die soon. But while they watch the old man, he watches them. Soon their fascination for each other turns into a friendship that will change their lives forever.

Reading List – 8th Grade

  • USM F, Bauer, Joan. Squashed. Ellie is an overweight, nonconformist teen. Her efforts to keep her giant pumpkin Max safe from thieves until the Rock River Pumpkin Weigh-in will make you laugh out loud.
  • MSM F, USM FChew, Linda. Children of the River. Sundara flees Cambodia for the safety of Oregon, where she struggles to be a “good Cambodian girl.” Although she is forbidden to speak to any white boys, Sundara falls in love with Jonathan. Is her new life disloyal to her past?
  • MSM F Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. A series of vignettes that tells the story of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago.
  • USM F Cromier, Robert. We All Fall Down. They entered and trashed their way through the Cape Cod cottage shortly after 9 p.m. At 9:48, Karen makes the mistake of coming home early. Thrown down the basement stairs, Karen slips into a coma, while the trashers slip away. But the Avenger has seen it all.
  • MSM F Cushman, Karen. The Midwife’s Apprentice. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp–tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat—who renames herself Alyce—gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life.
  • MSM F Farmer, Nancy. The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm: A Novel. In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matskia’s three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine and three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.
  • TXM 07 Garland, Sherry. Shadow of the Dragon. Vietnamese–born Danny Vo thinks he’s mastered being an American until his cousin Sant Le arrives to turn everything upside down in the poignant story about what it can be like to come of age in two worlds.
  • MSM F Greene, Bette. The Summer of My German Soldier. Patty Bergen, an unhappy Jewish girl living in Arkansas, shelters a pacifist German POW who escaped from a local prison compound, and she must face the wrath and hatred of her family and her town for her actions.
  • MSM F Hahn, Mary Downing. Look for Me By Moonlight. Lonely Cynda is attracted to the mysterious and older Vincent.
  • (none), Hansen, Joyce. The Captive. Twelve-year-old Kofi is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
  • (none), Hobbs, Will. Big Wander. The story of fourteen-year-old Clay who strikes out to find his missing uncle in the Southwest, with help from the Navajos and a girl names Sarah.
  • (none) Hinton, S. E. Rumblefish. Rusty-James knows he is a tough teen, but he wants to be even tougher, just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. He wants to stay calm and laugh when things get dangerous, to be the strongest streetfighter and the most respected guy this side of the river.
  • MSM F Johnson, Angela. Toning the Sweep. Grandmama Ola helps Emmie understand her family and her heritage.
  • MSM F, LSM JF Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
  • (none), Mathis, Sharon. Listen for the Fig Tree. Muffin Johnson is black, blind, and possessed of an incredible level–headedness. She bravely copes with her mother’s drunken loss of reality at the approaching Christmas anniversary of her husband’s murder.
  • USM F Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels. Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
  • (none), Nixon, Joan Lowery. A Deadly Game of Magic. Lisa and her three friends find themselves unwilling players in a cat–and–mouse game with a murderous magician whose identity and motives baffle them.
  • (none), Nye, Naomi Shihab. That Tree is Older Than You Are. A gathering of poems and stories, told in both the original Spanish and translated English, transcends borders as it invites readers into a shared world of ideas, visions and dreams.
  • MSM F Ortiz Cofer, Judith. An Island Like You/Isla Como Tu. Anita wants to leave the barrio.
  • MSM F Shusterman, Neal. Eyes of Kid Midas. In possession of a pair of sunglasses that grant their wearer access to his or her every dream, Kevin Midas discovers that his desire for revenge and his wishes for material goods are beginning to tear the world apart.
  • MSM F Soto, Gary. Local News. Stories about a Mexican American neighborhood.
  • (none) Temple, Frances. A Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti. Djo is a survivor of a brutal attack on a boys’ shelter begun by Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide. As he recalls his ordeal and the events of his life, he develops a friendship with a young girl who is tape recording his story.
  • USM F Trembath, Don. The Tuesday Café. Starting a fire in a school garbage can leads to a writing class.
  • MSM F(2) Voigt, Cynthia. Izzy Willy Nilly. A car accident causes fifteen–year–old Izzy to lose one leg and face the need to start building a new life as an amputee.
  • MSM F, Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Make Lemonade. Accepting a part–time babysitting job to earn college money, fourteen–year–old LaVaughn comes to love and understand her two charges, and their unmarried teenage mother Jolly, in a way no one else seems to want to.

Grades 8 – 9

  • Tangerine, Edward Bloor
  • Freak The Mighty, Rodman Philbrick
  • Dragonwings, Lawrence Yep
  • His Dark Materials (trilogy), Philip Pullman
  • The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  • The Little Prince, San Exupery
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Grades 9 – 10

  • The Good Terrorist, Doris Lessing
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
  • The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  • Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
  • The Iliad, Homer
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  • Selected Poems, Emily Dickinson
  • 9 Stories, J.D. Salinger
  • Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu
  • Selected Poems, Robert Frost
  • I am the Cheese, Robert Cormier
  • The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein

Grades 10 – 11

  • Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
  • A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
  • Ender’s Game, Orson ScottCard
  • Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein
  • Brightness Falls, Jay McNirney
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Hurston
  • Tough Guys Don’t Dance, Norman Mailer
  • Deer Park, Norman Mailer
  • Bullet Park, Cheever
  • Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  • The Odyssey, Homer
  • The Nick Adams Stories, Ernest Hemingway

Grades 11 – 12

  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  • Siddartha, Herman Hesse
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  • The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  • Sophie’s Choice, Gaardner
  • State of War, Rosca
  • The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  • Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  • The 3 Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  • Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  • The Aeneid, Virgil
  • A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt