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Reading List for Grades 1-6

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

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First Grade

1. The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann

In this endearing tale, a young girl experiences her first camping trip. A delightful story of camping fun that will provide young readers with a solid foundation for what to expect on their first outdoor adventure.

2. If I Built A School by Chris Van Dusen

Jack is an inventive boy who dreams of building his dream school. He fantasizes about hover desks, a trampoline basketball court in the gym, and even a field trip to Mars! This is a book that inspires creativity and is full of imagination and fun.

3. Big Friends by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies

Best friends Birt and Etho play together on Sudden Hill and love building things using cardboard boxes. "Sometimes they're kings, soldiers, astronauts. Sometimes they're pirates sailing wild seas and skies." Will these best friends find room for three when a new boy wants to join in their play?

4. The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman

This children's book features all kinds of families and their lives together. There are pages dedicated to different aspects of home life--from houses to holidays, from schools to pets, from languages and hobbies to family trees. A fascinating and engaging book that celebrates different types of families.

5. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum believes her name is beautiful until the kids tease her about it on her very first day at school. A classic favorite all year round, Chrysanthemum is an adorable and honest story about acceptance and self-esteem.

6. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Ferdinand is a peaceful little bull who is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree, while all the other bulls run, leap, and butt their heads together. With its timeless message of peace, tolerance, and courage to be yourself, this book is beloved around the world.

7. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, Kimberly Dean and James Dean

Pete the Cat walks down the street in his brand-new white shoes. As he walks through piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other messes, his shoes change from white to blue to brown to wet! But Pete is such a cool cat that any little mud or pile of strawberries can't spoil his day. Pete keeps movin', groovin', and singing his song...because it's all good!

8. The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

As the world is still asleep, a boy and his dog leave the comfort of their warm bed to deliver the morning newspapers. On his bike, the boy pedals along a familiar route with his dog running beside him. The two are enjoying a world, before sunrise, that belongs only to them and finding happiness and comfort in their familiar routine...Inspired by the author’s own experiences as a paperboy.

9. Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

The exciting amusement park visit begins with a line of eager riders waiting for their turn—some have ridden on many roller coasters, while some have never done it before. This delightful and vibrant picture book will help readers forget their fear of roller coasters as they ride along with a hilarious range of reactions from the riders!

10. I’m Happy-Sad Today by Lory Britain

A delightful picture book helps young children in making sense of conflicting emotions. Happy, but also sad. Excited and nervous. Frustrated, but determined. It is natural to have mixed emotions, but they can also be confusing. This gentle and friendly book offers ways to help children understand their emotions and to discover new words to express complex feelings. This book also features a little girl who talks about her layered emotions, ultimately concluding, “When I have more than one feeling inside me, I don’t have to choose just one. I know that all my feelings are okay at the same time.”

11. Can I Have A Hug? by Rosie Greening

With simple, rhyming texts, a family of cute furry monsters teaches young children the comfort and joy of hugging. Inspired by the global impact of Covid-19, this sweet, charming book helps children deal with separation and how to stay connected even when they are apart.

12. The Caring Me I Want To Be! by Mary DiPalermo

This sweet book offers a way to teach children about kindness. It features a little girl who shares how she practice kindness every day by sharing smiles, hugs, and loving words. A simple story with simple ideas—that can make a powerful impact on young readers!

13. The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli

The Book Hog is a big fan of books. He enjoys books because of the way they look, how they feel, and smell. And he'll take any book that comes his way! There's just one problem: he can't read! An enjoyable and funny book about the magic of reading and how an adorable and carefree pig discovers how much fun it can be to read with the help of a kind librarian.

14. When You Are Brave by Pat Zietlow Miller

A young girl and her family have to say goodbye to their beloved home to move to a new one in this uplifting picture book. Saying goodbye to her old home, concerned about making new friends, seeing the dark road ahead--In these moments, the young girl feels scared, unsure, and alone. But when she took a deep breath and looked inside herself, she realized that she has the courage she needs. An excellent book for young readers and adults adjusting to a new situation.

