Book Lists Created by Alameda Free Library Staff

Entering Kindergarten

  • Carlson, Nancy L.                   Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come!
  • Carlson, Nancy                       Henry’s Show and Tell
  • Child, Lauren                          I am Too Absolutely Small for School        
  • Cronin, Doreen                       Diary of a Worm
  • Davis, Katie                            Kindergarten Rocks
  • Falwell, Cathyrn                     Turtle Splash! Countdown at the Pond
  • Hale, Nathan                           Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School
  • Henkes, Kevin                        Chrysanthemum
  • Henkes, Kevin                        Wemberly Worried
  • Hest, Amy                               Off to School Baby Duck! or Don't you Feel Well, Sam?
  • Horse, Harry                           Little Rabbit Goes to School
  • Kirk, Daniel                             Bus Stop, Bus Go
  • London, Jonathon                 Froggy Goes to School
  • McGhee, Alison                      Countdown to Kindergarten
  • Middleton, Charolotte             Enrico Starts School
  • Minarik, Else Holmelund        A Kiss for Little Bear
  • Neubecker, Robert                 Wow! School!
  • Paterson, Katherine               Marvin One Too Many
  • Penn, Audrey                          The Kissing Hand
  • Portis, Antoinette                    Kindergarten Diary
  • Rey, Margret                           Margret H.A. Rey's Curious George's First Day of School
  • Rogers, Jacqueline                Tiptoe into Kindergarten
  • Rosenberry, Vera                   Vera's First Day of School
  • Ruhmann, Karl                        Who Will Go to School Today?
  • Scotton, Rob                           Splat the Cat 
  • Shaw, Nancy                            Sheep in a Jeep
  • Slate, Joseph                          Miss Bindergarten series
  • Sturges, Philemon                  I love School!
  • Wells, Rosemary                    Timothy Goes to School     
  • Wells, Rosemary                    Yoko Writes her Name
  • Wild, Margaret                        Tom Goes to Kindergarten
  • Willems, Mo                            The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
  • Wright, Michael                       Jake Starts School
  • Yolen, Jane                              How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

 

Authors to look for:

  • Aliki
  • Carlstrom, N
  • Cohen, C                  
  • Cole, J                      
  • Davis, K  
  • Dannenberg, J
  • Ehlert, L                    
  • Fleming, D
  • Hoberman, M           
  • Isadora, R
  • Kasza, K                   
  • Mackall, D
  • Park, B                     
  • Radunsky, E           
  • Rosenberry              
  • Rathman, P             
  • Rockwell, A             
  • Saltzberg, B            
  • Stoeke, J                   
  • Tafuri, N
  • Williams, V                
  • Wilson, K     

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Picture Books (JPB)

  • Balian - The Sweet Touch
  • Barton - Dinosaur, Dinosaur
  • Borden - Off to First Grade
  • Bridwell - Clifford (series)
  • Brown - Arthur (series)
  • Buzzeo - Adventure Annie goes to Kindergarten 
  • Campbell - Dear Zoo
  • Carle - The Secret Birthday Message AND Brown Bear
  • Carlson - Henry's Show & Tell
  • Carlstrom - Giggle-Wiggle Wake-up
  • Carrick - Patrick's Dinosaur on the Internet
  • Child - I Am Too Absolutely Small for School
  • Cronin - Diary of a Worm (and) Dooby Dooby Moo
  • Denim - Dumb Bunnies
  • DePaola - Stagestruck
  • Dewdney - Llama Llama Misses Mama
  • Dunbar - The Very Small
  • Edwards - Ms. Bitsy Bat's Kindergarten
  • Elliott - Hunter's Best Friend at School
  • Emberley - If you're a Monster and You Know It
  • Feiffer - Bark, George
  • Gackenbach - Harry and the Horrible Whatzit
  • Gantos - Rotten Ralph
  • Gliori - Mr. Bear's Vacation
  • Gregory - Amber Waiting
  • Grindley - It's My School
  • Grossman - My Little Sister Ate One Hare
  • Hale - Yellowbelly and Plum go to School
  • Hall - It’s Pumpkin Time
  • Henkes - Wimberly Worried (and) Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
  • Hoban - Look Book
  • Hort - The Seals on the Bus
  • Johnson - Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Khan - The Big Red Lollipop
  • Krebbs - We All Went on Safari
  • Lee - Something for School
  • Lester - Me First
  • Lionni - Frederick
  • Martin - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Mayer - Grandma's Cure
  • McGeorge - Boomer Goes to School
  • Numeroff - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • O’Niell - Recess Queen
  • Palatini - Piggie Pie
  • Penn - Kissing Hand
  • Preller - Pirate's Guide to First Grade
  • Rosenberry - Vera's New School
  • Rockwell - Welcome to Kindergarten
  • Sakai - Snow Day
  • Schwartz - Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner
  • Scotton - Splat the Cat
  • Sendak - Chicken Soup with Rice
  • Seuss - Gerald McBoing Boing
  • Slate - Miss Bindergarten (series)
  • Stead - A Sick Day for Amos McGee
  • Steig - Pete's a Pizza
  • Sturges - The Littel Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
  • Stewart - Mouse Paint
  • Watt - Scaredy Squirrel
  • Webb - Tanka Tanka Skunk
  • Wells - Yoko Writes her Name (and) My Kindergarten
  • Whybrow - Sammy and the Dinosaurs
  • Willems - Knuffle Bunny too: A case of mistaken identity
  • Willems - Don’t Let the Pigeon Cross the Road
  • Williams - Albert's Toothache
  • Wright - Jake Starts School
  • Yolen - How Do Dinosaurs Go to School

