Pre-Cambridge Reading List

KINDERGARTEN, FIRST & SECOND GRADES / Order from the Cambridge Book Store

Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
Nursery Rhymes by Mother Goose and others
Peter Rabbit and other stories by Beatrix Potter
by Don Freeman
The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowry
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McKlosky
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Curious George (series) by H. A. Rey
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
The Magic Fish by Freya Littledale
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Madeline (series) by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Match Girl, The
     Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina  (and other stories)
by Hans Christian Anderson
Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys by H. A. Rey
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Burton
The Little House by Virginia Burton
The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr
Are You My Mother? by Philip Eastman
Babar (series) by Jean (and later Laurent) de Brunhoff
Henny Penny (and other books) by Paul Galdone
Little Bear (series) by Else Minarik
The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Kendall Ward
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Henry and Mudge: The First Book (and others in the series) by Cynthia Rylant
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
Billy and Blaze (series) by C. W. Anderson
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter Roup
Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard
Nate the Great (series) by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
George and Martha (series) by James Marshall
Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff (and others by the same author)
The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Anything in the I Can Read series by Dr. Seuss: The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Comes
Back, Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, Hop on Pop, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket
, etc.

THIRD  GRADE / Order from the Cambridge Book Store

Betsy-Tacy (series) by Maude Hart–Lovelace
A Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
Box Car Children (series) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Little House (series) by Laura Ingals Wilder
The Little Prince by Antoine de Sain-Exupéry
The Mouse and the Motor Cycle by Beverly Cleary
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf
Ben and Me and Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson
Grandma’s Attic (series) by Arleta Richardson
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook (series) by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Clues in the Woods (and other titles by) Peggy Parrish
Bo and the Missing Dogs by Lynn Sheffield Simmons
Hitty: First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
Prairie Winter by Rachel Field
Homer Price and Centerburg Tales by Robert McClosky
The Red Keep by Allen French
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French
Pinocchio by Collodi
Robert Rows the River by Carolyn Haywood
Penny and Peter by Carolyn Haywood
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
A Bear Called Paddington (series) by Michael Bond
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Redwall (series) by Brian Jacques
Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
Strawberry Girl by Lenski, Lois
Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J. M. Barrie
Any of the major works by Dr. Suess: Horton Hears A Who, The King’s Stilts, Yertle the
     Turtle and Other Stories, If I Ran the Circus, The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton
Hatches the Egg
, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra, I Had Trouble in Getting to
Solla Sollew
and many others.

FOURTH  GRADE / Order from the Cambridge Book Store

Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Any selection from the Horseshoe Library
except Misty of Chincoteague (series) by Marguerite Henry
The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C. S. Lewis
The Little House Books (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Adventures in Ancient Greece by Linda Bailey
Detectives in Togas, Henry Winterfeld
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Doctor Doolittle (series) by Hugh Lofting
My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker
A Triumph for Flavius by Caroline Dale Snedeker
The Trojan Horse by Emily Little
The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmunds
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dagliesh
Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Indian in The Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLacklan
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Robert Bulla
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
I, Houdini by Lynn Reid Banks
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Redwall (series) by Brian Jacques
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Jingo D’jango by Sid Fleischmann
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischmann

FIFTH  GRADE / Order from the Cambridge Book Store

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Twenty One Balloons by William Pene Du Bois
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork
Stuart Little by E. B. White
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
Encyclopedia Brown (series) by Donald Sobol
Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor
Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingals Wilder
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
The Incredible Journey by Shiela Bunford
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Sword Song by Rosemary Sutcliff
Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
On the Way Home by Laura Ingals Wilder
Touch of Light by Anne Neimark
Faerie Gold: Treasures from the Lands of Enchantment, ed. Lindskoog/Hunsicker
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher P. Curtis
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Anne of Green Gables (series) by Lucy Maude Montgomery
Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune
Old Yeller by Fred Gibson
Summer of the Monkeys by Rawls
Pushcart War by Merrill
Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
Five Children and It by E. Nesbitt
Johnny Tremain by Lynd Ward
Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
The Light Princess by George MacDonald
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse

  / Order from the Cambridge Book Store

The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
The Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton by William Stukeley
The poetry of Walt Whitman
The poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
White Fang, London by Jack London
A Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Wizard of Oz
 by O. Frank Baum
The Dr. Doolittle series by Hugh Lofting
The Mary Poppins series by P. L. Travers
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The poetry of e. e. cummings
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The poetry of Robert Frost
Animal Farm by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
The Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan
The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

MIDDLE  SCHOOL  READING  LIST / Order from the Cambridge Book Store

This page contains a list of suggested reading for Middle School students. When compiling this list our top priority was to encourage younger students to enjoy their reading. Consequently, some of these works are great literature, others are not. It is recommended that you initially choose books for your students based on their interests, simplest first, then later progress to others.

Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch
The King Arthur Books by Howard Pyle
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
 by Howard Pyle
1001 Arabian Nights
Tales from Shakespeare 
by Charles and Mary Lamb
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Robinson Crusoe 
by Daniel Defoe
The Complete Fairy Tales
 by Wilhelm & Jacob Grimm
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Leatherstocking Tales
by James Fenimore Cooper
Swiss Family Robinson
 by J. R. Wyss
The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
The Man in the Iron Mask 
by Alexandre Dumas

Lorna Doone 
by R. D. Blackmore
Sohrab and Rustum
 by Matthew Arnold
Idylls of the King
 by Alfred Lord Tennyson
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Ryder Haggard
She by H. Ryder Haggard
The Sherlock Holmes stories by A. Conan Doyle
The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley
The Hornblower series by C. S. Forester
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Any fantasy collection by George MacDonald
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
by Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
The Call of the Wild
 by Jack London
Short stories by Jack London
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Short Stories of O. Henry
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

The Readers Digest Great Short Stories of the World
All historical novels by Kenneth Roberts
The Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis
The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
Kon Tiki and The Ra Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O’Dell
A Wrinkle in Time (in the “Tesseract” series) by Madeline l’Engle
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling