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Grades K–1

Stories

  • Duck on a Bike

    David Shannon

    Grades K–1   A duck decides to try riding a bike and ends up loving it.

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  • Frog and Toad Together

    Arnold Lobel

    Grades K–1   Frog and Toad learn the give-and-take of friendship in these five tales.

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  • Hi! Fly Guy

    Tedd Arnold

    Grades K–1   Is he a pest, or is he a pet? A fly flits around, looking for a tasty, slimy treat.

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  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

    Mo Willems

    Grades K–1   Angst ensues when Trixie leaves her "somebunny" at the laundromat.

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  • Little Bear

    Else Holmelund Minarik

    Grades K–1   Designed for beginning readers, these simple tales tell the story of Little Bear and his loving mother.

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  • Little Mouse Gets Ready

    Jeff Smith

    Grades K–1   There's lots to do before Little Mouse is ready to go visit the barn. First, he must master getting dressed.

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  • Not Norman: A Goldfish Story

    Kelly Bennett

    Grades K–1   A goldfish wins a boy's heart.

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  • Owl at Home

    Arnold Lobel

    Grades K–1   Whether he's inviting Winter in on a snowy night or welcoming a new friend, Owl always has room for visitors.

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Realistic Fiction

  • A New Coat for Anna

    Harriet Ziefert

    Grades K–1   A mother is determined to acquire a new coat for her daughter in post-World War II hard times.

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  • An Orange in January

    Dianna Hutts Aston

    Grades K–1   Follow an orange from blossom to market to learn about a plant's growth cycle and the produce industry.

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  • Families Are Different

    Nina Pellegrini

    Grades K–1   Nico, who is adopted, learns that children live in all types of families and that parents come in all shapes and sizes.

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  • No, David!

    David Shannon

    Grades K–1   A toddler finds trouble in every corner of the house.

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  • The Dot

    Peter H. Reynolds

    Grades K–1   Vashti tries to convince her teacher that she can't draw. Then a dot changes everything.

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  • The Snowy Day

    Ezra Jack Keats

    Grades K–1   Vivid illustrations capture a boy's delight in the season's first snowfall.

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Read-Aloud Stories

  • Blueberries for Sal

    Robert McCloskey

    Grades K–1   While picking blueberries, Sal doesn't realize she's following the wrong mother—a mother bear.

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  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Janet & Allan Ahlberg

    Grades K–1   This rhyme book will delight youngsters with familiar nursery rhyme characters hidden in playful drawings.

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  • Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story From China

    Ed Young

    Grades K–1   In this interpretation, three sisters are endangered by a wolf in disguise.

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  • Make Way for Ducklings

    Robert McCloskey

    Grades K–1   With help from a policeman, Mrs. Mallard and her family get home safely.

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  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Beatrix Potter

    Grades K–1   A mischievous rabbit hops into trouble in Mr. McGregor's garden.

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Poetry

  • Apple Banana Cherry

    Joy Cowley

    Grades K–1   Read-aloud rhymes make learning the alphabet fun for young readers.

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  • Pocket Poems

    Bobbi Katz

    Grades K–1   These 50 short poems by a wide selection of poets span a range of kid-centric emotions.

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  • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

    Lloyd Moss and Marjorie Priceman

    Grades K–1   This counting book is the perfect introduction to musical instruments.

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Grades 2–3

Traditional Tales

  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

    Gerald McDermott

    Grades 2–3   The adventure of the spider-hero of the Ashanti people of Ghana

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  • Borreguita and the Coyote

    Verna Aardema

    Grades 2–3   A little lamb tricks the fierce coyotoe that wants her for a meal in this clever story of brains versus brawn.

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  • Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

    Arnold Lobel

    Grades 2–3   In this whimsical folktale, Ming Lo's wife demands that he moves a mountain.

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  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

    John Steptoe

    Grades 2–3   Two daughters react differently to the king's search for a wife.

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  • Strega Nona

    Tomie dePaola

    Grades 2–3   When Strega Nona is away, Big Anthony tries reciting the magic verse over her pasta pot, with disastrous results.

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  • The Great Kapok Tree

    Lynne Cherry

    Grades 2–3   A story set in the Amazon

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  • The Irish Cinderlad

    Shirley Climo

    Grades 2–3   An Irish twist on the Cinderella story

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  • The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

    Tomie dePaola

    Grades 2–3   A retelling of an Indian legend about the paintbrush flower.

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  • The Rough-Face Girl

    Rafe Martin

    Grades 2–3   In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, a Rough-Face Girl wins the heart of a mysterious man.

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Historical Fiction

  • Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Grades 2–3   Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt make history one night in 1933.

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  • Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

    Carole Boston Weatherford

    Grades 2–3   Four young men take a stand at a Woolworth's counter in North Carolina.

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  • In the Garden With Dr. Carver

    Susan Grigsby

    Grades 2–3   George Washington Carver visits an Alabama town.

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  • Mailing May

    Michael O. Tunnell

    Grades 2–3   It's 1914, and Charlotte May Pierstorff wants to cross 75 miles of mountains to visit her grandma.

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  • Ron's Big Mission

    Rose Blue and Corinne Naden

    Grades 2–3   Challenger astronaut Ron McNair desegregates his hometown library through peaceful resistance.

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  • The Memory Coat

    Elvira Woodruff

    Grades 2–3   A tattered coat, made by Grisha's mother in Russia, changes his fate at Ellis Island.

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  • Uncle Jed's Barbershop

    Margaret King Mitchell

    Grades 2–3   After a life of obstacles, including segregation and the Great Depression, Uncle Jed opens a barbershop.

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  • Wonder Horse

    Emily Arnold McCully

    Grades 2–3   The true story of the world's smartest horse

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Stories

  • Charlotte's Web

    E. B. White

    Grades 2–3   Wilbur the pig makes friends with a delightful girl and a wise spider.

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  • Crow Call

    Lois Lowry

    Grades 2–3   Nine-year-old Liz and the father she barely knows begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting trip.

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  • Grace for President

    Kelly Dipucchio

    Grades 2–3   Grace wants to become the first woman president. But first she must become class president.

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  • Granddaddy's Gift

    Margaree King Mitchell

    Grades 2–3   When her grandfather registers to vote in segregated Mississippi, a young black girl learns the importance of school.

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  • Henry and Mudge: The First Book

    Cynthia Rylant

    Grades 2–3   Henry and his 180-pound dog Mudge are ready for adventure.

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  • My Father's Dragon

    Ruth Stiles Gannett

    Grades 2–3   A young boy is determined to rescue a baby dragon being used by a group of lazy animals to ferry them across the river.

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  • Poppleton in Winter

    Cynthia Rylant

    Grades 2–3   The story of Poppleton the pig, whose adventures charm readers

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  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    Patricia MacLachlan

    Grades 2–3   What happens when Papa puts an ad in the paper asking for a wife?

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  • Tsunami!

    Kimio Kajikawa

    Grades 2–3   A wealthy old man sacrifices his lands and possessions in order to save villagers from an impending tsunami.

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Realistic Fiction

  • Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon

    Paula Danziger

    Grades 2–3   Amber's best friend has to move away.

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  • Clementine

    Sara Pennypacker

    Grades 2–3   This lovable and realistic third grader has a huge heart, personality to spare and a talent for trouble.

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  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8

    Beverly Cleary

    Grades 2–3   Even though Ramona feels quite grown up, her teacher still considers her a nuisance.

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  • Thank You, Mr. Falker

    Patricia Polacco

    Grades 2–3   This autobiography tells the story of Little Trisha and her struggle with dyslexia.

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  • The Talented Clementine

    Sara Pennypacker

    Grades 2–3   Clementine panics when the talent contest is announced.

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  • Thunder Cake

    Patricia Polacco

    Grades 2–3   While gathering the ingredients for her grandmother’s "thunder cake," a girl overcomes her fear of storms.

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Poetry

  • Animal Poems

    John Hollander

    Grades 2–3   Poems by Blake, Dickinson, Yeats, Wordsworth and others are paired with captivating paintings.

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  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    Robert Frost

    Grades 2–3   A picture book version of Frost’s masterpiece

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  • The New Kid on the Block

    Jack Prelutsky

    Grades 2–3   More than 100 humorously illustrated poems about Baloney Belly Billy and other strange beings

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Grades 4–5

Fantasy

  • Bunnicula

    Deborah & James Howe

    Grades 4–5   A rabbit tale of mystery

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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Roald Dahl

    Grades 4–5   Mr. Fox, his wife, and their four children outsmart three unpleasant farmers.

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  • Redwoods

    Jason Chin

    Grades 4–5   A subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwoods.

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  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle

    Beverly Cleary

    Grades 4–5   Young mouse Ralph and his family live in a motel.

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  • The Phantom Tollbooth

    Norton Juster

    Grades 4–5   Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, ten-year-old Milo drives through a tollbooth and begins a memorable journey.

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  • The Tale of Despereaux

    Kate DiCamillo

    Grades 4–5   Despereaux Tilling is a mouse who is in love with music, stories and a princess named Pea.

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    L. Frank Baum

    Grades 4–5   Dorothy's dream world comes alive when a cyclone lifts her from Kansas.

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Historical Fiction

  • Call It Courage

    Armstrong Sperry

    Grades 4–5   A Polynesian boy, ostracized for his fear of the ocean, regains his honor.

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  • Elijah of Buxton

    Christopher Paul Curtis

    Grades 4–5   When a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, it's up to him to catch the thief.

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  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

    Betty Bao Lord

    Grades 4–5   A Chinese girl moves to New York.

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  • My Havana

    Secundino Fernandez and Rosemary Wells

    Grades 4–5   Memories of a Cuban boyhood

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  • One Hen

    Katie Smith Milway

    Grades 4–5   Based on a true story, a Ghanan child tells of the effect micro-loans have on his family's life.

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  • The Whipping Boy

    Sid Fleischman

    Grades 4–5   Jemmy the orphan is blamed for kidnapping the awful, spoiled prince.

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  • The Yellow Star

    Carmen Agra Deedy

    Grades 4–5   The legend of King Christian X of Denmark

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Stories

  • American Tall Tales

    Mary Pope Osborne

    Grades 4–5   Background information provides factual contrast to these nine American folk tales.

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  • Bud, Not Buddy

    Christopher Paul Curtis

    Grades 4–5   Fed up with cruel foster homes, 10-year-old Bud hits the road in search of a father he never knew.

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Jeff Kinney

    Grades 4–5   Middle-schooler Greg Heffley records the hazards of growing up through the words and drawings in his diary.

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  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    E. L. Konigsburg

    Grades 4–5   Two young runaways at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art

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  • Inside Out & Back Again

    Thanhha Lai

    Grades 4–5   Ha and her family are forced to leave Saigon during the Vietnam War.

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  • M.C. Higgins, the Great

    Virginia Hamilton

    Grades 4–5   M.C. dreams of escape for himself and his family from Sarah's Mountain.

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  • My Side of the Mountain

    Jean Craighead George

    Grades 4–5   A journal account of the dangerous year Sam spends in the mountains with his falcon.

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  • Stone Fox

    John Reynolds Gardiner

    Grades 4–5   Willy enters a dogsled race to save his family farm, but is challenged by a mysterious American Indian, Stone Fox.

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  • The Great Gilly Hopkins

    Katherine Paterson

    Grades 4–5   Gilly Hopkins finds herself in a foster home that she wants to hate, but comes to love.

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Realistic Fiction

  • Because of Winn-Dixie

    Kate DiCamillo

    Grades 4–5   Opal spends her first summer in a new town with a stray dog and a lot of difficult memories.

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  • Chasing Vermeer

    Blue Balliett

    Grades 4–5   When a book of unexplainable occurances brings Petra and Calder together, they must solve a crime that baffles the FBI.

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  • Dear Mr. Henshaw

    Beverly Cleary

    Grades 4–5   A 10-year-old boy's diary entries and letters reveal the difficulties of finding a place in the world.

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  • Freak the Mighty

    Rodman Philbrick

    Grades 4–5   Two boys—a slow learner too large for his age and a tiny, crippled genius—form an unforgettable team.

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  • Rules

    Cynthia Lord

    Grades 4–5   Catherine just wants a normal life, which seems almost impossible when your brother has autism.

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  • Shiloh

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Grades 4–5   When Marty comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight--and also big trouble.