15. The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

This book is a story of Jerome, a word collector who learns to appreciate the magic of words all around him: simple words that are two syllables or even words that rhyme and sound like little songs. This beautiful book captures the wonder of words and the power of sharing them.

16. The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing

It's the night before the big day—the first day of first grade. With her best friend right beside her in the same class, Penny is looking forward to the new school year. This amusing retelling of Clement C. Moore's classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers and encourage incoming first-graders to face the first day of school with confidence.

17. Chicken on Vacation by Adam Lehrhaupt

Zoey the chicken is going on a vacation and she's taking her barnyard buddies with her! Using her great imagination, Zoey turns an ordinary day at the beach into an amazing one. Are Zoey and her pals going to find the buried treasure? Chicken on Vacation is an I Can Read Level One book--a perfect book for beginner readers learning how to sound out words and sentences.

18. Crunch The Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap

A cute, read-aloud picture book about Crunch, a quiet dinosaur who wants to play but is a bit shy, but by being patient and encouraging, you will be able to make Crunch your new friend! This is an interactive book that guides the reader to befriend the shy dinosaur using familiar words & actions ("tell him your name," "hello", "thank you"). An adorable story for young learners.

19. Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran

Prunella knows so much about insects but no one has time to listen to her talk about it. As she awaits her turn at Show-and-Tell, a swarm of bees invaded her classroom! With her quick thinking Prunella leads the swarm to a new hive and saves her class from disaster!

20. Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

This book is a retelling of classic nursery rhymes like Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs. Designed with young readers in mind, every story is told in short rhyming dialogues--with each character's lines highlighted by a different color, allowing two voices to read it in turn or together.

21. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No.1) by Mary Pope Osborne

A mysterious tree house full of books transported Jack and Annie to prehistoric times. They begin to explore and soon find adventure and real dinosaurs! Now they have to figure out a way home...before it gets too dark. This adventure book is perfect for young readers who are just beginning to read chapter books.

22. Nate The Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great, the world's greatest detective, has a new case! He received an urgent phone call from Annie, who said she had lost a picture and needed help finding it. It's now up to Nate to solve this new and baffling case by asking the right questions and narrowing down the suspects. Will Nate be able to solve this mystery?

This chapter book series is perfect for beginner readers and a great way to get kids hooked on reading!

23. Zita The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

After Zita's best friend gets abducted by an alien cult, she jumps into action to rescue her friend and finds herself on a strange planet with strange creatures. Her adventures as an intergalactic hero soon followed her as she made some new allies! Will everyone's favorite spacegirl prevail? A delightful and quick-paced story that kids will love.

24. Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo

A heartwarming story about a little dog named Rosie, who loves going on walks with her human friend, George. However, she is lonely and needs a friend. When George takes Rosie to the dog park one day, Rosie discovers that the park is full of unfamiliar dogs, making her feel awkward and out of place. Will she be able to make friends with the other dogs? A lovely story about opening up to new experiences and making friends.

25. Mia Mayhem Is A Superhero! by Kara West

Mia Macarooney is a typical 8-year-old girl who discovers that she is a superhero! She thought she was just clumsy and a total "disaster-machine" her entire life, but she now realizes it's because of her superhero powers! Easy-to-read language and colorful illustrations make Mia Mayhem chapter books perfect for beginner readers.

26. It’s Brave To Be Kind by Natasha Daniels

An inspiring book that teaches kids the value of kindness through empathy, compassion, and bravery. Besides being a storybook, this is also an activity book that encourages children to practice kindness and share it with those around them through simple but fun challenges. A great addition to any child's bookshelf!

27. Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin

A delightful and original tale about a little girl named Bo. Bo isn't allowed to go monster hunting with her brothers so she sets off on a journey to find a monster of her own determined to catch the biggest and meanest monster of them all. Young readers will be inspired by the story of Bo the Brave with its message of courage and strength and not judging others based on their appearance. It's a fun book to read in class or at home.

