Month 1: Exploring Adventures
“The Magic Tree House Series” by Mary Pope Osborne – Join Jack and Annie on their time-traveling adventures as they explore different historical periods and encounter exciting challenges.
“My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George – Follow the captivating story of Sam, who leaves the city to live in the wilderness, learning survival skills and forging a deep connection with nature.
“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster – Join Milo on a whimsical journey through a magical tollbooth, where he encounters extraordinary characters and learns the power of imagination.
Month 2: Folktales and Legends
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving – Discover the spooky tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in this classic American folktale.
“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume – Dive into the hilarious misadventures of Peter Hatcher and his little brother Fudge, filled with sibling rivalry and unexpected surprises.
“Paul Bunyan” by Steven Kellogg – Explore the tall tales of the larger-than-life lumberjack, Paul Bunyan, and his trusty blue ox, Babe, as they shape the American landscape.
Month 3: Historical Fiction
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis – Follow the Watson family’s journey from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama, during a pivotal time in the Civil Rights Movement.
“Johnny Tremain” by Esther Forbes – Step into the world of Johnny Tremain, a young silversmith living in Revolutionary War-era Boston, as he becomes involved in the fight for independence.
“Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis – Join Bud Caldwell, a resourceful and determined boy, as he sets out on a journey to find his father during the Great Depression.
Month 4: Fantasy and Mythology
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis – Enter the magical land of Narnia, where four siblings embark on a heroic quest to defeat the White Witch and restore peace.
“Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series” by Rick Riordan – Discover the thrilling adventures of Percy Jackson, a modern-day demigod, as he navigates the world of Greek mythology.
“The Spiderwick Chronicles” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black – Explore the hidden world of fairies and magical creatures as three siblings encounter both wonder and danger.
Month 5: Biographies and Real-Life Stories
“Who Was…? Series” by Various Authors – Learn about famous historical figures and their achievements through engaging biographies, such as “Who Was Albert Einstein?” or “Who Was Harriet Tubman?”
“I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” by Malala Yousafzai – Discover the inspiring story of Malala, a young advocate for girls’ education, and her fight against the Taliban in Pakistan.
“Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly – Uncover the remarkable contributions of four African American women mathematicians during the Space Race.
Month 6: Science and Nature
“The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown – Follow the adventures of Roz, a robot stranded on a wild island, as she learns about nature, survival, and the power of friendship.
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer – Discover the incredible true story of William Kamkwamba, who used his ingenuity to bring electricity to his village in Malawi.
“The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps” by Jeanette Winter – Explore the life and groundbreaking work of Jane Goodall, a renowned primatologist who studied and advocated for the protection of chimpanzees.
Month 7: Poetry and Verse
“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein – Delight in the whimsical and imaginative poems of Shel Silverstein, exploring topics ranging from friendship to silly creatures.
“Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets” by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth – Discover a collection of poems celebrating the lives and works of famous poets from diverse backgrounds.
“A Pizza the Size of the Sun” by Jack Prelutsky – Enjoy the playful and humorous poetry of Jack Prelutsky, filled with imaginative scenarios and clever wordplay.
Month 8: Cultural Diversity and Friendship
“Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz Ryan – Journey with Esperanza as she leaves her privileged life in Mexico and faces challenges as a migrant farmworker in California during the Great Depression.
“The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi – Join Unhei as she adjusts to a new school in America and learns the importance of her Korean heritage and the power of friendship.
“A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park – Experience the parallel stories of Salva, a Sudanese refugee, and Nya, a young girl in South Sudan, as they struggle for survival and hope.
Month 9: Mystery and Detective Stories
“The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin – Solve the intricate puzzle and unravel the mystery of the Westing family fortune in this gripping and suspenseful novel.
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart – Join four exceptional children on a secret mission to save the world from a dangerous mastermind, testing their intelligence and teamwork.
“The Case of the Stolen Sixpence” by Holly Webb – Step into the Victorian era as Emily Vole, a young girl with a talent for seeing small things, solves mysteries, and uncovers secrets.