• Suggested Reading Titles


    Below are many books that children will love to read.  Please make sure you scroll down as it is a VERY long list!


    Books that parents and children can read together

    The Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) Quicklists Consulting Committee created two top ten lists of "all-time classic" books that parents and children can read together. These lists were produced for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for national KidsDay (August 2001).

    Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Morrow, 1981. Ramona's third grade year at school will keep young readers laughing. A Newbery Honor book.

    Curtis, Christopher. Paul The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963. Delacorte, 1995. In the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a family travels to Alabama and experiences racial injustice first-hand, surviving through love and humor. A Coretta Scott King Honor book.

    Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. Knopf, 1961. Magic crystals lead James on a magical adventure.

    George, Jean Craighead.  Julie of the Wolves Harper, 1972. A gripping adventure about 13 year-old Julie and the wolf pack that adopts her in the Alaskan tundra. A Newbery Medal Winner.

    Lewis, CS. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Macmillan, 1950. This classic fantasy takes readers on a journey to a wonderful new world of talking animals, fierce battles, and young heroes and heroines to love.

    Polacco, Patricia. Mrs. Katz and Tush.  Bantam, 1992. A kitten helps an old woman and a young boy cross lines of culture and generation.

    Ringgold, Faith.  Tar Beach. Crown, 1991. Based on a quilt by the author, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Cassie's magical flight above Harlem, exploring African-American history through her journey. A Coretta Scott King Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book.

    Say, Allen. Grandfather's Journey. Houghton Mifflin, 1993
A Japanese American tells of his grandfather's journey to America, and of the love the family feels for both countries. A Caldecott Medal winner.

    Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. Harper, 1974. This most popular of children's poets will have the whole family laughing!

    Taylor, Mildred. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Dial, 1976. A black family in Depression Era Mississippi struggles with hardships of poverty and racial strife in this gripping family novel. A Newbery Award Winner.

    White, EB. Charlotte's Web. Harper, 1952. Loved by children for generations, this is the story of a pig in trouble, the girl who loves him, and the clever spider who saves him. A Newbery Honor book.


    From Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

    Armstrong, William N. Sounder ISBN 0-0644-0020-4                      The story of a dog, who tries to save his master a black sharecropper, who has been driven to steal for his family's survival, from arrest, and a boy who loves them both.

    Babbit, Natalie Tuck Everlasting ISBN 0-3744-8009-5                    Ten-year-old Winfred Foster and a malicious stranger both accidentally discover the Tuck family and their secret, a hidden spring whose water prevents one from ever growing older.

    Catling, Patrick The Chocolate Touch ISBN 0-4404-1289-7                  A boy acquires a magical gift: everything he touch turns to chocolate!

    Cooper, Susan The Boggart ISBN 0-6898-0173-4                         After returning from a trip to Scotland, two school children find out they've brought something extra home with them.

    Fleischman, Paul Bull Run ISBN 0-0644-0588-5                  Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys, and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.

    George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves ISBN 0-0644-0058-1    Julie must find a way to survive in the harsh Alaskan tundra and the nearby wolf pack may be her only hope.

    Haddix, Margaret Peterson Running Out of Time ISBN 0-6898-1236-1 When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840s village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientist, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.

    Hamilton, Virginia The House of Dies Drear ISBN 0-0204-3520-7 Thomas Small discovers a secret in his family's home, which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.

    Henry, Marguerite Misty of Chincoteague ISBN 0-6897-1492-0             A brother and sister are determined to own one of the ponies their father helps to round up on Chincoteague Island.

    Hesse, Karen Sable ISBN 0805057722                                           Tate has always wanted a dog, and when Sable shows up, her dream comes true. Will problems with the neighbors keep Tate and Sable apart?

    Konigsburg, E.L. The View From Saturday ISBN 0-6898-2964-7        An academic competition brings four students together, and each tells the unlikely story of how they got there.

    L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time ISBN 0-4409-9805-0         Classic adventure in space and time.

    Patterson, Katherine Jacob Have I Loved ISBN 0-0644-0368-8      While everyone adores and admires her twin sister, Sara Louise overcomes her jealousy and finds her own identity and inner strength.

    Raskin, Ellen Westing Game ISBN 0-1403-8664-5                              A millionaire's mysterious death, a fortune to inherit, and an unlikely assortment of heirs- -can you figure out the mystery? Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows ISBN 0-5532-7429-5 $5.99 Having purchased two dogs for fifty dollars, young Billy is determined to create the valley's best hunting team. Follows the friendship of a boy and his two dogs and their adventures along the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country.

    Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ISBN 0-5903-5342-X                                                                                   Harry's a perfectly ordinary boy in a perfectly ordinary school--except for the fact that he happens to be a wizard and his classes include Transfiguration and Potions!

    Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee ISBN 0-3168-0906-3                         Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, a twelve-year-old homeless boy, could hit a ball better and faster than anyone in Two Mills. Even more remarkable, he dares to cross the line that divides the white West End and the black East End, confronting prejudice and racism head on.

    Wojciechowska, Maia Shadow of a Bull ISBN 0-6897-0298-1           Manolo Olivar demonstrates true courage as he faces his bull and makes his decision.

