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Book Lists

Here are some book lists I have used for book groups in recent years.


3rd-4th grade:

Rain Reign, Ann M. Martin

The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

Heart of a Samurai, Margi Preus

The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich

Ahimsa, Supriya Kelkar

Paper Wishes, Lois Sepahban

Locomotion, Jacqueline Woodson

The Mighty Miss Malone, Christopher Paul Curtis

Some Places More than Others, Renée Watson

Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson

Ghost, Jason Reynolds

Finding Langston, Lesa Cline-Ransome

Words with Wings, Nikki Grimes

Love That Dog, Sharon Creech

Hate that Cat, Sharon Creech

Moo, Sharon Creech



Middle school:

Forced Migration theme

Refugee, Alan Gratz

Other Words for Home, Jasmine Warga

Inside out and back again, Thanhhà Lai

Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan


African American Literature theme

Betty Before X, Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson

This Promise of Change, Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

Reaching for the Moon, Katherine Johnson

March, John Lewis

One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson


World War II theme

When My Name Was Keoko, Linda Sue Park

The War that Saved my Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Infinite Hope, Ashley Bryan

Allies, Alan Gratz

A Place to Belong, Cynthia Kadohata





Teen Book Club:

Love from A to Z, S.K. Ali

The Land of Permanent Goodbyes, by Atia Abawi

You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins

The Authentics, by Abdi Nazemian

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

The Weight of Our Sky, by Hanna Alkaf

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