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Recommended Reading List: Preschool - Kindergarten

  • Allard, Harry  Miss Nelson Is Missing!
  • Ames, Lee J. Draw Draw Draw
  • Anonymous, Fairy tales, folk tales, and nursery rhymes including: Cinderella, The Gingerbread Man,  Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs,   The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears,  and  Mother Goose rhymes
  • Bemelmans, Ludwig  Madeleine
  • Berenstain, Stan and Jan The Berenstain Bears Nursery Tales
  • Bridwell, Norman Clifford, the Big Red Dog 
  • Brown, Margaret W. Goodnight, Moon
  • Brown, Margaret W.  The Runaway Bunny 
  • Burton, Virginia Lee  The Little House 
  • Carle, Eric  The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Carrk, Carol  Valentine
  • Cooney, Barbara  Miss Rumphius
  • Cronin, Doreen  Diary of a Worm
  • Cronin, Doreen  Duck for President
  • Eastman, Phillip D.  Are You My Mother?
  • Freeman, Don. Corduroy
  • Gag, Wanda  Millions of Cats
  • Henkes, Kevin  Owen
  • Hughes, Shirley  Alfie Gives a Hand
  • Johnson, Crockett  Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Katz,  Karen  Counting Kisses
  • Keats, Ezra Jack  The Snowy Day
  • Knopf, Alfred A.  The Bravest of the Brave
  • Lagonegro, Melissa  Lots of Pots
  • Martin, Bill Jr.   Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  • Mayer, Mercer  There's a Nightmare in My Closet
  • McBratney, Sam  Guess How Much I Love You
  • McCloskey, Robert  Make Way for Ducklings 
  • Numeroff, Laura Joffe  If You Give a Moose a Muffin
  • Penn, Audrey  The Kissing Hand
  • Pfister, Marcus  The Rainbow Fish
  • Piper, Watty  The Little Engine That Could
  • Potter, Beatrix  The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Rey, H.A. Curious George
  • Sendak, Maurice  Where the Wild Things Are  
  • Seuss, Dr.  The Cat in the Hat
  • Silverstein, Shel  The Giving Tree
  • Slobodkina, Esphyr  Caps for Sale
  • Steig, William  Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Titus, Eve  Basil of Baker Street
  • Van Laan, Nancy  Possum Come a-Knockin’
  • Verdick, Elizabeth  Words Are Not for Hurting
  • Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over
  • Willems, Mo   Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
  • Willems, Mo & Alessandra Balzer  Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
  • Wise, Margaret The Runaway Bunny
  • Wood, Audrey  The Little Mouse, The Red Strawberry and the Hungry Bear
  • Wood, Audrey  The Napping House
  • Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog
     

Recommended Reading List: Grades 1-3

  • Allsburg, Chris Van   The Polar Express
  • Allsburg, Chris Van  Jumanji
  • Almond, David  The Fire-Eaters
  • Archambault, John Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice
  • Brett, Jan The Mitten
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford, the Big Red Dog
  • Brown, Marc Tolon  Arthur Series
  • Burton, Virginia Lee  The Little House 
  • Canon, Janell  Stellaluna
  • Cleary, Beverly  Ramona Quimby,  Age Eight
  • Cleary, Beverly  Ramona the Pest
  • Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • De Paola, Tomie  The Art Lesson
  • DiCamillo, Kate  Bink & Gollie
  • Eastman, Phillip D.  Are You My Mother?
  • Fox, Mem  Wilfrid  McDonald Partridge
  • Gonzalez, Christina  My Colors, My World
  • Gonzalez, Maya Christina My Diary from Here to There
  • Henkes, Kevin  Lilly’s Purple Purse
  • Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances
  • Hoffman, Mary  Amazing Grace
  • Johnston, Tony  My Abuelita
  • Lobel, Arnold   Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • McCloskey, Robert  Make Way for Ducklings
  • Milne, A. A.  The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
  • Morales, Yuyi  Just in Case: A trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
  • Mosel, Arlene  Tikki Tikki Tembo
  • Munsch, Robert N.  Love You Forever
  • Munsch, Robert N.  The Paper Bag Princess
  • Numeroff, Laura Joffe  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Parish, Peggy  Amelia Bedelia
  • Piper, Watty The Little Engine That Could
  • Rey, H.A. Curious George
  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
  • Seuss, Dr.  The Cat in the Hat
  • Seuss, Dr.  Green Eggs and Ham
  • Seuss, Dr.  The Lorax
  • Seuss, Dr.  Oh, The Places You’ll Go
  • Sharmat, Marjorie W. Nate the Great
  • Silverstein, Shel The Giving Tree
  • Silverstein, Shel  Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Sobol, Donald J. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
  • Steptoe, John  Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
  • Sciezka, Jon  Math Curse
  • Scieszka, Jon  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • Viorst, Judith  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Warner, Gertrude Boxcar Children
  • White, E.B. Charlotte's Web
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls  Little House on the Prairie
  • Williams, Margery The Velveteen Rabbit


