My Booklist

  • Here are some books from our favorite authors and high interest to children.


Holiday Books

Favorite Children's Books

Harcourt Reading Program

Favorite Children's Books

Read to Succeed Buffalo 3rd & 4th Grade Suggestions

1st Grade

Informational Texts

  • From Seed to Plant

    by Gail Gibbons Year Published: Average
    K-Gr 2-- A simple introduction to how plants reproduce, discussing pollination, seed dispersal, and growth from seed to plant. The section on pollination, covered in detail in the illustrations, is very clear. A simple project--how to grow a bean plant--is included. A final page gives odd and unusual facts. Unfortunately, the text is pedestrian and occasionally awkward. The boldly colored illustrations are casual, somewhat careless, and some plants are hard to recognize. Other books cover the same subject with more excitement in language and zest in visual design. Bean and Plant (Silver Burdett, 1986) by Back, Reason for a Flower (Putnam, 1983) by Heller, or Lauber's Seeds: Pop, Stick, Glide

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  • So You Want to Be President?

    by Judith St. George, David Small Year Published: Average
    This new version of the Caldecott-winning classic by illustrator David Small and author Judith St. George is updated with current facts and new illustrations to include our forty-second president, George W. Bush. There are now three Georges in the catalog of presidential names, a Bush alongside the presidential family tree, and a new face on the endpaper portraiture. Hilariously illustrated by Small, this celebration by St. George shows us the foibles, quirks and humanity of forty-two men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world. Perfect for this election year—and every year! Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

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  • Where Do Polar Bears Live?

    by Sarah L. Thomson Year Published: Average
    Overview Our world is getting warmer, and the polar ice caps are melting. A polar bear needs the ice to survive, but many scientists believe that climate change may make it impossible for polar bears to live in the wild as soon as 2020. Why is the ice melting? What can we do to protect the Arctic environment that is home to unique wildlife? Read and find out!

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Springtime Books

Math Books


Read to Succeed Buffalo 5th & 6th Grade Suggestions

2nd Grade

Social Studies Reading

  • The Egypt Game

    by Zilpha Keatley Snyder Year Published: Average
    Follow a group of kids with vivid imaginations as they embark on a game they created that transports them to ancient Egypt.
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  • The Good Earth

    by Pearl S Buck Year Published: Challenging
    Learn the hardships of being a peasant in China and the everyday trials a family must on a regular basis.
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  • Henry and Mudge: The First Book

    by Cynthia Rylant Year Published: Easy Reading
    The first book in the acclaimed easy-to-read series featuring Henry and his lovable 180-pound dog, Mudge. Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.

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  • Sarah Plain and Tall

    by Patricia MacLachlan Year Published: Challenging
    "Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna. "Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too." Their mother died the day after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings. Sarah decides to come for a month. She writes Papa: I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall, and Tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she like them? Will she stay? When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

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  • The Stories Julian Tells

    The Stories Julian Tells

    by Ann Cameron Year Published: Average
    Julian is a quick fibber and a wishful thinker. And he is great at telling stories. He can make people—especially his younger brother, Huey—believe just about anything. Like the story about the cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian and Huey end up! Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.

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Read to Succeed Buffalo 5th & 6th Grade Suggestions

Beginning Reader Books

5th Grade

  • Bud, Not Buddy

    by Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: Average
    It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan, and when 10-year-old Bud decides to hit the road to find his father, nothing can stop him.

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  • Esperanza Rising

    by Ryan, Pam Muñoz Year Published: Average
    For the first 12 years of her life, Esperanza Ortega is pampered by servants and sheltered by her doting parents on their ranch in Aguascalientes, Mexico. But a sudden tragedy shatters that world of wealth and privilege. Homeless and destitute, she and her mother emigrate to California to work in the fields and start a new life.

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  • Gathering Blue

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    If you enjoyed The Giver, then you will love Gathering Blue. This is the second book in the series and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
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  • Number The Stars

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    Travel back to the days of World War II, and learn about a family that risks everything to help neighbors escape the Nazi Regime. Will they succeed in their efforts or fall victim to the SS?
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  • The Giver

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Challenging
    Can you imagine living in a place where everything was controlled by others? In this community everything is predictable, from the weather, to the temperature, to how old you will be when you get your first bike. Brian is a young boy growing up in this community but has a hard time accepting how things are, can he do anything to change things for the future?
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  • The Hatchett

    by Gary Paulson Year Published: Average
    Brian sets out to visit his father in the Northern Canadian wilderness. What should be a relatively short, easy flight turns into anything but that. Will Brian get to his father?
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Intermediate Books

Fairy Tales & Folklore

Read to Succeed Buffalo 3rd & 4th Grade Suggestions


Books for Fun

Books for Sun

Biographies & Autobiographies