Authors to look for (JPB):

  • Aliki
  • Carle, E
  • Cole, J
  • Ehlert, L
  • Hoberman, M
  • Martin Jr., B
  • Radunsky, E
  • Rathman, P
  • Simmons, J
  • Tafuri, N
  • Williams, V
  • Wilson, K

 

Easy to Read Books (JE):

  • Arnold - Shoo, Fly Guy
  • Brown - Rex and Lilly
  • Buck - Oh, Cats!
  • Capucilli - Biscuit Finds a Friend
  • Cazet - Minnie and Moo series (and) The Shrunken Head
  • Eastman - Are You My Mother?
  • Harvey - Busy Bugs
  • Hoban - Bargain for Francis
  • Hoff - Happy Birthday, Danny the Dinosaur!
  • Holub - Gingerbread Kid Goes to School
  • Klein - Max Goes to School
  • Krensky - Lionel and Louise
  • MacDonald - Just Clowning Around
  • Maitland - Bookstore Burglar
  • Marshall - George and Martha Round and Round
  • Meister - Tiny's Bath
  • Minarik - Kiss for Little Bear
  • Parish - Amelia Bedelia
  • Pearson - Where is Max?
  • Petrie - Hot Rod Harry
  • Pilkey - Dragon's Fat Cat
  • Rockwell - Sweet Potato Pie
  • Rylant - Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend (Henry and Mudge series)
  • Schaefer - Follow Me, Mittens
  • Seuss - Green Eggs and Ham
  • Sharmat - Princess of Fillmore Street (and) Nate the Great (and) Olivia Sharp (both are a series)   
  • Simon - Sam's Pet
  • Thomas - Good Night, Good Knight
  • Van Leeuwen - Amanda Pig series
  • Weeks - Baa-choo!
  • Wells - Momma, Don't Go
  • Willems - I am Invited to a Party
  • Wiseman - Morris Goes to School

 

Moving Up Books (JMU) - blue sticker on spine 

  • Adler - Cam Jansen (series)
  • Barrows - Ivy and Bean (series)
  • Brown - Flat Stanley (series)
  • Caserley - Hurricane Harry
  • DiCamillo - Mercy Watson (series)
  • Gutman - My Weird School Stories
  • Hurwitz - Starting School
  • Osborne - Magic Treehouse (series)
  • Park - Junie B Jones (series)
  • Pilkey - Ricky Ricotta's Giant (series)
  • Smallcomb - Camp Buccaneer

 

Graphic Novels:

  • Chi’s Sweet Home - JGN C  
  • Baby Mouse (a series) - JGN B 
  • Owly (a series) - JGN O

 

 Folktales:

  • Turtle’s Race with Beaver - J 398.2 Bruchac
  • Fox Tale Soup - J 398.2 Bonning
  • Gingerbread Boy - J 398.2 Galdone
  • One Fine Day - J 398.2 Hogrogian
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears - J 398.21 Brett
  • The Little Red Hen - J 398.24 Little   

 

Non Fiction Books for younger children:

Science (animals, planets, our body etc):

