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Required reading:​ 

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault

Suggested Titles:

  • My Five Senses by Aliki

  • Farm Animals by Wade Cooper

  • The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney

  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

  • When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

  • Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Verma Aardema

1st Grade

Required reading:​

  • Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora​

Suggested Titles:​

  • My Librarian is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs

  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

  • Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins

  • Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

  • Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets

  • Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston and James Warhola

2nd Grade

Required reading:​​

  • The Little Yellow Leaf  by Carin Berger

Suggested Titles:​​​

  • A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

  • The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki

  • Journey of a Pioneer by Patricia J Murphy

  • Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her Family’s Fight For Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

  • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

3rd Grade

Required reading:


  • The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino

Suggested Titles:​​

  • Shark Attack by Cathy East Dubowski

  • Moonshot by Brian Floca

  • One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh

  • The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

  • Tea with Milk by Allen Say

  • Emma’s Rug by Allen Say

  • Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg

4th Grade

Required reading:

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Suggested Titles:​​

  • Clara & Davie by Patricia Pdacco

  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

  • Mountains by Seymour Simon

  • The Scarlet Stockings Spy by Trinka Hakes Noble

  • Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

  • Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

5th Grade

Required reading:

  • Salt: A Story of Friendship In a Time of War by Helen Frost​

Suggested Titles:

  • Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac

  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

  • The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan & Peter Sis

  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

  • Iron Thunder by Avi

  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

6th Grade

Required reading:

  • Sounder by William H. Armstrong

Suggested Titles:

  • The Odyssey by Geraldine McCaughrean & Emma Chic

  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth  by Jules Verne

  • Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance Of Amelia Earhart by Candice Fleming

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

7th Grade

Required reading:

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


Suggested Titles:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hilton

  • Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David McCauley

  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

  • Hana’s Suitcase: The Quest To Solve a Holocaust Mystery by Karen Levin

  • Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

8th Grade

Required reading:

  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo


Suggested Titles:

  • Soldier Dog by Sam Angus

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  • I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl by Ann Frank

  • Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something by Laurie Ann Thompson

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