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RECOMMENDED READING LIST
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PLEASE DO NOT TAKE A RECOMMENDATION FROM THIS LIST WITHOUT ADDING ONE IN RETURN - THANKS!
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Goal: Develop a reading list that allows students to read at multiple levels ahead of grade level, without delving into content that is too mature for their years.
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Note: the appropriateness of any of these books for any given child must be determined by the parent. When in doubt, the parent should read the book first.
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** Where a general grade school category is indicated, that is a general sense from the person who made the recommendation;
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where a specific grade range and/or GRL level is mentioned, that data is from Scholastic
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TitleAuthor - Last Name
Grades; Guided Reading Level**
Cautionary Notes
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Town Mouse, Country MouseBrettPre-K-1G
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Gooney Bird GreeneLowryPre-K-1G
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Amelia Bedelia and the BabyParishPre-K-1G
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Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of MonthsSendakPre-K-1G
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I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!SeussPre-K-1G
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El DeafoBell2-3G
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Mr. Ferris & His WheelGibbs Davis and Ford2-3G
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I Survived Hurricane KatrinaTarshis2-3G
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Last Summer with MaisonWoodson2-3G
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The Magic Treehouse (series)Osborne2-3G; GRL: M
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My Father's DragonGannett2-3G; GRL: N
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The Boxcar Children (series)Warner2-4G; GRL: O
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The Mouse and the MotorcycleCleary2-4G; GRL: O
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Charlotte's WebWhite, E.B.2-5G; GRL: R
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BunniculaHowe3-5G; GRL: Q
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Little House on the Prairie seriesWilder3-5G, GRL: Q
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Stuart LittleWhite, E.B.3-5G; GRL: R
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The Sword in the Stone (series of 3)White, T.H.Elementary School
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The Cricket in Times SquareSeldon, GeorgeElementary School
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The Great Brain seriesFitzgeraldElementary School
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The Littles (series)Peterson
Elementary School
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The One & Only IvanApplegateElementary School
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Mr. Popper's PenguinsAtwaterElementary School
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The CandymakersMassElementary School
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Misty of ChincoteagueHenryElementary School
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The BorrowersNortonElementary School
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Book ScavengerChambliss BertmanElementary School
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The Wind in the WillowsGrahameElementary School
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The Green Ember (series)SmithElementary School
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The Cold Cereal Saga (series)RexElementary School
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The Bicycle SpyMcDonoughElementary School
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Wolves Chronicles)Aiken, JoanElementary School, 1020Lexile
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The Thing about JellyfishBenjamin4-6G
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Where the Mountain Meets the MoonLin4-6G
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The Invisible Ladder: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poems for Young Readers
Rosenberg4-6G
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Nerd Camp (series)Brent Weissman4-6G
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Wings of Fire (series)Sutherland4-6G; GRL: X
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerKonigsburg4-7G; GRL: S
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Bridge to TerebithiaPaterson4-7G; GRL: T
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The Girl Who Drank the MoonBarnhill4-7G; GRL: X
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WonderPalacio5-7G; GRL: V
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The Land of StoriesColfer5-7G; GRL: W-Z
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Charlie & the Chocolate FactoryDahl3-6G; GRL: R
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The Phantom TollboothJuster3-6G; GRL: W
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The 39 Clues (series of 11 books)Riordan and others (authors vary)3-6G; GRL: U
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The Chronicles of Narnia (series)Lewis3-7G; GRL: T-W
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My Side of the MountainGeorge4-6G; GRL: U
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Number the StarsLowry4-6G; GRL: U
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HatchetPaulson5-8G; GRL: R
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The GiverLowry5-8G; GRL: Y
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The Door in the Wallde Angeli, MargueriteElementary; 990Lexile
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The Dark is Rising (series of 5 books)Cooper, SusanElementary, 970Lexile
very young high readers (g1-2) may find it a little scary
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NimhO'BrienElementary-Middle School
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The Tales of DespereauxDiCamilloElementary-Middle School
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Elementia Chronicles (Minecraft adventure series)WolfeElementary-Middle School
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Artemis Fowl (series of 7 books)ColferElementary-Middle School
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Gathering BlueLowryElementary-Middle School
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The Indian in the CupboardBanksElementary-Middle School
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White FangLondonElementary-Middle School
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Call of the WildLondonElementary-Middle School
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Where the Red Fern GrowsRawlsElementary-Middle School
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Bloody Jack (series)MeyerElementary-Middle School
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The Prydain Chronicles (series of 5 books)AlexanderElementary-Middle School
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The Magic Thief (series)PrineasElementary-Middle School
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The House with a Clock in its WallsBellairsElementary-Middle School
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PeakSmithElementary-Middle School
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The Book in the Attic; Celia's Journey (series of 7 books)GuntherElementary-Middle School
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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel (series of 6 books)
Scott
Elementary-Middle School
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Theodosia Throckmorton (series of 4 books)LaFeversElementary-Middle School
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The Mysterious Benedict Society (series of 4 books)StewartElementary-Middle School
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Inkheart TriologyFunkeElementary-Middle School
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The Bartimaeus TrilogyStroudElementary-Middle School
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His Dark Materials TrilogyPullmanElementary-Middle School
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CoralineGaimanElementary-Middle School
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Lionboy (series)CorderElementary-Middle School
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Spy School seriesGibbsElementary-Middle School
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Space CaseGibbsElementary-Middle School
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The Apothecary (first in series of 3 books)Meloy, MaileMiddle School
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Wildwood (first in series of 3 books)Meloy, ColinElementary-Middle School
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SkelligAlmond, DAvidElementary-Middle School
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Westing GameRaskin5G-8G
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All Creatures Great and SmallHerriotMiddle School
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Fablehaven (series of 5 books)MullMiddle School
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Five Kingdoms (series of 5 books)MullMiddle School
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The Unwanteds (series of 7 books)McMannMiddle School
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Warrior Series (6 sub-series, each containing 6 books)Hunter (pseudonym for group of authors)Middle School
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The Submarine Outlaw Series (series of 7 books)RoyMiddle School
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The Shadow Children (series of 7 books)HaddixMiddle School
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The Seeds of America Trilogy: Chains; Forge; AshesHalse AndersonMiddle School
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The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleAviMiddle School
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Princess BrideMorgensternMiddle School
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Clan of the Cave Bear (series)AuelMiddle School
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