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    Don't Know What to Read?
     
     
    There are so many books. 
    How do you choose good ones?
     
     
    Here are some lists to help you choose some good books to enjoy.
     
     
     
    A Book for Parents 
     
    read aloud handbook
     
    The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.
     
    This book is a must for all Red Oak parents
    who want their children to enjoy books.
    Beg, borrow, or buy a copy.
     
     Here is the author's web site, with helpful information and suggestions.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Great Picture Books to Read Aloud
    sylvester and the magic pebble  
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
    Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (series)
    Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola (series)
    Martha Speaks by Sharon Meddaugh (series)
    Barthomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
    Dr. DeSoto by William Steig
    Corduroy by Don Freeman
    The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg
    Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
    Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs
    The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
    Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
    Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
    Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack (series)
    The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
    Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin  (series) 
    Alexander and the Windup Mouse by Leo Lionni
    Stellalluna by Janell Cannon
    Books by Bill Peet
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Series for Beginning Readers
     
    frog and toad  
     
     Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
    Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
    Annie and Snowball by Cynthia Rylant
    Little Bear by Else Minarik
    Young Cam Jansen by David Adler
    Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat
    Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant
    Poppleton byCynthia Rylant
    Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery by David Adler
    A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey 
    Puppy Mudge by Cynthia Rylant 
    Fox All Week by Edward Marshall 
    Amanda Pig and Her Brother Oliver by Jean Van Leeuwen
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Series for Young Independent Readers
     
    secrets of droon  
     
    Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
    Cam Jansen by David Adler
    Jigsaw Jones by James Preller
    A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
    Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
     The Littles by John Peterson
     Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
    Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
    Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey 
     Encyclopedia Brown by Donald Sobol
    Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
    Rainbow Fairies by Daisy Meadows
    Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish
    Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
    The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary 
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar  
    Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot by Dav Pilkey
    Nancy Drew Notebooks by Carolyn Keene
     Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
    Chet Gecko Mysteries by Bruce Hale
    Tales From the Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne 
     Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
     The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
    Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson
    Dragon Slayers Academy by Kate McMullan
    American Girl books
     Geronimo Stilton books
    Books by Dick King-Smith 
     
     
     
     
    Books for Reluctant (Boy) Readers
     
    ricky ricotta  
     
    Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot by Dav Pilkey (series)
    Black Lagoon Adventures by Mike Thaler (series)
    Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (series)
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (series)
    My Weird School by Dan Gutman (series)
    Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler (series/3rd-5th graders)
    Choose Your Own Adventure (series/3rd-5th graders)
    Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizz(series/3rd-5th graders)
    Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson (series)
    Books by Dan Gutman (3rd-5th graders)
    Books by Andrew Clements (3rd-5th graders)
    Books by David Lubar (5th graders)
    Books by Matt Christopher (3rd-5th graders)
    Star Wars books
    Superhero books
    Ripley's Believe It or Not
    Comic books (Garfield, Bone, Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes etc.)
    Scary books (Goosebumps, books by Alvin Schwartz)
    Joke and riddle books
    Short story collections 
    Books about sports, legos, the Titanic, world records, trucks and cars,
    battles, mummies/pyramids, mythology, space, sharks
    Magazines (Sports Illustrated for Kids, Ranger Rick)
     
    For other ideas, check out this web site by author Jon Scieszka
     who promotes reading and books for boys:
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Historical Fiction
    (4th/5th Graders)

    mr tucket  
     
    Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen (series)
    Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
     A Family Apart by Joan Nixon (series)
    Secret School by Avi 
     True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
     Trouble River by Betsy Byars
    Nothing to Fear by Jackie Koller
    The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
     Saving Queen of Sheba by Louise Moeri
     Mr. Mysterious and Company by Sid Fleischman
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Adventure Stories
    (4th/5th Graders)
     
    rangers apprentice
     
    Ranger's Apprentice by James Flanagan (series)
    The Cay by Theodore Taylor
    Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz (series)
    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (series)
    Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen
    Dinotopia:  Windchaser by Scott Ciencin (series of books by various authors)
    The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (series)
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Animal Stories
    (4th/5th Graders) 
     
    warriors  

    Warriors by Erin Hunter (series) 
     Golden Hamster Saga by Dietlof Reiche (series)
    Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky (series) 
     Animal Ark by Ben Baglio (series)
     Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
    Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel (series)
    A Tale From Dimwood Forest:  Poppy by Avi (series
    Hoot by Carl Hiassen
    Scat by Carl Hiassen 
     Redwall by Brian Jacques (series)
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Science Fiction
    (4th/5th Graders)
     
    mrs. Frisby
     
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien (series)
    Shadow Children by Margaret Haddix (series)
    Dragonback Adventures by Timothy Zahn (series)
     Pendragon by D.J. MacHale (series)
    The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester 
    Animorphs by K. A. Applegate (series) 
    The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer 
     
     
     
     
    Good Funny Stories
     (4th/5th Graders) 
     
    guys read
     
     
    Guys Read:  Funny Business by Jon Scieszka
    Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
    Soup by Robert Newton Peck (series) 
     Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
     Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos (series)
    Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler (series) 
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Fantasty Stories
    (4th/5th Graders)
     
    eragon
     
     
    Eragon by Christopher Paolini (series)
    Tales of the Frog Princess by E. D. Baker (series) 
    Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (series of 14-15 books)
    Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (series)
    The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley (series) 
    Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (series)
     The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney (series/for 5th graders)
     The Stoneheart Trilogy by Charlie Fletcher (series)
    Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill (series) 
     The Navigator by Eoin McNamee (series)
    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
     The Tapestry: The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff (series)
    Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (series)
     The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron (series)
     Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce (series)
    The Immortals by Tamora Pierce (series) 
     Magyk by Angie Sage (series)