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Teacher-Selected Books by Month (2012)



Last updated Thursday, September 10, 2020

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December: "The Season of Giving"

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff (Kindergarten)
City Green, by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (1st Grade)
The Runaway Rice Cake, by Ying Chang Compestine (2nd Grade)
Tomas and the Library Lady, by Pat Mora (3rd Grade)
Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath (4th Grade)
The Giver, by Lois Lowry (5th Grade)

November: "Sports, Fun, and Games"

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Olympig!, by Victoria Jamieson (Kindergarten)
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team, by Audrey Vernick (1st Grade)
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold , by Deloris Jordan (2nd Grade)
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper, by Ann Malaspina (3rd Grade)
The Wild Soccer Bunch, Book 1, Kevin the Star Strike, by Joachim Masannek (4th Grade)
Plunked, by Michael Northup (5th Grade)

October: "Halloween, Mysteries, and Magic"

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Where's My Mummy?, by Carolyn Crimi (Kindergarten)
Even Monsters Need Haircuts, by Matthew McElligott (1st Grade)
Probuditi!, by Chris Van Allsburg (2nd Grade)
The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery, by Graeme Base (3rd Grade)
The Houdini Box, by Brian Selznick (4th Grade)
Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos (5th Grade)

September: "Faraway Places"

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Yoko Learns to Read, by Rosemary Wells (Kindergarten)
The Perfect Orange: A Tale from Ethiopia , by Frank P. Araujo (1st Grade)
The Origami Master, by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer (2nd Grade)
If the World Were a Village, by David J. Smith (3rd Grade)
Ramayana: Divine Loophole, by Sanjay Patel (4th Grade)
Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai (5th Grade)

August: "Lights! Camera! Action!"

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Madeline and the Bad Hat, by Ludwig Bemelmans (Kindergarten)
Mars Needs Moms, by Berkeley Breathed (1st Grade)
Snow White: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm, by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (2nd Grade)
Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne (3rd Grade)
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman (4th Grade)
Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2), by Jeff Kinney (5th Grade)

July: "Independence and Growing Up"

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The Incredible Book-Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers (Kindergarten)
Tales for Very Picky Eaters, by Josh Schneider (1st Grade)
So Few of Me, by Peter Reynolds (2nd Grade)
The Junkyard Wonders, by Patricia Polacco (3rd Grade)
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, by Julie Sternberg (4th Grade)
Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (5th Grade)

June: "Super Heroes and Super People"

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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, by Michael Chabon (Kindergarten)
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein (1st Grade)
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, by Melissa Sweet (2nd Grade)
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, by Marissa Moss (3rd Grade)
Captain Nobody, by Dean Pitchford (4th Grade)
The Last Newspaper Boy in America, by Sue Corbett (5th Grade)

May: "California Dreamin"

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Larry Gets Lost in Los Angeles, by John Skewes (Kindergarten)
Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants, by Tony Johnston (1st Grade)
Calico Dorsey, by Susan Lendroth (2nd Grade)
Dream Something Big, by Dianna Aston (3rd Grade)
The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron (4th Grade)
Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko (5th Grade)

April: "Amazing Animals and Interesting Environments"

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Little Owl's Night, by Divya Srinivasan (Kindergarten)
Suryia & Roscoe, by Bhagavan Antle and Thea Feldman (1st Grade)
The Carnival of the Animals, by Jack Prelutsky (2nd Grade)
Down, Down, Down, by Steve Jenkins (3rd Grade)
Mammoth & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, by Cheryl Bardoe (4th Grade)
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell (5th Grade)

March: "Music and Celebrations"

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Tubby the Tuba, by Paul Tripp (Kindergarten)
Tap-Dance Fever, by Pat Brisson (1st Grade)
The Really Awful Musicians, by John Manders (2nd Grade)
Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D'Arezzo, by Susan Roth (3rd Grade)
The Composer is Dead, by Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey (4th Grade)
Sweethearts of Rhythm, by Marilyn Nelson (5th Grade)

February: "Friendship and Family"

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Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, by Melanie Watt (Kindergarten)
Abuela, by Arthur Dorros (1st Grade)
Dot in Larryland: The Big Little Book of an Odd-Sized Friendship, by Patricia Marx (2nd Grade)
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli (3rd Grade)
Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (4th Grade)
Savvy, by Ingrid Law (5th Grade)

January: "Discovery and Adventure"

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Puff the Magic Dragon, by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton (Kindergarten)
The Raft, by Jim Lamarche (1st Grade)
Seaman's Journal, by Patti Reeder Eubank (2nd Grade)
Queen of the Falls, by Chris Van Allsburg (3rd Grade)
Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck (4th Grade)
The Magician's Nephew, by C.S. Lewis (5th Grade)

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