Recommended Book Lists Grades K-5



Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Betsy Lewin

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! by Bill Martin, Jr.

Chicka, Chicka, 1*2*3 by Bill Martin, Jr.

The Flea’s Sneeze by Lynn Downey

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

If you Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak




Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Goodnight Moon! By Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Bedtime for Francis by Russell Hoban

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon

Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig




The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

 by Judith Viorst

Ameila Bedelia - by Peggy Parish

Blueberries for Sal - by Robert McCloskey

Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting

When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

How Much is a Million by David Schwartz

Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca

Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

Dogku by Andrew Clements

We are Best Friends by Aliki

Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Dinosaurs Before Dark, Magic Tree House Series

by Mary Pope Osborne

Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross




Realistic Fiction:

Bailey Kids (series)

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Beverly Cleary (series)

Each Orange has Eight Slices

Freckle Juice

Horrible Harry (series)

How to be a Perfect Person in Three Days

Hundred Dresses

Hundred Penny Box

Junie B. Jones (series)

Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer

Muggie Maggie

The Patchwork Quilt

Stone Fox

Through Grandpa’s Eyes

Tooter Pepperday




The Chocolate Touch

Magic Schoolbus…Earth

Magic Schoolbus…Inside Ralphie

Magic Schoolbus…Solar System

Magic Tree House (series)

Space Brat

The Littles (series)


Historical Fiction:

American Girls Collection

Courage of Sarah Noble

First on the Moon

Josefina Quilt Story

Hill of Fire

Little House in the Big Woods

Long Way to a New Land

Molly’s Pilgrim

Sarah Plain and Tall

Wagon Wheels

Wanted Dead or Alive: Harriet Tubman



How Much is a Million

Samuel Eaton’s Day

Sarah Morton’s Day

Tapenum’s Day



Bill Picket: Rodeo Ridin’ Cowboy

Helen Keller’s Teacher

Meet Abraham Lincoln

Story of George Washington Carver

Story of Thomas Alva Edison

What’s the Big Idea Ben Franklin?

When I was Young in the Mountains



Jack Prelutsky (collections)

Shel Silverstein (collections)



Cam Jansen (series)

Boxcar Children (series)

Encyclopedia Brown

Nate the Great


Fairy Tales/Classics:

Black Beauty

Swiss Family Robinson

Snow White

Lon Po Po

The Velveteen Rabbit


Legends/Folk Tales/Fables:

American Tall Tales

Hawk, I’m Your Brother

The Kapok Tree

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears




Realistic Fiction:

Aldo Applesauce

Because of Winn Dixie

Class President

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Far North


Fudge (series)

How to be a Perfect Person in Three Days

How to eat Fried Worms

Joshua T. Bates (series)

Laura Ingalls (series)

Midnight Fox

Owls in the Family


Phillip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe

Ramona Quimby, Age 8


Skinny Bones (series)

Stone Fox

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Taste of Blackberries

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best/Worst School Year Ever

The Hundred Dresses

The Trouble with Tuck

The War with Grandpa

There’s a boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

Wanted…Mud Blossom

Yolanda’s Genius




Castle in the Attic

Chocolate Fever

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlotte’s Web

James and the Giant Peach

Judy and the Volcano


Stuart Little

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

The Indian in the Cupboard

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

True Story of the Three Little Pigs


Historical Fiction:

Annie and the Old One

Farmer Boy

Grandpa’s Journey


My Great Aunt Arizona

Sarah, Plain and Tall


Snow Treasure

Taffy of Torpedo Junction

The Defenders

The Whipping Boy

Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree



Mistakes that Worked

The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth

The Magic School Bus Blows its Top

The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip

The Magic School Bus Gets Wired



Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman Doctor

Mary on Horseback

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

The Amazing Life of Ben Franklin

The Story of Ruby Bridges

Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk


Fairy Tales:

Bubba the Cowboy Prince


Fanny’s Dream

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

The Frog Prince Continued

The Rough Faced Girl

The Widow’s Broom


Folk Tales:

Jack Tales



Jack Prelustsky (collection)

Shel Silverstein (collection)





Realistic Fiction:

A View From Saturday

Beetles, Lightly Toasted

Beyond the Door

Blue Willow

Brian’s Winter

Bridge to Terabithia

Call it Courage

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dog Song

Egypt Game

Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt

Family Under the Bridge

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E.




Homer Price

House of Dies Drear

Hundred Penny Box

Incredible Journey

Kravit the Wolf Dog

Kid in the Red Jacket

Landry News

Like Jake and Me

Midnight Fox

Miracles on Maple Hill

My Side of the Mountain

Night of the Twisters

Noonday Friends on my Honor

Onion John

Queenie Peavy

Shiloh Series

Skinny Bones (series)

Soup’s Uncle

Summer of the Swans

The Great Brian

The Great Gilly Hopkins

The Pinballs

The River

Westing Game

White Fang




The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant)

Cricket in time Square

Phantom Tollbooth

Running out of Time

The Wish Giver

The Witches

Tuck Ev, ,, , , , erlasting


Historical Fiction:

A Family Apart

Ben and Me

Bud, Not Buddy

Cabin Faced West

Caddie Skedaddle

Ella Enchanted

Escape from Warsaw

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Island of the Blue Dolphins

, , ,,

Pick and Say

Shades of Grey

Sign of the Beaver

The House of Rocky Ridge

The Watsons go to Birmingham

Whipping Boy



And Then What Happened by Paul Revere

Can’t you Make Them Behave by King George

Castles by David McCaughty

Exploring the World of Birds

Journey Through Mexico

Journey to Monticello


Save My Rainforest

Shhh…We’re Writing the Constitution

Tornado, Hurricane, Storms (Seymore Simon books)


Volcano by Patricia Lauber

Where do you Think You’re Going by Christopher Columbus

River Ran Wild

Sailing to America

Which Way Freedom



Amos Fortune

Harriet Tubman

Roberto Clemente: Young Baseball Hero

The Land I Lost

Lincoln: A Photobiography

Jackie Robinson

Helen Keller

Walking the road to Freedom


Tall Tales:

American Tall Tales

Maniac McGee



Llama’s Secret



My Life with the Chimps



How to eat Fried Worms

Do Bananas Chew Gum



Joy, , ful Noise

Random House Book of Poetry

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky