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Teacher-Selected Books by Month (2016)



Last updated Thursday, September 10, 2020

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December: "Winter & The Spirit of Giving"

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback (Kindergarten)
Bear Says Thanks, by Karma Wilson (1st Grade)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, by Robert May (2nd Grade)
Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus: The Classic Edition, by Francis P. Church (3rd Grade)
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto, by Natalie Standiford (4th Grade)
The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner (5th Grade)

November: "The Wonders of Science & Technology"

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If I Built a Car, by Chris Van Dusen (Kindergarten)
There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System, by Tish Rabe (1st Grade)
I am Albert Einstein (Ordinary People Change World), by Brad Meltzer (2nd Grade)
Infinity and Me, by Kate Hosford (3rd Grade)
The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm (4th Grade)
Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build, by Bob Pflugfelder (5th Grade)

October: "Halloween, Magic, & Monsters"

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The Scarecrow's Hat, by Ken Brown (Kindergarten)
Orion and the Dark, by Emma Yarlett (1st Grade)
The Dark, by Lemony Snicket (2nd Grade)
Nightsong, by Ari Berk (3rd Grade)
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel, by Mo O'Hara (4th Grade)
A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd (5th Grade)

September: "Back to School Fun"

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If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't, by Elise Parsley (Kindergarten)
Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School, by Herman Parish (1st Grade)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School..., by Davide Cali (2nd Grade)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary (3rd Grade)
Middle School: Get Me out of Here!, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (4th Grade)
Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks (5th Grade)

August: "Arts & Entertainment"

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Beautiful Oops!, by Barney Saltzberg (Kindergarten)
Duck! Rabbit!, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld (1st Grade)
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, by Michelle Markel (2nd Grade)
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, by Jen Bryant (3rd Grade)
My Life as a Cartoonist, by Janet Tashjian (4th Grade)
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (5th Grade)

July: "Summer Fun & Games"

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies, by Jan Thomas (Kindergarten)
Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen (1st Grade)
The Book with No Pictures, by B.J. Novak (2nd Grade)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3), by Jeff Kinney (3rd Grade)
The Island of Dr. Libris, by Chris Grabenstein (4th Grade)
The Stars of Summer: An All Four Stars Book, by Tara Dairman (5th Grade)

June: "People & Places Around the World"

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Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox (Kindergarten)
Grace for President, by Kelly DiPucchio (1st Grade)
My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary about the Best 4 Months Ever!, by Rebecca Otowa (2nd Grade)
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, by Barb Rosenstock (3rd Grade)
Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell (4th Grade)
A Night Divided, by Jennifer A. Nielsen (5th Grade)

May: "Fantasy, Folklore, & Fairytales"

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Grandfather Twilight, by Barbara Helen Berger (Kindergarten)
Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein (1st Grade)
The Three Little Tamales, by Eric A. Kimmel (2nd Grade)
The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1), by Tony DiTerlizzi (3rd Grade)
The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy, by Jennifer A. Nielsen (4th Grade)
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson (5th Grade)

April: "Amazing Animals & Interesting Environments"

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Octopus Alone, by Divya Srinivasan (Kindergarten)
Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar, by Rick DeDonato (1st Grade)
Song of the Swallows, by Leo Politi (2nd Grade)
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects, by Matthew Clark (3rd Grade)
The Last Dogs: Journey's End, by Christopher Holt (4th Grade)
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting (5th Grade)

March: "Music & Celebrations"

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Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle (Kindergarten)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by James Dean (1st Grade)
Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs, by Sandra Boynton (2nd Grade)
The Boy Who Loved Words, by Roni Schotter (3rd Grade)
The New Kid on the Block, by Jack Prelutsky (4th Grade)
Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle (5th Grade)

February: "Friendship & Family"

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Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool, by James Dean (Kindergarten)
Love, Splat (Splat the Cat), by Rob Scotton (1st Grade)
The Story of Diva and Flea, by Mo Willems (2nd Grade)
Judy Moody, Mood Martian (Book #12), by Megan McDonald (3rd Grade)
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7), by Jeff Kinney (4th Grade)
Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin (5th Grade)

January: "Mysteries & Adventure"

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? , by Jane Yolen (Kindergarten)
A Fish Out of Water, by Helen Palmer (1st Grade)
The Circus Ship, by Chris Van Dusen (2nd Grade)
Magic Tree House #51: High Time for Heroes, by Mary Pope Osborne (3rd Grade)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger (4th Grade)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien and Zena Bernstein (5th Grade)

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