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Teacher-Selected Books by Month (2023)



Last updated Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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December: "Family & the Spirit of Giving"

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The Little Reindeer, by Nicola Killen (Kindergarten)
How to Catch an Elf, by Adam Wallace (1st Grade)
The Christmas Owl: Based on the True Story of a Little Owl Named Rockefeller, by Gideon Stere and Ellin Kelish (2nd Grade)
The Story of Holly and Ivy, by Rumer Godden (3rd Grade)
How Winston Delivered Christmas, by Alex T. Smith (4th Grade)
A Mouse Called Miika, by Matt Haig (5th Grade)

November: "Seasons & the Natural World"

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Because of an Acorn, by Lola M. and Adam Schaefer (Kindergarten)
Outside In, by Deborah Underwood (1st Grade)
The Tree in Me, by Corrina Luyken (2nd Grade)
The Seeking Tree, by Jodi Dee (3rd Grade)
Little Monarchs, by Jonathan Case (4th Grade)
Thirst, by Varsha Bajaj (5th Grade)

October: "Halloween, Magic, & Monsters"

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Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider, by James Dean (Kindergarten)
How to Catch a Monster, by Adam Wallace (1st Grade)
Ghoulia (Book 1), by Barbara Cantini (2nd Grade)
The Secret Zoo, by Bryan Chick (3rd Grade)
The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1), by Jacqueline West (4th Grade)
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend (5th Grade)

September: "Back to School Fun"

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Benny the Brave in The First Day Jitters, by Julie Anne and Darren Penn (Kindergarten)
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings, by Britney Winn Lee (1st Grade)
The Girl with Big Big Questions, by Britney Winn Lee (2nd Grade)
Making a Difference: An Inspirational Book About Kids Changing the World!, by Stacy C. Bauer (3rd Grade)
The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: New Kid in School, by Ruth McNally Barshaw (4th Grade)
Minerva Keen's Detective Club, by James Patterson and Keir Graff (5th Grade)

August: "Arts & Creativity"

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Luna Loves Art, by Joseph Coelho (Kindergarten)
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, by Monica Brown (1st Grade)
Little Red Writing, by Joan Holub (2nd Grade)
The Met Faith Ringgold: Narrating the World in Pattern and Color (What the Artist Saw), by Sharna Jackson (3rd Grade)
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring, by Angela Cervantes (4th Grade)
I Funny: A Middle School Story, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (5th Grade)

July: "Amazing Animals"

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Mister Seahorse, by Eric Carle (Kindergarten)
Wish for a Fish: All about Sea Creatures, by Bonnie Worth (1st Grade)
A Place for Turtles, by Melissa Stewart (2nd Grade)
The Bee Book (Conservation for Kids), by Charlotte Milner (3rd Grade)
Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen, by Candace Fleming (4th Grade)
Wild Wings, by Gill Lewis (5th Grade)

June: "Friendship & Fun"

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Big Dog... Little Dog, by P.D. Eastman (Kindergarten)
Duck, by Randy Cecil (1st Grade)
Bunnybear, by Andrea Loney (2nd Grade)
Ribsy, by Beverly Cleary (3rd Grade)
Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate (4th Grade)
Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper (5th Grade)

May: "Fantasy, Folklore, & Fairytales"

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Secret Pizza Party, by Adam Rubin (Kindergarten)
The Rabbit Listened, by Cori Doerrfeld (1st Grade)
Sleep Like a Tiger, by Mary Logue (2nd Grade)
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras), by Asia Citro (3rd Grade)
The Popper Penguin Rescue, by Eliot Schrefer (4th Grade)
The Lion of Mars, by Jennifer L. Holm (5th Grade)

April: "The Wonders of Science & Technology"

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Little People, Big Dreams: Marie Curie, by Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Kindergarten)
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. (1st Grade)
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, by Suzanne Slade (2nd Grade)
Ada Lace, on the Case (An Ada Lace Adventure), by Emily Calandrelli (3rd Grade)
Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha), by Stuart Gibbs (4th Grade)
Ungifted, by Gordon Korman (5th Grade)

March: "Music & Entertainment"

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Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, by Amanda Gorman (Kindergarten)
I'm Not just a Scribble…, by Diane Alber (1st Grade)
Lizzy and the Cloud, by Terry Fan (2nd Grade)
My First Classical Music Book, by Genevieve Helsby (3rd Grade)
The Met Claude Monet: He Saw the World in Brilliant Light (What the Artist Saw), by Amy Guglielmo (4th Grade)
A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories: 12 Tales from the World's Most Famous Playwright, by Angela McAllister (5th Grade)

February: "People & Places Around the World"

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The Rooster Who Would Not be Quiet!, by Carmen Agra Deedy (Kindergarten)
Carter Reads the Newspaper, by Deborah Hopkinson (1st Grade)
Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla, by Diana López (2nd Grade)
Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet, by Elizabeth Rusch (3rd Grade)
Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges and Margo Lundell (4th Grade)
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win, by Rachel Ignotofsky (5th Grade)

January: "Mysteries & New Adventures"

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Touch the Earth, by Julian Lennon and Bart Davis (Kindergarten)
The Storm Whale, by Benji Davies (1st Grade)
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2), by Ben Clanton (2nd Grade)
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery, by Doreen Cronin (3rd Grade)
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones (4th Grade)
The Third Mushroom, by Jennifer L. Holm (5th Grade)

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