Building off the big list of books with 900-1000 Lexile, here is a general list of recommended books from many teacher pals on Twitter and Facebook.
Repeated recommendations include Lions of Little Rock, A Wrinkle In Time, The Westing Game, City of Ember, and Chasing Vermeer.
- Michelle Tucci – A Long Way From Chicago by Richard peck, 4th grade. Not only is it set during the Great Depression which makes for some great history lessons, but the language is so fun! It was a great book to teach figurative language :)
- Paula Smith Alsup – Lions of Little Rock was a favorite among my 5th graders last year. I loved it so much, I read it twice. Historical fiction is sometimes hard for kiddos but this was great!
- Linda Noel Slycord – I recommended The Little Prince to my 7th-grade daughter. She said that the Lexile wasn’t high enough. I assured her that the allegory was enough to make up for it. We are going to read it together this fall!
- Emily Lombard Hollett – I love Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli) for upper elem or middle. Phantom Tollbooth for 4th. Not a chapter book but very complex and loads of fun: the Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base (usually 4th or 5th to intro a mystery unit), and I usually follow that with Westing Game, or Shakespeare’s Secret depending on grade level and interest. Chasing Vermeer is awesome, as are the follow-ups, The Calder Game and the Wright Three, and all of those have fabulous tie ins with across disciplines (especially great for depth and complexity lovers!). With younger kiddos, I love Secret Garden, or Twenty-one Balloons, and I can always go far teaching wordplay and communication units using No Talking and/or Frindle by Andrew Clements. I have done a lit circle round robin/jigsaw Socratic using those two Clements books, Charlotte’s Web and Harriet the Spy and discussing “Do words have power?” This got long…apparently I love using novels!! 😁
- Samantha Blaszynski – 43 Old Cemetery Rd: Dying to Meet You by Kate and M. Sarah Kline – 3rd grade Lexile 730.
- Bonnie Grover – My student are loving the new book, Echo. Lots of inferencing and story comes together at the end. Historical fiction/fairy tale.
- Joelle Trayers – My favorite is the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. You can compare the different ways people viewed Edward, the big idea of the story is a huge one and also the changes over time he goes through makes for a great discussion.
- Emily Lombard Hollett – Oh gracious I forgot my favorite book–I adore the Wednesday Wars. Probably best for upper elementary but it is amazing.
- Janell Rismiller – I use “A Wrinkle in Time” 4/5 grade class, but am looking for a second book to use every other year. For my 6th grade class we read “The Unwanteds”
- JM Hardy – Rangers Apprentice series, Gary Paulsen books, Guardians of Gahoole, and one of my all time favorites has to be Time Stops for No Mouse.
- Delilah Rodriguez – Phantom Tolbooth is great! I did it with Grades 3 & 4 as a lunch bunch group.
- Joyce Christman – Crooked River, Grade 5. Told from two perspectives, one in poetry, one in prose. Unfair accusation and trial of Native American in 1812. Powerful book for debate and discussion.
- Samantha Blaszynski – Chasing Vermeer 4th grade, Esperanza Rising 5th, Sign of the Beaver 4th, Stone Fox, Frindle, 2nd-3rd
- Laura Ricks – Maniac Magee and Wonder
- Sara Wade Churchill – I am a school librarian working on my doctorate. My dissertation has to do with gifted students and independent reading, so I’m interestingly perusing this thread! I like to recommend The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper to my 4th-5th-6th gifted kids who are Harry Potter fans.
- Judy Twetten – Chasing Vermeer and other Blue Balliett books, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Westing Game. Depending on the kid- 4-6th An oldie but goody for 6th The View from Saturday (E.L. Konigsburg)
- Gail Stevens @jerseygirl_1021 – Counting by 7’s, The Meaning of Maggie
- Maria Selke @mariaselke – Lions of Little Rock, Code Talker (5th grade), Wrinkle in Time, Westing Game, Book of Three (4th grade)
- Whitley Rubinson @WhitleyRubinson – 1st grade: Sideways Stories from Wayside School is my fave chapter book to start the year with. Short, sweet, creative
- Sandi Johnson @sjohnso12PTE – I love The Phantom Tollbooth, City of Ember (series), The Giver (series) All 3rd-5th grade
- Mrs. Green AIG @MrsGreenAIG – The Green Book with 3rd grade; great parallel with the study of the colonists!
- Jennifer Heimach @JenniHeimach – The Peace Book by Todd Parr. We write own books about what peace meand to us (1st gr). Great at beginning of year to set class culture.
- Cyndi Petray @luv2teachu – The Door in the Wall 3rd & 4th GT
- Barbara Edwards @B_E_AIG – “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck gr 8; “The Time Machine” gr 7; “Animal Farm” & “The Pearl” tie for gr 6
- Lauren Wirth @WirthGT – 5th- Evol. of Calpurnia Tate, 4th- Among the Hidden, 3rd-⚡Thief, Despereaux, Hatchet 1&2- 1&only Ivan
- Brian Nicol @bsnicol2 – 6th grade: Watership Down (Characters+setting), Westing Game (Mystery), Hobbit (Setting), Hamilton (Arts integration)
- Whitley Rubinson @WhitleyRubinson – picture books: Not a Box, Not a Stick, Froodle, Calvin Can’t Fly, and any Amy Krouse Rosenthal books.
- Elizabeth Tipton @tiptongandt – City of Ember
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