Book Recommendations by Grade

During the summer, I get asked a lot for recommendations for children’s books...

As a former teacher and school librarian, I find that even though kids’ interests can vary widely, there are many books that can catch nearly any interest for particular age levels. Here are some of my recommendations for children of various ages.


For Preschoolers:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. Hilarious way to learn about the word “no”!

Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin. Fun twist on life at the farm.


For Grades K-2:

Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. Fun travel through time and history.

Bad Kitty Series by Nick Bruel. Funny series about a household kitty cat.


For Grades 3-5:

Michigan Chillers by Jonathan Rand. Spooky stories set here in Michigan.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney. Hilarious look at life at Greg Heffley’s house.


For Grades 5-6:

Hatchet Series by Gary Paulson. Survival by a young adult alone in the wild.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. Updated re-telling of classic Greek myths.


For Grades 7-9:

Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz. The adventures of a young James Bond.

House of the Scorpion Series by Nancy Farmer. Compelling and thought-provoking look at cloning.


For Families to Read Together:

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Gentle tales of life on the American plains.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The classic treasure-hunting novel.


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Jennifer D., CADL Aurelius