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This is a list of grade level books recommended by
our students and staff in case you are looking for some suggestions
on purchasing or borrowing library books for your children.
 DeMello Reads
DeMello Students and Staff
Book Recommendation List
Grades 1 & 2
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Davide Cali
Boris Get a Lizard by Andrew
Clara the Cookie Fairy by Tim Bugbird
Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic
Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends by Jill Esbaum
Enzo Races in the Rain by R.W. Ailey
Goodnight Already by Jory John
How to Swallow a Pig by Steve Jenkins
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell
I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña
Little Kunoichi: The Ninja Girl by Sinae Ishida
Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster by Mathew McElligott
Monkey and the Little One by Claire Alexander
Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins
Naughty Mabel by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliot
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Sick Simon by Dan Krall
The Adventures of Beekle: Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santant
The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer
The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
 The Monster in My Backpack by Lisa Moser
The Three Ninja Pigs by Carey Schwartz
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
Trapped: A Whale’s Rescue by Robert Burleigh
Verdi by Janelle Cannon
We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich
 Grades 1 & 2 Book Series
Annie and Snowball Series by Cynthia Rylant
Cam Jansen Series by David Adler
Froggy Series by Jonathan London
Galaxy Zack Series by
Henry and Mudge Series by Cynthia Ryland
Joe and Sparky Series by Jamie Michalak
Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald
Junie B.  Jones Series by Barbara Park
Lulu Series by Judith Viorst
Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osbourne
The Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems
The Pigeon Book Series by Mo Willems
 Grade 3
Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon
Dragon Masters: Power of the Fire Dragon by Tracey West
I was a Third Grade Spy by Mary Jane Auch
Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
Lulu Walks the Dog by Judith Viorst
Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
Supercar vs. the Fry Thief by Jeanne Willis
The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Emerald Berries by Poppy Green
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
Three Hens and A Peacock by Lester Lemick
Grade 3 Series
Amber Brown Series by Paula Danzinger
Babysitters’ Club Series (graphic novels) by Raina Telemeier
Bink and Gollie Series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Dark Diaries Series by Rachel Renee Russell
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
Galaxy Zack Series by Ray O’Ryan
George Brown, Class Clown by Nancy Krulik
Geronimo Stilton Series by Geronimo Stilton
Hilo Series by Judd Winick
Ivy and Bean Series by Annie Barrows
Jake Maddox Sport Series by Jake Maddox
Jedi Academy Series by Jeffrey Brown
Katie Kazoo Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik
Lulu Series by Judith Viorst
Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett Krosoczka
Monkey Me Series by Timothy Roland
Owl Diaries Series by Rebecca Elliott
The Haunted Library Series by Dori Butler
Weird School Series by Jim Paillat
Weird but True Series by National Geographic Kids
Grades 4 & 5
Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr
Appleblossum the Possum by Holly Sloan
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales from the Animal Kingdom by Jane Yolen
Bird and Squirrel on the Edge by James Burks
Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld
Bystander by James Preller
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas
Drama by Raina Telegemeier
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Flora and Ulysses by Kate D. Camillo
Hilo: The Boy who Crashed to Earth by judd Winick
Hissy Fritz by Patrick Jennings
Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Out of the Woods by Lyn Gardner
Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
Room One by Andrew Clement
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
Sisters by Raina Telegemeier
Smile by Raina Telegemeier
Sprinkles & Secrets by Lisa Schroeds
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Mutts: Winter Diaries by Patrick McDonnell
The One and Only Ivan by Kathleen Applegate
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
This Side of Home by Renee Watson
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Ungifted by Gordan Korman
Webster: Tale of an Outlaw by Ellen Emerson White
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Grades 4 & 5 Series
100 Most … Series by Anna Claybourne
Bird and Squirell Series by James Burks
Frank Enstein Series by Jon Scieszka
I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshish
Percy Jackson Series by Mike Lupica
The Babysitters Club Graphix Novels by Ann Martin and Raina Telemeier
The Humphrey Series by Betty G. Birney
The Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson
The Treehouse Books by Andy Griffiths
Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;
 there are only children who have not found the right book.”
by Frank Serafini