Suggested Reading Texts

  • Biography


    Amelia Earhart by John Parlin

    The Story of Amelia Earhart Lost Star by Patricia Lauber

    Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling

    The First Woman Doctor by Rachel Baker

    Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

    Shadow Life- Portrait of Anne Frank

    Gladiator by Richard Watkins


    Scholastic Biography (collection of different people)

    Who Was.....Series (a little easier to read)


    Historical Fiction


    Little House in the Big Woods Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    American Girl Series

    Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark

    Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

    Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan

    Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

    Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

    Freedom Songs by Trina Robbins

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    Shadow Children by Steven Schnur

    Avi books


    Huckelberry Finn


    My Side of the Mountain




    Grade Level Favorites

    ** Series

    Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Magic Tree House

    Little House on the Prairie


    Encyclopedia Brown

    Series of Unfortunate Events

    Box Car Children

    Nancy Drew Mysteries



    **Stand Alone books

    Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

    Home Run by Robert Burleigh

    Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

    Dragon Quest by Jackie French Koller

    Help! I’m Trapped in an Aliens Body by Todd Strasser

    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

    Mr. Popper’s Penguin’s by Richard and Florence Atwater

    Stuart Little by EB White

    Matilda by Roald Dahl

    Rough-Faced Girl by D Shannon and R Martin

    I Smell Like Ham

    The Midnight Fox


    Artemis Fowl-by Colfer


    Above Grade

    Level Series

    *Harry Potter

    *The Lightening Thief




    Civil War A-Z

    Hurricanes, Tusunami’s,-by Andrew Langley

    Any Informational/National Geo for Kids

    Animal Books

    Science/SS related topic books


    2008 Award Books

    ***(mixture of grade level/above grade level books)


    The Invention of Hugo Cabret  by Brian Selznick

    Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe

    Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds by Robert Burleigh

    Nothing but Trouble by Sue Stauffacher

    Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner (book of puns)

    The Secret of the Painted House by Marion Dane Bauer

    James and Angus Together by Anne Fine

    Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas by Pauline Chen

    Rickshaw Girl by Matali Perkins

    No Talking by Andrew Clements

    Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin

    A Friendship for Today by Patricia McDissack

    How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O-Connor

    Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli

    Tex Zero and the End of the World by Tim Wynne-Jones

    Flush by Carl Hiassen


    Waiting For Normal

    Each Little Bird That Sings

    Ribbons by Lawrence Yep

    For Your Eyes Only

    The 6th Grade Nickname Game

    Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

    The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

    Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy gifford

    Savvy by Ingrid Law

    Gone by Michael Grant

    The Sky Inside

    My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath

    A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

    The Tale of Desperaux by Katie DiCamillo

    Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

    Lily’s Ghost by Laura Ruby

    Holes by Louis Satcher