Below are suggested reading lists for elementary school students compiled from the recommendations of several Christian schools right here in Massachusetts. Books which were recommended on more than one school’s list are marked with stars for the number of times they appeared. We encourage parents to take these lists to their local library and stock up on good reads for your kids this summer.

First Grade Recommended Reading

Title/Series
Author (Last, First)
Henry and Mudge SeriesRylant, Cynthia
Ira Sleeps Over Wabler, Bernard
Curious George SeriesRey, H. A.
If you Give a Moose a MuffinNumeroff, Laura
If You Give a Mouse a CookieNumeroff, Laura
Little Bear (Series)Minarik, E. H.
MadelineBemelmans, Ludwig
Nate the Great SeriesShatmat, M.
The Boy Who Held Back the SeaLocker, Thomas
A Bad Case of the StripesShannon, David
A Bargain for FrancesHoban, Russell
A House for Hermit CrabCarle, Eric
All in a DayAnno
Annie Rose is My Little SisterHughes, Shirley
Bear On a BikeBlackstone, Stella
Big Red LollipopKhan, Rukhsana
Big Sister, Little SisterPham, Leuyen
Block CityStevenson, Robert Louis
ChalkThomson, Bill
Charlie Needs a ClockDePaola, Tomie
ChrysanthemumHenkes, Kevin
CorduroyFreeman, Don
Doctor De SotoSteig, William
Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?Carlstrom, Nancy White
Duck for PresidentCronin, Doreen
Everybody Cooks RiceDooley, Norah
Fix-It DuckAlbrough, Jez
Full, Full, Full of LoveCooke, Trish
George and Martha (Series)Marshall, James
Give Yourself to the RainBrown, Margaret Wise
Going to the Sea ParkMayer, Mercer
Grandma's GiftVelasquez, Eric
Hello First GradeRyder, Joanne
Honey…Honey…LionBrett, Jan
How to Clean a HippopotamusJenkins, Steve & Page, Robin
I Am A SeahorseShaskan, Trisha Speed
I Am an OctopusShaskan, Trisha Speed
I Saw a BullfrogStern, Ellen
I Stink!McMullan, Kate
Interrupting ChickenStein, David Ezra
JazzMyers, Walter Dean
John Willy and Freddy McGeeMeade, Holly
Johnny Appleseed Goes a PlantingJensen, Patsy
Leo the Late BloomerKraus, Robert
Lottie's New Beach TowelMathers, Petra
Louella Mae, She's Run Away!Alarcon, Karen Beaumont
Lyle, Lyle, CrocodileWaber, Bernard
Molly Goes ShoppingEriksson, Eva
My Grumpy's OutingBurningham, John
OliviaFalconer, Ian
On Morning WingsLindbergh, Reeve
On Noah's ArkBrett, Jan
Owl BabiesWaddell, Martin
Paddington At the BeachBond, Michael
Piggie Pie!Palatini, Margie
PigstyTeague, Mark
Pumpkin PumpkinTitherington, Jeanne
Rosie's WalkHutchins, Pat
Sally Goes to the BeachHuneck, Stephen
SplashJonas, Ann
StagestruckDePaola, Tomie
Stella, Star of the SeaGay, Marie Louise
Storm is ComingTekavec, Heather
Summer WondersRaczka, Bob
Sun UpTresselt, Alvin
Tacky Goes To CampLester, Helen
The Creation StoryMessenger, Norman
The Little Red HenGaldone, Paul
The Napping HouseWood, Audrey
The Night Before First GradeWing, Natasha
The Selfish GiantWilde, Oscar
The Story of FerdinandLeaf, Munro
The Tale of Peter RabbitPotter, Beatrix
The Very Hungry CaterpillarCarle, Eric
The Very Lonely FireflyCarle, Eric
The Very Quiet CricketCarle, Eric
Three Cheers for Catherine the GreatBest, Cari
We're Going on a PicnicHutchins, Pat
What Pete Ate from A-ZKalman, Maira
What! Cried GrannyLum, Kate
Where the Wild Things AreSendak, Maurice
While We Were OutLee, Ho Baek
Who Will Be My Friends?Hoff, Syd
WorkshopClements, Andrew
YokoWells, Rosemary

