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School Reading List

Reading List for the 2013/2014 school year

Read Alouds and Audiobooks:

  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (book club)
  • Peter  Pan by J. M. Barrie (audiobook)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (audiobook)
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick (book club)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (book club)
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (audiobook)
  • A Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (audiobook)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • The Gypsy Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (audiobook)
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (book club)
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (audiobook)
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (book club)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler

Shorter Literature and Picture Books:

  • The Legend of El Dorado by Beatriz Vidal
  • Don Quixote and the Windmills by Eric A. Kimmel
  • The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Thomas Locker
  • Katje the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle
  • The Lucky Sovereign by Stewart Lees
  • The Flying Canoe retold by Eric A. Kimmel
  • On the Day Peter Stuyvesant Sailed Into Town by Arnold Lobel
  • Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters
  • Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters
  • Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Little Red Riding Hood retold by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Battle of the Beasts: A Tale of Epic Proportions from the Brothers Grimm by Diz Wallis
  • Three Sacks of Truth: a story from France adapted by Eric A. Kimmel
  • Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs translated by Randall Jarrell
  • William’s House by Ginger Howard
  • The Hero of Bremen by Margaret Hodges
  • The Glass Mountain retold by Diane Wolkstein
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, illus. by Anatoly Ivanov
  • Savitri, a Tale of Ancient India by Aaron Shepard
  • Rama and Sita retold by David Weitzman
  • The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship retold by Arthur Ransome
  • The Sea King’s Daughter, a Russian Legend retold by Aaron Shepard
  • The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Alexander Pushkin
  • Baba Yaga retold by Eric A. Kimmel
  • Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Please, Malese! by Amy MacDonald

Nonfiction History and Geography:

  • Kids During the Age of Exploration by Cynthia MacGregor
  • Terror on the Amazon by Phil Gates
  • The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Who’s Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage? by Jean Fritz
  • Under a Prairie Sky by Anne Laurel Carter and Alan and Lea Daniel
  • Beyond the Sea of Ice: The Voyages of Henry Hudson by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Mayflower by Peter Cook
  • Kids in Colonial Times by Lisa A. Wroble
  • The Slave Trade and the Middle Passage by S. Pearl Sharp (selections)
  • The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson
  • D is for Drums: A Colonial Williamsburg ABC by Kay Chorao
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century by Kathryn Senior
  • The Great Plague and Fire of London by Charles J. Shields (selections)
  • India in Colors by Nathan Olson
  • Japan in Colors by Sara Louise Kras
  • Taj Mahal by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora
  • Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History by Lois Miner Huey
  • Russia in Colors by Catherine Ipcizade
  • Cultural Traditions in Russia (selections)
  • A Brief Political and Geographic History of the Middle East by John Davenport
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party by Peter Cook
  • If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore
  • George vs. George by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Let It Begin Here!  Lexington and Concord by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • George Washington’s Mother by Jean Fritz
  • Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
  • Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
  • The Boston Tea Party by Allison Stark Draper
  • The End of the American Revolutionary War by Allison Stark Draper
  • The Boston Massacre by Allison Stark Draper
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord by Heidi Kimmel
  • The Boston Tea Party by Russell Freedman
  • Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman
  • Let It Begin Here! by Don Brown
  • The Liberty Tree by Lucille Recht Penner
  • Timeline of the Revolutionary War
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Travel With Captain Cook by Mark Bergin
  • Duel! Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • The House That George Built by Suzanne Slade
  • By the Dawn’s Early Light by Steven Kroll
  • The Flag Maker by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Dolley Madison Saves George Washington by Don Brown
  • Washington Ablaze: The War of 1812 by Randy Schultz
  • The John Bull by David Weitzman
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution by Jim Pipe
Nonfiction Science:


  • Da Vinci by Mike Venezia
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be Mary, Queen of Scots by Fiona McDonald
  • The True Story of Pocahontas by Colleen Adams
  • Pocahontas 1595-1617 by Liz Sonneborn
  • Herstory: Women Who Changed the World
    • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Lives of Extraordinary Women by Kathleen Krull
    • Nzingha
  • Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi
  • The King’s Day: Louis XIV of France by Aliki
  • Michelangelo by Mike Venezia
  • Bach by Mike Venezia
  • George Handel by Mike Venezia
  • Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble by Stephanie Greene
  • George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora
  • George Washington, Our Founding Father by Frank Keating
  • Paul Revere and the Bell Ringers by Jonah Winter
  • Betsy Ross American Patriot by Susan Martins Miller
  • Benedict Arnold: Traitor to the Cause by Norma Jean Lutz
  • Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot by Anita Silvey
  • Revolutionary Friends, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette by Selene Castrovilla
  • Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days by Jean Brown Wagoner
  • J. R. R. Tolkien by Alexandra Wallner

