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July 27, 2015
Which books and collections are teachers recommending? Read on to see what K–5 teachers suggest their students read from Scholastic Reading Club this month.
Kindergarten teachers are recommending fun and humorous books like the Pete the Cat series and the Mo Willems Collection. The alphabet is an enticing topic for kindergartners too—Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Mixed-Up Alphabet are near the top of the list.
In first grade, teachers are recommending books that will keep kids reading, including the Pete the Cat books and enduring favorites like Flat Stanley. For reading aloud, they suggest the exciting I Survived series, a fictional series starring brave kids who come face to face with perilous historic situations.
Second grade teachers are also recommending historical fiction, like Magic Tree House® #49: Stallion by Starlight, which takes kids back to Ancient Greece and Rome, and the I Survived series. On a lighter note, funny stories make it to the top of the list, like the My Weirder School Pack, and the Roald Dahl Pack (which includes The Magic Finger and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me).
The realistic and historical fiction trend continues into third grade, with teachers recommending stories of determination and perseverance during the Great Depression (Esperanza Rising), a story of sibling rivalry gone sour (The Lemonade War), and the time-travel adventures of Jack and Annie (Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight).
Fourth grade teachers’ top recommendations are books that show empowered kids taking on challenging situations, like The Dark Is Rising fantasy series and the dystopian Shadow Children series. Historical fiction recommendations are at the top of the list too, including Esperanza Rising and Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Fifth grade teachers are recommending books all about determination, heroism, and survival. Some stories are set in very interesting periods of American history like the Great Depression (Out of the Dust), the civil rights movement (One Crazy Summer), and the 19th century (Old Yeller), while others take place in fantasy worlds (The Dark Is Rising).
As you can see, there is a lot of crossover between the grades, which goes to show that many of these books make excellent read-alouds for younger children while also being perfect for independent reading in later grades. Happy reading!
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