imrs.phpIn 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 that focuses 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

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