March is National Reading Month…Here are some Great Books to Add to Your Classroom Library Wish Lists

A Collection of Recommended Books for Children Grades 1-3



Agee, Jon – Milo’s Hat Trick

Bruchac, Joseph – How Chipmunk got his Stripes : A Tale of Bragging and Teasing

Choi, Yangsook – The Name Jar

Eastman, P. D. (Philip D.) – Are you my Mother?

Jenkins, Emily – Five Creatures

Johnson, Crockett – Harold and the Purple Crayon

Kellogg, Steven – A Penguin Pup for Pinkerton

Kimmel, Eric A – Anansi and the Magic Stick

LeSieg, Theo. – Ten Apples up on Top!

Long, Melinda – When Papa Snores

Look, Lenore – Henry’s First-Moon Birthday

Mayer, Mercer – There’s an Alligator Under my Bed  (both my son and daughter loved this one 🙂

McCloskey, Robert – Make way for Ducklings

Middleton, Charlotte – Tabitha’s Terrifically Tough Tooth

Pattou, Edith – Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden

Piper, Watty – The Little Engine that Could

Rey, Margret – The Complete Adventures of Curious George

Rylant, Cynthia – The Great Gracie Chase : Stop that Dog!

Shaw, Nancy (Nancy E.) – Sheep in a Jeep

Showers, Paul – The Listening Walk

Smith, Charles R., Jr – Loki & Alex : The Adventures of a Dog and his Best Friend

Stevens, Janet – And the dish Ran Away with the Spoon

Stewart, Sarah – The Journey

Suen, Anastasia – Hamster Chase

Watt, Melanie – Leon the Chameleon

Wick, Walter – Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks

Winthrop, Elizabeth – Dumpy La Rue

Wood, Audrey – The Napping House

Wood, Audrey – Quick as a Cricket

Recommended authors for Grade 1

Eric Carl ; P. D. Eastman; Dr. Seuss; Kevin Henkes; Laura Joffe Numeroff; Rosemary Wells

Recommended Series for Grade 1

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin – Biscuit

Gantos, Jack – Rotten Ralph

Lobel, Arnold – Frog and Toad All Year

Minarik, Else Holmelund – Little Bear. Pictures by Maurice Sendak (A family favorite!)

Rey, H. A. (Hans Augusto) – Curious George

Rylant, Cynthia – Henry and Mudge



Allard, Harry – Miss Nelson is Back

Allard, Harry – Miss Nelson is Missing!

Arnold, Tedd – No More Water in the Tub!

Arnold, Tedd – The Signmaker’s Assistant

Bercaw, Edna Coe – Halmoni’s Day

Brown, Jeff – Flat Stanley

Cannon, Janell – Stellaluna

Creech, Sharon – Fishing in the Air

Ehlert, Lois – Waiting for Wings

Finchler, Judy – Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10

Guarino, Deborah – Is Your Mama a llama?

Hale, Bruce – The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee – Zelda and Ivy

Leedy, Loreen – Mapping Penny’s World

Lester, Helen – Tacky the Penguin

Markle, Sandra – Outside and Inside Dinosaurs

Palatini, Margie – The Web Files

Prelutsky, Jack – It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles : Poems

Seeger, Pete – Abiyoyo

Silverstein, Shel – The Giving Tree

Simont, Marc – The Stray Dog : From a True Story by Reiko Sassa

Wood, Audrey – King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub

Recommended series for Grade 2

Barrows, Annie – Ivy + Bean

Danziger, Paula – Amber Brown is not a Crayon

Gantos, Jack – Rotten Ralph

Hoban, Russell – Bedtime for Frances

Lobel, Arnold – Frog and Toad are Friends

McDonald, Megan – Judy Moody ( A funny series! 🙂 )

Meadows, Daisy – The Rainbow Magic Collection. Volume 1 , Books 1-4

Meddaugh, Susan – Martha Speaks

Minarik, Else Holmelund – Little Bear. Pictures by Maurice Sendak

Osborne, Mary Pope – Dinosaurs Before Dark

Parish, Peggy – Amelia Bedelia

Park, Barbara – Junie B. Jones and the stupid Smelly Bus

Preller, James – The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster

Rylant, Cynthia – Henry and Mudge

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman – Nate the Great

Zion, Gene – Harry, the Dirty Dog


Grade 3

Allard, Harry – Miss Nelson is Missing!

