Elementary Reading List
Books for Kindergarteners
Pancakes, Crackers, and Pizza: Book of Shapes by Marjorie Eberts: Eddie loves to eat all of these foods and other foods with different shapes. Teaches phonics, builds vocabulary, and improves comprehension and fluency including a word list for further study.
The Night before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing: the first day of kindergarten is monumental for both kids and parents. This book takes the topic and makes it fun and exciting to ease the fears of the impending day. Find many colorful illustrations contained within this title.
First Grade Readers
Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya: parents and children will both love this book for its focus on the commonplace adventure of family shopping (meaning the never-ending chase of children while trying to catch all of the seemingly, non-existent bargains) in a grocery store. This book has rhyming, spanish vocabulary, and of course great illustrations using watercolor and colored ink mediums. Check the back of the book for a vocabulary list.
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows: teach kids about diversity and what making friends is all about. This large print, black-and-white illustrated book, has 120-pages to prepare youngsters for chapter reading.
Second Grade Books
I Saw You in the Bathtub: And Other Folk Rhymes by Alvin Schwartz: get this book to carry your children through kindergarten to third grade with a collection of rhymes (41 in total). Kids read the rhymes then make their own creating singsong rhythm. Hey, you never know, you could have a future songwriter on your hands.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling: a mongoose named Rikki fights to protect his family against their enemies. Creatures come to life telling stories of survival in a patch of flora in India with this more than century’s old story.
Third Grade Book
Jordan’s Hair by Ed Spruill: read this book with your 8 year-old about Jordan’s problems with self-love and low self-esteem due to his personal issues with his hair. Jordan does not realize the beauty that others see when they look at him but is soon to learn. This one is a personal favorite.
Fourth Grade Book
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar: all kinds of wacky and peculiar things happen in the school with 30 rooms stacked one on top of the other (built that way by accident as it was supposed to be 30 classrooms side-by-side) called Wayside. Give this title to children ages 9-12 or read it with them for a whole host of fun.
Fifth Grade Book
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis: this book takes on another angle of the Four Little Girls tragedy in Birmingham to involve a family driving right into the madness of the situation. The book also has some humor detailing the antics of an out of control older brother, Byron, who is sent down south from Michigan to live with his grandmother as his parent’s last ditch effort to keep him out of serious trouble with the law.