100 Great books to read with your kids.

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  1. A Kiss for Little Bear by Else H. Minarik, Harper/Trophy, 1983
  2. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, Elderry, 2002
  3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr., Henry Holt, 1992
  4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1957
  5. Curious George by H. A. Rey, Houghton, 1941
  6. Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox, Aladdin, 1992
  7. Little Pea by Amy K. Rosenthal, Chronicle Books, 2005
  8. Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells, Puffin, 2000
  9. Mouse Mess by Linnea Asplind Riley, Blue Sky Press, 1997
  10. No David by David Shannon, Blue Sky Press, 1998
  11. Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells, Viking Books, 1999
  12. Olivia by Ian Falconer, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001
  13. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Aladdin, 2003
  14. Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, Houghlin Mifflin, 1997
  15. Soap, Soap, Don’t Forget the Soap: An Appalachian Folktale, by Tom Birdseye, Holiday House, 1993
  16. That New Animal by Emily Jenkins, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005
  17. The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Stephen Carpenter, Harper Festival, 1998
  18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Philomel, 1981
  19. Who is It? by Sally Grindley, Peachtree Publishers, 1998


First Grade

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viost, Aladdin, 1987
  2. Ben and Me by Robert Lawson, Little, Brown, 1988
  3. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, Viking, 1948
  4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Harper/Trophy, 1974
  5. Chicken Man by Michelle Edwards, Mulberry Books, 1994
  6. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballsby Judi Barrett, Aladdin, 1982
  7. Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements, Millbrook Press, 1997
  8. George and Martha by James Marshall, Houghton, 1972
  9. Hairy McClary from Donaldson’s Dairy, by Lynley Dodd,  Tricycle Press, 2001
  10. Hank the Cow Dog by John Erickson (44 books in series), Puffin, 1998
  11. I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb, Harper Collins, 2002
  12. I Took My Frog to the Library, Eric A Kimmel, Puffin, 1992
  13. In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak, Harper/Collins, 1996
  14. Jake’s 100th Day of School by Lester Laminack, Peachtree, 2006
  15. The Library Dragon by Carmon Agra Deedy, Peachtree Publishers, 1994
  16. The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne (26 titles), Random House
  17. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater, Little-Brown, 1992
  18. Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young, Philomel, 1992
  19. Sweet Dream Pie by Audrey Wood, Scholastic, 2002
  20. Ten Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, Harper Collins, 2005


Second Grade

  1. Agatha’s Feather Bed by Carmon Agra Deedy, Peachtree Publishers, 1994
  2. All the Cats in the World by Sonia Levitin, Harcourt, 1984
  3. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, Dial, 2001
  4. Amelia’s Road by Linda Jacobs Altman, Lee and Low, 1995
  5. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere by Jean Fritz, Coward-McCann, 1973
  6. The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner (55 titles), Whitman & Co., 1987
  7. Danetra Brown Leaves Town by Nikki Grimes, Amastad, 2002
  8. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald Sobol (23 titles), Yearling, 1995
  9. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume, Yearling, 1978
  10. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Palacco, Aladdin, 2001
  11. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton, Houghton-Mifflin, 1977
  12. More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby, Orchard Books, 1995
  13. The Mud Flat Olympics by James Stevenson, Greenwillow, 1994
  14. Nutik the Wolf Pup by Jean Craighead George, Harper Collins, 2001
  15. Painting the Wind, by Patricia and Emily MacLachlan, Joanna Colter, 2003
  16. Polar the Titanic Bear, by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden, Brown, Little, 1998
  17. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary, Harper/Trophy, 2001
  18. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, HarperCollins, 1997
  19. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner, Harper/Trophy, 1983
  20. The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, Dial, 1989
  21. Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto, Putnam, 1993

Third Grade

  1. Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack, Atheneum, 2001
  2. Help, I’m A Prisoner in the Library! By Eth Clifford, Scholastic 1991
  3. I Was A Third Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch, Yearling, 1999
  4. Martin Bridge:  Ready for Takeoff! By Jessica Scott Kerrin, Kids Can Press, 2005
  5. Owen Foote, Super Spy by Stephanie Greene, Clarion, 2001
  6. Poppy by Avi, Harper/Trophy, 2005
  7. Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb, Harper Trophy, 1984
  8. Seedfolksby Paul Fleischman, Harper Collins, 1997
  9. The Sweetest Fig by Chris VanAllsburg, Houghton Mifflin, 1993
  10. Sword of the Rightful King:  A Novel of King Arthur, by Jane Yolen, Magic Carpet Books, 2004
  11. The Tale of Despereaux:  Being A Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup and A Spool of Thread by Kate DeCamillo, Candelwick, 2003
  12. Time Warp Trio Series by Jon Sieszka, Puffin Publishers, various dates of publication
  13. The Trouble with Wishes by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Henry Holt, 1996
  14. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White, Harper/Trophy 2000
  15. The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney, Puffin, 2005

Fourth Grade and Up

  1. Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne, Blue Sky Press, 2002
  2. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, Putnam, 2004
  3. The Boggart by Susan Cooper, McMillian, 1993
  4. Dandelions by Eve Bunting, Harcourt 1995
  5. Dragon’s Gate by Lawrence Yep, Harper Trophy, 1995
  6. The Eye, The Ear and the Arm by Nancy Farmer, Puffin, 1995
  7. The Faithful Friend, by Robert D. San Souci , Simon and Schuster, 1995
  8. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, Aladdin, 2002
  9. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Simon Pulse, 1999
  10. I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholastic, 1997
  11. The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, Blue Sky Press, 2002
  12. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobeby C.S. Lewis, Harper Trophy, 2000
  13. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt, Clarion, 2004
  14. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young, Putnam, 1989
  15. My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, by Libba Moore Gray, Scholastic, 1999
  16. Over the Wall by John H. Ritter, Putnam Publishers, 2002
  17. Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, Puffin, 1999
  18. The Singer of All Songs, by Kate Constable, Arthur A. Levine, 2004
  19. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Knopf, 2000
  20. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, Bantam Classics, 1984
  21. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sieszka, Puffin, 1996
  22. The Van Gogh Café by Cynthia Rylant, Scholastic, 1995
  23. When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Ann Hest, Candlewick, 1997
  24. The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allburg, Houghton, 1992
  25. The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick, Scholastic, 2005