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New Books for Classroom Libraries

Jan 16, 2013 5:19pm

We are looking to improve each of our grade level classroom libraries. What books are must haves for each grade level?

  • English Language Arts / Science / Social Studies
  • Pre K-8
  • Class Culture / Planning


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    • Jan 18, 2013 12:59pm

      A couple of my new favorites for middle school are Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Both have amazing characters!

      • Jan 21, 2013 6:54am

        I am reading "The Boxcar Children" to my third graders and they love it! They beg to hear more every day. Also, we use Patricia Polacco for our reading strategy lesson. Her books are good for studying visualization, inference, character development, etc.

        • Feb 18, 2013 2:03pm

          Hi Laura,
          What grade levels are you looking for?
          Whenever building a classroom library, I tend to think about authors and series that my kids are going to love. This way when they read one book, they will not only be hooked, but they will be able to independently go to the library and get more.

          Some fiction series I think are outstanding for elementary readers:
          - The Magic Treehouse series
          - Junie B. Jones
          - Cam Jansen
          - Amber Brown
          - Judy Moody
          - Magic School Bus (they also have a chapter book series)
          - A to Z Mysteries
          - Geronimo Stilton
          - Goosebumps

          For upper grade elementary readers (also fiction):
          - Percy Jackson series (and all books Rick Riordan)
          - Amelia's Notebook
          - Harry Potter
          - Series of Unfortunate Events
          - Diary of a Wimpy Kid
          - Big Nate
          - Origami Yoda
          - Time Warp Trio
          - Chronicles of Narnia
          - Spiderwick
          - American Girl series

          • Feb 18, 2013 2:04pm

            Great authors:
            - Roald Dahl
            - Judy Blume
            - Beverly Cleary
            - Eve Bunting
            - Patricia Polacco
            - Beverly Cleary
            - Rick Riordan
            - Christopher Paul Curtis

            • Sep 29, 2013 2:15pm

              Graphic novels or comic books appeal to a broad range of readers, especially those reluctant to wade through a chapter book. Consider titles by authors/illustrators

              Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Garfield (Jim Davis), Christopher Ford (Stickman Odessey), Jeff Mallett (Fraz), Herge (Tintin), Goscinny (Asterix), Matt Groening (Bart Simpson), Shannon Hale (Calamity Jack), Jeff Smith (Bone)

              Kate DiCamillo (Bink and Gollie), Greg Farshtey (LEGO Ninjagos), Peyo (Smurfs), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants, Gook and Ollie, Super Diaper Baby), Jennifer Holme (Baby Mouse and Squish), Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady), Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro)

              • Sep 6, 2014 9:29pm

                "The Skin I'm In" by Sharon Flake is about a 7th grade girl who is dealing with peer pressure, poverty, loss, etc. It is an engaging read and written at a level that is accessible to most middle level students. I would recommend that to students in grades 6-8.