Recommended Reading − Children

This is a list of books that met with both parent and child stamp of approval for independent reading. We recommend you read the reviews on Clara's blog first, especially if your child is sensitive or has any quirkly likes or dislikes.


2nd-3rd Grade
TitleAuthorISBN-13
Babe: The Gallant Pig Dick King-Smith 978-0679873938
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary 978-0380709182
Betsy-Tacy Maud Hart Lovelace 978-0064400961
Betsy-Tacy and Tib Maud Hart Lovelace 978-0064400978
Duck for a Day Meg McKinlay 978-0763657840
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown 978-0060097912
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt Megan McDonald 978-0763643515
Many Moons James Thurber 978-0152518738
My Father's Dragon Ruth Stiles Gannett 978-1453782057
Nate the Great Marjorie Weinman Sharmat 978-0440461265
Roxie and the Hooligans Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 978-1416902447
Winnie the Pooh A. A. Milne 978-0525457237
The Magic Schoolbus series Anne Capeci
Little House series to Plum Creek, excluding Farmer Boy Laura Ingalls Wilder

4th grade-6th Grade
TitleAuthorISBN-13
Alvin Ho series Lenore Look
Charlotte's Web E. B. White 978-0064400558
Cricket in Times Square George Selden 978-0312380038
Dr. Dolittle Hugh Lofting 978-0486293509
Mr. Popper's Penguins Richard Atwater 978-0316058438
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Betty MacDonald 978-0064401487
Ruby Lu series Lenore Look

Beyond 6th Grade
TitleAuthorISBN-13
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler E. L. Konigsburg 978-1416949756
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin 978-0316038638