Grade-level appropriate book recommendations for students to read.

As parents, teachers, or caregivers, we all want to encourage children to read more. Reading not only helps kids develop important language and literacy skills, but it also promotes imagination, empathy, and a lifelong love of learning. However, with so many books available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of great books for kids, organized by grade level. Whether you’re looking for picture books, chapter books, or young adult novels, there’s something here for every child.

Book for students in Kindergarten

  1. Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina (Lexile: AD570L, Fiction)
  2. “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats (Lexile: BR60L, Fiction)
  3. “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (Lexile: AD190L, Fiction)
  4. “Curious George” by H.A. Rey (Lexile: 480L, Fiction)
  5. “Pete the Cat: The complete series by James Dean(Lexile: AD420L, Fiction)
  6. “Frog and Toad Are Friends” by Arnold Lobel (Lexile: 400L, Fiction)
  7. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle (Lexile: AD460L, Fiction)
  8. “Little Bear” by Else Holmelund Minarik (Lexile: 340L, Fiction)
  9. Corduroy” by Don Freeman (Lexile: 600L, Fiction)
  10. “Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens” by Louise Borden (Lexile: 220L, Non-fiction)

Books for students in Grade-1

  1. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss (Lexile: 260L, Fiction)
  2. “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon (Lexile: 550L, Fiction)
  3. “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak (Lexile: 740L, Fiction)
  4. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein (Lexile: 530L, Fiction)
  5. “Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish (Lexile: 530L, Fiction)
  6. “Fancy Nancy” by Jane O’Connor (Lexile: 520L, Fiction)
  7. “Nate the Great” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (Lexile: 320L, Fiction)
  8. “Henry and Mudge” by Cynthia Rylant (Lexile: 490L, Fiction)
  9. “I Spy” by Jean Marzollo (Lexile: 280L, Non-fiction)
  10. “A Tree Is Nice” by Janice May Udry (Lexile: AD710L, Non-fiction)

Books for students in Grade-2

  1. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White (Lexile: 680L, Fiction)
  2. “The Magic School Bus” series by Joanna Cole (Lexile: 590L-830L, Non-fiction)
  3. “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Lexile: 560L, Fiction)
  4. “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate (Lexile: 570L, Fiction)
  5. “Freckle Juice” by Judy Blume (Lexile: 470L, Fiction)
  6. “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg (Lexile: AD520L, Fiction)
  7. “Judy Moody” series by Megan McDonald (Lexile: 510L-750L, Fiction)
  8. “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne (Lexile: 320L-640L, Fiction)
  9. “Cam Jansen” series by David A. Adler (Lexile: 440L-730L, Fiction)
  10. “A Picture Book of George Washington” by David A. Adler (Lexile: AD660L, Non-fiction)

Books for students in Grade-3

  1. “The BFG” by Roald Dahl (Lexile: 720L, Fiction)
  2. “The Chocolate Touch” by Patrick Skene Catling (Lexile: 670L, Fiction)
  3. “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies (Lexile: 630L, Fiction)
  4. “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary (Lexile: 720L, Fiction)
  5. “The Secret Keepers” by Trenton Lee Stewart (Lexile: 750L, Fiction)
  6. “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” by Beverly Cleary (Lexile: 850L, Fiction)
  7. “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell (Lexile: 1000L, Fiction)
  8. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio (Lexile: 790L, Fiction)
  9. “The Witches” by Roald Dahl (Lexile: 670L, Fiction)
  10. “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo (Lexile: 610L, Fiction)

Books for students in Grade-4

  1. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling (Lexile: 880L, Fiction)
  2. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl (Lexile: 810L, Fiction)
  3. “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan (Lexile: 740L, Fiction)
  4. “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate (Lexile: 570L, Fiction)
  5. “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry (Lexile: 670L, Fiction)
  6. “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Anne Frank (Lexile: 1080L, Non-fiction)
  7. “Holes” by Louis Sachar (Lexile: 660L, Fiction)
  8. “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson (Lexile: 810L, Fiction)
  9. “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster (Lexile: 1010L, Fiction)
  10. “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo (Lexile: 700L, Fiction)

Book for students in Grade-5

  1. “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan (Lexile: 740L, Fiction)
  2. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry (Lexile: 760L, Fiction)
  3. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (Lexile: 810L, Fiction)
  4. “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin (Lexile: 920L, Fiction)
  5. “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by C.S. Lewis (Lexile: 940L-1120L, Fiction)
  6. “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry (Lexile: 670L, Fiction)
  7. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Lexile: 760L, Fiction)
  8. “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Lexile: 750L, Fiction)
  9. “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Lexile: 700L, Fiction)
  10. “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan (Lexile: 740L, Fiction)

Note: Please note that Lexile levels are approximate and may vary depending on different sources. It’s important to consider a child’s reading