    Suggested Reading for Boys

    American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference

    Grades 3-5


    "Boys will be...The Unique Reading and Development Needs of Boys in Libraries" was the 2003 Charlemae Rollins President's Program, which took place on Monday, June 23, 2003, in Toronto, Ont. Canada, during the American Library Association Joint Conference with the Canadian Library Association.


    The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs


    Power Play by Michele Bossley


    The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier


    The Longest Home Run by Roch Carrier


    The Boxing Champion by Roch Carrier


    Aunt Morbelia and the Screaming Skulls by J. D. Carris


    Frindle by Andrew Clements


    The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary


    The Adventures of Boone Barnaby by Joe Cottonwood


    Love that Dog by Sharon Creech


    The Three Lives of Harris Harper by Lynn Cullen


    Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis


    The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis


    Make Like a Tree and Leave by Paula Danziger


    Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian


    Stone Fox by John Gardiner


    Club Earth by Gail Gauthier


    Pure Dead Magic by Debbie Gliori


    Pure Dead Wicked by Debbie Gliori


    Winter Hare by Joan Goodman


    Babe and Me by Dan Gutman


    Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman


    Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe


    Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson


    White Mountains by John Christopher


    The Chicken Doesn’t Skate by Gordon Korman


    The Good Liar by Gregory Macguire


    Homer Price by Robert McCloskey


    Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki


    The Squire, His Knight and His Lady by Gerald Morris


    Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel


    The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park


    The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park


    White Water by P.J. Peterson


    Fat Men from Space by Daniel Pinkwater


    I Was a Rat by Phillip Pullman


    Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


    Henry Reed, Inc . by Keith Robertson


    How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell


    Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman


    Bug Boy by Carol Sonenklar


    Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare


    The Cay by Theodore Taylor


    Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop



    International Reading Association

    From “Children’s Choices” for 2005

    Children's Choices, a joint project of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the  Children's Book Council (CBC), is an annual list of favorite new books chosen by 10,000 school children. An annotated version of the list appears in the October issue of the IRA publication The Reading Teacher. Copies of the annotated list are available from IRA in November each year at www.reading.org, or for single copies, send a 9" x 12" self- addressed envelope plus $1 for postage and handling to: Department EG, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139.


    Grades 3-4

    Abby’s Chairs. Barbara Santucci. Debrah Santini. Eerdmans.

    ABC All-American Riddles. Mara & Ford Smith. Jennifer Johnson Haywood, Ill. Peel.

    Atomic Ace (He’s Just My Dad). Jeff Weigel. Albert Whitman.

    The Bee-Man of Orn. Frank R. Stockton. P.J. Lynch, Ill. Candlewick.

    The Best Cat in the World. Lesléa Newman. Ronald Himler, Ill. Eerdmans.

    Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express. Marlene Targ Brigg. Craig Orback, Ill. Lerner.

    Crocodiles. Sandra Markle. Lerner.

    Dogs: How to Choose and Care for a Dog.Laura S. Jeffrey. Enslow.

    Duck for President. Doreen Cronin. Betsy Lewin, Ill. Simon and Schuster.

    Great White Sharks. Sandra Markle. Lerner.

    Halloween Crafts. Fay Robinson. Enslow.

    Hoop Kings. Charles R. Smith, Jr. Candlewick.

    I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What is a Pronoun? Brian P. Cleary. Brian Gable, Ill.


    It’s a Test Day, Tiger Turcotte. Pansie Hart Flood. Amy Wummer, Ill. Lerner.

    Killer Whales. Sandra Markle. Lerner.

    Lions. Sandra Markle. Lerner.

    Monkey Business. Wallace Edwards. Kids Can.

    Mr. Maxwell’s Mouse. Frank Asch. Devin Asch, Ill. Kids Can.

    Oliver’s Game. Matt Tavares. Candlewick.

    Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig. Kalli Dakos & Alicia DesMarteau. Carl DiRocco, Ill.

    Albert Whitman.

    The Pepins and their Problems. Polly Horvath. Marylin Hafner, Ill. Farrar, Straus and


    Polar Bears. Sandra Markle. Lerner.

    Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry. Brian P. Cleary. Neal Layton, Ill. Lerner.

    Roger, the Jolly Pirate. Brett Helquist. HarperCollins.

    The Schoolchildren’s Blizzard. Marty Rhodes Figley. Shelly O. Haas, Ill. Lerner.

    Something to Tell the Grandcows. Eileen Spinelli. Bill Slavin, Ill. Eerdmans.

    The Trial of Cardigan Jones. Tim Egan. Houghton Mifflin.

    Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie’s Missing Brain. Scott Nash. Candlewick.

    What if you Met a Pirate?Jan Adkins. Roaring Brook.


    Grades 5-6

    101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher. Lee Wardlaw. Dial.

    Blackjack: Dreaming of a Morgan Horse. Ellen F. Feld. Jeanne Mellin, Ill. Willow Bend.

    Death by Eggplant. Susan Heyboer O’Keefe. Roaring Brook.

    Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes. Susan V. Bosak. TCP.

