Grades K-2 Recommended

A Color of His Own, Leo Lionni
A House for Hermit Crab
, Eric Carle
, Arthur Dorros
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
, Judith Viorst
Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday
, Judith Viorst
Animals Born Alive and Well
, Ruth Heller
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
, Judi Barrett
Anansi, and the Moss-Covered Rock
, Eric Kimmel
Andy and the Lion
, James Daugherty
Arthur Series
, Marc Brown
Bad Day at Riverbend
, Chris Van Allsburg
, Gail Gibbons
Ben’s Trumpet
, Rachel Isadora
Blueberries for Sal
, Robert McCloskey
The Bossey Gallite: A Traditional Cuban Folktale, Lucia Gonzalez
Bread and Jam for Francis
, Russell Hoban
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See
, Bill Martin Jr.
Caps for Sale
, Esphyr Slobodkina
The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss
, Gail Gibbons
A Chair For My Mother
, Vera B. Williams
Chato’s Kitchen, Gary Soto
Check It Out: The Book About Libraries
, Gail Gibbons
Chicka-Chicka-Boom Boom
, Bill Martin Jr., & John Archambault
Chicken Sunday
, Patricia Polacco
, Kevin Henkes
, Christine San Jose
, Ruth Heller
Come on, Rain!
, Karen Hesse
, Don Freeman
Curious George
, H. A. Rey
David Goes to School
, David Shannon
Dear Zoo
, Rod Campbell
, Gail Gibbons
, Peggy Parish
, Gail Gibbons
Dr. DeSoto
, William Steig
Emma’s Rug, Allan Say
, Angela Johnson
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, Audrey Wood
Koala Lou, Mem Fox
Komodo! ,Peter Sis
Leo the Late Bloomer, Robert Kraus
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Kevin Henkes
Little Blue and Little Yellow, Leo Lionni
The Little Dog Laughed and Other Nursery Rhymes, Lucy Cousins
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Linda Williams
Little Red Riding Hood, Paul Galdone
Look Book , Tana Hoban
Love You Forever, Robert Munsch
Lunch, Denise Fleming
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Bernard Waber
Make Way For Ducklings, Robert McCloskey
Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans
Make Way For Ducklings, Robert McCloskey
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens, Denise Fleming
Martha Calling, Susan Meddaugh
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Virginia L. Burton
Millions of Cats, Wanda Gag
Minerva Louise, Janet Morgan Stoeke
Miss Nelson Is Missing, Harry Allard and James Marshall
Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney
Mr. Grumpy’s Outing, John Burningham
More Than Anything Else, Marie Bradby
Morris Disappearing Bag, Rosemary Wells
Mouse Paint, Evelyn Walsh
The Mud Pony, Shonto BeGay
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, John Steptoe
My Great Aunt Arizona, Gloria Houston
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, Tomie DePaola
The Napping House, Audrey Wood
No David, David Shannon
Nuts to You, Lois Ehlert
Officer Buckle and Gloria, Peggy Rathmann
Old American Christmas, Tomie DePaola
Old Black Fly, Jim Aylesworth
Over in the Meadow, John Langstaff
Owen, Kevin Henkes
Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
Ox-Cart Man, Donald Hall
The Paperboy, Dav Pilkey
The Popcorn Book, Tommie DePaola
The Quilt Story, Tony Johnson
The Reason for a Flower, Ruth Heller
The Relatives Came, Stephen Gammell
The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
The Sticky Cheese Man and Other Stupid Tales, John Scieszka
The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf
The Story of the Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend, John Steptoe
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, Mercer Mayer
The Three Billy Goats Gruff, P.C. Asbjornsen and J. E. Moe
The Three Robbers, Tomi Ungerer
Time of Wonder, Robert McCloskey
Top Cat, Lois Ehlert
Tops and Bottoms, Janet Stevens
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, John Scieszka
Tuesday, David Wiesner
Two of Everything: A Chinese Folktale, Lily Toy Hong
The Ugly Duckling, Jerry Pinkney
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
The Very Quiet Cricket, Eric Carle
The Very Lonely Firefly, Eric Carle
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, Eric Carle
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
What a Wonderful World, George David Weiss
The Wheels on the Bus, Paul Zelinsky
When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry, Molly Bang
The Wolf’s Chicken Stew, Keiko Kasza
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, Gloria Houston


Grade 3 Recommended

Catwings, Ursula K. LeGuin
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Chocolate Fever, Richard Kimmel Smith
The Courage of Sarah Nobel, Alice Dalgliesh, Newbery Honor Book
The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates, Susan Richards Shreve
Freckle Juice, Judy Blume
The Gadget War, Betsy Duffey
The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes
The Hundred Penny Box, Sharon Bell Mathis, Newbery Honor Book
Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain, Robert Burch
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World, Mildred Pitts Walker, Coretta Scott King Award
The Light at Tern Rock, Julia L. Sauer, Newbery Honor Book
Lily and Miss Liberty, Carla Stevens
Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Miss Hickory, Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary
My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Gannett, Newbery Honor Book
Night of the Full Moon, Gloria Whelan
Ralph S. Mouse, Beverly Cleary
Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Beverly Cleary, Newbery Honor Book
Runaway Ralph, Beverly Cleary
Sable, Karen Hesse, Newbery Award Winner
The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson, Ann McGovern
Seven Kisses in a Row, Patricia MacLachlan
Shoeshine Girl, Clyde Robert Bulla
Sidewalk Story, Sharon Bell Mathis
Squanto, Clyde Robert Bulla
The Stories Julian Tells, Ann Cameron
White Stallion, Elizabeth Shub


GRADE 4 Recommended

A Taste of Blackberries, Doris Buchanan Smith
Alabama’s Youngest Admirals, by James L. Estes
Baby, Patricia MacLachlan
The Ballad of the Civil War, Mary Stolz
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson
The Best School Year Ever, Barbara Robinson
Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White, Newberry Honor Book
The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden
Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary, Newbery Award Winner
Donovan’s Word Jar, Monalisa Degross
Fly Away Home, Eve Bunting
Front Porch Stories From The One Room School, Elenora Tate
Goblins in the Castle, Bruce Coville
Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library, Eth Clifford
Journey, Patricia MacLachlan
The Junkyard Dog, Erika Tamar
The King’s Equal, Katherine Paterson
Matilda, Roald Dahl
The Midnight Fox, Betsy Byars
The Pinballs
, Betsy Byars
Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard Atwater, Newbery Honor Book
Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Award Winner
, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Newbery Award Winner
Skylark, Patricia MacLachlan
Soft Rain, A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, Cornelia Cornelissen
Stone Fox, John Reynolds Gardiner
Strider, Beverly Cleary
Stuart Little, E.B. White
The Summer of the Swans, Betsy Byars, Newbery Award Winner
Superfudge, Judy Blume
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Louis Sachar
Trouble River, Betsy Byars
Trumpet of the Swans, E.B. White
Wanted: Mud Blossom, Betsy Byars
The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleishman, Newbery Medal Winner
The Year of the Panda, Miriam Schlein


Grade 5 Recommended

A Gathering of Days, Joan W. Blos, Newbery Award Winner
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson, Newbery Award Winner
Bull Run, Paul Fleischman
The Cabin Faced West, Jeane Fritz
Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Ryrie Brink, Newbery Award Winner
Dragon’s Gate, Laurence Yep, Newbery Honor Book
Ella Enchanted, Gayle Carson Levine, Newbery Honor Book
Family Under the Bridge, Natalie Savage Carlson, Newbery Honor Book
Fig Pudding, Ralph Fletcher
Freedom Train, The Story of Harriet Tubman
Guests, Michael Dorris
Holes, Louise Saker
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli, Newbery Award Winner
Night of the Twisters, Ivy Ruckman
Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus, Pam Conrad
Pheobe, The Spy, Judith Berry Griffin
Poppy, Avi
The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner, Walter Dean Myers
The Serpent Never Sleeps, Scott O’Dell
Shades of Gray, Carolyn Reeder
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution, Jean Fritz
Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare, Newbery Honor Book
Sing Down the Moon, Scott O’Dell, Newbery Honor Book
There’s An Owl in the Shower, Jean Craighead George
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi, Newbery Honor Book
Wringer, Jerry Spinneli
Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Spear, Newbery Award Winner Yolanda’s Genius, Carol Fenner