Recommended Reading List
Asch, Frank. Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius. J ASC
Alex plans to leave planet Earth and his annoying little brother in Star Jumper, the spaceship he designed and built entirely of cardboard, duct tape, and old items from the basement.
Blume, Judy. Double Fudge. His younger brother’s obsession with money and the discovery of long-lost cousins, Flora and Fauna, provide many embarrassing moments for twelve-year-old Peter.
Cleary, Beverly. Henry and Beezus. J CLE
When Henry wins fifty dollars’ worth of Beauty Shoppe supplies at the opening of Colossal Market, he silences the jeers of the boys by accepting the challenges to eat a canful of Woofies Dog Food.
Clements, Andrew. Jake Drake, Know-It-All. J CLE
He’s in fourth grade, and he’s been crazy about computers all his life. So how can a pretty smart guy like Jake turn himself into a know-it-all and build the ultimate computer without losing his friends?
Clements, Andrew. Room One: A Mystery or Two. J CLE
Ted Hammond works to solve the mystery of the face he sees in an upper window of an abandoned house while being concerned about the possibility of his one-room schoolhouse being forced to close for lack of enough pupils.
Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. J COV SR
Jeremy purchases a strange egg which turns out to be a dragon that only he and Mary Lou can see.
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. J DAH
Charlie, Mr. Willy Wonka, and Charlie’s parents and grandparents blast off into space and into an extraordinary series of strange, but funny, adventures.
DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Ironwood Tree. J SPI
After Mallory is kidnapped at her fencing meet, Jared and Simon search for her near an old quarry.
Eager, Edward. Half Magic. J EAG
One day Jane picked up what she thought was a nickel, and in no time at all, strange things began to occur!
Erickson, John R. Murder in the Middle Pasture. J ERI PBK
A brutal murder on the ranch, and it’s up to Hank the cowboy, head of ranch security, to conduct the investigation. But before he can make the arrest, he’s captured by a bloodthirsty pack of coyotes.
Estes. Eleanor. The Moffats. J EST
To live in Cranbury on New Dollar Street, to have a mother who could make both ends just meet and have fun doing it, to be one of a family of four children – all this spelled a rich, adventure-studded existence to the Moffats.
Gardiner, John R. Stone Fox. J GAR
Willie hopes to win the purse in a dog sled race in order to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm.
Gutman, Dan. The Homework Machine. J GUT
When three classmates of fifth-grade computer geek, Brandon, find out that he has invented a machine that does homework in his own handwriting, they all use it secretively to disastrous consequences.
Howe, Deborah. Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery. J HOW
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.
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. J KON PBK
When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson.
Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic. J JEN
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking. J LIN
Pippi, a delightful tomboy, lives with her horse and her monkey in a rockety-pockety house on the edge of a little town in Sweden.
MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. When their father invites a mail-order bride to come to live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by her and hope that she will stay.
McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody Saves the World. J MCD
Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and this time she’s in the mood to whip the planet into shape.
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. J NOR
Despite the comforts of their home, the borrowers were always a little frightened, for if they were seen by human beings, disastrous things might happen.
Tripp, Valerie. Molly Learns a Lesson. J AME
When the teacher announces the lend-a-hand contest to help the war effort, Molly is determined that the third grade girls will plan the winning project.
Van Draaned, Wendelin. Shredderman: Meet the Gecko. J VAN
Nolan, a true hero, helps his favorite TV hero outsmart a reporter who has been stalking him.
Venezia, Mike. Thomas Jefferson. J B JEFFERSON
An introduction to the life of Thomas Jefferson, a man whose ideas helped create a new kind of government and who became our nation’s third president.
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. J WHI
This is a story about a little girl named Fern, who loved a little pig named Wilbur, who loved a spider named Charlotte.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods. J WIL
What was it like to live in the woods or on the prairies in the olden days?