Artell, Mike – Petite Rouge : a Cajun Red Riding Hood

Barrett, Judi – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Blume, Judy – Freckle Juice

Cameron, Ann – The Stories Julian Tells

Cherry, Lynne – The Great Kapok Tree : A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

Cole, Joanna – Bony-legs

Dahl, Roald – Fantastic Mr. Fox

Ernst, Lisa Campbell – Little Red Riding Hood : A Newfangled Prairie Tale

Etra, Jonathan – Aliens for Breakfast

Ferris, Jeri – Go Free or Die : A Story about Harriet Tubman

Ferris, Jeri – What are you Figuring Now?

Ferris, Jeri – Walking the Road to Freedom : A Story about Sojourner Truth

Fleming, Denise – Where Once there was a Wood

Frasier, Debra – Miss Alaineus : A Vocabulary Disaster

George, Jean Craighead – Look to the North : A Wolf Pup Diary

Giff, Patricia Reilly – Oh Boy, Boston!

Hopkins, Lee Bennett – Sports! Sports! Sports! : A  Poetry Collection

Kline, Suzy – Horrible Harry and the Dungeon

Krull, Kathleen – Wilma Unlimited : How Wilma Rudolph became the World’s Fastest Woman

MacLachlan, Patricia – Sarah, Plain and Tall

McGill, Alice – Molly Bannaky

Polacco, Patricia – The Keeping Quilt

Polacco, Patricia – The Bee Tree

Robinson, Barbara – The Best School Year Ever

Rockwell, Thomas – How to Eat Fried Worms

Rodowsky, Colby F – Not my Dog

Seattle, Chief – Brother Eagle, Sister Sky : A Message from Chief Seattle

White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) – Charlotte’s wWb

Yolen, Jane – Letting Swift River Go

Recommended series for Grade 3

Adler, David A – Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds

Dadey, Debbie – Monsters don’t Scuba Dive

Danziger, Paula – Amber Brown is not a Crayon

Landon, Lucinda – Meg Mackintosh and the Case of the Missing Babe Ruth Baseball : A Solve-it-Yourself Mystery

Osborne, Mary Pope – Dinosaurs before Dark

Peterson, John Lawrence – The Littles

Preller, James – The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster

Roy, Ron – The Absent Author

Sachar, Louis – Marvin Redpost : Kidnapped at Birth?

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman – Nate the Great

Sobol, Donald J. – Encyclopedia Brown- Boy Detective

Warner, Gertrude Chandler – The Boxcar Children


Recommended authors for Grade 3

Matt Christopher, Beverly Cleary, Barbara Cooney, Robert McCloskey, Patricia McKissack, Allen Say, Jon Scieszka, William Steig, and Chris Van Allsburg.



Barasch, Lynne – Radio Rescue

Blume, Judy – Fudge-a-Mania

Coville, Bruce – My Teacher is an Alien

Dahl, Roald – James and the Giant Peach

Erickson, John R. – The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

Howe, Deborah – Bunnicula : A Rabbit Tale of Mystery

Lowry, Lois – Anastasia Krupnik

MacLachlan, Patricia – Caleb’s Story

O’Brien, Patrick – The Hindenburg

O’Brien, Robert C – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Richler, Mordecai – Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang

Sachar, Louis – Sideways Stories from Wayside School

St. George, Judith – So you want to be President?

Tang, Greg – The Grapes of Math : Mind Stretching Math Riddles

Thayer, Ernest Lawrence – Casey at the Bat


Recommended Series for Grade 4

Abbott, Tony – The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet

Gutman, Dan – Jim & Me : A Baseball Card Adventure

Gutman, Dan – My Weird School Daze!

Osborne, Mary Pope – Dinosaurs before Dark

Scieszka, Jon – Knights of the Kitchen Table

Snicket, Lemony – The Bad Beginning

Wilder, Laura Ingalls – Little House on the Prairie


Grade 5

■Avi – Never Mind! : A Twin Novel

Berlin, Eric – The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

Birdsall, Jeanne – The Penderwicks : A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

Bosch, Pseudonymous – The Name of this Book is Secret

Broach, Elise – Masterpiece

Clements, Andrew – No Talking

Codell, Esme Raji – Vive la Paris

Davies, Nicola – Extreme Animals : The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Erdrich, Louise – The Birchbark House

Fleischman, Sid – Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini

Going, K. L. (Kelly L.) – The Liberation of Gabriel King

Gutman, Dan – The Kid who ran for President

Haven, Paul – Two Hot Dogs with Everything

Ibbotson, Eva – The Haunting of Granite Falls

Janeczko, Paul B – A Kick in the Head: an Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

Juster, Norton – The Phantom Tollbooth

Lange, Karen E – 1607 : A New Look at Jamestown

Lowry, Lois – The Willoughbys

Mercado, Nancy E. – Tripping over the Lunch Lady : and other school stories

Park, Linda Sue – Project Mulberry : A Novel

Yue, Guo – Little Leap Forward : A Boy in Beijing


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