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First Grade

Hi, Fly Guy! by Ted Arnold ER ARNOLD
When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ER CAPUCI
A little yellow dog wants ever one more thing before he’ll go to sleep.

Pete the Cat: Play Ball by James Dean ER DEAN
Pete the Cat has a mitt, a ball, and a bat. He’s ready to play baseball! Pete’s team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. Cheer on Pete as he brings his signature groovy attitude to the game of baseball.

Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt by David Catrow ER CATR
Max Spaniel searches for dinosaurs in his back yard.

Splat the Cat: Good Night, Sleep Tight by Natalie Engel ER ENGEL
Splat is excited about camping out until his mother surprises him with the news that Spike and Plank will be there, too.

Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg ER LES
A lion, a dog, and a tiger balance apples on their heads.

Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan Berenstain ER BERENS
A bear explores a carton on a truck and gets carried away. By the time he has returned, the reader will be exposed to the concepts of “inside, outside, upside down.”

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel ER LOBEL
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends – Frog and Toad.

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire ER LOPSHI
A large, spotted animal discovers he really belongs in a circus, not a zoo.

Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems ER WILLEM
Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish ER PARISH
A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant ER RYLANT
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog
named Mudge.

 

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Second Grade

Wiley and the Hairy Man by Molly Bang ER BANG
With his mother’s help, Wiley outwits the hairy creature that dominates the swamp near his home by the Tombigbee River.

Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat ER SHARMA
Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

Minnie and Moo: Wanted Dead or Alive by Denys Cazet ER CAZET
Trying to help Mr. Farmer with his finances, Minnie and Moo go to the bank to ask for money and are mistaken for the Bazooka sisters, dangerous outlaws.

Cork and Fuzz by Dori Chaconas ER CHACON
A possum and a muskrat become friends despite their many differences.

Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten by Jack Gantos ER GANTOS
Rotten Ralph comes to appreciate Sarah’s healthy cat food after he gets sick from eating out of trash cans.

Pinky and Rex by James Howe ER HOWE
Rex and her best friend Pinky, each the proud possessor of twenty-seven stuffed animals or dinosaurs, find their visit to the museum and its gift shop complicated by Pinky’s little sister Amanda.

Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen ER VANLEE
Five adventures of Oliver Pig with his family.

Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What by Tony Johnston ER JOHNST
Possum and Alien become friends and find that they have both similarities and differences.

Commander Toad in Space by Jane Yolen ER YOLEN
The intrepid crew of the space ship “Star Warts” lands on a water-covered planet inhabited by Deep Wader, a horrible hungry monster.

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline J PB KLINE (Juvenile Series)
Doug discovers that though being Harry’s best friend in Miss Mackle’s second grade class isn’t always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun.

Jigsaw Jones: The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster by James Preller J PB PRELLE (Juvenile Series)
With the help of his Top Secret Detective Journal and his ace partner, Mila, Jigsaw Jones is hot on the trail of Hermie the missing hamster.

Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park JF PARK B (Juvenile Series)
In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown J PB BROWN (Juvenile Series)
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

 

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Third Grade

Sophie the Awesome by Lara Bergen J PB BERGEN
Meet Sophie, a little girl with a big goal: to find the perfect title for herself. Look out — here’s Sophie the Awesome!

The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer JF COLFER E
When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.

Moongobble and Me: The Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville J PB COVILL
Life in the village of Pigbone is boring until an aspiring magician and his talking toad come to town and ask Edward to help them slay the Dragon of Doom.

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo JF DICAMI K
Two roller-skating best friends–one tiny, one tall–share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

Owen Foote, Mighty Scientist by Stephanie Greene JF GREENE S
Third grade best friends Owen and Joseph struggle to come up with a great science fair project that they will both enjoy doing, then something goes wrong and they have to change their plans two days before the fair.

Just Grace by Charise Harper JF HARPER C
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.

Basketball Bats by Betty Hicks JF HICKS B
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, take on the Tigers, and Henry learns a lesson about working as a team.

