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Suggested Reading ListThis reading list is provided by the American Library Association for you and your young reader. If you choose to use this list, draw your child's attention to these books, starting with those for the appropriate grade level. Go to the library and find one or more of the books listed here. Let your child look at the front and back covers of the book(s) and thumb through the book(s). Ask whether the book(s) interests your child. If so, check out the book(s). If not, find another book on this list and repeat the process until your child is happy.
Birth to Preschool
Bang, Molly. Ten, Nine, Eight.
Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon.
Burton, Virginia. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Henkes, Kevin. Julius the Baby of the World.
Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day.
Numeroff, Laura and Felicia Bond. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Opie, Iona/Wells, Rosemary. My Very First Mother Goose.
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Prelutsky, Jack. Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young.
Williams, Vera. "More, More, More," Said the Baby.
Preschool through Grade 2
Bruchak, Joseph. A Boy Called Slow.
Cameron, Ann. Stories Julian Tells.
Cole, Joanna and Bruce Degen. Magic School Bus series.
Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius.
Dooley, Norah. Everybody Cooks Rice.
Dorros, Arthur. Abuela.
Kuklin, Susan. How My Family Lives in America.
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad series.
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings.
McKissack, Patricia. Mirandy and Brother Wind.
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Classroom Chapter Books
Junie B. Jones, First Grader at Last!by Barbara Parks Year Published: AverageThis is our class book for the month of October. The children will love Junie B. in this introduction to FIRST GRADE. We will laugh and cry during her first grade adventures.
Junie B. Jones, Boo... and I MEAN it!by Barbara Park Year Published: AverageIn the 24th installment of Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones series of illustrated early chapter books, Boo... And I Mean It!, the precocious first grader is worried about Halloween--with good reason. Paulie Allen Puffer has given her five good reasons, in fact, not least of which is that real witches and monsters go trick-or-treating on Halloween (no costumes necessary); if you carve pumpkins with pointy teeth, they will bite your feet; and...shhh...candy corn isn't really corn. Junie B. goes to great lengths to avoid trick-or-treating altogether, but she finally decides that if she dresses up like Squirty the Clown (a disturbing circus clown who terrified her grandmother by chasing her with a seltzer bottle and making her wear an "unattractive balloon hat"), even the most horrific witches and monsters will be scared off. As ever, her way of expressing herself "I did a groan" and "Chills came on my arms" is grammatically unique, but as you get to know her, more endearing than alarming. Children who have mixed feelings about Halloween festivities will relate to Junie B.'s fears, and they'll be relieved when Halloween passes without a monster attack or pumpkin bite, just a delicious bag of 100% candy.
Junie B. Jones and a little Monkey Businessby Barbara Parks Year Published: ChallengingIt's pooey on B-A-B-I-E-S until Junie B. finds out that her new dumb old baby brother is a big fat deal. Her two bestest friends are giving her everything they own just to see him.
Classroom Read Alouds
A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink: What is a Noun?by Brian P. Cleary Year Published: AveragePlayful, rhyming text brings home the fact that nouns are people, places and things. Nouns are highlighted for easy I.D.
All I Amby Eileen Roe Year Published: AverageA small boy recounts some of what he is--a child, a friend, a helper, etc. The book concludes with the boy as daydreamer and stargazer, wondering about all that he is and all that he will become.
And the Rain Came Downby David Shannon Year Published: Easy ReadingAn unexpected rain shower causes quarreling among the members of a small community, until finally the sun comes out, and everyone in town ends up smiling and lending one another a hand. By the creator of the Caldecott Honor book, No, David!
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!by Dr. Seuss Year Published: ChallengingHooray for Diffendoofer Day! is a children's book credited to Dr. Seuss "with some help by Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith". The book is based on verses and sketches created by Seuss before his death in 1991, and was expanded to book length and completed by writer Prelutsky and illustrator Smith for publication in 1998. The story surrounds a school that is well liked by its students notably because of its many eccentric teachers. However, the students must make a good grade on a standardized test (which turns out in the end to be a revising test on multiple subjects they regularly learn) or else they will be sent to an adjacent school, which requires uniforms to be worn and is incredibly dull.
Miss. Nelson is Missingby James Marshall Year Published: AverageMiss Nelson is a grade-school teacher whose students constantly take advantage of her nice nature. After an especially rowdy day in Miss Nelson's class, her students discover that she is not coming to school the next day. "Now we can really act up," yells one of the students (Allard, 8). However, before they get the chance to make mischief, a substitute, Miss Viola Swamp, shows up. Swamp is a strict disciplinarian and gives the students significantly more school work than Miss Nelson ever did. The contrast between the two teachers is so great that the students actively go looking for Miss Nelson and make unlikely conjectures about what may have happened to her. After many days of tyranny under Miss Swamp, Miss Nelson returns to class and the children rejoice. At the end of the book, it is implied that Miss Viola Swamp was Miss Nelson in disguise.
Pumpkin Hillby Elizabeth Spurr Year Published: AverageIt all began with one lonely pumpkin that grew plump, and plumper. But over time, seeds from that pumpkin grew into an army of roly-poly pumpkins. When a mighty wind blew, the pumpkins flew, and a sleepy valley town woke up one morning to a rumbling, tumbling surprise.
Sometimesby Keith Baker Year Published: Easy ReadingHappy or sad? Hot or cold? Up or down? Sometimes you may feel every which way, and that's just fine. Keith Baker uses opposites and an irresistible banjo-playing, cake-baking alligator to remind us all of one of life's simplest--and most important--lessons: Anything is possible if you like who you are and you like what you do.
Tops and Bottomsby Janet Stevens Year Published: ChallengingThis humorous story illustrates the importance of hard work and shrewd business practices. Hare's family was hungry, with no land to raise a crop. Bear was lazy with plenty of farmable land. Hare proposes a deal to Bear: Hare will farm the land for half the crop - tops or bottoms. Bear is in for quite a surprise!
Who will carve the turkey this Thanksgiving?by Jerry Pallotta Year Published: AverageIt is Thanksgiving day, and the turkey needs to be carved. Who will do the job? A killer whale, or a saber-toothed tiger, or a Tyrannosaurus rex? None of those seem to be quite right. So who will carve the turkey this Thanksgiving?