Mama, Papa, Books for Children

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Reading is a fundamental skill that opens doors to knowledge, imagination, and personal growth. It’s not just about decoding words on a page; it’s a journey that shapes a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. Are you Struggling to find the perfect book for your child? Our curated reading lists offer diverse books for children (elementary school), that will captivate young minds and nurture a lifelong love for literature.

Books for Children by Grade Level

1st Grade Reading List

Classic Books for 1st Graders

  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  • “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss
  • “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • “Curious George” by H.A. Rey

Summer Reading List for 1st Grade

  • “Frog and Toad Are Friends” by Arnold Lobel
  • “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton
  • “Henry and Mudge” series by Cynthia Rylant
  • “Nate the Great” series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

2nd Grade Reading List

Classic Books for 2nd Graders

  • “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
  • “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster
  • “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne
  • “The Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Summer Reading List for 2nd Grade

  • “Junie B. Jones” series by Barbara Park
  • “The Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • “Amelia Bedelia” series by Peggy Parish
  • “The Boxcar Children” series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

3rd Grade Reading List

Classic Books for 3rd Graders

  • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
  • “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis
  • “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl
  • “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Summer Reading List for 3rd Grade

  • “The Boxcar Children” series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • “The Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • “Flat Stanley” series by Jeff Brown
  • “The Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks

4th Grade Reading List

Classic Books for 4th Graders

  • “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis
  • “The BFG” by Roald Dahl
  • “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson
  • “Matilda” by Roald Dahl

Summer Reading List for 4th Grade

  • “The Magical Ms. Plum” by Bonny Becker
  • “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • “The Genius Files” series by Dan Gutman
  • “The Land of Stories” series by Chris Colfer

5th Grade Reading List

Classic Books for 5th Graders

  • “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  • “Holes” by Louis Sachar
  • “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin
  • “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt

Summer Reading List for 5th Grade

  • “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series by Rick Riordan
  • “The Mysterious Benedict Society” series by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • “The School for Good and Evil” series by Soman Chainani
  • “The Penderwicks” series by Jeanne Birdsall

6th Grade Reading List

Classic Books for 6th Graders

  • “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton
  • “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George
  • “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

Summer Reading List for 6th Grade

  • “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins
  • “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
  • “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate
  • “The Maze Runner” series by James Dashner

Benefits of our Reading Lists

A. Fostering a Love for Reading
Curated reading lists introduce children to captivating stories and beloved characters, igniting their passion for literature and transforming reading from a chore into a delightful adventure.

B. Exposing Children to Diverse Genres and Authors
Reading lists encompass a wide range of genres, from fantasy and science fiction to historical fiction and realistic fiction, exposing children to diverse perspectives and experiences.

C. Improving Literacy and Comprehension Skills
Regular reading practice enhances literacy skills, vocabulary development, and comprehension abilities, setting the stage for academic success.

D. Promoting Cultural Awareness and Empathy
Books have the power to transport readers to different times, places, and cultures, fostering empathy, understanding, and appreciation for diversity.

Read also: Benefits of Reading for Fun Across All Ages & The Life-Changing Benefits of Reading Everyday

Additional Tips

A. Local Library Programs and Resources
Encourage families to take advantage of their local library’s resources, including book clubs, storytimes, and summer reading programs, which can nurture a love for reading in a supportive community setting.

B. Educational websites and apps that cater to children’s interests and reading levels.
Complement reading with educational websites and apps that offer interactive quizzes, book recommendations, and engaging activities to reinforce literacy skills.

C. Choosing Books Based on a Child’s Interests
Guide parents and caregivers in selecting books that align with their child’s interests and reading level, ensuring an enjoyable and engaging reading experience.

D. Interactive Reading Experiences
Encourage interactive reading experiences, such as discussions about characters, plots, and themes, as well as creative activities like drawing, acting out scenes, or writing alternative endings.


Reading is a powerful tool that opens doors to endless possibilities. By introducing children to age-appropriate and captivating books, we can ignite their imaginations, foster a love for literature, and set them on a path to lifelong learning and personal growth. Explore these curated reading lists, and embark on a journey filled with adventure, knowledge, and the magic of storytelling.

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