Recommended Reading List: Grades 4-6

  • Alvarez, Julia  Return to Sender
  • Atkin, S. Beth  Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant

Farmworkers Tell Their Stories

  • Atwater, Richard  Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • Avi & Rachel Vail  Never Mind! A Twin Novel
  • Babbitt, Natalie  Tuck Everlasting
  • Banks, Lynne Reid  The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Baum, L. Frank  The Wizard of Oz
  • Blume, Judy  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Bruchac, Joseph  Skeleton Man
  • Bunting, Eve  Blackwater
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson  The Secret Garden
  • Byars, Betsy  The Pinballs
  • Cabot, Meg  All-American Girl
  • Cisneros, Sandra  The House on Mango Street
  • Cisneros, Sandra  Caramelo
  • Colfer, Eoin  Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
  • Creech, Sharon  Walk Two Moons
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul  The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963
  • Dahl, Roald  The BFG
  • Dahl, Roald  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dahl, Roald Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Dahl, Roald  James and the Giant Peach
  • Dahl, Roald  Matilda
  • DeClements, Barthe  Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade
  • DeFelice, Cynthia  The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
  • DiCamillo, Kate  The Magician’s Elephant
  • DiCamillo, Kate  Because of Winn Dixie
  • Fitzgerald, John D. The Great Brain
  • Fitzhugh, Louise  Harriet the Spy
  • Freedman, Russell  Lincoln: A Photobiography
  • Gannett, Ruth Stiles  My Father’s Dragon
  • Garcia, Sarah Rafael  Las Ninas: A Collection of Childhood Memories
  • Gardiner, John Reynolds  Stone Fox
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly  Pictures of Hollis Woods
  • Gipson, Fred  Old Yeller
  • Green, Tim  Football Genius
  • Grogan, John  Marley: A Dog Like No Other
  • Haddix, Margaret Peterson  Sent
  • Hiller, B.B. The Karate Kid
  • Horowitz, Anthony  Stormbreaker
  • Howe, Deborah and James  Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
  • Hurwitz, Johanna  Much Ado about Aldo
  • Juster, Norton The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Key, Watt  Alabama Moon
  • Kinney, Diary of A Wimpy Kid
  • Krull, Kathleen  Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
  • L’Engle, Madeline A Wrinkle in Time
  • Levine, Gail Carson  Ella Enchanted
  • Lewis, C.S.  The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Lin, Grace  Where the Mountain Mets the Moon
  • Lowry Lois   Anastasia Krupnik
  • Lowrey, Lois  The Giver
  • Lowry, Lois  Number the Stars
  • Lupica, Mike  Heat
  • Lypsyte, Robert  One Fat Summer
  • MacLachlan, Patricia  Sarah Plain and Tall
  • Merrill, Jean  The Toothpaste Millionaire
  • Montgomery, Lucy Maud  Anne of Green Gables
  • Murphy, Glenn  Why is Snot Green?
  • Myers, Walter Dean  Monster
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds  Shiloh
  • O’Brien, Robert C.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  • O'Dell, Scott   Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Owen, David  Spies: The Undercover World of Secrets, Gadgets & Lies
  • Paterson, Katherine  Bridge to Terabithia
  • Paterson, Katherine  The Great Gilly Hopkins
  • Paulsen, Gary  Hatchet
  • Paulsen, Gary  Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet
  • Paulsen, Gary  My Life in Dog Years
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae  Criss Cross
  • Pullman, Philip  Spring-Heeled Jack
  • Rawls, Wilson  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Rinaldi, Ann  Keep Smiling Through
  • Riordan, Rick  The Lightning Thief
  • Robinson, Barbara  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Rockwell, Thomas  How to Eat Fried Worms
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz & Sis, Peter  The Dreamer
  • Rylant, Cynthia  I Had Seen Castles
  • Sachar, Louis  Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  • Silverstein, Shel A Light in the Attic
  • Silverstein, Shel  Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
  • Smith, Jeff  Bone, Bone Prequel: Rose
  • Sobol, Donald J. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
  • Soto, Gary  Chato’s Kitchen
  • Spear, Elizabeth George  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Spinelli, Jerry  Maniac Magee
  • Spirn, M. Sobel  Missing
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee  Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Taylor, Mildred  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Thimmesh, Catherine  Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
  • Twain, Mark  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Van Draanen, Wendelin  Flipped
  • Warner, Gertrude  Boxcar Children
  • White, E.B. Charlotte's Web
  • White, E. B. The Trumpet of the Swan
  • Wilder, Laura Little House in the Big Woods
  • Wilder, Laura I. Little House on the Prairie
  • Williams-Garcia, Rita  One Crazy Summer
  • Wong, Li Keng  Good Fortune
  • Woodson, Jacqueline  Hush
  • Woodson, Jacqueline  Miracle’s Boys
  • Yee, Lisa  Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time