  • How Many Bears - J 513.2 Edens
  • Sounds All Around - J 534 Pfeffer
  • What Makes a Shadow - J 535.4 Bulla
  • Planet Earth, inside out - J 550 Gibbons
  • Tornadoes - J 551.553 Gibbons
  • Earthquakes - J 552 Branley
  • Dinosaurs - J 567.9 Gibbons
  • Magic School Bus: in the time of Dinosaurs - J 567.91 Cole
  • Is There Life in Outer Space - J 576.839 Branley
  • More Life–Size Zoo - J 590 Earhart
  • Animals in Winter - J 591.54 Bancroft
  • About Mollusks - J 594 Sill
  • Best Way to See a Shark - J 597.31 Fowler
  • Pierre the Penguin - J 598.47 Marzollo
  • Fainting Goats and other Weird Mammals - J 599 Bredeson
  • Bengal Tiger: Save Our Tigers - J 599.756 Spilsbury
  • Koko’s Kitten - J 599.8846 Patterson
  • Me and My Amazing Body - J 611 Sweeney
  • Sleep is for Everyone - J 612.821 Showers
  • Germs Make Me Sick - J 616.92 Berger
  • Where Does the Garbage Go - J 628.44 Showers
  • Mission to Mars - J 629.4553 Branley
  • Handful of Sunshine - J 635.9339 Eclare

Miscellaneous (art, sports, poetry):

  • Vincent’s Colors (NF) - J 759.9492 Gough (by Metropolitan Museum)
  • Soccer is Our Game - J 796.3342 Gemme
  • There’s a Zoo in Room 22 - J 811.54 Salzberg
  • Lunch Money and other Poems About School - J 811.54 Shields

 

2nd and 3rd Graders

Fiction

Picture Books (JPB):

  • Allard - Miss Nelson is Missing
  • Auch - Chickerella
  • Borden - Last Day of School
  • Broach - When Dinosaurs Came with Everything
  • Child - Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book
  • Cooney - Miss Rumphius
  • Cronin - Diary of a Fly
  • Di Paola - Strega Nona
  • Feiffer - Meanwhile
  • Grey - Traction Man is Here
  • Helakoski - Woolbur
  • Henkes - Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
  • Isaacs - Dust Devil
  • Kellogg - Jimmy's Boa
  • Kellogg - Prehistoric Pinkerton
  • Kimmel - Anansi and the Talking Melon       
  • Kleven - The Paper Princess
  • Long - How I Became a Pirate
  • Marshall - Cut-up series
  • Meddaugh - Perfectly Martha
  • Numeroff - Sherman Crunchley
  • Peet - Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock
  • Pilkey - Dog Breath
  • Polocco  - The Keeping Quilt
  • Say - Grandfather’s Journey
  • Schwartz - Things I Learned in Second Grade
  • Shannon - Alice the Fairy
  • Steig - Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Stewart - The Gardener
  • Seuss - And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry St
  • Teague - The Secret Shortcut
  • Wood - Heckedy Peg

Easy to Read (JE):

  • Cazet - Minnie and Moo (series)
  • Cole - Lost in the Snow
  • Cushman - Inspector Hopper's Mystery Year
  • Danziger - Second Grade Rules
  • Egan - Dodsworth in London (part of a series)
  • Guest - Iris and Walter (series)
  • Hoban - Arthur's Funny Money
  • Hoban - Bargain for Frances
  • Hoff - Sammy the Seal (series)
  • Howe - Pinky and Rex (series)
  • Kenah - Best Seat in Second Grade
  • Kessler - Mr. Pine’s Purple House
  • Krensky - Lionel and his Friends
  • Lobel - Frog and Toad (series)
  • Minarek - Little Bear (series)
  • Mills - Gus and Grandpa (series)
  • Nolen - Max and Jax in Second Grade
  • Parish - Amelia Bedelia (series)
  • Pilkey - Dragon’s Halloween
  • Rylant - Henry and Mudge (series)
  • Sharmat - Nate the Great (series)
  • Silverman - Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (series)
  • Skofield - Detective Dinosaur
  • Thomas - Good Night, Good Knight (part of a series)
  • VanLeeuwen - Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day (part of a series)
  • Yolen - Commander Toad (series)

Moving Up Fiction (JMU)--blue sticker on spine:

