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Great books that inspire a love of reading in kids — recommended by kids

In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, from left, Edgewood Elementary School kindergartners Asha Wilson, Jacob Grimm and Hunter Potter look over the “Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band,” book in Fruitport, Mich.  (AP Photo/Grand Haven Tribune, Krystle Wagner)

The only way to hook  children on reading for pleasure is to allow them to read for pleasure. That means permitting them to choose the books that interest them and then letting them to read at their own pace, without being asked to analyze every single sentence for inner meaning. This is the way kids learn to love to read at the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent demonstration school in Maine that was founded in 1990 by educator Nancie Atwell, who last month was awarded the first $1 million Global Teacher Prize given by the Varkey Foundation.

The school has a national reputation for its research-based literacy methods, which focus on engaging and challenging students while fostering relationships between faculty and parents. A hallmark of the school are the  collections of books, carefully selected by adults, from which students can choose. Afterward the children develop lists of  books they found inspiring, an effort  to help guide other young people looking for great books to read. The recommended book lists are on the school’s website and popular with teachers around the country.

Here is an introduction to the lists and the school’s reading philosophy, by Atwell, and following that are some of the books recommended by students from each grade. I am publishing this material — all of which you can find on the school’s website here — with permission.

By Nancie Atwell

The annual average number of books read by seventh and eighth grade readers at CTL is at least forty titles. In the lower grades, the numbers are similarly high. My K-6 colleagues and I make time every day for our students to curl up with good books and engage in the single activity that consistently correlates with high levels of performance on standardized tests of reading ability. That is frequent, voluminous, self-selected reading. A child sitting in a quiet room with a good book isn’t a flashy or marketable teaching method. It just happens to be the only way anyone ever became a reader.

Our goal is for every child to become a skilled, passionate, habitual, critical reader—as novelist Robertson Davies put it, to learn how to make of reading “a personal art.” Along the way, CTL teachers hope our students will become smarter, happier, more just, and more compassionate people because of the worlds they experience within those hundreds of thousands of lines of print.

We know that students need time to read, at school and home, every day. We understand that when particular children love their particular books, reading is more likely to happen during the time set aside for it. And we have learned that the only sure-fire way to induce a love of books is to invite students to select their own. CTL teachers buy the best children’s literature we can find, conduct booktalks and bookwalks, and help our students choose books, develop and refine literary criteria, and carve out identities for themselves as readers. We get that it’s essential for every child to be able to say These are my favorite books, authors, genres, and characters this year, and this is why. Personal preference is the foundation, walls, and ceiling in building a reader for a lifetime.

Starting in kindergarten, free choice of books is a child’s right, not a privilege granted by a kind teacher. Our students have demonstrated that opportunities to consider, select, and reconsider books make reading feel sensible and attractive to children right from the start-that they’ll read more books than we dreamed possible and more challenging books than we dreamed of assigning them.

We’ve also learned that students need access to a wide, up-to-date assortment of inviting titles. Instead of investing in class sets of novels or expensive basals or anthologies, we make classroom libraries of individual titles our budget priority. Teachers read a lot of the books that we hope our students will, so we can make knowledgeable recommendations. We offer help when readers need it, and we teach children, one at a time, about books and reading in the daily, quiet conversations in our reading workshops.

We understand that the only delivery system for reading comprehension is reading. When reading is meaning-filled, understanding cannot be separated from decoding. Reading comprehension is not a set of sub-skills or strategies that children need to be taught to bring to bear once they’ve learned to translate letters to sounds. When students are reading stories that are interesting to them, and when the books are written at their independent reading level, comprehension—the making of meaning—is direct, and kids understand.

Human beings are wired to understand. As reading theorist Frank Smith put it, “Children know how to comprehend, provided they are in a situation that has the possibility of making sense to them” (1997). Reading workshop is our best approximation of an instructional context that has the possibility of making sense to young readers: a child sits in a quiet, book-filled space, engrossed in a beloved book in the company of classmates who are reading and loving books, too, monitored by a teacher who knows about literature, reading, and his or her students’ tastes, strengths, and challenges.

Because CTL is a non-profit demonstration school, a place where other teachers come to learn about innovative methods, we work hard to attract a student body that represents a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds and ability levels, and we fundraise twelve months a year so we can set a tuition rate that’s as low as possible. The goal is to attract a mix of students in whom visiting teachers can recognize their own.

