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Books… Great Reads to keep kids motivated!


My children love going to our local library. Besides the fun they have, I appreciate the opportunity to mix new books into our rotation with the tried-and-true at home. However, sitting in front of those rows and rows of shelves at the library can be intimidating! The librarians are always helpful, but sometimes it’s nice to go into the library with a general plan of what I’d like us to check out.

I have started bringing my copy of The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. I highly recommend adding this to your collection of parenting books. The first half of the book makes the case for reading out loud to your children often and throughout their childhood. The second half is made up of recommendations for read-aloud books– from board books to long, classic chapter books. The recommendations are broken down into genre and organized by age/grade level with a short description (looking for a sports book for a second grader? He’s got it!). Yesterday at the library I bookmarked several of Jim’s suggestions, found a couple, and brought home some excellent books!

Book suggestions for K-6th grade…. Below are some ideas to get you started. Ask your school or local library for other ideas.

K-2 grade Girls:
  • Amelia Bedelia books
  • Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
  • Charming Opal by Hollie Hobbie
  • Eloise by Thompson, Kay
  • Chester’s Way by Henkes, Kevin
  • Swamp Angel by Isaacs, Anne
K-2 grade Boys:
  • Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • Dogshow by Elizabeth Winthrop
  • How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
  • JoJo’s Flying Side Kick by Brian Pinkney
3-4 grade Girls:
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
  • Because of Winn Dixie
  • American Girls series
  • American Girl Series
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by MacLachlan, Patricia
3-4 grade Boys:
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Horrible Harry & the Mud Gremlins by Suzy Kline
5-6 grade Girls:
  • James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
  • Nancy Drew series
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
5-6 grade Boys:
  • Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
6-8 grade girls:
  • Beastly
  • Counting by 7’s
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • School for Good and Evil
  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  • Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
  • Legend” by Marie Lu
  • A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  • Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy


  • Banks The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Blume Superfudge
  • Bulla The Sword in the Tree
  • Burnett The Secret Garden
  • Cleary Ramona the Pest
  • Clements No Talking
  • Denzel Boy of the Painted Cave
  • DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux
  • Farley The Black Stallion
  • Goble The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
  • Gutman Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
  • Haddix Running Out of Time
  • Howe Bunnicula
  • Juster Phantom Tollbooth
  • Karr The Great Turkey Walk
  • Kellogg Paul Bunyan
  • Konigsburg From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Lewis The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Naylor Shiloh
  • Osborne Dinosaurs Before Dark
  • Park The Kite Fighters
  • Peck Soup
  • Riordan The Titan’s Curse
  • Sachar Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  • Shahan Frozen Stiff
  • Taylor The Trouble with Tuck
  • Urban Crooked Kind of Perfect
  • Wardlaw 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies
  • Wilder Farmer Boy
  • Wise Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler
  • Birney—–Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
  • Byars—–Wanted…Mud Blossom
  • Cleary—–Ralph S. Mouse
  • Cole—–Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth
  • Coville—–Jeremy Thatcher
  • Creech—–Ruby Holler
  • Dahl—–Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dalgliesh—–Courage of Sarah Noble
  • Erickson—–Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
  • Gutman—–Million Dollar Shot
  • Haddix—–Running Out of Time
  • Hannigan—–Ida B
  • Hobbs—–Last Best Days of Summer
  • Klise——Regarding the Fountain
  • LaFaye——Worth
  • Lobel——Fabies
  • Lowry——All About Sam
  • McSwigan—–Snow Treasure
  • ODell——Island of the Blue Dolphin
  • Raskin——Westing Game
  • Rawls—–Summer of the Monkeys
  • Riodan—–Lightning Thief
  • Robinson—–Best School Year Ever
  • Ruckman—–Night of the Twister
  • Speare—–Sign of the Beaver
  • Sperry—–Call It Courage
  • Tolkien—–Hobbit
  • Wiles—–Each Little Bird that Sings
  • Wrede—–Dealing With Dragons
  • Yep—–When the Circus Came to Town
  • MacLachlan—–Sarah, Plain and Tall


March 5, 2015

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