  • Abbott - Secrets of Droon (series)
  • Adler - Young Cam Jansen (series)
  • Auch - I Was a Third Grade Science Project Spy
  • Barrows - Ivy + Bean (series)
  • Benton - Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist (series)
  • Blume - Freckle Juice
  • Blume - Pain and the Great One
  • Brown - Buster's Dino Dilemma
  • Brown - Mystery of the Stolen Bike
  • Byars - Boo’s Dinosaur  (or ) Boo’s Suprise
  • Cameron - Stories Julian Tells
  • Catling - The Chocolate Touch
  • Cleary - Ramona, Age 8 (or) The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Cohen - Molly’s Pilgrim
  • Cuyler -  The Battlefield Ghost
  • DiCamillo - Mercy Watson to the Rescue (part of a series)
  • Dadey - Mrs. Jeeper's Monster Class Trip
  • Dadey - Bailey School Kids (series)
  • Danziger - I, Amber Brown
  • Duffy - How to be Cool in Third Grade
  • Fine - Notso Hotso
  • Freeman - Trouble with Cats
  • Gannet - My Father’s Dragon
  • Glatt - Abigail Iris the One and Only
  • Greenwald - Rosy Cole
  • Griffith- Dinosaur Habitat
  • Gutman - Miss Daisy is Crazy (first in the “My Weird School” school series)
  • Haas - Runaway Radish
  • Harper - Just Grace
  • Hicks - Gym Shorts
  • Hoffman - Staring Grace
  • Holt - Piper Reed (series) 
  • Hurwitz - Elisa Michaels, Bigger and Better
  • Hurwitz - Class Clown
  • Jenkins - Toys Go Out
  • Kline - Horrible Harry (series)
  • Krensky - Louise Goes Wild
  • Kroll - Eat
  • Lester - Horse Crazy
  • Marshall - Rats on the Roof
  • McDonald - Judy Moody AND Stink (series)
  • McMullan - Dragon Slayer’s Academy (series)
  • Miller - Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog
  • Myers - Earthquake in Third Grade
  • Osborne - Magic Tree House (series): fiction and research guides
  • Osborne - Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple
  • Park - Junie B. Jones (series)
  • Paros - Violet Bing
  • Pennypack - Clementine  (short series)
  • Pilkey - Captain Underpants (series)
  • Pinkwater - Ned Feldman, Space Pirate
  • Pinkwater - Wallpaper from Space
  • Preller - Jigsaw Jones (series)
  • Roy - A to Z Mysteries  (series)
  • Rylant - Cobble Street Cousins (series)
  • Sachar - Marvin Redpost: Flying Birthday Cake or Super Fast, Out of Control!
  • Sachar - Wayside School (series)
  • Sage - Vampire Brat, Araminta Spookie (part of a series)
  • Sanvoisin - The Ink Drinker (part of a short series)
  • Schlitz - The Night Fairy
  • Scieszka - Time Warp Trio (Series)
  • Silverstein - The Giving Tree
  • Simon - Einstein Anderson Science Detective (series)
  • Simon - Horrid Henry
  • Smallcomb - Camp Buccaneer
  • Smith - Nelson in Love
  • Sobol - Encyclopedia Brown (series)
  • Spinelli - Library Card
  • Trine - Melvin Beederman Superhero (series)
  • VanAllsburg - Polar Express
  • Warner - Boxcar Children (series)
  • Wells - Timothy's Tales from Hilltop School
  • Wells - Mary on Horseback
  • Wilder - Farmer Boy (part of a Little House on the Prairie series)
  • Wojciechowski - Beany Goes to Camp

 

Juvenile Fiction (J):

  • Atwater - Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • Baum - The Wizard of Oz  
  • Clements - Frindle
  • Fitzgerald - The Great Brain
  • Fleischman - The Dunderheads
  • Lindgren - Pippi Longstocking
  • Lubar - Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie (series)
  • Martin - The Doll People (small series)
  • Ogden - Edgar and Ellen (series)
  • Selden - The Cricket in Times Square
  • Spyri - Heidi
  • Stilton - Geronimo Stilton (series)
  • White - Charlotte’s Web
  • Williams - Cricket in Times Square
  • Yep - Later, Gator

Graphic Novels (JGN):

  • Billions of Bats - JGN Billions, Non Fiction
  • Chi’s Sweet Home - JGN Chi
  • Cowa! - JGN Cowa
  • Magic Pickle - JGN Magic
  • Sardine - JGN Sardine
  • Stinky Bur - JGN Stinky