28. May I Please Have A Cookie? by Jennifer E. Morris

Alfie loves his mommy's freshly baked cookies, and he wants one more than anything else! But when he tries to grab a cookie, his mom refuses. Alfie tried different funny tricks to get a cookie, but none of them worked. How can he ask for one? Alfie then realizes with mommy's help that he must politely ask for a cookie. Children will learn proper manners with this sweet story as Alfie's mommy teaches him to say the magic words.

29. The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi

Can't ride a bike? Yet! Can't learn to dance? Yet! When we were born, we are accompanied by a special companion--the magical Yet. There's no need to worry, with the help of the Yet, you will get there.

The Magical Yet is a perfect resource to help children persevere through challenging learning moments. With this uplifting and inspirational book, we learn the power of perseverance and determination to reach our goals and with the Yet as a guide, soon "you'll do all the things you can't do today".

30. I Wanna Be A Cowgirl by Angela DiTerlizzi

A funny story about a little girl and her cute pup and kitten as she pretends to be a cowgirl in her backyard! A sweet story combined with charming and vibrant illustrations can make young readers enjoy flipping through the pages as they follow the little girl on her adventure. A perfect book to practice reading or for fun read-aloud.

Second Grade

1. Could You? Would You? by Trudy White

A whimsical little book that will tickle young readers' imagination and encourage them to look more closely at the world around them. Could You? Would You? is a book full of questions ranging from silly ("Can you wiggle your ears like a rabbit?") to more serious ("When do you feel loved?") which makes a perfect conversation starter and a great family read!

2. Mom And Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman

Bob had just learned that he is a palindrome after his teacher taught the class about it. He soon realized that there were palindromes everywhere. His pup, Otto, and even Mom and Dad! Keep your eyes open for the hidden palindromes in this book and see if you can find them all! A hilarious book to learn about palindromes which even reluctant readers will love.

3. A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

A charming and amusing story about a well-meaning principal named Mr. Keene. He loves his fine, fine school so much that he decided to have the students go to school on Saturdays, holidays, and even school in summer! Mr. Keene is then reminded by a student named Tillie that sometimes students need a break from school and that learning can happen outside of school too.

4. The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

There is no doubt that Mean Jean is the Recess Queen. She'd push, smoosh, hammer and slammer if kids crossed her! It wasn't long before a new student showed up at school. This new girl, Katie Sue, not intimidated by the bully, invited Mean Jean to play. Soon, they become best friends and make the playground a safe place for all. A story about bullying and the transformative power of kindness and friendship.

5. The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini

Elizabeth wants a pet badly, but her parents say no to every idea she has. Instead, they gave her a plant. She likes the plant, but she still really really wanted a pet. Choosing the perfect pet is a topic that all parents and children will relate to in this funny picture book. This book will be a fun and easy read for a 2nd grader.

6. I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman

Since their baby sister was born, Alex has been forced to share a room with his little brother, Ethan. However, he cannot cope with sharing a room with his brother due to the constant destruction and noise. Determined, he wrote a letter to his parents to convince them to get his own room. Will Alex be able to have a space of his own? This is a cute and funny story that teaches persuasive writing.

7. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose

A funny and thought-provoking book about a surprising conversation between a boy and a tiny ant. The boy found an ant and almost squished it but the ant pleaded to spare him his life. This book will make for a fun read-aloud while it teaches young children different perspectives, empathy, and compassion.

8. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Sometimes, we feel like outsiders. There will be times when we walk into a room, and no one there is quite like us--and how courageous it is to move forward anyway. This story encourages kids to celebrate their unique selves while gently affirms that when they begin to share their stories to the world--"the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space [for you]". A heartwarming and optimistic book for kids starting a scary, new adventure.

9. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Unhei is a young Korean girl who moves to America and starts school at a new high school. But when the other kids can't pronounce her Korean name, she begins to wonder if she should choose a new name. Her classmates suggest different American names for her and helped fill out a name jar. During the process, Unhei eventually realizes the value of her name and the special meaning it holds.

10. Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

A heartwarming and cute story about an encouraging and loving father and a determined little boy. Jabari just finished and passed his swimming lessons. Now, he is ready to jump off the diving board. He is excited and also a little nervous but he doesn't want to let anyone know how he felt. However, his father knew what he was feeling and gently reminds Jabari that it's okay to feel scared sometimes and encourages him to try again. A beautiful story about conquering one's fears with the help of a supportive family.

11. Dear Max by Sally Grindley

Max is a nine-year-old boy who starts to write to his favorite author, D.J. Lucas. Max loves D.J.'s books and wants advice from D.J. on how to be a great writer. Max and his favorite author share their lives and struggles through their letters in this funny and enjoyable book. This book also teaches kids about creative writing and the power of imagination.

12. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

Ordinary Mary is a little girl who picks blueberries for her neighbor Mrs. Bishop, who then pays the kindness forward and eventually sets off a chain reaction of kindness and goodwill throughout the world. Children will enjoy this uplifting and entertaining story about being kind and how a simple good deed can make a big difference.

13. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

The only thing Jeremy wants is to own a pair of those shoes that everyone at school wears. However his grandmother tells him, "There is no room for want, just need," and what he needs are new winter boots. When his old shoe fell apart, Jeremy becomes more determined to have those shoes. Jeremy found a pair at the thrift store that was too small for him but he insisted on wearing them because "sometimes shoes stretch." But it isn't fun to have blistered feet. It doesn't take long for Jeremy to realize that he already has what he really needs -- new snow boots, a loving grandmother, and being able to help out a friend.

14. Patrick Picklebottom And The Penny Book by Mr. Jay

A wonderful story about a boy named Patrick Picklebottom who wants to buy a storybook but only has a penny. The kind-hearted store owner then sells him the book for a penny which delighted Patrick. On his way home, he met his friends playing with their smartphones and video games. But Patrick only wants to read his book. He knows that he can also explore faraway places and go on adventures through his imagination and love for reading. This beautiful and sweet book shows that while hi-tech devices and gadgets can often be a positive part of modern life, we can also find magic in reading a good book.

15. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

A little mouse goes for a walk through the deep dark woods. He comes across three hungry predators: a fox, an owl, and a snake! To scare them off, he made up a story about a scary monster called the Gruffalo. Soon, to his surprise, he met the real Gruffalo! Will this little mouse be able to escape and outwit this terrible monster?

16. Ten Ways To Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

The perfect book to read and share on a cozy winter day. Ten Ways To Hear Snow is a story about a young girl named Lina who woke up and everything was quiet. She looked out the window and it was snowing, which blanketed her city and muffled every sound. As she walks to her grandmother's place to help her cook, she discovers that there are many ways to hear snow--the sound of her boots crunching snow, a bird knocking down snow from a branch, people sweeping snow off their cars, and many more. In this touching and sweet book, we meet a modern Arab-American family who teaches us about mindfulness and empathy and noticing the little things around by listening and slowing down.

17. How To Read A Story by Kate Messner

How To Read A Story is a delightful picture book that describes the step-by-step process of reading a book and sharing it with a friend. Paired with captivating and vibrant illustrations with this sweet story will entice any budding reader to learn to love reading!

18. How To Write A Story by Kate Messner

A fun follow-up to How to Read a Story, this book guides young storytellers through the steps of creating their own story. From choosing an idea to creating their heroine or hero. This inspiring book teaches creative writing and has instructions that are easy to follow for young writers who are excited to write their own stories. This is a perfect book to read at home or in the classroom and helps teach Common Core curriculum skills.

19. Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer

Bernadette is mostly monsterly with her sharp ears, claws, and fangs. She causes all kinds of mayhem but also likes to pet kittens, pick flowers and bake cupcakes. However, her classmates in Monster Academy don't understand her. They would rather act like total monsters and eat snail goo and making creepy noises than group hugs and singing! Will Bernadette find a way to fit in while staying true to herself?

20. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette is a little cloud and everyone calls her cute little names. But Cloudette wants to do big things. She wants to help a garden grow and make a waterfall fall, but she can't because she's too small. Then one day, a storm blew her away to an unfamiliar place where her help is needed. Soon Claudette discovers that she is capable of doing important things and eventually found her purpose. In this sweet and lovely story, young readers will learn that everyone can make a positive difference, no matter how small they are. A great read for any age group!

21. How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World by Marjorie Priceman

A young girl sets off to the market to buy the ingredients for her apple pie to find out that the local market is closed. So she embarked on a global adventure to find the ingredients --to Italy for the semolina wheat, cinnamon in Sri Lanka, and apples in Vermont! Take a fun, imaginary trip around the world as we follow the young girl searching for the best ingredients for the perfect apple pie! Plus a surprise feature at the back of the book!

22. A Tree Is Nice (Rise and Shine) by Janice May Udry

A Tree Is Nice is a classic story about the beauty of everyday life and the happiness and wonders that trees bring to our lives. This book has simple but beautiful text that even picky readers will appreciate, as well as illustrations that can inspire children to love and appreciate trees and the nature around them. Winner of the Caldecott Medal.

23. Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

Nerdy Birdy likes reading and video games. He has big glasses and tiny wings, which keep him from being part of the "cool crowd." He then finds other nerdy birds just like him and invites him to be part of their big group. But what will Nerdy Birdy do when the cool birds and the nerdy birds don't like a new bird in town? A wonderful story of friendship, standing up for others, and being true to oneself.

24. This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis

A heartwarming and uplifting tale inspired by a real animal friendship, This Way, Charlie is about a friendship between a blind horse and a gruff goat. In the Open Bud Ranch, we meet Jack, a small goat who suffered abuse before being rescued and taken in by the ranch. At first, Jack is anxious about a new horse named Charlie, who is blind in one eye. He eventually befriends the new horse and guides him to his favorite sunlit field. A beautiful and moving story about kindness, patience, empathy, and accepting each other's differences, inspired by the real Wild Heart Ranch Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma.

25. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

This story is about a young boy enjoying his summer until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became his number one enemy. Luckily, his dad knows how to deal with enemies: spend a day playing with Jeremy, invite him for dinner and serve him a magical pie that turns enemies into best friends! A feel-good book that teaches kindness, friendship, and respect for others. This book is recommended by experts for children who are reading independently and transitioning to longer books.

26. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

Mr. Hatch leads a dull and lonely life. One day, he received an unexpected package from the postman. He opened it and found a heart-shaped box full of candy with a card reading, "Somebody loves you." The gift made Mr. Hatch so happy that he made new positive changes in his life and does good deeds for everyone in the neighborhood. But what will happen to Mr. Hatch when he discovers that the gift was not for him? Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is a delightful tale that teaches children that caring for others and simple acts of love and kindness can go a long way. A great read-aloud around Valentine's Day or any day of the year!

27. Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

When Molly McGrew, the Springfield librarian, accidentally drove her bookmobile into the zoo, a wild and fun adventure begins! She begins to read to the animals who eventually discovered their love for reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal and --"She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter." Written as a tribute to Dr. Seuss, this fun and witty rhyming story will make the kids go wild about this book!

28. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Shy and quiet Rosie dreams of becoming a great engineer. But being afraid of failure, she won't let anyone see her brilliant inventions, especially after her favorite uncle laughed at one of the gizmos she made for him. She eventually found encouragement from her great-great-aunt Rose (aka Rosie the Riveter!). When Rosie discovered her great-great aunt's dream of flying, she gets to work to build a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true! A lovely and wonderful book that integrates women's history and aviation engineering with the positive message of persistence in pursuing one's dreams and viewing failures as learning experiences.