Second Grade Recommended Reading

Title/Series
Author (Last, First)
Cam Jansen SeriesAdler, David
Frog and Toad SeriesLobel, Arnold
Henry and Mudge SeriesRylant, Cynthia
Ira Sleeps OverWaber, Bernard
Amazing GraceHoffman, Mary
Amelia BedeliaParish, Peggy
Boxcar Children SeriesWarner, Gertrude
Curious George SeriesRey, H. A.
Flat Stanley SeriesBrown, Jeff
Fox and His FriendsMarshall, Edward & James
Good Night, Good KnightThomas, Shelly Moore
Inspector Hopper SeriesCushman, Douglas
Keep the Lights Burning, AbbieRoop, Peter & Connie
Madeline SeriesBemelmans, Ludwig
Magic School Bus SeriesCole, Joanna & Degan, Bruce
Make Way For DucklingsMcCloskey, Robert
Miss RumphiusCooney, Barbara
Nate the Great SeriesSharmat, M. Weinman
Young Cam Jansen SeriesAdler, David
A is for Amber SeriesDanzinger, Paula
A Voice of Her OwnLasky, Kathryn
Agapanthus Hum SeriesCowley, Joy
Amanda Pig SeriesVan Leeuwen, Jean
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a RideRyan, Pam Munoz
America: The Patriotic PrimerCheney, Lynne
An Arthur AdventureBrown, Marc
Arthur's Loose Tooth SeriesHoban, Lillian
Axle AnniePulver, Robin
A-Z Mysteries (Series)Roy, Ron
Be a Friend to TreesLauber, Patricia
Bears on Hemlock MountainDalgliesh, Alice
Bicycle ManSay, Allen
Big Mama'sCrews, Donald
Biscuit SeriesCapucilli, Alyssa
Bridges Connect: A Building Block BookHill, Lee Sullivan
Bubblegum DeliciousLee, Dennis
Bunny CakesWells, Rosemary
Chicken SundayPolacco, Patricia
Commander ToadYolen, Jane
Cork and FuzzChaconas, Dori
Cowgirl Kate and CocoaSilverman, Erica
Danny and the Dinosaur Go to CampHoff, Syd
Delores and the Big FireClements, Andrew
Diary of a SpiderCronin, Doreen
Diary of a WombatFrench, Jackie
Dig Wait Listen: A Desert Toad's TaleSayre, April Pulley
Don't Let the Pigeons Drive the BusWillems, Mo
Elvis the Rooster: Almost Goes to HeavenCazet, Denys
Emeline at the CircusPriceman, Marjorie
EmilyBedard, Michael
Emma's Yucky BrotherLittle, Jean
Fancy NancyO'Connor, Jane
Faraway HomeKurtz, Jane
Farfallina & MarcelKeller, Helen
Father Bear SeriesMinarik, E. H.
Fluffy SeriesMcMullan, K.H.
Food Fight!Shields, Carol Diggory
Freedom SummerWiles, Deborah
George and Martha (Series)Marshall, James
Gingerbread BabyBrett, Jan
Grasshopper on the RoadLobel, Arnold
Green Eggs and HamDr. Suess
Gus and Gertie SeriesNixon, Joan Lowery
Harold and the Purple CrayonJohnson, Crockett
Harry Goes to Day Camp SeriesZiefert, Harriet
Hattie and the FoxFox, Mem
Henry Hikes to FitchburgJohnson, Donald
Herbert Fieldmouse- Secret AgentO'Malley, Kevin
Hi! Fly GuyArnold, Tedd
Hooway for Wodney WatLester, Helen
How I Became a PirateLong, Melinda
HurricaneLondon, Jonathan
In the Small, Small NightKurtz, Jane
Inch by InchLionni, Leo
InsectlopediaFlorian, Douglas
Iris and Walter True FriendsGuest, Elissa Haden
Ivy and BeanBarrows, Annie
Johnny AppleseedKellogg, Steven
Journey Around Boston from A to ZZschock, Matha Day
JumanjiVan Allsburg, Chris
Just For YouMayer, Mercer
Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to PoetryKennedy, X.J. / Dorothy M.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleWillems, Mo
Little Dog PoemsGeorge, Kristine
MadlenkaSis, Peter
Martha CallingMeddaugh, Susan
Martin's Big Words- Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.Collier, Bryan
Matthew's DreamLionni, Leo
Mercy Watson to the RescueDiCamillo, Kate
Mike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelBurton, Virginia Lee
Mildred and SamCollicott, Sharleen
Minnie and Moo SeriesCazet, Denys
Mole and Shrew SeriesKoller, Jackie French
Mr. Putter and Tubby Paint the PorchRylant, Cynthia
My Brother, AntByars, Betsy
My LightBang, Molly
My Name is YoonRecorvits, Helen
My Rows and Piles of CoinsMollel, Tololwa
My. Grumpy's Motor carBurningham, John
My. Putter and Tabby SeriesRylant, Cynthia
No, David!Shannon, David
Oliver Button is a SissyDePaola, Tomie
Olivia SeriesFalconer, Ian
One Morning in MaineMcCloskey, Robert
Oranges on Golden MountainPartridge, Elizabeth
Own at HomeLobel, Arnold
Own MoonYolen, Jane
Ox-Cart ManHall, Donald
Painting the WindMacLachlan, Patricia & Emily
PaperboyPikey, Dav
Patchwork QuiltFlourney, Valerie
Pearl and Wagner: Two Good FriendsMcMullan, K.H.
Pish and PoshBottner, Barbara
Poppleton SeriesRylant, Cynthia
Rafi and RosiDelacre, Lulu
Roby's WishBridges, Shirin Yim
Seven brave WomenHearne, Betsy
Sheep in a ShopShaw, Nancy
Sing a Song of Piglets: A Calendar in VerseBunting, Eve
Skippyjon JonesSchachner, Judith Byron
Something BeautifulWyeth, Sharon Dennis
Sophie SkatesIsadora, Rachel
Soul Looks Back in WonderFeelings, Tom
St. George and the DragonHodges, Margaret
Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of DustJonas, Ann
Superdog: The Heart of a HeroBuehner, Caralyn
Tar BeachRinggold, Faith
Telling Time with Big Mama CatHarper, Dan
The Buffalo StormApplegate, Katherine
The Case of the Two Masked RobbersHoban, Lillian
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar CountyHarrington, Janice N.
The Clown of GodDePaola, Tomie
The Elves and the ShoemakerLeMarche, Jim
The Emperor's New ClothesAnderson, Hans Christian
The Foot BookDr. Suess
The Giving TreeSilverstein, Shel
The High-Rise Private Eyes SeriesRylant, Cynthia
The LibraryStewart, Sarah
The LittlesPeterson, John
The Magic Hockey StickMaloney, Peter
The Pied Piper of HamlinBartos-Hoppner, Barbara
The Scrambled States of AmericaKeller, Laurie
The Secret Science Project that Almost ate the SchoolSierra, Judy
The Tale of Three TreesHunt, Angela Elwell
The Three PigsWiesner, David
The Vampire Bunny SeriesHowe, James
The Very Busy SpiderCarle, Eric
The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-BeGrey, Mini
The Viper SeriesThiesing, Lisa
There is a Bird on Your Head! SeriesWillems, Mo
TitchHutchins, Pat
Tough CookieWisniewski, David
Traction Man is HereGrey, Mini
Uncle Andy'sWarhola, James
Waiting for WingsEhlert, Lois
When Bluebell SangErnst, Lisa Cambell
When Sophia Gets Angry- Really, Really AngryBang, Molly
Whose Mouse Are You?Kraus, Robert
Wild About BookSierra, Judy
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read TogetherHoberman, Mary Ann