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  • The Junkyard Wonders

    Patricia Polacco

    Grades 4–5   Trisha learns the true meaning of genius when she transfers to a new school and meets Mrs. Peterson.

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Poetry

  • Black Cat

    Christopher Myers

    Grades 4–5   A black cat tours a thrilling urban landscape.

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  • Harlem

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 4–5   A poem celebrating the people, sights and sounds of Harlem

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  • Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg

    Frances Schoonmaker Bolin

    Grades 4–5   This volume contains more than 30 of Sandburg's poems.

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  • Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson

    Frances Schoonmaker Bolin

    Grades 4–5   A collection of Dickinson's best-loved poems

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  • Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

    David Roessel & Arnold Rampersad

    Grades 4–5   A volume that includes some of the poet's best-loved works.

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Grades 6–8

Biographies

  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

    Joseph Lambert

    Grades 6–8   A first-person narrative of the life of Annie Sullivan, a visually impaired orphan who became Helen Keller's...

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Mystery

  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead

    Avi

    Grades 6–8   A boy flees town after he is falsely accused of a crime and slowly learns about his history in order to break free.

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  • Eleven

    Patricia Reilly Giff

    Grades 6–8   Sam has alarming questions about his past.

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  • Stormbreaker

    Anthony Horowitz

    Grades 6–8   Alex Rider's world is turned upside down when he discovers that his uncle and guardian has been murdered.

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  • Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Grades 6–8   Ten creepy tales, including classics like "The Telltale Heart"

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  • The Dark Is Rising

    Susan Cooper

    Grades 6–8   Will must find six magical signs to prevent the Dark forces from rising again.

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  • The Westing Game

    Ellen Raskin

    Grades 6–8   The heirs of an eccentric millionaire must solve a crime to claim their inheritance.

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Novels

  • A Girl Named Disaster

    Nancy Farmer

    Grades 6–8   When 11-year-old Nhamo runs away rather than marry a cruel man, she embarks on a year-long journey full of danger.

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  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

    Jordan Sonnenblick

    Grades 6–8   When his brother is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's life starts to unravel.

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  • Holes

    Louis Sachar

    Grades 6–8   Stanley is sent to a terrible camp where they dig holes to build character.

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  • Maniac Magee

    Jerry Spinelli

    Grades 6–8   In overcoming his own tragedies, an athletic teenager unites his small town and bridges its racial divide.

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain

    Grades 6–8   When Huck runs away and meets Jim, the two embark on an adventure.

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  • The Hunger Games

    Suzanne Collins

    Grades 6–8   Katniss Everdeen volunteers to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death.

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  • The Tiger Rising

    Kate DiCamillo

    Grades 6–8   After losing his mother, Rob moves to a new area, where he discovers a friend—and caged tigers in the woods.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'’Engle

    Grades 6–8   An unexpected visitor changes the lives of Meg, her younger brother Charles, and their scientist mother.

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  • Artemis Fowl

    Eoin Colfer

    Grades 6–8   Artemis is a criminal mastermind, but he doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy.

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    J. K. Rowling

    Grades 6–8   Harry faces more danger than ever before in his search for the Horcruxes.

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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    C. S. Lewis

    Grades 6–8   Four children find their way to Narnia, where they defend a golden lion.

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Historical Fiction

  • A Single Shard

    Linda Sue Park

    Grades 6–8   An orphan in 12th-century Korea accidentally breaks a pot; his servitude to the potter begins a life-changing journey.

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  • City of Orphans

    Avi

    Grades 6–8   Maks fights the gangs trying to shake him down and tries to clear his sister when she's framed for stealing.

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  • Esperanza Rising

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Grades 6–8   Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family in Mexico. Then a tragedy changed everything.

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  • Fever 1793

    Laurie Halse Anderson

    Grades 6–8   When the fever breaks out in her hometown of Philadelphia, Mattie must flee the city with her grandfather.

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  • Hiroshima: A Novella

    Laurence Yep

    Grades 6–8   A fictionalized account of the bombing of Hiroshima, seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Sachi

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  • Moon Over Manifest

    Clare Vanderpool

    Grades 6–8   Abilene Tucker heads off to her father's hometown to uncover the stories and secrets of his past.

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  • The Dreamer

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Grades 6–8   From the time he is a boy, Neftalí hears the call of a voice and knows he must follow it until he discovers its source.