29. Diary Of A Wombat by Jackie French

Wombats are slow-moving, cuddly-looking Australian animals. This funny story is told through a week-long diary of a wombat, chronicling its daily routine--sleeping, eating grass, scratching, and training its new human neighbors to give him food! This entertaining story gives a humorous yet realistic insight into the unique life of a wombat which children will enjoy and laugh out loud at its antics.

30. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

In the summer of 1935, to help her parents make ends meet, Lydia Grace was sent to live with her Uncle, a baker in the city. She brings a suitcase full of seeds to the city and plants flowers and vegetables while helping out in the bakery. She then found a secret place and is determined to make it a garden full of flowers to make her grouchy uncle cheer up and smile. This lovely story is told through a series of letters between an optimistic young girl and her family. A beautiful book with an uplifting ending.

Third Grade

1. Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes

Chester and his best friend, Wilson, each have their way of doing things. They ride their bikes together, they always cut their sandwiches diagonally, they even dress the same on Halloween. "Chester and Wilson, Wilson and Chester. That's the way it was." It wasn't long after that there was a little mouse named Lily who moved into the neighborhood. She too has her special way of doing things, which includes disguises and water guns. Chester and Wilson thought that the new girl is very strange and they avoid playing with her. Will Chester and Wilson accept Lily and find anything in common with her? Children will enjoy following the quirky trio's adventures while they learn about making new friends and being open to new experiences.

2. The Girl Who Thought In Pictures: The Story Of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca

At an early age, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism. She didn't like hugs or loud noises. But what sets her apart is her ability to see and think in pictures. After struggling with bullying at school, she moved to a ranch and discovered her passion and special connection with animals. With her unique mind, she eventually succeeded in developing groundbreaking improvements for farms and livestock. This inspiring story can provide comfort and confidence to anyone who feels different and doesn't quite fit in, as they learn Temple's journey of both struggle and success. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story Of Dr. Temple Grandin is the first book in a new series celebrating the inspiring lives of wonderful and brilliant scientists.

3. Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

An autobiographical story about a young girl named Trisha, who struggles with dyslexia, and how a kind and observant teacher tries to help overcome her struggles and eventually helped her find confidence in herself. An uplifting and inspiring book about learning challenges to which children, even adults, can easily relate. This book is also a wonderful tribute to teachers everywhere.

4. A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

Ruben wants a bike like Sergio and his other friends have, but his family sadly can't afford one. One day, while Ruben is in the grocery store to buy bread, he saw a lady drop a $1 bill. Ruben picks it up and stashes it in his backpack without anyone noticing. When Ruben gets home, he realizes that the bill is actually a $100 bill. He got excited as he realized that he now has the money to buy the bike he always wanted! But Ruben soon was overwhelmed with guilt. Will Ruben try to get the money back, or will he get his dream bike? A helpful picture book to teach children about being honest and doing the right thing.

5. Save Me A Seat by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks

A story about two friends, Joe and Ravi, who are from very different backgrounds. Joe's best friends have moved away and left him on his own. Ravi, who recently moved to the US from India, can't seem to find a way to fit in at this new school. Follow Joe and Ravi as they become friends and allies and how they came together to stand up against their common enemy: the school bully. A great book that teaches about different cultures, friendship, and standing up for yourself.

6. The Feather Chase by Shannon L. Brown

Twelve-year-old cousins Sophie and Jessica don't have much in common. Sophie loves the outdoors and going on adventures while Jessica is a city girl who loves shopping. When the bad guys are running after them after finding a mysterious briefcase in the forest, the two cousins have to set aside their differences and work together to solve the mystery of The Feather Chase. A fun and captivating book perfect for elementary-age kids!