Third Grade Recommended Reading

Title/Series
Author (Last, First)
Cam Jansen SeriesAdler, David
Little House Collection SeriesAtler, Judy /Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Magic School Bus SeriesCole, Joanna
Nate the Great SeriesSharmat, M. Weinman
The Cricket in Times SquareSelden, George
The Trumpet of the SwanWhite, E.B.
A to Z MysteriesRoy, Ron
A Child's Garden of VerseStevenson, Robert Louis
Amber Brown SeriesDanziger, Paula
American Girl Series
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front DoorBruel, Nick
EleanorCooney, Barbara
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy DetectiveSobol, Donald
Escaping the Giant WaveKehret, Peg
Geronimo Stilton SeriesDami, Elisabetta
Hank AaronGolenbock, Peter
Henry HugginsCleary, Beverly
High Rise Private Eyes: the case of the puzzling possumRylant, Cynthia
Horrible Harry SeriesKline, Susy
Into the WoodsBurleigh, Robert
John HenryLester, Julius
Knights of the Kitchen TableScieszka, Jon
Magic Tree House SeriesOsborne, Mary Pope
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet TubmanSchroeder, Alan
Misoso: Once Upon a Tim Tales from AfricaAardema, Verna
Mummies Made in EgyptAliki
My Brother MartinFarris, Christine King
My Tour of EuropeRoosevelt, Teddy
Nancy Drew Series
One Hundred DressesEstes, Eleanor
Otherwise Known as Sheila the GreatBlume, Judy
Ramona the PestCleary, Beverly
RibsyCleary, Beverly
Sarah, Plain and TallMacKachlan, Patricia
Shoeshine GirlBulla, Clyde Robert
Solo GirlPinkney, Andrea
Strawberry GirlLenski, Lois
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse HawkinsKerley, Barbara
The Family Under the BridgeCarlson, Natalie
The FriendshipTaylor, Mildfred
The Great Wall of ChinaFisher, Leonard Everett
The Hundred DressesEstes, Eleanor
The Kid Who Only Hit HomersChristopher, Matt
The Lost Flower ChildrenLisle, Janet Taylor
The Magic School Bus in the Time of the DinosaursCole, Joanna
The Mouse and the MotorcycleCleary, Beverly
The Stories Julian TellsCameron, Ann
Third Grade Detective SeriesStanley, George
Twenty and TenBishop, Claire Huchet
Twenty-One BalloonsPene du Bois, William
Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in AfricaBrown, Don
Wayside School is Falling DownSachar, Louise
What Do Illustrators Do?Christelow, Eileen
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's EarsAardema, Verna
William Shakespeare & the GlobeAliki
Wilma UnlimitedKrull, Kathleen

