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Suggested Readings for Grades 2-5

01

Everyone is Smart-Grade 2

Author-Noor Abdelrahman

Everyone is Smart introduces young readers to Howard Gardner's eight areas of multiple intelligence. Through this story, children will learn that there are many ways to be smart. 

 

02

Owl's in the Family-Grade 2

Author-Farley Mowat

Every child needs to have a pet. No one could argue with that. In Farley Mowat’s exciting children’s story, a young boy’s pet menagerie—which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog—grows out of control. 

 

03

The Littles-Grade 2

Author-John Peterson

Meet the Littles, a family like any other but with a few tiny differences! They live in the walls of the Bigg family house where they get everything they need. In return they make sure the Bigg house is always in good repair. 

 

04

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe-Grade 3

Author-C.S. Lewis

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. The return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

 

05

The Borrowers-Grade 3

Author-Mary Norton

The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. 

06

Elizany; Water Fairy-Grade 3

Author-Scott Swatsley

On a quest to find her “true fairy family”, Elizany and her friends learn lessons in friendship, responsibility, and self-sacrifice, all while battling giant creatures, crazy cleaning supplies, and a terrifying place called kindergarten! 

 

07

The 13 Clocks-Grade 4

Author-James Thurber

James Thurber’s sublimely revamped fairy tale, The 13 Clocks, tells of a wicked Duke who imagines he has killed time, but meets his match.mber the Stars-Grade 4

Author-Lois Lowry

This Newbery Medal Book describes how a ten-year-old Danish girl's bravery is tested when her best friend is threatened by Nazis in 1943. 

 

09

Fourth Grade Rats-Grade 4

Author-Jerry Spinelli 

Suds knows that now he's in fourth grade, he's supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds' friend Joey teach him to toughen up... or will Suds remain a fourth grade wimp?

 

10

Hatchet-Grade 5

Author-Gary Paulsen 

Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack. Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake--and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with only his clothing and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present before his departure.

11

Esperanza Rising-Grade 5

Author-Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

12

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)-Grade 5

Author-Madeleine L'Engle

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

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January 22, 2019

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