Recommended Reading Lists by Grade Level

Our sincerest thanks to Bridge School reading specialists Jessica Caverly and Laura Broach, who created these lists following their recent PTA presentation on literacy.

NOTE: These books are deemed appropriate for each grade level at the beginning of the school year. If a child finds a book too challenging to read on his or her own, they can be read with a parent. The same is true on the other end of the spectrum. If a book appears to be too easy for a child, then try out selections on a higher grade level.. The goal is for parents to understand which books are considered grade-level at the start of the school year. These books can be found at the library or online.

Please scroll down to find reading lists for grades one through five.


Non Fiction Reading Selections for Grade One


Title

Author

Mice Squeak, We Speak

Tomie dePaola

Music Is in the Air

Ann Morris

On the Go

Nayer

Pigs Peek

Cox

What is Hot?

Apgar

In the Ocean

Ellis

Look! Bugs!

Hooker

Transportation Over the Years

Parkes

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Bob Barner

Frogs

Gail Saunders-Smith

Weather

Pamela Chanko

Baby Animals

Rigby Publishing

At Work

Margaret E. Mooney



Non Fiction Reading Selections for Grade Two



Title

Author

Roberto Clemente

Wil Mara

Author: A True Story

Helen Lester

A Girl Named Helen Keller

Margo Lundell

Star Pictures

Juliann Darling

Green Tree Frogs

Natalie Lunis

Katydids

Natalie Lunis

Emerald Boas

Catherine Nichols

Electricity

Clint Twist

Forces & Motion

Clint Twist

Materials

Clint Twist

Facts About Honeybees

Haydon

Peanuts

Graham

Bones

Hammonds

Solve It

Osborne


Non Fiction Reading Selections for Grade Three


Title

Author

The Reasons for the Seasons

Gail Gibbons

Do Whales Have Belly Buttons?

Melvin Berger

Animal Babies

Ann O. Squire

From a Seed to a Plant

Gail Gibbons

Ice Hockey

Christin Ditchfield

Sugar

Elaine Landau

Special Olympics

Mike Kennedy

The Atlantic Ocean

Christine Petersen

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express

Margaret K. Wetterer

Frida

Jonah Winter

Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Line

Andrew Santella

Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley of Africa

Don Brown

America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

David Adler

Who Was John F. Kennedy?

Yona McDonough

Baseball’s Greatest Hitters

Sydelle A. Kramer

If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong

Roxane Orgill

Diego

Jonah Winter

Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing

James Rumford


Non Fiction Reading Selections for Grade Four


Title
Author

What Makes a Bird a Bird?

Mary Garelik

Giant Pandas

Gail Gibbons

Bicycle Book

Gail Gibbons

If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Times

Barbara Brenner

Kenya

Justine Fontes

Shark Attack!

Cathy Dubowski

The Moon

Seymour Simon

Do Tarantulas Have Teeth?

Melvin Berger

Water

Christin Ditchfield

Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice

Ann Weil

Mark Twain: Young Writer

Miriam E. Mason

Who Was King Tut?

Roberta Adwards

Baseball’s Best: Five True Stories

Andrew Gutelle

Rosa Parks

Eloise Greenfield

Who Was Helen Keller?

Gare Thompson

Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci

Edwards Roberta

Louisa May Alcott: Young Novelist

Beatrice Gormley


Non Fiction Reading Selections for Grade Five


Title

Author

All About Manatees

Jim Arnosky

If You Lived 100 Years Ago

Ann McGovern

If You Lived at the Tim of the Civil War

Kay Morin

If You Lived With the Cherokee

Anne Kamma

Big Cats

Seymour Simon

Mercury

Steven L. Kipp

Earth

Steven L. Kipp

Rodents: From Mice to Muskrats

Sara Swan Miller

Jupiter

Gregory L. Vogt

The Great Migration

Jacob Lawrence

If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island

Ellen Levine

Can Snakes Crawl Backwards?

Melvin Berger

Why Do Volcanoes Blow Their Tops?

Melvin Berger

The Humpback Whale

Randy Frahm

The Story of George Washington Carver

Eva Moore

Eleanor

Barbara Cooney

Teammates

Peter Golenbock

Who Was Marco Polo

Joan Holub

They Called Her Molly Pitcher

Anne F. Rockwell