Book List


    I encourage that your child reads 20 minutes every night. Most of these titles can be found at your local library.

    • John, Paul, George and Ben written and illustrated by Lane Smith (Hyperion)

    • Dogzilla (Harcourt) and  Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis (Scholastic) written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

    • Henry and the Kite Dragon by Bruce Edward Hall, illustrated by William Low (Penguin)

    • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (Viking)

    • My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick)

    • Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School written and illustrated by Mark Teague (Scholastic)

    • The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, illustrated by David Diaz (Lee & Low)

    • Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia by  Alison Lester (Kane/Miller)

    • Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Stacy Dressen-McQueen (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

    • Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles, illustrated by Jerome LaGarrigue (Simon & Schuster)

    • Encounter by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon (Harcourt)

    • Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale (Lee & Low)

    • Beach is to Fun: a Book of Relationships by Pat Brisson, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa (Henry Holt)

    • Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss (Harcourt)

    • Straight to the Pole written and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley (Walker)

    • Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude written and illustrated by Kevin O"É1;Malley, Carol Heyer, and Scott Goto (Walker)


    • O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Troy Howell (Sleeping Bear Press)

    • Guts and Spiders (both HarperCollins) and just about anything else Seymour Simon writes!

    • Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies, illustrated by James Croft (Candlewick)

    • Harvesting Hope: the Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Harcourt)

    • Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Henry Holt)

    • Togo written and illustrated by Robert J. Blake (Penguin)

    • The Woods Scientist by Stephen Swinburne, photographs by Susan C. Morse (Houghton Mifflin Co.) and other titles in the ÒScientistÓ series. 


    • Jump Back Honey by Paul Laurence Dunbar, illustrated by various artists including Ashley Bryant, Carole Byard, Jerry Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, and Faith Ringgold (Hyperion)

    • Big, Bad and a Little Bit Scary: Poems that Bite Back compiled and illustrated by Wade Zahares (Viking)

    • Monster Goose by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Jack E. Davis (Harcourt)

    • In the Swim written and illustrated by Douglas Florian (Harcourt)

    • Science Verse by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (Viking)

    Chapter books/Transitional Novels

    • Big Surprise in the Bug Tank by Ruth Horowitz, illustrated by Joan Holub (Dial)

    • Marvin One Too Many by Katherine Paterson, illustrated byJane Clark Brown (HarperCollins)

    • See You Later, Gladiator by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Viking)

    • Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen, illustrated by Brian Biggs (Knopf)

    • Babymouse: Queen of the World (graphic novel) by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm (Random House)

    Novels (good for read-alouds)

    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other titles by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Penguin)

    • Frindle and other school stories by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Simon & Schuster)

    • The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson (Penguin)

    • The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman (Random House)

    • The Big House by Carolyn Coman (Boyds Mill Press)

    • Time Stops for No Mouse, Time Stops for No Mouse, and the Sands of Time by Michael Hoeye (Penguin)

    • Midnight for Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo (Scholastic)

    • Smart Dog by Vivian Vande Velde (Harcourt