And they do, because CTL students are regular kids. They suffer ADHD and such identified learning disabilities as nonverbal learning disorders, visual processing difficulties, and dyslexia. Some kids come from homes with packed bookshelves; others own only a few books. Maine is a rural state and a poor one, in the bottom third nationally in terms of per capita income. Only 66% of jobs here pay a livable wage, and our students’ parents work hard at all kinds of occupations: farmer, carpenter, house cleaner, store clerk, soldier, fisherman, gardener, postal worker, and housecleaner, as well as physician, minister, teacher, and small-business owner.

We do not believe that CTL students’ accomplishments as readers can be explained away as an anomaly. Ours is not a privileged population of students. This is what is possible for children as readers.

It’s also important to understand that reading workshop is not S.S.R. (Sustained Silent Reading). It’s not a study hall, where we watch the clock with one eye as we Drop Everything And Read. In reading workshop, we teach readers for a lifetime: introduce new books and old favorites, tell about authors and genres, read aloud, talk with kids about their reading rituals and plans, and present lessons about elements of fiction, how poems work, what efficient readers do—and don’t do—when they come across an unfamiliar word, how punctuation gives voice to reading, when to speed up or slow down, who won this year’s Newbery Award, how to keep a reading record, what a sequel is, what readers can glean from a copyright page, how to identify the narrative voice or tone of a novel and why it matters, how there are different purposes for reading that affect a reader’s style and pace, how to unpack a poem, how to distinguish between popular and literary fiction, how to tell if a book is too hard, too easy, or just right, and why the only way to become a strong, fluent reader is to read often and a lot.

Reading workshop is one of the simplest and hardest things we do. It’s also the most worthwhile. Students leave our school as literary, well-above-grade-level readers. But they also leave smarter about a diversity of words, ideas, events, people, and places. Books and stories bring the whole world to a tiny school in rural Maine. When the readers grow up and leave the school, they recognize the wide world they encounter out there because it is already lodged in the “chambers of their imaginations” (Spufford, 2002).

Sydney Jourard wrote, “The vicarious experience of reading can shape our essence, change us, just as firsthand experience can. Experience seems to be as transfusible as blood” (1971). For students who know reading as a personal art, every day is a transfusion. Every day they engage with literature that enables them to know things, feel things, imagine things, hope for things, become people they never could have dreamed without the transforming power of books, books, books.

Three times a year, the boys and girls at CTL help their teachers create master lists of the inviting, accessible books they love best. The “Kids Recommend” lists feature the titles our students name in response to this question: Which books do you love so much that you think they might convince a _____-grade girl/boy—someone who’s a lot like you, except that she/he doesn’t read much—that books are great? The answers are available to our students and their parents, as well as other teachers, their students, and the general public here on our website.

Students update the lists continuously, because the field of children’s literature changes so quickly. While a handful of titles do maintain their popularity—S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders (1968), the novel that virtually created the field of young adult literature, continues to speak to middle schoolers-—many drop off and are replaced over time.

We separated the lists of book titles for grades 3-8 into girls’ and boys’ choices because, in general, their tastes in books aren’t the same: at the middle-school level, the gender overlap in titles is only about twenty percent; in grades 3-4, it’s around seventeen percent. Gender is not a consideration in children’s book choices in grades K-2.

We hope that CTL’s book lists will set a trend. Our goal is a national network of websites of great titles, nominated by K-12 students from all kinds of school settings who choose their own books: favorite titles of a cross-section of American children as the go-to resource for teachers selecting literature for classroom libraries in diverse communities.

If you are interested in learning more about how we teach reading at CTL, I have written a brief, practical book for teachers and parents entitled The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers (Scholastic, 2007). and an overview of CTL’s entire program, Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School (Heinemann, 2014); and a third edition of In the Middle: A Lifetime of Learning about Writing, Reading, and Adolescents (Heinemann, 2015).

Here are some of the recommended books, from grades K-3. You can see all of the books, through Grade 6, on the school website here.


