Grade-Level Book Lists

Below is a sample book list of what literature is read from Kindergarten through Grade 12.


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Grade 1

Dinosaur Chase by Hugh Price

Super Storms by Seymour Simon

Grade 2

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Katie Woo Has The Flu by Fran Manushkin

Grade 3

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Grade 4

Takashi’s Voyage by Lucinda Hathaway

Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

Grade 5

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Perloo the Bold by Avi

Grade 6

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Grade 7

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Grade 8

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Grade 9

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Simon Armitage

Grade 10

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Black Boy by Richard Wright

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Grade 11

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Grade 12

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Pulphead Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

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