 

Non Fiction:

Biographies:

  • The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon JB Collins
  • When Esther Morris Headed West                                     JB Morris
  • Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)                                            JB Radcliffe
  • Taking Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers                JB Wright
  • Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way                                        JB Aaron

Folktales/Folklore:

  • Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood                           J 398.2089    Artell
  • Little Rooster’s Diamond Button                                         J 398.2094    Macdonald
  • Runaway Tortilla                                                                      J 398.20979  Kimmel
  • Two of Everything                                                                  J 398.21         Hong
  • Stone Soup                                                                            J 398.22         Forest
  • How Chipmunk Got His Stripes                                          J 398.24         Bruchac

 

Science/Animals:

  • Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge                  J 363.7387    Cole  
  • Earthquakes                                                                          J 551.22         Branley
  • Magic School Bus inside a Hurricane                                J 551.552       Cole
  • Magic School Bus in the time of Dinosaurs                       J 567.91         Cole
  • In My Backyard                                                                      J 590              Ruurs
  • An Egg is Quiet                                                                     J 591.468       Aston
  • How to Clean a Hippopotamus                                           J 591.785       Jenkins          
  • Hair-shooting Tarantulas and other Weird Spiders          J 595.44         Bredeson
  • Whales                                                                                   J 595.5           Gibbons
  • Lizards                                                                                   J 597.95         Bishop
  • Koko’s Kitten                                                                         J 599.8846    Patterson

Things You Do or Make:

  • So you want to be an Inventor                                              J 608              St. George
  • Ice Cream                                                                              J 641.862       Older
  • Mousemazia (Maze)                                                            J 793.738       Nilsen
  • Jump: From the Life of Michael Jordan                              J 796.323       Cooper
  • Sleeping in a Sack: Camping Activities for Kids              J 796.545       White

Poetry/Riddles:

  • Dino Riddles                                                                          J 818.5402    Hall
  • It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles                                             J 811.54         Prelutsky
  • Lunch Money and Other Poems About School                  J 811.54         Shields
  • Falling Up                                                                               J 811.54         Silverstein

History/the Past:

  • Pirates : Robbers of the High Sea                                      J 910.45         Gibbons
  • Mrs. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China                          J 931.04         Cole
  • Cat Mummies                                                                        J 932              Trumble
  • Ancient Rome                                                                        J 937              Hanel
  • The Kings and Queens of England                                     J 941.009       Davis
  • Angel Island                                                                           J 979.462       Mortensen

 

4th and 5th Graders

Fiction

Juvenile Fiction (J):

  • Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
  • Balliett - Chasing Vermeer
  • Banks - Indian in the Cupboard
  • Birdsall - The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
  • Blume - Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Broach - Masterpiece
  • Buckley - Grimm Sisters (series)
  • Cabot - Best Friends and Drama Queens
  • Carman - The Land of Elyon (series)
  • Choldenko - Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Cleary - Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • Clements - A Week in the Woods
  • Colfer - Artemis Fowl
  • Curtis - Bud, Not Buddy
  • Cushman -The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
  • Creech - Ruby Holler
  • Danzinger - P.S. Longer Letter Later
  • Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dear - Dear America/My America (series)
  • DeTerlizzi - Spiderwick Chronicles (series) 
  • Di Camillo - Because of Winn Dixie
  • Erdrich - The Birchbark House (first in series)
  • Erskine - Mockingbird
  • Farmer - A Girl Named Disaster
  • Fitzhugh - Harriet the Spy
  • Fleischman,S - By the Great Horn Spoon
  • Frazier - The Other half of My Heart
  • Gantos - Joe Pigza Swallowed the Key
  • George - My Side of the Mountain
  • Gregory - Stowaway: a tale of California Pirates
  • Gutman - Jackie and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
  • Hesse - Music of Dolphins
  • Horvarth - Everything on a Waffle
  • Howe - Bunnicula
  • Hunter - Warriors (series)
  • Ibbotson - Secret of Platform 13
  • Kinney - Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Klise - Letters from Camp
  • Korman - Swindle
  • Lasky - Guardians of Ga’Hoole (series)
  • Laurgaard - Patty Reed's Doll: the Story of the Donner Party
  • Lewis - The Magician’s Nephew (first in Chronicles of Narnia series)
  • Levy - My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian
  • Lin - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Lindgren - Pippi Longstocking
  • Lowry - Number the Stars
  • Lupica - Heat
  • Mass - 11 Birthdays
  • Munoz Ryan - Esperanza Rising
  • O’Brien - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  • O’Dell - Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Paterson - Bridge to Tarabithia
  • Paulsen - Hatchett
  • Paulson - Call me Frances Tucket
  • Patron - The Higher Power of Lucky
  • Philbrick - Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
  • Pierce - Big Nate
  • Rawls - Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Riordan - The Lightening Thief
  • Santopolo - Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure
  • Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (series)
  • Snyder - Egypt Game
  • Spinelli - Wringer
  • Stewart - The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Taylor - All of a Kind Family
  • Urban - A Crooked Kind of Perfect
  • VanDraanen - Shredderman (series)
  • Wiles - Each little Bird that Sings
  • Wright - The Dollhouse Murders
  • Yee - Millicent Minn, Girl Genius

