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Suggested Reading List

Research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are some titles to get you started! Please note that the reading level of the books suggested varies. If your child is already reading, have him or her read a page of the book aloud to you to see if it is a good fit. If they struggle with more than a few words on the page, it is probably too difficult, but the book would still be a great book to read aloud to your child.
Note: The following books are only suggestions. Please feel free to add any books that are appropriate for your reader. The staff in the children’s area of the public library will also have many wonderful suggestions for you.
Books About Me
• I Like Me! by Nancy L. Carlson
• I Like to Be Little by Charlotte Zolotow
• The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
• My Five Senses by Aliki
• Owen by Kevin Henkes
• When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer

Family Stories
• Just Me Books by Mercer Mayer
• Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

Predictable Books
(Stories with a pattern using rhyme or rhythm.)
• Curious George by H. A. Rey
• Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
• The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
• Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
• Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
• Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág
• What’s in Fox’s Sack? by Paul Galdone

Beginning, Middle, and End Concept
• Bony-Legs by Joanna Cole
• A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
• Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
• Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
• The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Color and Counting Books
• Each Orange Had Eight Slices: A Counting Book by
Paul Giganti Jr.
• Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert
• Frog Counts to Ten by John Liebler
• Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
• Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? by Tana Hoban
• Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
• Ten Bears in My Bed: A Goodnight Countdown by
Stanley Mack
• Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
• 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
Caldecott Winners and Honor Books
• Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
• Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
• More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
• Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
• Swimmy by Leo Lionni
• Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes
• James Marshall’s Mother Goose by James Marshall
• My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells
• Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola

Folktales and Fairy Tales
• Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg
• Cinderella by Marcia Brown
• The Hare and the Tortoise by Brian Wildsmith
• Henny Penny by H. Werner Zimmermann
• The Little Red Hen by Margot Zemach
• The Three Bears by Paul Galdone
• The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
• Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
• The Three Little Pigs by Rodney Peppé
• The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

Stories in Rhyme
• All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
• Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
• Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

• Benjamin and Tulip by Rosemary Wells
• We Are Best Friends by Aliki
• Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff

Fabulous Science Books
• Cars and How they Go by Joanna Cole
• Eyewitness Juniors Amazing Frogs and Toads by
Barry Clarke
• Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole
Fun Books to Share
• And I Mean It, Stanley by Crosby Bonsall
• Arthur series by Marc Brown
• A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
• Berenstain Bear series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
• Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish
• The Eye Book by Theo LeSieg
• Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
• Froggy series by Jonathan London
• Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
• Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
• How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
• Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
• Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman
• Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
• Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
• The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Learning to Read Series
• Hello Reader!
• I Can Read Books
• Puffin Easy-to-Read
• Step Into Reading Levels 1–4

Alphabet Books
• Animalia by Graeme Baese
• The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
• Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
Math in Picture Books
• How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
• One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy
• Ten Sly Piranhas: A Counting Story in Reverse, (A Tale of Wickedness—and Worse!) by William Wise
• When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Satoshi Kitamura

Classics to Read to a First Grader
• Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
• The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
• Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
• When Will I Read? by Miriam Cohen

Caldecott Awards and Honor Books
• Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
• Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
• The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and
Chris Raschka
• Owen by Kevin Henkes
• The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
• A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley
School Stories
• Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
• Arthur’s Prize Reader by Lillian Hoban
• The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
• Fish Face by Patricia Reilly Giff
• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
• Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
• Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
• Polk Street Gang series by Patricia Reilly Giff

Books About Friends
• A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban
• The Beast in Ms. Rooney’s Room by Patricia Reilly Giff
• Fox on the Job by James Marshall
• Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
• Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline
• Pinky and Rex by James Howe

Historical Fiction
• American Girls series
• Deputy Dan and the Bank Robbers by Joseph Rosenbloom
• Kamishibai Man by Allen Say

Classics to Read Aloud
• Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
• Just-so Stories by Rudyard Kipling
• Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
• Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
• The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Caldecott Awards and Honor Books
• The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel
• Many Moons by James Thurber
• The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
• The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe
• Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
• When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Learning to Read Stories
• Berenstain Bears series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler
• Hello Reader!
• I Can Read Books
• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
• Puffin Easy-to-Read
• Step Into Reading Levels 1–4
• The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
School Stories
• Kirsten Learns a Lesson: A School Story by Janet Beeler Shaw
• Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Animal Stories
• The Adventures of Paddington by Michael Bond (book and tape series)
• Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
• Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
• The Lion’s Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale by Nancy Raines Day
• Rats on the Roof and Other Stories by James Marshall

Books About Friends
• The Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly Giff
• Pinky and Rex by James Howe

Historical Fiction
• Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
• Changes for Addy by Connie Rose Porter (and other American Girl books)
• If You Grew Up with George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross
• Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K.
• Kibitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told Me by Simms Taback
• Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
• Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
• Teammates by Peter Golenbock

• Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story by Paul Goble
• Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
• Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Northwest by Gerald McDermott
• The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci

Great Series Books
• Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
• American Girl series
• Arthur series by Marc Brown
• Berenstain Bears series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
• Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
• Eyewitness Science Explorers
• Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
• Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
• Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
• Nancy Drew Notebooks by Carolyn Keene early series
• Pee Wee Scouts by Judy Delton
• Polk Street School by Patricia Reilly Giff

Award Winners
• The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
• Doctor De Soto by William Steig
• How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
• Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
• Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
• Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
• Prehistoric Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg
• Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
• The Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi
School Stories
• 4B Goes Wild by Jamie Gilson
• Harriet, the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
• My Teacher Fried My Brains by Bruce Coville
• Ramona and Her Father by Beverley Cleary
• Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Mystery and Adventure Stories
• The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop (Challenging independent read)
• Culpepper’s Cannon by Gary Paulsen
• Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man by Donald J. Sobol
• Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron

Sports Stories
• Baseball Fever by Johanna Hurwitz
• Benjy the Football Hero by Jean Van Leeuwen
• Bobby Baseball by Robert Kimmel Smith
• Dog on Third Base by Constance Hiser
• Gold Medal Rider by Bonnie Bryant
• Tall Man in the Pivot by Matt Christopher (There are many other sports stories by this author.)

Historical Fiction
• The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgleish
• The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
• The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
• Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
• The Well by Mildred D. Taylor (Challenging independent read)
Fantasy and Science Fiction
• Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville
• The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (Challenging independent read)

Series Books
• The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin
• Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
• Cam Jansen by David A. Adler
• Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
• The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
• Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
• Marvin Redpost series Louis Sachar
• Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene
• A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
• The Stories that Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
Great Reads
• From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by
E. L. Konigsberg
• Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
• Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
• Holes by Louis Sachar
• Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
• Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
• Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

Mystery and Adventure
• Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
• The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Challenging independent read)
Newbery Medal and Honor Books
• Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
• Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
• Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep (Challenging independent read)
• The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
• Homesick, My Own Story by Jean Fritz
• Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
• The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Historical Fiction
• Black Stallion by Walter Farley (Challenging independent read)
• Bull Run by Paul Fleischman
• Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
• Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell

Fantasy and Science Fiction
• The BFG by Roald Dahl
• Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
• The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Very challenging independent read)
• The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
• Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater
• Redwall by Brian Jacques (Challenging independent read)
• A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

Humorous Stories
• Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
• Matilda by Roald Dahl
• Skinnybones by Barbara Park