Fourth Grade Recommended Reading

Title/Series
Author (Last, First)
ShilohNaylor, Phyllis Reynolds
Little House on the Prairie SeriesWilder, Laura Ingalls
Number the StarsLowry, Lois
A Gathering of DaysBlos, Joan W.
Because of Winn-DixieDiCamillo, Kate
Boxcar Children SeriesWarner, Gertrude
Harriet the SpyFitzhugh, Louis
RascalNorth, Sterling
The BorrowersNorton, Mary
The Cricket in Times SquareSeldon, George
The Phantom Toll BoothJuster, Norton
The Tale of DespereauxDiCamillo, Kate
A Cricket in Times SquareSeldon, George
A Stranger Came AshoreHunter, Molly
A Wrinkle in TimeL'Engle, Madeline
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandCarroll, Lewis
Babe, the Gallant PigKing-Smith, Dick
Bobby BaseballKimmel-Smith, Robert
Case of the Case of Mistaken IdentityBarrett, Mac
CastleMaCaulay, David
Charles A. Lilndbergh: A Human HeroGiblin, James Cross
Charlotte's WebWhite, E.B.
City of EmberDePrau, Jeanne
Courage of Sarah NobleDalgliesh, Alice
Dog Diaries: Secret Diaries of the Woof SocietyByars, Betsy
Dragon RiderFunke, Cornelia
EleanorCooney, Barbara
Extraordinary Mark TwainKerley, Barbara
FrindleClements, Andrew
Hardy Boys SeriesDixon, Franklin
Homesick: My Own StoryFritz, Jean
How to Eat Fried WormsRockwell, Thomas
How to Steal a DogO'Conner, Barbara
Into the WoodsBurleigh, Robert
JackCooper, Ilene
Jonny TremainForbes, Esther
Lassie, Come HomeKnight, Eric
Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought)Krull, Kathleen
Lives of the Musicians: (and What the Neighbors Thought)Krull, Kathleen
Lost and FoundPhillips, Ian
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet TubmanSchroeder, Alan
Misty of ChincoteagueHenry, Marguerite
Mr. Popper's PenguinsAtwater, Richard
My Brother MartinFarris, Christine King
Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis BrailleFreedman, Russell
Penguin's PerilMiles, Ellen
Pippi LongstockingLindgren, Astrid
Rabbit HillLawson, Robert
Roller SkatesSawyer, Ruth
Secret SoldierMcGovern, Ann
Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingBlume, Judy
The Bad BeginningSnicket, Lemony
The BFGDahl, Ronald
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse HawkinsKerley, Barbara
The Doll PeopleMartin, Ann
The Enormous EggButterworth, Oliver
The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite PoemsHoberman, Mary Ann
The Magic School Bus in the Time of the DinosaursCole, Joanna
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field GuideDiterlizzi, Tony & Black, Holly
The Time Traveler's JournalMasessa, Ed
The WilloughbysLowry, Lois
The Wish GiverBrittain, Bill
Time BikeLangton, Jane
What Do Illustrators Do?Christelow, Eileen
Where the Mountain Meets the MoonGrace, Lin
ZorgamazooWeston, Robert Paul