A’s 7th Grade Personal Reading:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes, retold by Martin Jenkins
  • Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone
  • Man of La Mancha (the stage play)
  • Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver retold by Martin Jenkins
  • Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill
  • The Broken Blade by William Durbin
  • Amos Fortune: free man by Elizabeth Yates
  • 1776 by David McCullough
  • My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien

C’s 5th Grade Personal Reading:

  • The Lyon’s Roar
  • Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
  • Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone
  • The Royal Diaries: Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen without a country
  • Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes, retold by Martin Jenkins
  • Of Kings and Fools: Stories of the French Tradition in North America by Michael Parent and Julien Olivier
  • Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver retold by Martin Jenkins
  • Buried in Ice: The Mystery of a Lost Arctic Expedition by Owen Beattie and John Geiger
  • Amos Fortune: free man by Elizabeth Yates
  • I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (excerpts)
  • Tales from India by Jamila Gavin
  • The Royal Diaries: Jahanara, Princess of Princesses, India, 1627
  • Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress as retold by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Lives of the Pirates by Kathleen Krull
  • The Sea Singer by Craig Moodie
  • The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys #1) by Franklin W. Dixon
  • Russian Folk Tales retold by James Riordan
  • Koshka’s Tales: Stories from Russia by James Mayhew
  • Stranded at Plimoth Plantation 1626 by Gary Bowen
  • I-Know-Not-What, I-Know-Not-Where adapted by Eric A. Kimmel
  • The Boy Who Lived with the Bears and other Iroquois Stories told by Joseph Bruchac
  • My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Freddy and Simon the Dictator by Walter R. Brooks
  • Freddy the Pilot  by Walter R. Brooks
  • Victory or Death!  Stories of the American Revolution by Doreen Rappaport and Joan Verniero
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Twenty Scottish Tales and Legends ed. by Cyril Swinson
  • East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North
  • Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
  • Outlaw Red by Jim Kjelgaard
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
  • J. R. R. Tolkien by Doris Lynch
  • Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers
  • Salt: A story of friendship in a time of war by Helen Frost

D’s 3rd Grade Personal Reading:

  •  The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith
  • Mr. Potter’s Pet by Dick King-Smith
  • Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi
  • How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale by Cressida Cowell
  • Maiden of the Mist: a Legend of Niagara Falls by Veronika Martenova Charles
  • Dodsworth in Tokyo by Tim Egan
  • Dodsworth in New York by Tim Egan
  • Dodsworth in London by Tim Egan
  • Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan

E’s Preschool Reading List

  • The ABC Bunny by Wanda Ga’g
  • Zack’s Alligator by Shirley Mozelle
  • There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer
  • The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Westcott
  • Apples A to Z by Margaret McNamara
  • Apples by Gail Gibbons
  • Max and Mo Go Apple Picking by Patricia Lakin
  • Anna and the Letter A by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Baby Animals
  • So Many Bunnies–a bedtime abc and counting book by Rick Walton
  • Watch Me Grow: Bear
  • Baby Bear’s Books by Jane Yolen
  • Bizzy Bear Fire Rescue by Benji Davies
  • Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
  • Alphabears by Kathleen Hague
  • Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Are You There, Baby Bear? by Catherine Walters
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Carrot Soup by John Segal
  • Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Circus Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Cats byHelen Frost
  • No, David! by David Shannon
  • Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  • Dig In by April Jones Prince
  • My “d” Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane  Yolen and Mark Teague
  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane  Yolen and Mark Teague
  • Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack
  • Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack
  • Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack
  • Dinosaur Numbers
  • Dinosaur Roar
  • Hello Dinosaur
  • My “e” Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure
  • Egg-Napped by Marisa Montes
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker by The Brothers Grimm
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • Big Egg by Molly Coxe
  • Touch and Feel Fire Engine
  • Bizzy Bear Fire Rescue
  • If I Were a Firefighter by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
  • Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest
  • The American Flag by Elaine Landau (mostly just the pictures and captions)
  • Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
  • The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • Down on the Funny Farm by P. E. King
  • Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
  • Fish, a first discovery book
  • My “g” Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper retold by Amy Lowry Poole
  • My Garden by Kevin Henkes
  • The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Glen Rounds
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