Recommendations from your Youth Services Librarians for Elementary Students

Is reading not quite your child’s favorite thing? Check out the list books below that features fun and engaging characters and plots!

Emerging Readers

Jada Jones series by Kelly Starling Lyons

Fourth-grader Jada’s best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends, if only one of her teammates would stop being mean.

Guided Reading Level: N

Captain Awesome by Kirby Stan

When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

Guided Reading Level: M

Monster and Boy by Hannah Barnaby

When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed), the boy starts to scream–and Monster promptly swallows him. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Wednesday & Woof by Sherri Winston

Wednesday and her service dog, Woof, are the best detectives in the whole world–or at least their neighborhood. But can they find Mrs. Winters’s missing cat before her big trip? Or will the case of the cat-napped kitty be their first unsolved mystery?

Diary of a Pug by Kyla May

Baron von Bubbles (Bub) is a pug who wants nothing more than to help his human Bella in her craft projects for school, though he is a little apprehensive about the rocket she is making for the Inventor Challenge–so when he ruins the rocket while trying to get at Nutz the squirrel he needs to find a way to make it up to Bella.

Guided Reading Level: N

Itty Bitty Princess Kitty by Melody Mews

Itty Bitty Kitty just found out that she’s going to become a princess! Itty is excited, but when she learns about all the things that are going to change, she’s also nervous. Between trying out new hairstyles and being told that she can’t go to regular school anymore, Itty begins to feel like she’s not ready to be royal. Will Itty Bitty Kitty become Itty Bitty Princess Kitty after all?

Doggo and Pupper by Katherine Applegate

Doggo, an older dog, is used to things a certain way. When Pupper shows up, Doggo’s routine changes. Pupper is very playful and soon the humans realize Pupper needs some training. But when Pupper comes back from puppy school, Doggo senses that, although Pupper is well-behaved, he isn’t happy. So Doggo shows Pupper how to rediscover his fun side.

High Interest Books

Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly

“Batter up! Baseball action and exciting whodunits star in this chapter book series!”

Guided Reading Level: N

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Two roller-skating best friends–one tiny, one tall–share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

Guided Reading Level: M

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

Each book tells the story of one of history’s most terrifying events, through the eyes of a kid who lived to tell the tale!

Guided Reading Level: Q

Planet Omar by Zanib Mian

Imaginative Omar goes through the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends with the help of his wonderful (and silly) Muslim family.

Guided Reading Leve: S

Stella Díaz series by Angela Dominguez

Meet Stella Diaz, a sweet Mexican-American girl who conquers her shyness as she prepares a presentation on marine animals for her classmates….

Note: Descriptions are taken from publishers and/or our online catalog.