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  • The Lions of Little Rock

    Kristin Levine

    Grades 6–8   Marlee and Liz are willing to take on segregation and the danger their friendship could bring to their families.

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  • The Shakespeare Stealer

    Gary Blackwood

    Grades 6–8   Widge has been sent to steal Shakespeare's new play, but he must decide whether to betray his trusting friends.

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Realistic Fiction

  • A Long Way from Chicago

    Richard Peck

    Grades 6–8   Grandma Dowdel is a constant source of delight and surprise in her Depression-era town.

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  • A Year Down Yonder

    Richard Peck

    Grades 6–8   Mary Alice faces a long year living with Grandma Dowdel, a woman well known for shaking things up.

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  • Al Capone Does My Shirts

    Gennifer Choldenko

    Grades 6–8   A boy moves to Alcatraz Island, where his father works as a guard.

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  • Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio

    Tony Johnston

    Grades 6–8   In Arturo's Los Angeles community, acts of generosity improve lives.

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  • Hoot

    Carl Hiaasen

    Grades 6–8   Three middle school kids are plunged into an ecological mystery and take on a quest to save endangered owls.

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  • Pictures of Hollis Woods

    Patricia Reilly Giff

    Grades 6–8   Hollis has been in too many foster homes to count. When she's sent to Josie, she wants to make sure she stays.

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  • The Wednesday Wars

    Gary D. Schmidt

    Grades 6–8   Holling meets a teacher who makes every dream seem possible.

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Grades 9–10

Drama

  • Monster

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 9–10   Readers become both juror and witness in this screenplay-format account of a teen's murder trial.

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Novels

  • Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel

    Avi

    Grades 9–10   Philip Malloy just wants a different English teacher.

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  • Red Kayak

    Priscilla Cummings

    Grades 9–10   The truth behind a terrible accident threatens to tear a small town apart.

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  • Speak

    Laurie Halse Anderson

    Grades 9–10   Social outcast Melinda rarely speaks, but through her work on an art project she is able to face a horrible memory.

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  • The Catcher in the Rye

    J. D. Salinger

    Grades 9–10   Sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield leaves his prep school and goes underground in New York City for three days.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • The Giver

    Lois Lowry

    Grades 9–10   In a "perfect" society free of war, fear, and pain, 12-year-old Jonas begins to understand a disturbing truth...

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Poetry

  • I'm Nobody! Who Are You?

    Emily Dickinson

    Grades 9–10   A collection of poetry introduced by author Virginia Euwer Wolff

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  • The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

    Langston Hughes

    Grades 9–10   These poems, first published in 1932, probe African-American life.

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  • The Raven and Other Poems

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Grades 9–10   A collection of Poe's best-loved poems, including "The Raven"

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Grades 11–12

Drama

  • Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear

    William Shakespeare

    Grades 11–12   Shakespeare's greatest tragedies in one volume

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  • Riot

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 11–12   The 1863 draft riots in New York City brought to life in a screenplay

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  • Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare

    Grades 11–12   Warring families, gang fighting, teen passions and tragedy from the world's greatest playwright

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Novels

  • Between Shades of Gray

    Ruta Sepetys

    Grades 11–12   The harrowing story of the 1941 Russian invasion of Lithuania through the eyes of an artistic 15-year-old girl

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  • Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Grades 11–12   Golding's classic novel about English schoolboys stranded on an island

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  • Sense and Sensibility

    Jane Austen

    Grades 11–12   Two sisters follow very different paths.

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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Sherman Alexie

    Grades 11–12   A boy with a birth defect is born into poverty on a reservation.

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  • The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Grades 11–12   Another great title from Scholastic. Detailed description coming soon.

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  • The House on Mango Street

    Sandra Cisneros

    Grades 11–12   Esperanza comes of age in a Latino community in Chicago.

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee

    Grades 11–12   The classic tale of a sleepy Southern town rocked by racial injustice

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Poetry

  • Robert Frost

    Gary D. Schmidt

    Grades 11–12   Poems, a biographical sketch and glossary

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  • The Best Poems Ever

    Eric S. Mesmer

    Grades 11–12   Poems by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Pablo Neruda, Gwendolyn Brooks and others

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