Reading Recommendations for Elementary Students

Updated: Jan 30

Reading to kids is a great way to improve vocabulary skills and comprehension. Books allow kids to use their imagination, as well as explore different perspectives. Whether you are reading with your child, or they’re reading alone, it is a great activity to do at home or after online classes.

Here is a list of books for each age group to keep your child learning and reading even when classes aren’t in session.


Aesop’s Fables

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

First grade:

*Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

A Boy, a Dog and a Frog by Mercer Mayer

Second grade:

Freight Train by Donald Crews

*Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park

Titch by Pat Hutchins

Third grade:

*Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

A Million Fish… More or Less by Patricia C. McKissack

Fourth grade:

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

*Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

*The Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osborne

Fifth grade:

*Maniac Magee by Jerry Finelli

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

*The starred titles are books or series that I enjoyed reading as a kid. I read most of these multiple times, and highly recommend them!