My Booklist

  • The book list provided below is a good resource for you when looking for a book for your child to read at home.  The books are organized by reading level for easy reference. I chose just a few of the many books that are for low readers but high interest for students your child's age. Your child's most recent reading level is located on his or her 2018 June report card.




    4th grade level (Guided Reading Levels P - S):

    Bunnicula and Bunnicula Strikes Again by James Howe (Level Q)


    Chester, the well-read house cat, knew there was something strange about the new family rabbit, Bunnicula.  For one thing, he had fangs.  Also, the odd markings on his back looked like a cape.  But when Chester started finding white vegetables, drained dry, with two fang marks in them, he was sure Bunnicula was a vampire bunny!


    Other books by James Howe: Return to the Howlday Inn and The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Level R)



     Island Series by Gordan Korman (Level S)

    Book 1: Shipwreck

                   Six kids.  One boat.  None of them want to be there.  Their parents have sent them on a character-building experience.  A freak storm has come their way and they are forced to brave it on their own because the adults are all of a sudden gone. 

    Book 2: Survival

    Book 3: Escape



    Big Nate Series by Lincoln Peirce (Levels R and S)

                   Humorous books based on the comic strip Big Nate, are illustrtated in the same way as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books and are a bit milder and sweeter.  The humor usually comes at the expense of Nate himself, particularly when he is trying to impress someone and fails.



    Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Level R)

                   In this comic book style of writing, Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things arent quite how she expected.  Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky baby and mostly wants to play by herself.  Their relationship doesn't get much better over the year.  But when a baby brother enters the picture, and when something doesn't seem "quite right" with her parents, the two girls realize them must find a way to get along.


    The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (Level R)

                   It all began with a birthday present Omri did not want.  It would then become his precious, magical, sometimes even dangerous, secret!


    Other books by Lynne Reid Banks: The Return of the Indian, The Secret of the Indian and The Mystery of the Cupboard (Level R)


    Diary of a Whimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney (Levels S and T)



    5th grade level (Guided Reading Levels S - V):

    The Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith (Level S)

                   Jamie is full of surprises and unpredicatable.  He can get into trouble and just as easily get out of it.  But when something sudden and terrible happens to Jamie, his best friend has to face the tragedy alone.  Now there are questions that not even Jamie could have answered.  How could Jamie be alive one minute and the next gone forever?


    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Level T)

                   Jess Aaron and Leslie Burke are inseperable friends that create the magical kingdom, Terabithia, in the woods.  There they reign as king and queen and only their imaginations set the limits.  Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs and Jess needs Leslie's strengh and courage to come to grips with what has happened.


    Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (Level T)

                   Jake didn't intend on staying with the Applewhites for long.  Unfortunately, there weren't any more foster families that would take him because of his bad behavior and bad attitude.  Will this red-headed, pierced teenager survive the home he is put in?  Or head to juvenile hall?


    Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Level U)

                   This is the story of a young African-American boy, Bud, who escapes foster care to find the father that he has never met. 


    Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (Level U)

                   Seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment and meets Safer, a 12 year-old loner and self-appointed spy.  Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit.  His assignment is to track the mysterious Mr. X who lives in the apartment upstairs.  But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?  This is an often funny story about destiny, brilliance and courage.


    Tangerine by Edward Bloor (Level U)

                   Paul Fisher sees the world from behind glasses so thick he looks like a bug-eyed alien.  But he is not so blind that he can't see some very strange things happening in his family's home of Tangerine County, Florida. A sink hole has swallowed the school and lightning strikes at the same time every day.  Adjusting to a new life in Tangerine isn't easy for Paul - until he joins the soccer team at school.  With the help of his new teamates, Paul discovers what lies beneath the surface of his strange new hometown.  And also gains the courage to face up to some secrets his family has been keeping.



    Holes by Louis Sachar (Level V)

                   Stanley Yelnats is under a curse that has been in his family for years.  Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys detention center whre boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes.  It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize that the boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something.  But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?  Stanley and his friends look to "dig up" the truth.


    Silent to the Bone by E. L. Kingsburg (Level V)

                   Could Branwell really have attacked his own baby sister and put her into a coma?  His best friend, Connor, says no.  But Branwell hasn't spoken a work since the incident and now he's locked up in a juvenile behavioral center.  Connor is the only one who might be able to break through Branwell's wall of silence.  But how can he prove Branwell didn't commit the crime of which he's accused if Branwell can't speak for himself?



    6th Grade Level (Guided Reading Levels V - Z)

    The Skeleton Key by Iain Lawrence (Level X)

               Less than forty-eight hours after twelve year old Chris sets off on a sailing trip down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks.  The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank who hates Chris immediatly.  Will the boys learn to get along to forage, fish and scavenge the shore for supplies?  Tey will need to find a way in order to survive when the days get colder and the salmon migration ends.


    Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Level X)

              Mafatu has been afraid of the sea for as long as he can remember.  Though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru-an island whose seafaring people worship courage-Mafatu feels like an outsider.  All his life he has been teased, and even blamed for storms of the sea. 

              At age fifteen, he is no longer willing to put up with the ridicule and jibes.  Mafatu decides to take his fate into his own hands.  With only his dog, Uri, as his companion, Mafatu paddles out to sea, ready to face his fears.  What he learns on his adventure will change him forever and make him a hero in the eyes of his people.


    The Girls Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Level X)

              Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest.  They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town.  But the witch in the Forest, Zan, is kind.  She shared her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon.  Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babieswith sarlight on the journey.

              One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic.  Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own.  As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge-with dangerous consequences.  Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. 


    unfriended by Rachel Vail (Level Y)

              When Truly is askedto join th Popular Table, she's beyond psyched.  Sure, she has to ababdon her quirky best friend, Hazel, to get there, but hopefully Hazel won't mind.  Anyway, her new friends are fun, smart, and really nice...right?  It turns out that no one is really what they seem to be...


    Dunk by David Lubar (Level Y)

              Summer at the Jersey shore, with its boardwalk of arcades and games, sounds great.  But Chad, frustrated that his summer is anything but ideal, is mesmerized by the "Bozo"-the dunk-tank clown whose witty barbs rip the air like a chainsaw-and begins to imagine a whole new summer occupation.


    The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn (Level Z)

              Everybody's getting the bar code tattoo.  It will make your life easier they say.  It will hook you in.  It will become your identity.  But what if you say no?  For Kayla, this one choice changes everything.  She becomes an outcast in her high school.  Dangerous things happen to her family.  Is there another option besides to run...for her life?!


    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Level Z)

              Four teenaged sisters and their mother, Marmee, are living in a new neighborhood in Massachusetts in poverty.  Having lost all his money, their father is acting as a pastor, miles from home, involved in the American Civil War.  The women face their first Christmas without him.