 Bang, Molly    When Sophie Gets Angry

Barrett, Judi    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Brett, Jan    Annie and the Wild Animals, The First Dog, The Three Snow Bears, Hedgie’s Surprise, The Hat, The Mitten, Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, Christmas Trolls, Comet’s Nine Lives, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, and Cinders

Carle, Eric    The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Secret Birthday Message, The Tiny Seed, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, The Greedy Python, Pancakes, Pancakes, and The Very Quiet Cricket

Crews, Donald    School Bus, Ten Black Dots, Truck, and any of his other titles

Cronin, Doreen    Click, Clack, Moo … Cows That Type

De Beer, Hans    Little Polar Bear

Dewdney, Anna   Llama Llama Red Pajama

Donaldson, Julia/Axel Scheffler    The Gruffalo

Elhert, Lois    Feathers for Lunch, Nuts to You, Pie in the Sky, Snowballs, Top Cat, Wag a Tail, and Waiting for Wings

Emberley, Ed    Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Falconer, Ian    Olivia

Fleming, Denise    Time to Sleep

Fox, Mem    Boo to a Goose, Feathers and Fools, Harriet, You Drive Me Wild, Hattie and the Fox, Koala Lou, The Magic Hat, Night Noises, Shoes from Grandpa, Time for Bed, Tough Boris, Guess Who,and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Henkes, Kevin    Chester’s Way, Chrysanthemum, Julius, the Baby of the World, Lilly and the Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly’s Big Day, Lilly’s Chocolate Heart, Owen, Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick, A Weekend with Wendell, and Wemberly Worried

Hughes, Shirley    Alfie Gets In First, Alfie Wins a Prize, Angel Mae, Dogger, Alfie and the Big Boys, Alfie’s Word, and Sally’s Secret

Keats, Ezra Jack    The Snowy Day

Knudsen, Michelle    Library Lion

Lies, Brian    Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library

Lionni, Leo    Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, The Alphabet Tree, An Extraordinary Egg, Fish Is Fish, Inch by Inch, It’s Mine,

Little Blue and Little Yellow, Six Crows, Tico and the Golden Wings, Geraldine and the Music Mouse,and Tillie and the Wall

Lobel, Arnold    The Frog and Toad books, Mouse Soup, and Mouse Tales

Long, Melinda    How I Became a Pirate

Marshall, Janet    Look Once, Look Twice

Martin, Bill, Jr.    Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom

McAllister, Angela    The Tortoise and the Hare

McPhail, David    Edward and the Pirates

Munsch, Robert    Thomas’ Snowsuit

Muntean, Michaela    Do Not Open This Book

Myller, Rolf    How Big Is a Foot?

Numeroff, Laura Joffe  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Pelham, David    A Is for Animals

Penn, Audrey    The Kissing Hand

Pinkney, Jerry    The Lion and the Mouse

Portis, Antoinette    Kindergarten Diary

Sendak, Maurice   Where the Wild Things Are

Shannon, David   Alice the Fairy, David Gets in Trouble, No, David, and Too Many Toys

Slate, Joseph    Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Stadler, John    Wilson and Miss Lovely

Stevens, Janet    Tops and Bottoms

Van Dusen, Chris    If I Built a House, The Circus Ship, A Camping Spree

with Mr. Magee

Wells, Rosemary    Max’s Chocolate Chicken, Max’s Dragon Shirt, Bunny Cakes,

Fritz and the Mess Fairy, Yoko, Bunny Money,and McDuff Goes to School

Willems, Mo    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay

Up Late, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, I Broke My Trunk and My Friend Is Sad

Wood, Audrey    Alphabet Mystery, King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, Elbert’s Bad Word, The Little Mouse, the Red, Ripe Strawberry, and the Big, Hungry Bear, The Napping House, Jubal’s Wish, Heckedey Peg, The Scaredy Cats, Silly Sally, Weird Parents, Sweet Dream Pie, Twenty-Four Robbers and Tooth Fairy

Yolen, Jane  Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

Gr. 1-2

Abbott, Tony    The Secrets of Droon books

Ahlberg, Alan and Janet    Each Peach, Pear, Plum and The Jolly Postman

Avi    Poppy, Poppy and Rye, Poppy Returns, and Ereth’s Birthday

Bang-Campbell, Monika    Little Rat Rides and Little Rat Sets Sail

Barrows, Annie    The Ivy and Bean series

Benton, Jim    The Franny K. Stein series

Blade, Adam     The Beast Quest series

Brett, Jan     The Hat, The Mitten, Town Mouse, Country Mouse,

Annie and the Wild Animals, and Gingerbread Baby

Brown, Jeff    The Flat Stanley books

Brown, Margaret Wise    The Important Book

Burton, Virginia    The Little House and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Cazet, Denys    The Minnie and Moo books

Charlip, Remy    Fortunately

Cleary, Beverly    Ralph S. Mouse, Ramona’s World, Runaway Ralph, Henry Huggins, Henry and Ribsy, Henry and the Paper Route,

and Henry and the Clubhouse

Cook, Julia    My Mouth is a Volcano!

Cowell, Cressida    The How to Train Your Dragon series

Craft, K.V.    Cinderella

Creech, Sharon    Love That Dog, Hate That Cat, and Pleasing the Ghost

Dahl, Roald    Giraffe, Pelly, and Me; The BFG;

Fantastic Mr. Fox; and The Enormous Crocodile

Daywalt, Drew    The Day the Crayons Quit

De Paola, Tomie    The Legend of the Bluebonnet, The Knight and the Dragon,

Strega Nona, The Art Lesson, and Pancakes for Breakfast

Doyle, Roddy    The Meanwhile Adventures and Rover Saves Christmas

Fienberg, Anna and Gamble, Kim    The Minton series

Gannett, Ruth Stiles    The My Father’s Dragon series

Gibbons, Gail    Frogs and her other nonfiction books

Gill, Peter    Outside

Gutman, Dan    The My Weird School series and Miss Small Is Off the Wall

Henkes, Kevin    The Penny series, A Good Day, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Lily’s

Big Dog, Owen, Weekend with Wendell, and Kitten’s First Full Moon

Howe, James    The Pinky and Rex books

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard    Truly Winnie and Winnie Dancing on Her Own

Jeffers, Oliver    The Great Paper Caper, How to Catch a Star, The Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, The Heart and the Bottle, and The Way Back Home

Jenkins, Emily    Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party

Johnson, Crockett    Harold and the Purple Crayon

Joslin, Sesyle    What Do You Do, Dear? and What Do You Say, Dear?

Kimmel, Eric    Seven at One Blow

Kimpton, Diana    The Pony-Crazed Princess series

King-Smith, Dick    Martin’s Mice, A Mouse Called Wolf, and The Mouse Family


The Kingfisher Treasuries: The Kingfisher Treasury of Dragon Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Pet Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Pirate Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Funny Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Animal Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Spooky Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Ghost Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Princess Stories, the Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Seven-Year-Olds, the Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Eight-Year-Olds, and the Kingfisher Treasury of Ballet Stories

Krauss, Robert    Whose Mouse Are You?

Krauss, Ruth    The Carrot Seed

Krulik, Nancy    Twelve Burps of Christmas, The Katie Kazoo Switcheroo series, the George Brown, Class Clown series, and the Magic Bone series

Levine, Gail Carson    The Princess Tales

Lionni, Leo    The Greentail Mouse, Mr. McMouse, On the Beach There Are

Many Pebbles, Flea Story, An Extraordinary Egg, Frederick, and It’s Mine!

Lobel, Arnold    The Frog and Toad books, Mouse Soup, Mouse Tales, Small Pig,

Uncle Elephant, Fables, and Grasshopper on the Road

Maguire, Gregory    Leaping Beauty and Other Animal Fairy Tales

Marshall, Edward    Four by the Shore and Three by the Sea

Marshall, Edward and James    The Fox books: Fox on Stage, Fox All Week, Fox Outfoxed, and Fox in Love

Mass, Wendy    Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue

McCarty, Peter    First Snow

McCloskey, Robert    Blueberries for Sal, Make Way for Ducklings, One Morning

in Maine, and Time of Wonder

McDonald, Megan    The Judy Moody and Stink series

Miles, Ellen    The Puppy Place series and the Taylor-Made Tales books

O’Ryan, Ray    The Galaxy Zack series

Osborne, Mary Pope    The Magic Tree House books

Parish, Peggy    The Amelia Bedelia books

Perry, Sarah   If

Portis, Antoinette    Not a Stick, Not a Box and A Penguin Story

Provensen, Alice and Martin    A Book of Seasons, Our Animal Friends at Maple

Hill Farm and The Year at Maple Hill Farm

Rinker, Sherri Dusky    Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train

Rocco, John    Blizzard

Roy, Ron    A-Z Mysteries series

Rylant, Cynthia    Cat Heaven, Dog Heaven, Gooseberry Park, The Mr. Putter and

Tabby series, the Henry and Mudge series, and the Poppleton series

Shannon, George    Hands Say Love

Silverman, Erica    Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series

Steig, William    Amos and Boris, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Dr. DeSoto, and Spinky Sulks

Stevenson, James    The Castaway, Quick, Turn the Page, Rolling Rose, Brrr!, Don’t Make Me Laugh, Fast Friends, and Worse than Willy

Stilton, Geronimo    The Geronimo Stilton series

Stone, Rex    The Dinosaur Cove books

Strauss, Linda Leopold    A Fairy Called Hilary

Trine, Greg    The Melvin Beederman series

The Usborne collection of fairy tales, folk tales, fiction, and nonfiction

White, E.B.    Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan

Willems, Mo    The Pigeon books, the Elephant and Piggie series, and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Wilson, Karma    Bear Snores On and the rest of the Bear books

Wojciechowski, Susan    The Beany series

Gr. 3-4 Boys

Abbott, Tony    The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet

Adams, Richard    Watership Down

Avi    The End of the Beginning, Ereth’s Birthday, The Good Dog, and the Poppy series

Banks, Kate    The Magician’s Apprentice

Barker, Clive    Abarat and Days of Magic, Nights of War

Barry, Dave    The Peter and the Starcatchers series and Science Fair

Birdsall, Jeanne    The Penderwicks

Bisson, Terry    The Star Wars Boba Fett series

Blume, Judy    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania, and Double Fudge

Beck, W.H.    Malcolm at Midnight

Buckley, Michael    The Nerds trilogy and the Sisters Grimm series

Byars, Betsy    My Dog, My Hero

Cowell, Cressida    The How to Train Your Dragon series

Creech, Sharon    Love That Dog

Dahl, Roald    James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and The Twits

Delaney, Joseph    The Last Apprentice series

Di Camillo, Kate    Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux

Doyle, Roddy    The Giggler Treatment, The Meanwhile Adventures,

and Rover Saves Christmas

Eager, Edward    Knight’s Castle

Evans, Lissa    Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms

Flanagan, John    The Ranger’s Apprentice series

Funke, Cornelia    Dragon Rider, Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord, and When Santa Fell to Earth

Gardiner, John    Stone Fox

George, Jean Craighead    My Side of the Mountain and There’s an Owl in the Shower

Goscinny, Rene    The Nicholas series

Hawking, Lucy and Stephen    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt series

Hiaasen, Carl    Flush and Hoot

Howe, James    The Bunnicula series

Hunter, Erin    The Warriors series

Ibbotson, Eva    Dial-a-Ghost, Island of the Aunts, Pleasing the Ghost, and Which Witch?

Kinney, Jeff    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules,  and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

Kurzweil, Allen    Leon and the Champion Chip and Leon and the  Spitting Image

LaFevers, R.L.    The Theodosia series

Lasky, Kathryn    The Guardians of Ga’Hoole series: The Capture, The Journey,

The Rescue, etc. and the Wolves of the Beyond series

Lewis, C.S.    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, etc.

Lin, Grace    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

London, Jack    Call of the Wild

Lubar, David    Invasion of the Road Weenies

MacHale, D.J.    The Pendragon series

Maguire, Gregory    Leaping Beauty

Martin, Ann    A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray

Mass, Wendy    The Candymakers

McSwigan, Marie    The Snow Treasure

Mull, Brandon    The Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War

Nimmo, Jenny    Midnight for Charlie Bone and the other Charlie Bone books

Oliver, Lauren    Leisel and Po

Paolini, Christopher    Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr

Patterson, James    Treasure Hunters

Paulsen, Gary    Hatchet, The River, and Dogsong

Paver, Michelle    Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, and the rest of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Pearson, Ridley     The Kingdom Keepers series

Pinkwater, Daniel    Five Novels, Four Fantastic Novels, The Neddiad, The Yggyssey, and Once Upon a Blue Moose

Prineas, Sarah    The Magic Thief

Riordan, Rick    The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, and Titan’s Curse

Rowling, J.K.    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, etc.

Sachar, Louis    Holes

Sage, Angie    Flyte, Magyk, and Physik

Seidler, Tor    The Wainscot Weasel

Selden, George    A Cricket in Times Square and Harry Cat’s Pet Puppy

Selznick, Brian    The Invention of Hugh Cabret

Smith, Jeff    The Bone series

Smith, Robert Kimmel    Chocolate Fever

Snicket, Lemony    The Series of Unfortunate Events books

Soup, Dr. Cuthbert    A Whole Nother Story

Sperry, Armstrong    Call It Courage

Spinelli, Jerry    Crash

Stein, Garth    Racing in the Rain

Stewart, Trenton Lee    The Mysterious Benedict Society series

Stone, Jeff    The Five Ancestors series

Swope, Sam    Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants

Tolkien, J.R.R.    The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King,and The Silmarillion

Wallace, Bill    Snot Stew, Furball, Puppy, and Me, and Goosed!

