Books to Read
On this page I will post book recommendations about once a month. I will highlight new books we've gotten in as well as old
favorites. I hope you enjoy this page and find some new books that you will love.
Picture Books, Grades K-3
Piggie Pie, by Margie Palatini
Gritch the Witch wants something special for lunch and only one thing will do: Piggie Pie! But getting the 8 plump piggies needed for piggie pie is harder than she thinks, especially when she comes across some very clever piggies. A silly and fun rhyming book for all ages.
Wolf!, by Becky Bloom
Wolf wants to eat the animals at a nearby farm, but they are so engrossed in reading they don't even pay attention to him. Wolf has never been treated like this before, so he sets off to make an impression on those farm animals. A great book about how hard it can be to learn to read, and the rewards of being a good reader at the end.
Ten Dirty Pigs/Ten Clean Pigs, by Carol Roth
A very short counting & rhyming book about 10 dirty pigs getting into the tub to get clean. When you've finished reading about them, turn the book over and read about the 10 clean pigs getting dirty again. Kindergarteners think this book is magic and they all love it.
Beginner Chapter Books, grades 2-3
Ivy + Bean, by Annie Barrows
Ivy doesn't want to be friends with the new girl in the neighborhood, but finds her much more interesting than she thought at first glance. A fun book about best friends and all the crazy situations they get into. The first in a series of about 10 so far.
Now You See Me, Now You Don't, by Dan Greenburg
Zach is a 10 year old boy who always has crazy things happen to him. In this story (12th in the Zach Files series), Zach drinks invisible ink and turns invisible himself. This becomes a problem when he becomes a finalist in a make-your-own-ice-cream-flavor contest and he wants his picture in the paper! A very silly series, especially for reluctant readers.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School, by Louis Sachar
Wayside school was built sideways. Thirty classrooms, one on top of the other instead of side by side. This book is about the kids on the top story of wayside school and each student has their own chapter. Very silly stories that will keep kids laughing and reading.
Chapter Books 4th through 6th graders
Black Duck, by Janet Taylor Lisle
A suspenseful book that takes place in the 20s and 30s during prohibition. Rumrunning is a big part of people's lives and even those who try to stay out of it find themselves getting caught up in it one way or another. This book will keep you reading until 3 in the morning to find out what happens in the end.
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle
Meg's father is a scientist who has been missing for some time. One night Meg is visited by three strange women who claim to know where her father is and that he needs her help. Meg and her brother Charles Wallace are taken off into space to rescue their father. A fantasy classic everyone should read.
No Talking, by Andrew Clements
Andrew Clements is the master of telling the realistic school story. I love everything he writes. In this story, the 5th graders are called the "unshushables" because the teachers can never get them quiet. After one of the boys reads about Gandhi's vow of silence, he decides to try it. It turns into a contest, boys against girls, as to who can stay the quietest. According to the rules, they can answer teachers when asked questions, but only using 3 words. A fascinating and funny book that will make you think.