7. The Bear And The Fern by Jay Miletsky

A touching story about two unlikely friends, The Bear And The Fern, is about a potted houseplant and a stuffed bear who formed an enduring friendship when placed together in a room. The Bear, anxious to run around and explore, encourages the Fern to join him but the Fern always refuses to budge and claims that plants like her can never move. As time passed, Fern grew to realize that she could do whatever she wants and could always rely on Bear for support. This wonderful and sweet story about friendship also contains words that can help develop children's vocabulary.

8. Ranger In Time # 1: Rescue On The Oregon Trail by Kate Messner

Join Ranger, a time-traveling golden retriever, as he goes on different adventures! In the first book in the Ranger In Time series--Rescue On The Oregon Trail, we meet Ranger--a dog in training to become a search-and-rescue dog but can't officially pass his training because he keeps getting distracted by squirrels. One day as he was digging in his yard, he found an old first aid kit that transported him back in time to 1850 to a family who is making their way to the west on the Oregon Trail. This fun and exciting book is a great historical fiction novel with a science fiction twist that young readers will surely enjoy!

9. Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

When the local pet club won't admit the boy's unusual pet--a tiny elephant, it is up to the boy to find a solution and show them that pets, just like friends, can come in all shapes and sizes. This sweet story combined with its vibrant illustrations teaches children the power of friendship, courage, and acceptance.

10. Sam And Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett

A charming, multi-awarded children's book tells the story of Sam and Dave on a mission to find "something spectacular." Accompanied by a wise little dog, the boys begin to dig a hole--and kept on digging and digging. Will they be able to find it? An enjoyable and humourous picture book with an ending that will make young readers think.

11. The World According To Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

See the world from Humphrey's perspective, an adorable classroom pet, as he gets to spend his days at school and get to stay with a different student every weekend. You will enjoy following this very smart hamster as he solves problems and brings positivity and inspiration to those around him. The first book in a series that will appeal to young readers who enjoy reading about friendships and animals.

12. Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Wayside School was accidentally built sideways and was thirty stories high. Here you'll meet some of the wackiest kids in town--Bebe, the fastest drawer in art class, or John, who only reads upside down. This book has thirty short and easy-to-read chapters, and each chapter tells about a story of one student in the 30th story classroom. Children will surely enjoy this hilarious and engaging book!

13. Socks by Beverly Cleary

This story is about a cat named Socks who lives a good and happy life after being adopted by his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Until everything changed one day when the couple had a baby, and Mr. and Mrs. Bricker had less and less time for poor Socks. Follow Socks on his adventures as he starts to get into all sorts of mischief as he tries to regain the couple's affection. This adorable read-aloud story with a happy ending is perfect for families.

14. Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

The prequel to the bestseller Fourth Grade Rats, Third Grade Angels is about Suds, who is finally in the Third Grade. Hearing about the schoolyard chant--"First Grade babies! Second Grade cats! Third Grade angels! Fourth Grade rats!" is getting him worried. Their teacher, Mrs. Simms, is holding a monthly competition for the most well-behaved person in the class and the winner will be awarded "the halo." Suds is determined to be the first to win the halo. Will he succeed? Children will enjoy this funny and relatable book to read in the classroom or at home.

15. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Henry always wishes that something exciting would happen to him. One day, as he was enjoying an ice cream cone, he met a stray dog that wants his ice cream too. Soon, Henry named the dog, Ribsy and brought him home. They went on all sorts of adventures and were inseparable. But what will happen when Ribsy's original owners appear and want Ribsy back? A timeless classic for all ages.

16. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

Mr. Popper, a house painter, often dreams of Antarctica, penguins, and polar exploration. One day, he sent a fan mail to his hero, the polar explorer Admiral Drake. As a thank you, the Admiral sent him a male penguin. Soon after, the Poppers received a female penguin, and eventually, the family has twelve penguins living in their house! Will the Popper family be able to take care of these penguins? First published in 1938, Mr. Popper's Penguins has amused and enchanted generations of children and parents alike.

17. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

A beloved children's classic, Charlotte's Web is about a pig named Wilbur and his devoted friend, Charlotte, a large, gray beautiful spider who lives with Wilbur in the Zuckerman's barn. There is also a little girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born. A tender but powerful story of love, friendship, loyalty, and life and death. Whether young or old, everyone will love this timeless classic.

18. The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker

Ms. Plum teaches at Springtime Elementary, and every kid in the school knew that there is something magical happening in her class. It seems that every time a student goes into Ms. Plum's mysterious supply closet, they always come out with...something unusual. In this delightful and warmhearted chapter book, readers will enjoy learning about the kids in Ms. Plum's class.

19. The Year Of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

What a way to start second grade! While on summer vacation, Billy Miller gets a massive lump on his head from a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant. Because of the bump in his head, though non-life-threatening, he soon begins to worry about whether he is smart enough for second grade. Follow Billy in this engaging and sweet book as he navigates second grade and figures out how to be a responsible brother and a reliable son to his busy working mom and stay-at-home artist dad.

20. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree is about Red, an oak tree who is many rings old. She is the neighborhood "wishtree" where people tie their wishes to her branches. She watches over the neighborhood along with her crow friend, Bongo, and other animals who live in her hollows. Soon, a new family moves into the neighborhood but it becomes clear that they are not welcome. So Red and her friend Bongo, begin to create a plan to help this new family connect with the community. A truly wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and love for animals and nature. This book also helps teach Common Core curriculum skills.

21. The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

After a big storm, eight-year-old Kirstie finds a mysterious egg. She and her brother decides to take it home and places it in the bathtub to see if it will hatch. The next day, it hatched out a tiny, green creature with a horse's head, warty skin like a toad's, and a crocodile-like tail. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what this unusual creature is: a Kelpie or The Water Horse, the sea monster of Scottish legend. The family kept the baby water horse and named it Crusoe. Crusoe grew up to be a loveable gentle giant. But as Crusoe keeps getting bigger and bigger, the family needs to find him a new home, where he will be safe from other people. Set in the 1930s, this sweet, magical story is a beautiful interpretation of the Loch Ness monster's origin. Suitable for readers of all ages.

22. Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

Told in wonderful free verse, Little Dog, Lost is about Mark, a boy who needs a dog. Then there is Buddy, a lost dog who needs an owner that will love and care for him. And a lonely Mr. LaRue, who lives alone in a mansion and just wants to belong. After a few twists and turns, these three will cross paths and will come together in this touching tale of friendship and kindness. Perfect for animal lovers and makes for a great read-aloud.

23. Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

A heartwarming story about a boy named Louie, who befriends and takes care of a small, sickly, newborn donkey. Louie is determined to save him even when everyone warns him that it will probably die anyway. With his newfound purpose, taking care of the little donkey he named, Winslow, makes him feel less lonely about his brother, who is away in the army. This short chapter book teaches young readers about friendship, hope, and compassion.

24. Turtle In Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

It is 1935, and eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to Key West, Florida to live with her mother's sister after her mother gets a new housekeeping job for a rich woman who doesn't like children. While there, Turtle has to adjust quickly to life with family members she has never met before, including her loud and spunky boy cousins. Soon Turtle and her cousins will go on adventures, treasure hunting, and even discovering family secrets! Turtle and her cousins' adventures in this heartwarming and funny book will definitely become a favorite among young readers.

25. Milo Imagines The World by Matt De La Peña

Milo is on his weekly subway ride through the city with his older sister. To pass the time and to distract himself from being nervous, he studies the faces of his fellow subway passengers and draws pictures of what their lives might look like. In his drawings, a young boy in a suit with bright white sneakers becomes a prince living in a castle, then there's the whiskered man doing crosswords who comes home to his cat and parakeets, and maybe the wedding dress lady will be whisked away by her groom in a hot air balloon. But when the young boy in a suit gets off the same stop as Milo, Milo learns a valuable lesson. This thoughtful and gentle picture book reminds us not to judge people by their appearance alone.

26. The Mouse And The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary