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K¹² Recommended Reading 2012

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Recommended Reading for Kids at Every Level

The K¹² reading experts who created our Language Arts courses invite you to enjoy our ‘Recommended Reading” list for grades K–12. Click the links below to see a list appropriate for your child's grade level, or download the full list as a PDF.

Kindergarten  |  Grades 1–2  |  Grades 2–3  |  Grades 3–4  |  Grades 5–6  |  Grades 7–8  |  High School

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle
  • Wifred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
  • The Napping House by Don & Audrey Wood
  • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
Grades 1–2
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • The Day Jimm's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hake Noble
  • Huge Harold by Bill Peet
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • Young Cam Jansen series by David Adler
    –  Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie
    –  Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery
    –  Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery
  • Amelia Bedelia Series by Peggy Parrish
    –  Amelia Bedelia
    –  Amelia Bedeilia and the Baby
    –  Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
    –  Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm
  • Nate the Great Series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
    –  Nate the Great
    –  Nate the Great and the Stolen Base
    –  Nate the Great and the Monster Mess
  • Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
    –  Dinosaurs Before Dark
    –  The Knight at Dawn
    –  Mummies in the Morning
    –  Pirates Past Noon
  • Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel
    –  Frog and Toad are Friends
    –  Frog and Toad Together
    –  Days with Frog and Toad
  • The Littles (First Reader Series) by John Peterson
    –  The Littles First Readers Series #01: The Littles Make a Friend
    –  The Littles First Readers Series #06: The Littles and the Secret Letter
    –  The Littles First Readers Series #07: The Littles Go On a Hike
Grades 2–3
  • Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  • Cam Jansen Series by David Adler
    –  Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds
    –  Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball
    –  Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery
    –  Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  • Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald Sobol
    –  Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
    –  Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
    –  Encyclopedia Brown Gets his Man by
  • The Littles series by John Peterson
    –  The Littles
    –  The Littles Go Exploring
    –  The Littles to the Rescue
    –  The Littles Give a Party by
Grades 3–4
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Borrowers series by Mary Norton
    –  The Borrowers
    –  The Borrowers Afield
    –  The Borrowers Afloat
    –  The Borrowers Avenged
  • The Mouse & the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Heidi by Johanna Spry
  • Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    –  Little House on the Prairie
    –  Little House in the Big Woods
    –  Farmer Boy
    –  On the Banks of Plum Creek
    –  The Long Winter
    –  By the Shores of Silver Lake
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Grades 5–6
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
  • Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
    –  The Book of Three
    –  The Black Cauldron
    –  The Castle of Llyr
    –  Taran Wanderer
    –  The High King
  • The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
    –  Over Sea, Under Stone
    –  The Dark Is Rising
    –  Greenwitch
    –  The Grey King
    –  Silver on the Tree
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
    –  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    –  Prince Caspian
    –  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    –  The Silver Chair
    –  The Horse and His Boy
    –  The Magician's Nephew
    –  The Last Battle
  • Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Rasking
  • The Young Unicorns by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  • The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  • The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
Grades 7–8
  • Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
    –  Anne of Green Gables
    –  Anne of Avonlea
    –  Anne of the Island
    –  Anne's House of Dreams
    –  Anne of Ingleside
  • National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
    –  The Fellowship of the Ring
    –  The Two Towers
    –  The Return of the King by
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
    –  Redwall
    –  Mossflower
    –  Mattimeo
    –  Mariel of Redwall
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
High School
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Billy Budd by Hermann Melville
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Jesse by Gary Soto
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
  • Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

*Source: K-3 Experience Survey, TRC