    Faraway Worlds. Paul Halpern. Lynette R. Cook, Ill. Charlesbridge.

    The Harmonica. Tony Johnston. Ron Mazellan, Ill. Charlesbridge.

    Holding at Third. Linda Zinnen. Dutton.

    How to Train Your Dragon. Cressida Cowell. Little Brown.

    Lion Boy: The Chase. Zizou Corder. Dial.

    Murder, My Tweet: A Chet Gecko Mystery. Bruce Hale. Brad Weinman, Ill. Harcourt.

    My Curious Uncle Dudley. Barry Yourgrau. Tony Auth, Ill. Candlewick.

    The President is Shot! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Harold Holzer. Boyds


    Red Kayak. Priscilla Cummings. Dutton.

    Show; Don’t Tell!: Secrets of Writing. Josephine Nobisso. Eva Montanari, Ill.

    Gingerbread House.

    Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing. Paul B. Janeczko.

    Jenna LaReau, Ill. Candlewick.

    The Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade. Kenneth Derby. Holiday.

    Tripping Over the Lunch Lady and Other School Stories. Nancy E. Mercado. Dial.

    Edgar and Ellen Under Town. Charles Ogden. Rick Carton, Ill. Tricycle.


    Grade 3-6

    75 Authors/Illustrators Everyone Should Know

    from The Children’s Book Council (CBC)


    ARNOLD ADOFF — Poet and anthologist who celebrates the multicultural nature of our world.  Eats: Poems and  Sports Pages

    MITSUMASA ANNO — Japanese illustrator of international renown who plays with mathematics in exquisite paintings. Anno's Counting Book  and Anno's Journey

    NATALIE BABBITT — A superb fantasy writer who grapples with universal concerns in poetic prose. Tuck Everlasting  and The Eyes of the Amaryllis

    JUDY BLUME — Popular writer for pre-teens who captures in realistic language concerns about growing up. Are You There God? It's Me Margaret and Fudge-A-Mania

    ASHLEY BRYAN — Artist, poet, and storyteller who lets the melodies of spirituals ring through his retellings of folk stories. The Dancing Granny Beat  The Story Drum, and Pum Pum

    BETSY BYARS — Her novels capture both the humor and pathos of children facing problems as they grow up. The Pinballs and The Cybil War

    BEVERLY CLEARY — Children's natural language and basic concerns ring true and with humor in her early chapter books. Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, Age 8

    PAM CONRAD — Engaging writer who captures strong images and vivid themes in historical and contemporary scenes. Prairie Songs and My Daniel

    RUSSELL FREEDMAN — Impeccable research and intriguing writing draws interest to topics he treats in biographies and informational books. The Wright Brothers and Lincoln: A Photobiography

    JEAN FRITZ — This superb writer of historical fiction and biography became fascinated with American heroes when she was a child growing up in China with missionary parents. And Then What Happened Paul Revere? and Homesick: My Own Journey

    JEAN CRAIGHEAD GEORGE — The author grew up in a family of naturalists and her ecological concerns permeate both the novels and informational books she writes. Julie Of The Wolves and My Side Of The Mountain

    LEE BENNETT HOPKINS — Poet and anthologist whose generous spirit and enthusiasm for poetry inspires children and adults. Dinosaurs and Good Books Good Times


    JOHANNA HURWITZ — Well-meaning but naive characters make simple mistakes and display child-like humor in short novels children read on their own. Class Clown and The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein

    MYRA COHN LIVINGSTON — A first-rate poet and anthologist who established high standards of excellence in word and image. I Like You If You Like Me and Celebration

    LOIS LOWRY — Subtle humor or tender pathos permeate Lowry's stories of adolescents who grow up in suburbia or a war-torn city. Number The Stars and Anastasia Has The Answers

    DAVID MACAULAY — A spirited artist helps us to see stories, time, and the way things work in new ways. The Way Things Work and Black And White

    PATRICIA MCKISSACK — Wonderful African-American storyteller who spins a yarn with drama and pizzazz. She also writes excellent informational books with husband Fredrick McKissack. Flossie and The Fox Sojourner and Truth: Ain't I A Woman

    PATRICIA MAC LACHLAN — Captures strong human emotions as she weaves historical or contemporary stories. Sarah, Plain and Tall and Skylark

    ANN MARTIN — Popular series writer who conveys the real feelings and tribulations of 10-12 year-old girls. The Babysitters Club and Babysitter's Little Sister

    JACK PRELUTSKY — Popular and prolific versifier and anthologist who writes and compiles humorous collections. The Dragons Are Singing Tonight and Something Big Has Been Here

    CYNTHIA RYLANT — Everything she writes sounds like poetry because the melody of her sentences ring in the ear. When I Was Young and In The Mountains Missing May

    SEYMOUR SIMON — An excellent informational science writer states what we know, what is theory, and how information changes. Autumn Across America and  Mars

    LANE SMITH/JON SCIESZKA — Children get a kick out of the way this team spoofs fairy tales and the art of book-making. The True Story of The Three Little Pigs! and The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales

    WILLIAM STEIG — His sophisticated stories have several layers of meaning that delight adults who read to children. Doctor DeSoto and Abel's Island





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