Moving Up (JMU):

  • Sobol - Encyclopedia Brown (series)
  • Wilder - The Long Winter
  • Warner - Boxcar Children (series)
  • White - Charlotte’s Webb

Juvenile Graphic Novels (JGN):

Fiction graphic novels:

  • Adventures to Cartooning                                                            JGN A
  • Amelia Rules!                                                                            JGN A
  • Amulet: the Stonekeeper                                                            JGN A
  • Babysitters Club (adapted)                                                          JGN B
  • Calamity Jack                                                                            JGN C
  • Chi’s Sweet Home                                                                     JGN C
  • Jellaby                                                                                      JGN J
  • Meanwhile                                                                                 JGN M
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge                                                                   JGN R
  • Robot Dreams                                                                           JGN R

 

Non-Fiction

Juvenile Graphic Novels (JGN) 

Non Fiction graphic novels

  • Levi Strauss                                                                              JGN 338.7687
  • Magnetism with Max Axom                                                         JGN 538
  • Shackleton and the Lost Antarctic Expedition                               JGN 919.89      
  • Donner Party                                                                             JGN 978.02
  •  Juvenile Non-Fiction (or) informational picture books:

 

Biographies:

  • Johnny Appleseed: the Story of a Legend                                     JB Appleseed   
  • Benjamin Franklin: A man of many talents (Time Life for Kids)       JB Franklin                               
  • Escape!: the story of the Great Houdini                                        JB Houdini (by Fleischman)
  • Jesse Owens Fastest Man Alive                                                  JB Owens                                
  • Bad News of Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves           JB Reeves (by Nelson)              
  • Wilma Unlimited                                                                        JB Rudolf                                 
  • Minty                                                                                        JB Tubman                               


Folktales and Informational Picture Books:

  • The Story of Jumping Mouse                                                       J 398.2089 Steptoe                   
  • Lily and the Wooden Bowl                                                          J 398.21 Schroeder                   
  • Behold…the Unicorn                                                                  J 398.24 Gibbons          
  • King Arthur and the Round Table                                                 J 398.2 Talbot                           
  • Boom town                                                                                JPB Levitin                               
  • John Paul George & Ben                                                            JPB Smith                                

  

Mythology, Languages, Science:

  • The Random House Book of Myths                                              J 292.13 Vinge                          
  • If America Were a Village                                                           J 304.6097 Smith                      
  • Signing Fun                                                                               J 419.7 Warner                         
  • Gizmos and Gadgets                                                                 J 500 Hauser                            
  • Chemistry Experiments                                                              J 546.78 Loeschning                 
  • Bugs that Live on Us                                                                  J 595.717 Perritano                   
  • I Like Weird Animals (series)                                                      J 591-599 Bredeson   (series of 6 books: 591.77, 595.44, 595.7, 597.9, 598, 599)
  • Koko-Love: Conversations with a Signing Gorilla                           J 599.8846 Patterson                
  • The Way We Work: getting to know the amazing human body       J 612 Mcaulay                          
  • Pupniks: the Story of Two Dogs in Space                                     J 629.4509 Lubka                      
  • Bridges: Go From Here to There                                                  J 624.2 Wilson                          
  • My Life in Dog Years                                                                  J 636.7 Paulsen                        
  • Super Simple Paper Airplanes                                                     J 745.592 Robinson                   

