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    "Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are." ~Mason Cooley

    Learning to read is one of the most important things a child will ever do. Reading good books is one of life's great pleasures. Why not combine the two from the start? Below are recommended reading lists by grade level. The Reading Department at Rosa Parks invites you and your family to review these lists with an eye toward making regular visits to the library. Kindle a book-loving habit of mind now. Get reading!

    Kindergarten List
    The Runaway Bunny, by Brown
    How To Be a Nature Detective,
    by Selsam
    Sunflower House, by Bunting
    Do Like Kyla, by Johnson
    Fish Eyes: A Book You Can
    Count On, by Ehlert
    The Very Busy Spider, by Carle
    Mouse Paint, by Walsh
    Corduroy, by Freeman
    Curious George Goes to School,
    by Rey
    The Giving Tree, by Silverstein
    The Little Engine That Could,
    by Piper
    The Three Little Pigs, by Galdone
    George and Martha One Fine Day,
    by Marshall
    Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, by Ehlert
    Jamaica's Find, by Havill
    We Are Best Friends, by Aliki
    Fireflies For Nathan, by Oppenheim
    Make Way for Ducklings,
    by McCloskey
    Same Goes Trucking, by Horenstain
    The Little Red Hen, by Galdone
    Thunder Cake, by Polacco
    First Grade List
    Amazing Grace, by Hoffman
    Berlioz the Bear, by Brett
    JoJo's Flying Side Kick,
    by Pinkney
    A House for Hermit Crab, by Carle
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Numeroff
    Johnny Appleseed, by Kellogg
    Tell Me a Story, Mama,
    by Johnson
    Frog and Toad Are Friends,
    by Lobel
    Ira Sleeps Over, by Waber
    Little Red Riding Hood, by Hyman
    Now One Foot, Now the Other, by DePaola
    Peter's Chair, by Keats
    Jamaica Tag-Along, by Havill
    Newt, by Novak
    Galimoto, by Williams
    Home in the Sky, by Baker
    How Many Stars in the Sky?
    by Hort
    Beaver at Long Pond, by George
    The Paperboy, by Pilkey
    Second Grade List
    Owl Moon, by Yolen
    The Legend of the Bluebonnet,
    by De Paola
    Mirandy and Brother Wind,
    by McKissack
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,
    by Steig
    Miss Nelson is Missing! by Marshall
    The Grouchy Ladybug, by Carle
    Aunt Flossie's Hat, by Howard
    Mike Mulligan and His Steam
    Shovel, by Burton
    Meet Danitra Brown, by Grimes
    The Popcorn Book, by DePaola
    Kitten Training and Critters, Too,
    by Peterson-Fleming
    Gregory Cool, by Binch
    Honey, I love and other Love
    Poems, by Greenfield
    Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters,
    by Steptoe
    The Tenth Good Thing About
    Barney, by Viorst
    Third Grade List
    Amelia Bedelia Series, by Paris
    Hosie's Alphabet, by Hosen,
    Tobias and Baskin
    A Bear Called Paddington, by Bond
    The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Dalgliesh
    The Wheel on the School,
    by De Jong
    Little House in the Big Woods,
    by Wilder
    Encyclopedia Brown Series,
    by Sobel
    Where the Sidewalk Ends,
    by Silverstein
    Nate the Great Series, by Sharmat
    Look Who's Playing First Base,
    by Christopher
    Willie Pearl, by Green
    Meet Addy, by Porter
    To Think I Saw It on Mulberry
    Street, by Dr. Seuss
    East of the Sun and West of the
    Moon, by Asbjornsen
    My Black Me: A Beginning Book
    of Black Poetry, by Adoff
    The Wump World, by Peet
    Music, Music for Everyone,
    by Williams
    Beacons of Light Lighthouses,
    by Gibbons
    Jackpot of the Beagle Brigade,
    by Epstein
    Very Last First Time, by Andrews
    Outside and Inside You,
    by Dragonwagon
    And Ellis Island Christmas,
    by Jacobs
    Aunt Harriet's Underground
    Railroad in the Sky, by Ringgold
    Jumanji, by Van Allsburg
    The Magic School Bus Series,
