First to Second Grade
Students going into second grade will range typically between the primer level to the fourth grade level, so selecting books for this range depends greatly on the child. The books above are on a first to second grade level. Some have only been released in hardback, so you will have to locate them at the library. I have a few favorites from this list including the Fly Guy series (Kids love them!) and Diary of a Worm (Doreen Cronin). The “new to me” picks are Stick and Stone and Claude at the Beach. I also like the looks of The Chicken Squad series.
Writing Lessons from The Writing Fix
With the second to third grade list, I was looking for beginning chapter books and a variety of genres. My girls this year loved the books by Nikki Grimes. She was a speaker a few years ago at the VSRA conference, and our librarian purchased several to share with the kids after we returned. They loved them and several more have been added. Another series from my collection that the kids love is the My Big Fat Goldfish series. They are longer and at the upper end of third, but they are funny. Finally, I thought the Guinea Pig Pet Detective series looks fun. I think this age group enjoys mysteries, so bringing out Nate the Great, The Haunted Library, or Cam Jansen’s would be fun.
Writing Lessons from the Writing Fix
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Fourth to Fifth Grade
Oh goodness! I had difficulty limiting this list to ten. There are so many GREAT options, and by this point, students know their niche. They have strong reading preferences, so having a deep knowledge of writing styles and what I’d call Book Alikes. You know, that’s what you’d call a book you should get if you like this book. Anyway, these will give you a few to check out. Out of the list, several have received wonderful reviews, but I want to point out, Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts. Dr. Watts is from my community and is a professor in the education department at the University of Virginia. The book is about Kizzy’s first year in an integrated school in Lynchburg, Mississippi, and it too has received great reviews.