Wells, H.G.    The Time Machine

Westerfield, Scott    The Leviathan trilogy

Gr. 3-4 Girls

Adams, Richard    Watership Down

Appelt, Kathi    The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Avi    Ereth’s Birthday, The End of the Beginning, and the Poppy series

Barker, Clive    Abarat and Days of Magic, Nights of War

Barry, Dave    Peter and the Starcatchers and Science Fair

Bauer, Joan    Almost Home

Blume, Judy    Blubber, Double Fudge, and Superfudge

Bode, N.E.    The Anybody series

Bond, Michael    The Paddington series

Buckley, Michael    The Nerds trilogy and the Sisters Grimm series

Byars, Betsy    My Dog, My Hero

Carmen, Patrick    Floors

Cleary, Beverly    Ribsy and the Ramona series

Clements, Andrew    Lunch Money

Colfer, Eoin    Artemis Fowl and Half Moon Investigations

Coville, Bruce    Jennifer Murdley’s Toad and Juliet Dove, Queen of Love

Cowley, Joy    Chicken Feathers

Creech, Sharon    Hate That Cat, Love That Dog, Granny Torelli Makes Soup, and Pleasing the Ghost

Dahl, Roald    George’s Marvelous Medicine, The Witches, and The Twits

Delaney, Joseph    The Last Apprentice series

Di Camillo, Kate    Because of Winn-Dixie, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and The Tale of Despereaux

Doyle, Roddy    The Giggler Treatment and Rover Saves Christmas

Eager, Edward    Knight’s Castle

Epstein, Adam Jay    The Familiars series

Estes, Eleanor    The Moffets, Ginger Pye, and Pinky Pye

Evans, Lissa    Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms

Farran, Christopher    Animals to the Rescue: True Stories of Animal Heroes

Fitzhugh, Louise    Harriet the Spy

Funke, Cornelia    Dragon Rider, Inkheart, Inkspell, and The Thief Lord

Hawking, Lucy and Stephen    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt

Herlong, M.H.    Buddy

Hesse, Karen    The Music of the Dolphins

Hiaasen, Carl    Flush and Hoot

Hoberman, Mary Ann    Strawberry Hill

Howe, James    The Bunnicula series

Ibbotson, Eva    Dial-a-Ghost and Which Witch?

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard    Truly Winnie

Jenkins, Emily    Toys Go Out

Keene, Carolyn    The Nancy Drew series

Kelly, Lynne    Chained

Kessler, Liz    The Tail of Emily Windsnap

Kilse, Kate    Letters from Camp and Regarding the Fountain

King-Smith, Dick    The Cat Lady

Kinney, Jeff    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

Laiz, Jana    The Twelfth Stone

Lasky, Kathryn    The Guardians of Ga’hoole series and the Wolves of the Beyond series

Lewis, C.S.    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Magician’s Nephew

Lin, Grace    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Year of the Dog, and Year of the Rat

London, Jack    Call of the Wild

Lord, Cynthia    Rules

Lowry, Lois    Number the Stars

Lovelace, Maud Hart    The Betsy-Tacy series

Maguire, Gregory    Leaping Beauty

Martin, Ann    The Doll People, The Runaway Dolls, and The Meanest Doll in the World

Mass, Wendy    The Candymakers

Matson, Nancy    The Boy Trap

Mills, Claudia    7 x 9 = Trouble

Mlynowski, Sarah    The Whatever After series

Mull, Brandon    The Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War

Myracle, Lauren    The Winnie Years series

Oliver, Lauren    Leisel and Po

Paolini, Christopher    Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr

Paterson, Katherine    Bridge to Terabithia

Rhodes, Jewel Parker    Sugar

Riordan, Rick    The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Rowling, J.K.    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, etc.

Sachar, Louis    Holes

Sage, Angie    Flyte, Magyk, and Physik

Schndback, Mindy    Princess from Another Planet

Seidler, Tor    Toes and The Wainscot Weasel

Selznick, Brian    The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Smith, Robert Kimmel    Chocolate Fever

Snicket, Lemony    The Bad Beginning and the rest of the Series of Unfortunate Events books.

Soup, Cuthbert    A Whole Nother Story

Spinelli, Jerry    Fourth Grade Rats

Sutherland, Tui    The Wings of Fire series

Telgemeier, Raina    Smile and Sisters

Tolkien, J.R.R.    The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring

Van Cleve, Kathleen    Drizzle

Voigt, Cynthia    Angus and Sadie

Wallace, Bill    Snot Stew and Furball, Puppy, and Me

Wells, H.G.    The Time Machine

West, Jacqueline    The Books of Elsewhere series