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe JF HOWE D
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs into Action! By Jacqueline Jules JF JULES J
When a very important inventor needs rescuing, Freddie Ramos activates his special sneakers and becomes a superhero.

Captain Awesome to the Rescue by Stan Kirby JF KIRBY S
When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker JF PENNYP S
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald J PB MCDONA
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.

In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen by Cynthia Rylant JF RYLANT C
While staying with their aunt for a year, three nine-year-old cousins keep busy baking and selling cookies, putting on a poetry and singing performance, and trying to encourage a romance between their aunt and one of their former customers.

Daisy Dawson is on Her Way! By Steve Voake JF VOAKE S
One day when Daisy is late for school, an encounter with a butterfly leaves her suddenly able to communicate with animals, and when Boom, a stray dog, is caught by the pound, she enlists the help of a host of other animals to rescue him.

 

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Fourth Grade

Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen JF VANDRA W
Fifth grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity–Shredderman!

Frindle by Andrew Clements J PB CLEMEN
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary JF CLEARY B
Four-year-old Ramona Quimby has an imagination that often leads to unintended trouble. She mortifies older sister Beezus at the library; disrupts an entire art class; and one rainy day, invites all her neighborhood friends over for a party—without even asking her mother.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater JF ATWATE R
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume JF BLUME J
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar JF SACHAR L
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Lunch Money by Andrew Clements J PB CLEMEN
Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary JF CLEARY B
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine JF LEVINE G
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

The Penderwicks by Jeannne Birdsall JF BIRDSA J
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

 

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Fifth Grade

Poppy by Avi JF AVI
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick JF SELZNI B
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Matilda by Roald Dahl J PB DAHL
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau JF DUPRAU J
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Have a Hot Time, Hades! By Kate McMullan JF MCMULL K
Hades, king of the underworld, reveals the true story behind the myths. When he and his siblings were born, their father Cronus swallowed them whole because of a prophecy that said one of his children would be mightier than he. Can Hades and his brothers and sisters overthrow their big, bad dad?

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix JF HADDIX M
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot JF CABOT M
Nine-year-old Allie Finkle has rules for everything and is even writing her own rule book, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town, which will mean a new house, school, best friend, and plenty of new rules.

Science Fair by Dave Barry JF BARRY D
The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student, makes up his mind finally to win the fair, the terrorists’ plans go awry.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins J PB COLLIN
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke JF FUNKE C
The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing more than to be a knight, and when their castle is attacked by a treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.

The Sisters Grimm, Book One: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley J PB BUCKLE (Juvenile Series)
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett JF BURNET F
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

 

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Sixth Grade

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer J PB COLFER
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Holes by Louis Sachar JF SACHAR L
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin J PB RASKIN
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett JF BALLIE B
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle JF LENGLE M
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly JF KELLY J
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia JF WILLIA R
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio JF PALACI R
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his clasassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos JF GANTOS J
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden JF WALDEN M Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.

 

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Seventh Grade

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman YA FIC CUSHMA K
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson JF ANDERS L
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg JF KONIGS E
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

The Giver by Lois Lowry JF LOWRY L
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt JF SCHMID G
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi JF AVI As the lone “young lady” on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko JF CHOLDE G
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder JF SNYDER Z
A group of children, entranced with the study of Egypt, play their own Egypt game, are visited by a secret oracle, become involved in a murder, and befriend the Professor before they move on to new interests, such as Gypsies.

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan JF TOLAN S
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

Heat by Mike Lupica JF LUPICA M
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

 

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Eighth Grade

Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman JF CUSHMA K
In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos JF GANTOS J
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

Flush by Carl Hiaason JF HIAASE C
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson YA FIC ANDERS L
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld YA FIC WESTER S
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien JF TOLKIE J
Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, becomes a thief for a band of dwarves and soon finds himself in the midst of a war with the evil goblins and wargs, and forced to make a decision between the call of duty and the pull of the simple life.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli J PB SPINEL
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe and inspire everyone around him.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor YA FIC BLOOR E
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz YA FIC HOROWI A
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli YA FIC SPINEL J
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead JF STEAD R
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

 

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