WVDE Offers Reading List for All Grades

December 04, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education is pleased to offer a recommended reading list for students grades PreK-12. One of the objectives in the reading content standard of Policy 2520.1 is to increase the amount of independent reading. This is an objective that can be accomplished by the cooperative efforts of the home and school. Books on the recommended list were obtained by educator recommendation, the International Reading Association Children’s Choice Awards, National Education Association recommended reading list, Newbery award winners, and Caldecott award winners. According to these sources, each of the books is appropriate to the grade/age level.  

Why read to children or have children read independently? • The volume of reading enhances vocabulary and comprehension. (Cunningham and Stanovich, 1998) • Students who read daily at their appropriate grade/instructional level are better readers. (National Reading Panel –2000, National Research Council-1998, NAEP-1998) • Students should read a minimum of 20 minutes daily. (What Matters for Struggling Readers, 2001) • Reading aloud to students can significantly improve their reading skills. (Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, 1998)  

How can the parent help? According to IRA Children’s Choice Award committee (2002), parents can help by being involved in the following areas. • Read aloud to the student. • Read alternate pages – parent reads a page, student reads a page. • Use computer programs to expand the interest of specific topics found in books. • Compare and contrast video adaptations to a book. • Set aside a time daily for family independent reading. • Visit the school and local library.  

Keep in mind that this is NOT an all-inclusive list but a suggested list. There are hundreds of high quality books for students to read. This is a VERY abbreviated list to serve as a starting point to begin daily student reading at home. The list is divided into four grade levels: PreK, K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. The title of the book is stated first accompanied by the author’s last name.  

PreK: Corduroy - Freeman Big Red Barn - M. W. Brown The Rainbow Fish - Pfister Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?- Martin Clifford, The Big Red Dog - Bridwell The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Carle The Napping House - A. Wood Cock A Doodle Moo - Most Goodnight Moon - M. W. Brown Jump, Frog, Jump - Kalan Guess How Much I Love You? - McBratney To Market, To Market - Miranda Silly Sally - A. Wood Where The Wild Things Are - Sendak The Cat In The Hat - Seuss Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? - Martin Caps For Sale - Slobodkina The Snowy Day - Keats Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Viorst A Chair For My Mother - Williams  

Grades K-3: A Fine, Fine School - Creech And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon - Stevens The Three Pigs (a new version) - Wiesner Q Is For Duck - Browne There’s A Wocket In My Pocket - Seuss A Kiss For Little Bear - Minarik Jamberry - Degen The Five Chinese Brothers - Bishop Amazing Grace - Hoffman Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters - Steptoe Fudge-a-Mania - Blume The Polar Express - Van Allsburg If You Give A Mouse A Cookie - Numeroff The Mitten - Brett Piggie Pie - Palatini Love You Forever - Munsch A Pocketful of Stars - Siegen-Smith The Little Engine That Could - Piper Book, Book, Book - Bruss The Rain Babies - Melmed  


Grades 4-8: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere - Longfellow (illustrator – Bing) Shiloh - Naylor Pink and Say - Polacco How To Eat Fried Worms - Rockwell Stuart Little - E. B. White The Call of the Wild - London James And The Giant Peach - Dahl Stone Fox - Gardiner Hardy Boys (any in the series) - Dixon Island of the Blue Dolphins - O’Dell The River - Paulsen Bridge To Terabithia - Paterson Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Robinson Dear Mr. Henshaw - Cleary Summer of the Swans - Byars Charlotte’s Web - E. B. White Sarah, Plain and Tall - MacLachlan Poppy - Avi  

Grades 9-12: The Master Puppeteer - Paterson Homeless Bird - Whelan West Side Story - Laurents Invisible Man - Ellison Cold Mountain - Frazier A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest Gaines Rocket Boys: a memoir - Hickam Catch-22, a novel - Heller Brave New World - Huxley Beloved, a novel - Morrison Crispin: The Cross of Lead - Avi Waiting for Godot - Beckett The House of the Scorpion - Farmer Hope Was Here - Bauer Out of the Dust - Hesse Pilgrim At Tinker Creek - Dillard A River Runs Through It - Maclean Song of Solomon - Morrison Nightjohn - Paulsen  

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