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Recommended Reading List

Parents often are trying to find out good books for their kids to read. We have created a recommended list to help you based on grade levels. For parents who want more books, please visit BookAdventure website.

Instruction: use recommended vocabulary to assess if your child can read the books independently. If your child does not know 90% of the vocabulary, we recommend you read with your child. 

K Grade

Recommended vocabulary: said, take, some, other, any, much, many, new, which, just

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo

Eating the Alphabet

Freight Train

Froggy Gets Dressed

I Am Not Going to Get up Today!

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Leo the Late Bloomer

The Giving Tree

The Lady With the Alligator Purse

Yo! Yes?

1st Grade

Recommended vocabulary: drawing, leader, trip, story, cub, kind, toy, replied, climb, wooden

Arthur's Reading Race

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Chomp! : A Book About Sharks

Digging Up Dinosaurs

Doctor De Soto

Don't Laugh, Joe

Dr. White


How Do You Know It's Spring

I Love Going Through This Book

Iris and Walter

Sleep Tight, Ginger Kitten

Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles

Spike in the Kennel


2nd Grade

Recommended vocabulary: popcorn, steam, treat, remember, first, peek, heated, inside, moment, discover

A Plump and Perky Turkey

Amelia Bedelia

Brave as a Bunny Can Be

Even Steven and Odd Todd

I am not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed

Katy No-Pocket

Mummies Made in Egypt

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

The Moon Book

The Salamander Room

The Schoolyard Mystery

Wait! No Paint!

3rd Grade

Recommended vocabulary: melt, wreck, damaged, received, speckled, swiftly, ditches, glides, gulps, territory

A Bear Called Paddington

A Child's Garden of Verses

Baloney (Henry P.)

Clarice Bean Guess Who's Babysitting

Ice Cream Treats: The Inside Scoop

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution

Judy Moody Gets Famous

The Gadget War

The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me

The Reasons for Seasons

The Tarantula Scientist

The Trail of Tears

The Wartville Wizard

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear

4th Grade

Recommended vocabulary: stout, fright, roamed, competitions, memorial, chiseled, trace, sculptures, arena, glaciers

A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840

Be Careful What You Wish For...

Danny Champion of the World

El Nino: Stormy Weather for People and Wildlife

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Favorite Greek Myths


How Animals Saved the People: Animal Tales From the South

Little Pet Werewolf

Makeup Mess

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

The Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery

The Devil's Storybook

The Kid Who Ran for President

5th Grade

Recommended vocabulary: translations, reservation, announces, transmitted, figures, whirring, glinting, trend, absorb, propelled

Bud, Not Buddy

Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Half Moon Investigations


Here and Then

How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark

Mountain Dance


The Cricket in Times Square

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Wrapped in a Riddle

Zlata's Diary

6th Grade

Recommended vocabulary: decomposing, hibernate, compost, decays, microorganisms, humus, landfills, nutritious, mimic, simulate

Banner in the Sky

Experiments in Science: How Does it Work?

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Growing up Chicana/o


Maniac Magee

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

The Bad Beginning

The Illustrated World of Space

The Other Side of Truth

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Reptile Room

The Wide Window

Under the Blood Red Sun

Where the Red Fern Grows

7th Grade

Recommended vocabulary: affluence, cascade, cringe, crotchety, jovial, manacle, martial, nimble, onset, partition

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Black Star, Bright Dawn

Esperanza Rising

Fire from Heaven

Freak the Mighty

Letters From a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs

Life and Death of Crazy Horse

Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom

Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy

Smart Girl's Guide to Boys


Terror in the Stadium

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

8th Grade

Recommended vocabulary: capsize, catastrophe, disputatious, flourish, incentive, insubordinate, nub, onslaught, ordain, prudent

A Christmas Carol

Alice Alone

All Creatures Great and Small

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

Bronx Masquerade

Dawn of Fear

Death Be Not Proud

Ender's Game


House of the Scorpion

Money Hungry


To Be A Slave

Witch Hill

You Don't Know Me

High School - Low Difficulty

Recommended vocabulary: abut, attire, crony, cryptic, divergent, enmity, fervent, gaunt, infiltrate, nullify


The Hero and the Crown


High School - Medium Difficulty

Recommended vocabulary: asylum, dilate, dross, flippant, immunity, preposterous, pugnacious, realm, rejuvenate, remunerate

At Risk

Forbidden City: A Novel of Modern China

Forged by Fire

Julius Caeser


She Stoops to Conquer

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Catcher in the Rye

The Great Gatsby

The Samurai's Garden

The Taming of the Shrew

High School - High Difficulty

Recommended vocabulary: animosity, apathy, condolence, consecrate, decrepit, deride, ingenuous, multifarious, obsolete, omnivorous

Fields of Fire

On the Beach

The Crucible

The Death of Ivan Illyich