Book Recommendations

Here are some great books geared towards the age groups specified below.  Each list is in alphabetical order by last name.

Elementary School

  1. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans  
  2. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
  4. Crickwing by Jannell Cannon
  5. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler
  6. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  8. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  9. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo 
  10. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  12. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  13. The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne
  14. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  15. Curious George series by Margaret and H.A. Rey
  16. A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
  17. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  18. Magyk series by Angie Sage
  19. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  20. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  21. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  22. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  23. Bad Beginnings from the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  24. Encylopedia Brown Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  25. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Middle School

  1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  2. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  4. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  5. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  7. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  8. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  9. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  10. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  11. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  12. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  13. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  14. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  15. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
  16. Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  17. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  18. The Lightning Thief from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  19. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  20. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  21. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  22. Manic Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  23. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  24. The Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfield
  25. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak     

High School

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  11. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  13. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  14. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  15. Paper Towns by John Green
  16. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  17. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  18. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  19. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  20. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  21. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  22. 1984 by George Orwell
  23. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  24. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  25. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  26. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  27. Night by Elie Wiesel
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