    by Cole
    Fourth Grade List
    Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing,
    by Blume
    Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Cleary
    The Toothpaste Millionaire,
    by Merrill
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,
    by O'Brien
    The Not Just Anybody Family,
    by Byars
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,
    by Robinson
    Sideways Stories from Wayside
    School, by Sachar
    Getting Something on Maggie Marmelstein, by Sharmat
    Class Clown, by Hurwitz
    The Good Master, by Seredy
    Half Magic, by Eager
    Oh, Honestly Angela, by Robinson
    The Trumpet of the Swan, by White
    The Kid in the Red Jacket, by Park
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, by
    Hiller and Faucher
    Where the Red Fern Grows,
    by Rawls
    Matilda, by Dahl
    The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by Konigsburg
    A Wrinkle in Time, by L'Engle
    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Series, by Wilder
    Superfudge, by Blume
    The Baby Sitters series, by Martin
    The Pushcart War, by Merrill
    New Kid on the Block, by Prelutsky
    Beetles, Lightly Toasted, by Naylor
    Black Beauty, by Sewell
    There's a Boy in the Girls'
    Bathroom, by Sachar
    Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Atwater
    The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein,
    by Brink
    Henry Huggins, by Cleary
    James and the Giant Peach, by Dahl
    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by MacDonald
    Stuart Little, by White
    Pippi Longstocking, by Lindgren
    The Boxcar Children, by Warner
    The Chocolate Touch, by Catling
    Did You Carry the Flag Today,
    Charley?, by Caudill
    Freckle Juice, by Blume
    Sarah, Plain and Tall, by MacLachlan
    Fifth Grade List
    The Hero and the Crown,
    by McKinley
    Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Cleary
    Ben and Me, by Lawson
    Encyclopedia Brown Saves the
    Day, by Sobol
    The Whipping Boy, by Fleischman
    The Egypt Game, by Snyder
    All Things Bright and Beautiful, by Herriot
    The Sign of the Beaver, by Speare
    A Light in the Attic, by Silverstein
    Koya Delaney and the Good Girl
    Blues, by Greenfield
    Letter from Rifka, by Hesse
    Into the Mummy's Tomb, by Reeves
    Circle of Gold, by Boyd
    Yolanda's Genius, by Fenner
    Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus, by Fritz
    North Star to Freedom, by Gorrell
    The Orphan Train Quartet: A Family Apart, by Nixon
    The Pirate's Handbook, by Lincoln
    Dear Benjamin Banneker, by Pinkney
    The Hobbit, by Tolkein
    The Door in the Wall, by DeAngeli
    Miracle Worker, by Gibson
    The Indian in the Cupboard,
    by Banks
    Caddie Woodlawn, by Brink
    In the Year of the Boar and Jackie
    Robinson, by Lord
    Maniac Magee, by Spinelli
    Journey to America, by Levitin
    Sixth Grade List
    Number the Stars, by Lowry
    Sixth-Grade Sleepover, by Bunting
    Under the Blood Red Sun,
    by Salisbury
    Secret of Gumbo Grove, by Tate
    To Space and Back, by Ride and Okie
    Red Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II,
    by McKissack
    Call if Courage, by Armstrong
    Stepping On the Cracks, by Hahn
    Jayhawker, by Beatty
    Island of the Blue Dolphins,
    by O'Dell
    Dicey's Song, by Voight
    Call of the Wild, by Long
    Robinson Crusoe, by Defoe
    Treasure Island, by Stevenson
    Abel's Island, by Steig
    The Chronicles of Narnia, by Lewis
    The Secret Garden, by Burnett
    Tuck Everlasting, by Babbitt
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy,
    by Tolkein
    Ann of Green Gables Series, by Montgomery
    The Yearling, by Rawlings
    The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Paterson
    Old Yeller, by Gibson
    Across Five Aprils, by Hunt
    Lassie Come Home, by Knight