Fifth Grade Recommended Reading

Title/Series
Author (Last, First)
ShilohNaylor, Phyllip Reynolds
My Side of the MountainGeorge, Jean Craighead
Number the StarsLowry, Lois
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E FrankweilerKonigsburg, E.L.
Harriet the SpyFitzhugh, Louis
Little WomenAlcott, Louis May
RascalNorth, Sterling
SounderArmstrong, William
The BorrowersNorton, Mary
The Bridge to TerabithiaPaterson, Katherine
A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" JohnsonGreen, Michelle
A Young Painter: The Life and Paintings of Wang YaniZhensum, Zheng
Anne Elizabeth's Diary: A Young Artist's True StoryRector, Anne E.
From the Bible - Book of Jonah
From the Bible - Book of Ruth
Black BeautySewell, Anna
Caddie WoodlawnBrink, Carol
Call it CourageSperry, Armstrong
DragonwingsYep, Lawrence
Ella EnchantedLevine, Gail Carson
Esperanza RisingRyan, Pam Munoz
Everything on a WaffleHorvath, Polly
Good Brother, bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes BoothGiblin, James
Honor Books
How To Keep DinosaursMash, Robert
How to Steal a DogO'Connor, Barbara
I, Juan de ParejaBorton de Trevino, E.
InkheartFunke, Cornelia
Into the WoodsBurleigh, Robert
Journey to AmericaLevitin, Sonia
Knots in my Yo-YoSpinelli, Jerry
Lemonade WarDavies, Jacqueline
Mary PoppinsTravers, P.L.
MasterpieceBroach, Elise
Meet the AustinsL'Engle, Madeline
Mistakes that WorkedJones, Charlotte F.
Mr. Chickee's Funny MoneyCurtis, Christopher Paul
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMHO'Brien, Robert C.
My Life with ChimpanzeesGoodall, Jane
National ValvetBagnold, Enid
Newberry Medal Series
Over Sea, Under StoneCooper, Susan
Peter and the StarcatchersBarry, Dave
RulesLord, Cynthia
Shakespeare's SecretBroach, Elise
Soul SurferHamilton, Bethany
Thank You, Jackie RobinsonCohen, Barbara
The Boy Who Spoke DogClay, Morgan
The Indian in the CupboardBanks, Lynne Reid
The Magician's ElephantDiCamillo, Kate
The Prince and the PauperTwain, Mark
The Sign of the BeaverSpeare, Elizabeth George
The Tarantula ScientistMontgomery, Sy
The Wind in the WillowsGrahame, Kenneth
The Young Man and the SeaPhilbrick, Rodman
Tom SawyerTwain, Mark
Tom's Midnight GardenPearce, Phillippa
We Were There Too: Young People in U.S. HistoryHoose, Philip M.

Sixth Grade Recommended Reading

Title/Series
Author (Last, First)
The HobbitTolkien, J.R.R.
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E FrankweilerKonigsburg
White FangLondon, Jack
A Hero of TiconderogaGauthier, G.
A Long Way from ChicagoPeck, Richard
A Single ShardPark, Linda Sue
Among the HiddenHaddix, Margaret
Amos FortuneYates, Elizabeth
Bull RunFleischman, Paul
Carver: A life in PoemsNelson, Marilyn
Darnell Rock ReportingMyers, Walter Dean
Hear That Train Whistle Blow!Meltzer, Milton
HeavenJohnson, Angela
HootHiaasen, Carl
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie and RobinsonLord, Betty
Invisible ThreadUchida, Yoshiko
Julie of the WolvesGeorge
Lawn BoyPaulson, Gary
MilkweedSpinelli, Jerry
Olive's OceanHenkes, Kevin
Princess and the Curdie SeriesMacDonald
Redwall SeriesJacques
Rocket BoysHickam, Homer
Shadow of a BullWojciechowska, Maja
Snow TreasureMcSwigan
The BatboyLupica, Mike
The Gold CadillacTaylor, Mildred
The Green Coat: A Tale From the Dustbowl YearsMcDunn, Rosemary
The Janitor's BoyClements, Andrew
The Kind of Friends We Used to BeDowell, Frances O'Roark
The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeLewis, C.S.
The WandererCreech, Sharon
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World… One Child at a TimeMortenson, G. & Relin, D.
Time Stops for No MouseHoeye, Michael
Tuck EverlastingBabbit, Natalee
Under the Blood-Red SunSailsbury, Graham
Walk Two MoonsCreech, Sharon
Warrior's Don’t CryBeals, Melba Pattillo
WhittingtonArmstrong, Alan
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the IditarodPaulson, Gary