GOOD BOOKS FOR THE PRIMARY GRADES

Here are the kind of books that you see during the K-3 years in a good language program. Some of these books can be read by students, depending on the age and ability of the child to read. Other titles can be read aloud to children.

  • Aesop for Children, Aesop
  • The Wonder Book, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • One Fine Day, Nonny Hogrogrian
  • Little Red Riding Hood, retold by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Adventures of Pinocchio, Corio Collodi
  • Chanticleer and the Fox, Barbara Cooney
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh
  • Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes, Marguerite de Angeli, editor
  • Drummer Hoff, Barbara Emberley
  • The Three Bears, retold by Paul Galdone
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm
  • john Henry: An American Legend and The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
  • Pecos Bill, Steven Kellog
  • just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
  • The Arabian Nights and Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Andrew Lang
  • Piping Down the Valleys Wild, Nancy Larrick
  • The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf
  • How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? And Other Tales, Julius Lester
  • Pippi Longstocking books, Astrid Lindgren
  • Frog and Toad Together, Arnold Lobel
  • Piggle-Wiggle, Betty MacDonald
  • Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey
  • Every Time I Climb a Tree, poems by David McCord
  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, retold by Gerald McDermott
  • When We Were Very Young and Winnie-the-Pooh, A. Milne
  • Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish
  • Cinderella, Charles Perrault
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
  • Ride a Purple Pelican and Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young, Jack Prelutsky, editor
  • Curious George books, A. Rey
  • The Dancing Stars: An Iroquois Legend, Anne Rockwell
  • Where the Wild Things Are and Chicken Soup with Rice, Maurice Sendak
  • The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Harton Hatches the Egg, and others by Dr. Seuss
  • Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Noah’s Ark, Peter Spier
  • Abel’s Island and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, William Steig
  • Mufara’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, John Steptoe
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • East 0 the Sun and West 0′ the Moon, Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
  • Brian Wildsmith’s Illustrated Bible Stories, Philip Turner
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst
  • Ira Sleeps Over, Bernard Waber
  • The Trumpet of the Swan, B. White
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
  • Crow Boy, Taro Yashima
  • Owl Moon and The Seeing Stick, Jane Yolen
  • Lon Po Po: A RedRiding Hood Story from China, Ed Young
  • Rumplestiltskin, retold by Paul 0. Zelinsky
  • Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen
  • Anno’s Alphabet and Anno’s Counting Book, Mitsumasa Anno
  • Wiley and the Hairy Man, Molly Bang
  • Madeline books, Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Susan Blair
  • Freddy the Detective, Walter R. Brooks
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Robert Browning
  • The Story of Bobar, the Little Elephant, Jean de Brunhoff
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton
  • jack and the Three Sillies, Richard Case
  • The Ramona and Henry Huggins books, Beverly Cleary

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