• The following lists have been generated based on the Common Core Recommendations. Please preview all books with a parent or guardian before reading.  Not every book is appropriate for every child. The titles followed by an * have appeared on sample PARCC assessments.   Follow this link to the Common Core list of recommended readings  

    Literary Fiction

    The Great Fire –Jim Murphy 

    The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger *

    KiKi Strike:  Inside the Shadow City - Kirsten Miller

    All of the Above – Shelley Pearsall

    A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories – Richard Peck

    The King of Dragons – Carol Fenner

    Travels With Charley:  In Search of America – John Steinbeck * 

    This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie – Elizabeth Partridge 

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain *

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

    The Land – Mildred D. Taylor

    Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

    The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

    Shane – Jack Schaefer

    The Daybreakers (The Sacketts) – Louis L’Amour

    Barrio Boy – Ernesto Galarza

    The Incredible Journey– Sheila Burnford

    Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South (Great Episodes) - Ann Rinaldi

    Code Talker:  A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two - Joseph Bruchac

    The Year of the Hangman - Gary Blackwood

    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg

    Leaving Eldorado – Joan Mazzio

    Talking With Tebe: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist – Mary E. Lyons

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

    King of Shadows – Susan Cooper *

    Little Women – Louisa May Alcott *

    I, Juan de Pareja – Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

    Lord of the Flies –William Golding

    The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

    Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

    The Sea-Wolf (Oxford World’s Classics Edition) – Jack London

    Rebecca – Daphnedu Maurier

    American Dragons:  Twenty-five Asian American Voices – Laurence Yep *

    The Color of My Words– Lynn Joseph

    Children of the River– Linda Crew

    Amos Fortune, Free Man– Elizabeth Yates


    Informational Texts – Nonfiction


    The Building of Manhattan– Donald Mackay *

    Skyscraper – Lynn Curlee

    The New York Subways – Great Building Feats Series – Lesley Du Temple

    New York – This Land is Your Land Series – Ann Heinrichs

    September 11, 2001:Attack on New York City– Interviews and Accounts – Wilborn Hampton

    September 11,2001:  Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series – Andrew Santella

    Let’s Roll! Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage – Lisa Beamer

    America’s Top 10 Cities – The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 – Jim Murphy *

    The Alamo– Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series – Tom McGowen

    African-Americans in the Old West - Cornerstones of Freedom Series – Tom McGowen

    Trail of Tears –Cornerstones of Freedom Series – R. Conrad Stein

    Wild Horses I Have Known – Hope Ryden

    Geeks:  How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho – Jon Katz *

    The Edge of the Sea – Rachel Carson

    Never Cry Wolf:  The Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves – Farley Mowat

    One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Mexico– Guillermo Garcia Orpeza and Cristobal Garcia Sanchez

    The Words We Live By:  Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution – Linda R. Monk *

    Freedom Walkers:  The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott – Russell Freedman *

    The American Revolutionaries:  A History in Their Own Words 1750 – 1800 – Milton Meltzer

    Lincoln: A Photobiography – Russell Freedman

    We Shall Not Be Moved:  The Women’s Factory Strike of 1909 – Joan Dash

    Day of Infamy, 60th Anniversary:  The Classic Account of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor – Walter Lord *

    George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides – Rosalyn Schanzer

    Good Women of a Well-Blessed Land:  Women’s Lives in Colonial America- Brandon Marie Miller

    The Boy’s War:  Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War – Jim Murphy *

    A Short Walk Around the Pyramids & Through the World of Art – Philip M. Isaacson *

    Smithsonian Q&A:  American Art and Artists – The Ultimate Question and Answer Book – Tricia Wright

    Math Trek:  Adventures in the Math Zone – Ivars Peterson and Nancy Henderson *




    George Washington, Spymaster:  How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War – Thomas B. Allen

    Tell All the Children Our Story:  Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America- Tonya Bolden

    America’s Paul Revere – Esther Forbes and Lynd Ward

    Vincent van Gough:  Portrait of an Artist – Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan *

    Norman Rockwell:  Storyteller with a Brush – Beverly Gherman

    Sparky:  The Life and Art of Charles Schulz – Beverly Gherman

    Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop – Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

    A Caldecott Celebration:  Seven Artists and their Paths to the Caldecott Medal – Leonard S. Marcus

    Marc Chagall (Artists in Their Time Series) – Jude Welton

    Mary Cassatt:  Portrait of an American Impressionist – Tom Streissguth

    Artist to Artist:  23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art – Eric Carle, Mitsumasa Anno, and Quentin Blake

    Vincent van Gogh:  Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (Smart About Art Series) – Brad Bucks and Joan Holub

    Henri Matisse:  Drawing with Scissors (Smart About Art Series) – Jane O’Connor and Keesia Johnson

    Pablo Picasso:  Breaking All the Rules (Smart About Art Series) - True Kelley

    Maya Angelou (Just the Facts Biographies) - L. Patricia Kite

    Invincible Louisa:  The Story of the Author of Little Women – Cornelia Meigs

    Margaret Wise Brown:  Awakened by the Moon -Leonard S. Marcus

    Mark Twain (Just the Facts Biographies) – Susan Bivin Aller

    Bram Stoker:  The Man Who Wrote Dracula (Great Life Stories) – Steven Otfinoski

    Amy San Suu Kyi:  Fearless Voice of Burma – Whitney Stewart

    The Play’s the Thing:  A Story About William Shakespeare (Creative Minds Biographies) – Ruth Turk

    Hitchcock on Hitchcock:  Selected Writings and Interviews – Alfred Hitchcock

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Russell Freedman

    Who Was Ronald Reagan?- Joyce Milton

    Barbara Jordan:  Voice of Democracy (Book Report Biography) – Lisa Renee Rhodes

    Memoirs – Pablo Neruda

    Sorrow’s Kitchen:  The Life and Folklore of Zora Neal Hurston (Great Achievers Series) – Mary E. Lyons