Recommended Reading List: Young Adult

  •  Aaseng, Nathan  Navajo Code Talkers
  • Achebe, Chinua  Things Fall Apart
  • Alexie, Sherman  Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Alvarez, Julia  How The García Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Anderson, Laurie M.  Chains: Seeds of America
  • Anderson, Laurie M. Wintergirls
  • Anderson, M. T. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. I
  • Anderson, Sherwood Winesburg,Ohio
  • Angelou, Maya  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Arnett, Peter  Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Bagdad
  • Baker, Russell  Growing Up
  • Balliett, Blue  Chasing Vermeer
  • Blais, Madeleine  In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle
  • Boyne, John  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable
  • Brooks, Polly Schoyer  Queen Eleanor, Independent Spirit
  • Buck, Pearl S The Good Earth
  • Canfield, Jack, Ed. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soup
  • Cather, Willa  O Pioneers!
  • Cervantes, Miguel de Don Quixote
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey  The Canterbury Tales
  • Cisneros, Sandra The House On Mango Street
  • Clare, Cassandra   City of Bones
  • Codell, Esme Raji  Sahara Special
  • Collins, Suzanne  The Hunger Games
  • Cooney, Caroline  Flight #116 is Down
  • Cooper, James Fenimore  Last of the Mohicans
  • Cormier, Robert The Chocolate War
  • Coville, Bruce  I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X
  • Crane, Stephen  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Craven, Margret  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Crutcher, Chris  Deadline
  • Cushman, Karen  The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
  • De La Pena, Matt  Mexican WhiteBoy
  • Delany, Sarah and Elizabeth   Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
  • Dickens, Charles David Copperfield
  • Draper, Sharon  Forged by Fire
  • Dreiser, Theodore  Sister Carrie
  • Eliot, George  Silas Marner
  • Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man
  • Faulkner, William  The Sound and the Fury
  • Fleischman, John  Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
  • Fleischman, Paul  Big Talk
  • Fleischman, Sid  Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini
  • Fletcher, Susan  Shadow Spinner
  • Frank, Anne  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Gaiman, Neil  The Graveyard Book
  • Getz, David  Frozen Man
  • Golding, William Lord of the Flies
  • Grealy, Lucy  Autobiography of a Face
  • Gutman, Dan (Ed.) Recycle this Book
  • Haddix, Pargaret, P. Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
  • Haley, Alex  Roots
  • Hardy, Thomas  Return of the Native
  • Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Herrera, Juan Felipe  Cinnamon Girl
  • Hesse, Karen  Letters From Rifka
  • Hesse, Karen  Just Juice
  • Hobbs, Will  Crossing the Wire
  • Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki   Farewell to Manzanar
  • Hurston, Zora Neale  Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  • Janeczko, Paul  A Kick in the Head
  • Jaramillo, Ann  La Linea
  • Jimenez, Francisco  Breaking Through
  • Kadohata, Cynthia  Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam
  • Kehret, Peg  Abduction!
  • Kerr, Judith  When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
  • Kesey, Ken One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Klise, Kate  Regarding the Bees
  • Knowles, John  A Separate Peace
  • Kuklin, Susan  No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
  • London, Jack  The Sea Wolf
  • Mah, Adeline Yen  Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
  • Malamud, Bernard  The Natural
  • Marsden, John  Tomorrow, When the War Began
  • McCaffrey, Anne Dragonsong
  • McCullers, Carson Member of the Wedding
  • Mikaelsen, Ben  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Mortenson, Greg Three Cups of Tea (Young Reader’s Edition)
  • Myers, Walter Dean The Glory Field
  • Myers, Walter Dean Sunrise Over Fallujah
  • Myracle, Lauren  Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks
  • Na, An  A Step From Heaven
  • Naylor, Phyllis, R.  Jade Green: A Ghost Story
  • O'Brien, Tim  The Things They Carried
  • Oppel, Kenneth  Airborn
  • Osa, Nancy  Cuba 15
  • Paton, Alan  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Paulson, Gary How Angel Peterson Got His Name
  • Pelzer, Dave  A Child Called “It”: Once Child’s Courage to Survive
  • Picoult, Jodi  My Sister’s Keeper
  • Poe, Edgar Allan Complete Tales and Poems
  • Potok, Chaim The Chosen
  • Quindlen, Anna  How Reading Changed My Life
  • Remarque, Erich Maria  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Romanek, Trudee  Squirt! The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About Blood
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz  Esperanza Rising
  • Sachar, Louis  Holes
  • Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
  • Santiago, Esmeralda  When I Was Puerto Rican
  • Scott, Michael Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • Scieszka, Jon  Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost-True Stories of Growing Up
  • Sheldon, Dyan Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Shelley, Mary Frankenstein
  • Shepard, Alan and Deke Slayton  Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon
  • Shusterman, Neal  Full Tilt
  • Shute, Nevil  On the Beach
  • Sinclair, Upton  The Jungle
  • Smith, Roland  Peak
  • Smith, Roland  Zach’s Lie
  • Soto, Gary  Buried Onions
  • Soto, Gary  Petty Crimes
  • Speare, Elizabeth George The Sign of the Beaver
  • Spyri, Johanna  Heidi
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Stoll, Clifford. Silicon Snake Oil
  • Stork, Francisco  Marcelo in the Real World
  • Students of San Francisco’s Thurgood Marshall Academic HS  Waiting to be Heard: Youth Speak out About Inheriting a Violent World
  • Swift, Jonathan  Gulliver's Travels
  • Swofford, Anthony  Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War & Other Battles
  • Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
  • Taylor, Theodore  The Cay
  • Thoreau, Henry David   Walden
  • Tolkien, J. R.R.  The Hobbit
  • Twain, Mark  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Twain, Mark  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Weatherford, Carole  Becoming Billie Holiday
  • Williams, Tennessee  The Glass Menagerie
  • Wright, Richard  Native Son
  • Yang, Gene Luen  American Born Chinese
  • Zusak, Markus  The Book Thief