 

Poetry:

  • Soft Hay will Catch you: poems by young people                          J 811.008 Soft                          
  • My Dog May be a Genius                                                           J 811.54 Prelutsky                    
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends                                                           J 811.54 Silverstein                   
  • A Child’s Calendar                                                                     J 811.54 Updike
  • Winter Poems                                                                           J 811.008 Winter                                   

 

History/the Past:

  • Teammates                                                                               J 796.357 Golenbock                 
  • Real Pirates                                                                              J 910.45 Hibbert
  • So You Want to Ben an Explorer?                                               J 910.9 St. George                    
  • Cars on Mars                                                                             J 919.923 Siy                           
  • What Presidents are Made Of                                                     J 973.099 Piven                        
  • The Wild West                                                                           J 978.02 Wood                         
  • Our California                                                                             J 979.4 Ryan
  • Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock                               J 979.461 Murphy                     
  • Angel Island                                                                                                         J 979.462 Britton                                   

 

6th to 8th Grade

Fiction

Juvenile Fiction (J):

  • Allison - Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator
  • Avi - The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • Avi - Crispin: The Cross of Lead
  • Baskin - The Westing Game
  • Bauer - Rules of the Road
  • Bosch - The Name of this Book is Secret   
  • Bunting - Someone is hiding on Alcatraz Island
  • Corbett - 12 Again
  • Craighead, George - My Side of the Mountain
  • Creech - Walk Two Moons (and or) Love that Dog
  • Curtis - The Watsons Go To Birmingham (and others)
  • Cushman - Ballad of Lucy Whipple (and others)
  • Dear (Dear America series)The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce (author: Ann Rinaldi)    
  • Dowd - The London Eye Mystery
  • Dunmore - Ingo                
  • Du Prau - The City of Ember
  • Falmel - The Alchemyst
  • Flake - The Skin I’m In
  • Flanagan - Rangers Apprentice (series)
  • Gaiman - The Graveyard Book
  • Gantos - Dead End in Norvelt
  • Haddix - Among the Hidden
  • Hahn - Deep and Dark and Dangerous: a Ghost Story
  • Hale - Princess Academy
  • Hale - The Goose Girl
  • Hiaasen - Scat (or) Hoot
  • Holm - Turtle in Paradise
  • Hoobler - The Demon in the Teahouse
  • Horowitz - Alex Rider (series of five books)
  • Horowitz - Gatekeepers (series)
  • Karr - Skullduggery
  • Kelly - Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
  • Kerr, PB - Children of the Lamp (series)
  • Konigsburg - Silent to the Bone (and others)
  • Korman - Schooled (and others)
  • L’Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
  • Lafevers - Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
  • Larson - Hattie Big Sky
  • Law - Savvy
  • Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia (series)
  • Lord - Rules
  • Lowery - The Giver
  • Lupica - Heat (and others)
  • Oppel - Airborn
  • Paulsen - Hatchet (and others)
  • Paver - Wolf Brother
  • Park - A Singel Shard
  • Park - Mick Hart was Here
  • Peacock - Eye of the Crow -The Boy Sherlock Holmes
  • Peck - A Long Way from Chicago
  • Philbrick - The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
  • Pierce - Big Nate
  • Pullman - The Golden Compass
  • Rex - The True Meaning of Smekday
  • Riordin - Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series)
  • Rubalcaba - A Place in the Sun
  • Schmidt - Wednesday Wars (first of two in a series)
  • Selznick - Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
  • Selznick - Wonderstuck
  • Smith - Peak
  • Snyder - Runaways
  • Spinelli - Eggs
  • Springer - The Case of the Missing Marques: An Enola Holmes Mystery
  • Stead - When You Reach Me
  • Stroud - The Amulet of Samarkand
  • Taylor - The Cay
  • Van Draanen - Flipped
  • Vanderpool - Moon Over Manifest
  • Vande Velde - Heir Apparent
  • Wasserman - Awakening
  • Whelen - Homeless Bird
  • Woodson - Feathers
  • Yee - Millicent Min, Girl Genius

Authors to look for (not already named in this list):

  • Abbott, Tony
  • Auxier, Jonathan
  • Barnard, Bryn
  • Choldenko, Gennifer
  • Fleming, Candace
  • Freedman, Russell
  • Murphy, Jim
  • Nelson, Kadir
  • Pierce, Tamora
  • Rinaldi, Ann
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz
  • Salisbury, Graham
  • Soto, Gary
  • Woodson, Jacqueline
  • Wynne-Jones, Diana

