Grade Level Reading Lists

Dear Educator,

We know that sometimes all you need is a good list to help you find books that are appropriate for your students. We have put together grade appropriate book lists based on several years of the Alaska Battle of the Books list. We have also provided some links to other sites that provide educators approved grade level book lists.

When perusing these lists, please remember that there is no such thing as the perfect book list. As you well know, all classrooms are made up of students whose reading skills fall within a range of levels. Please know that these lists are not intended to be the final word or appropriate grade level reading. We do hope that they will provide useful suggestions for you and your students. If we are missing a link to a book list that you find particularly helpful as an educator, please let us know so we can add it for others to reference as well.



10 Minutes Till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling
Itchy Little Musk Ox by Tricia Brown
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
Mitten by Alvin Tresselt
Pearl and Wagner: 5 Days Till Summer by McMullan
Polar Polka: Counting Polar Bears in Alaska by Cherie Stihler
Smelly Bill by Daniel Postgate
The Sourdough Man by Cherie Stihler
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes



Baby Brains by Simon James
Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Deductive Detective by Brian Rock
Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble by Megan McDonald
Little Bear's Friend by Else Minarik
Lucy's Dance by Deb Vanasse
Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor
Storm Run by Libby Riddles
Tacky and the Emperor by Helen Lester
Things That Float and Things That Don't by David A Adler
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Wiggle-Waggle Woof! by Cherie B Stihler



Berry Magic by Betty Muffmon
Best Seat in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah
Bugged! by Michelle Knudsen
Castle: How It Works by David Maccaulay
Charlie and the Blanket Toss by Tricia Brown
Gnome from Nome by Stephen Cosgrove
Mercy Watson to the Rescuse by Kate DiCamillo
Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman
Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat
Popcorn Book by Tomie DePaola
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Sitka Rose by Shelley Gill
Star of the Week by Caroline Adderson
Thunderfeet: Alaska's Dinsaurs by Shelley Gill



11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling
Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci by Jon Scieszka
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth Barshaw
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Fudge-A-Mania by Judy Blume
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis
A Lion To Guard Us by Clyde Bulla
LuLu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Rescue on the Oregon Tail: Ranger in Time #1 by Kate Messner
Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Aillaud
Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
Say What? by Margaret Haddix
Tornado by Betsy Byars
Travels of Thelonious by Susan Schade
Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan
Who was Amelia Earhart? by Kate Boehm Jerome
Word Eater by Mary Amato
World According to Humphrey by Betty G Birney
Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill



Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Anybodies by N E Bode
Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
Chasing Vermeet by Blue Balliett
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Mah
Do Not Pass Go by Kirkpatrick Hill
Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep
Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis
Into the Wild by Erin L. Hunter
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
Land of Stories: Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Legend of Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Lost and Found by Andrew Clements
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
Out of My Mind by Sharen M Draper
Running Out of Time by Margaret Haddix
Someone Named Eva by Joan M Wolf
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Twenty-One Balloons by William Du Bois
Unsinkable by Gordon Korman
Who is Stan Lee? by Geoff Edgers


After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
A Boy at War by Harry Mazer
Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Bristol Bay Summer by Annie Boochever
Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Chains by Laurie Anderson
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: 8th Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room by Donna Jackson
Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Heist Society by Ally Carter
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Outcasts by John Flanagan
Shooting Kabul by N H Senzai
Three Cups of Tea (Young Reader's Edition) by Greg Mortenson
Tisha by Robert Specht
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
The War Canoe by Jamie Bryson



Abundance of Katherines by John Green
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Boost by Kathy Mackel
Caged Graves by Dianne K Salerni
Does My Head Look Big in This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Eagle Blue by Michael D'Orso
George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh
Living by Matt DeLa Pena
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry
Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Peak by Roland Smith
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan
Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin


Educator Approved
Grade Level Book Lists