21 Book Recommendations for Elementary School Children

21 Book Recommendations for Elementary School Children

November 25, 2018

We asked an elementary school teacher to curate her favorite children's books, from kindergarten to fifth grade. Keep reading to see her top list of 21 books, series, and some of her favorite authors to read to your young students.


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  1. Any Mo Willems Books

His characters, Pigeon, Gerald the Elephant and Piggie are hilarious and crowd pleasers. All of his books are are interactive with the reader.

  1. If You Ever Want to Bring A … Don’t! Series by Elise Parsley
  1. Chalk by Bill Thomson

This book without words is so detailed that your attention is drawn in from the first page. It tells a story of three children who find a bag of chalk on the playground and their drawings come to life!

  1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Follow the unhappy tale of the unlucky Baudelaire siblings

  1. Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judy Schachner

A cat who thinks he’s a dog with a spanish accent. Any time he enters his closet, it takes him on a new adventure.

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  1. The Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary

Follow Ramona from pre-school to elementary school as she gets herself caught in many sticky situations through her curious and spunky spirit.

  1. I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, We Found A Hat - a three-part book series by Jon Klassen
  1. Pete the Cat (series) by James Dean

Follow Pete as he rocks out and finds the positivity in any situation

  1. The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch

Follow Princess Elizabeth as she tries to rescues the snooty and ungrateful Prince Ronald from a terrible dragon.

  1. Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Readers of any age will fall in love with Harry as he discovers he is a wizard in a non-wizard world and becomes a name that every child will know.

  1. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

No matter what the book says, the reader MUST read it out loud. Be sure not to take a peek at this book before reading it for the first time.

  1. Dragons Love Tacos & Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin
  1. The Pout Pout Fish (series) by Deborah Diesen
  1. The Day the Crayons Quit & The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
  1. Wonder & We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Discover the importance of choosing kind to everyone you meet

  1. Pig the Pug (series) by Aaron Blabey

Follow a pug named Pig who is greedy and selfish and always learns life lessons the hard way.

  1. Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  1. The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt

A game that has been passed down from kid to kid, but how did it start? Find out the legend and how the popular game came to be!

  1. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A perfect read for the end of the year as you send your kids off to the next grade!

Beth’s Top Five Favorite Authors:

  1. Mo Willems
  2. Robert Munsch
  3. David Shannon
  4. Jon Klassen
  5. Beverly Cleary

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Beth Coggins is a First Grade Teacher at North Canton Elementary School in Canton, NC.