Recommended Texts



Amelia Earhart by John Parlin

The Story of Amelia Earhart Lost Star by Patricia Lauber

Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling

The First Woman Doctor by Rachel Baker

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

Shadow Life- Portrait of Anne Frank

Gladiator by Richard Watkins


Scholastic Biography (collection of different people)

Who Was.....Series (a little easier to read)


Historical Fiction


Little House in the Big Woods Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

American Girl Series

Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark

Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Freedom Songs by Trina Robbins

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Shadow Children by Steven Schnur

Avi books


Huckelberry Finn


My Side of the Mountain




Grade Level Favorites

** Series

Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Magic Tree House

Little House on the Prairie


Encyclopedia Brown

Series of Unfortunate Events

Box Car Children

Nancy Drew Mysteries



**Stand Alone books

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Home Run by Robert Burleigh

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

Dragon Quest by Jackie French Koller

Help! I’m Trapped in an Aliens Body by Todd Strasser

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Mr. Popper’s Penguin’s by Richard and Florence Atwater

Stuart Little by EB White

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Rough-Faced Girl by D Shannon and R Martin

I Smell Like Ham

The Midnight Fox


Artemis Fowl-by Colfer


Above Grade

Level Series

*Harry Potter

*The Lightening Thief




Civil War A-Z

Hurricanes, Tusunami’s,-by Andrew Langley

Any Informational/National Geo for Kids

Animal Books

Science/SS related topic books


2008 Award Books

***(mixture of grade level/above grade level books)


The Invention of Hugo Cabret  by Brian Selznick

Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe

Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds by Robert Burleigh

Nothing but Trouble by Sue Stauffacher

Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner (book of puns)

The Secret of the Painted House by Marion Dane Bauer

James and Angus Together by Anne Fine

Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas by Pauline Chen

Rickshaw Girl by Matali Perkins

No Talking by Andrew Clements

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin

A Friendship for Today by Patricia McDissack

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O-Connor

Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli

Tex Zero and the End of the World by Tim Wynne-Jones

Flush by Carl Hiassen


Waiting For Normal

Each Little Bird That Sings

Ribbons by Lawrence Yep

For Your Eyes Only

The 6th Grade Nickname Game

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy gifford

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Gone by Michael Grant

The Sky Inside

My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

The Tale of Desperaux by Katie DiCamillo

Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

Lily’s Ghost by Laura Ruby

Holes by Louis Satcher