Teen Fiction  (Y Fic):

  • Anderson                   Fever, 1793
  • Anderson                   Chains: Seeds of America
  • Bacigalupi                  Ship Breaker
  • Billingsley                   Chime
  • Bray                            Going Bovine
  • Cohn                           The Steps
  • Colfer                          Airman
  • Crutcher                     Whale talk
  • Cushman                    Catherine, Called Birdy
  • Farmer                       House of Scorpion
  • Collins                        The Hunger Games (first in a series of three)
  • Pierce                         Wild Magic
  • Van Draanen             Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception (series) or Swear to Howdy
  • Zusak                          The Book Thief

Adult Fiction:

  • Kidd                            The Secret Life of Bees
  • Smith                          A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • McMurtry                    Lonesome Dove
  • Fitzgerald                   The Great Gatsby
  • Tolkien                        The Hobbit (first in Lord of the Rings series)

Graphic Novels: (shelved alphabetically by title, not author last name)

  • Amulet                                   
  • Artemis Fowl                       
  • Chocolat
  • City of Spies
  • Crogan’s Adventures (series)
  • DragonBall Z (series)
  • Hereville
  • Hikaru
  • Meanwhile                             
  • Olympians (Zuess, Athena etc)
  • Out from Boneville
  • Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge
  • Resistance
  • Slog’s Dad
  • Storm in the Barn
  • Sugar Princess
  • The Unsinkable Walter Bean

  

Non Fiction:

History Related:
  • J352.23 Beccia                     The Raucous Royals: test your royal wits: crack codes, solve mysteries, and deduce which royal rumors are true
  • J 393.3 Sloan                        Mummies (National Geographic Kids
  • J614.541 Murphy                  An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 179
  • J796.357 Berman                 The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time
  • J796.3576 Nelson                We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
  • J 910.9 Ross                         Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea and Air
  • J920 Bragg                            How They Croaked: The awful ends of the awfully famous
  • J929.7 Gifford                       10 Kings and Queens Who Changed the World 
  • J943.086                                Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow

 

Ancient History News Paper:

(new stories reported as current events but set in an ancient culture):

  • J937 Langley                         Roman News
  • J938 Powell                           Greek News
  • J972.018 Steele                   Aztec News

                                               

An Interactive History Adventure:

  • J932 Adamson                                  Ancient Egypt or
  • J938 Caper                                       Ancient Greece
  • J927 Hanel                                        Ancient Rome
  • J940.1 Lassieur                                The Middle Ages

 

 Science Related:
 
  • J262.1974 Fleischman        Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About  Brain Science
  • J363. 7382 Landau              Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
  • J591.68 Baille                       Animals on the Edge (Saving the World’s Rarest Creatures)
  • J599.6351 Hatkoff                Owen & Mzee-The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
  • J609 Platt                               Eureka! Great Inventions and How They Happened
  • J609.2273 Thimmesh          Girls Think of Everything (Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women)
  • J614.17 Walker                     Written in Bone (Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland)

Biographies and Folktales:

  • JB Adams                              Abigail Adams: Eyewitness to America’s Birth (Time for Kids Biography)
  • JB Anderson                          The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
  • JB Baker                                Josephine Baker 
  • JB Colvin                                Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice 
  • JB Einstein                            Albert Einstein (Compass Point Books) 
  • JB Farnsworth                       The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of  
  • JB Fleischman                      Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini
  • JB Franklin                             Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a true account of a good gentleman’s life
  • JB Say                                    Drawing from Memory
  • JB Warhol                              Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol
  • JGN B Telgemeier               Smile (graphic novel biography)
  • JGN B Siegel                        To Dance: a ballerina’s graphic novel (graphic novel biography) 
  • YGN B Sandifer                     Yummy: the last days of a Southside Shorty  (graphic novel biography found in teen section) 
  • J 398.2 Climo                        Egyptian Cinderella 
  • J398.2 Tarnowska                The Arabian Nights 
  • J398.2 Tchana                      The Serpent Slayer (and other Stories of Strong Women) 
  • J398.2093 Turnbull               Greek Myths: retold by Ann Turnbull 
  • J398.30941 Hague               Kate Culhane, a Ghost Story