Recommended Book List: Lower Grades

Guest post by Rebecca Redinger, Redwood’s Librarian

Finding the right book for the young readers in your life can be a challenge. Finding reading material for reluctant readers and students with dyslexia can be even harder. At Redwood, we use leveling to help us best match students’ interests and reading level. The following list of books are for students in the lower grades (K-3rd grade) or B-P Fountas & Pinnell reading levels. You will also see a column with Lexile numbers, which are the most common leveling used by library catalogs and online retailers. As you dig deeper and discover your child’s favorite books and authors, refer to the Reading A-Z correlation chart to switch between leveling systems.

This book list has been curated with Redwood students in mind. The titles and series feature engaging and diverse themes, plots, settings, and characters. They are listed in Lexile level order. Enjoy, and happy reading!


FICTION (Lower grades)

Title, Author, Lexile Range, Fountas & Pinnell

I See a Cat

Paul Meisel

50

B-C

You Are (Not) Small

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant

60

B-C

The Adventures of Otto series

David Milgrim

80-220

B-D

Gus series

Frank Remkiewicz

130-190

C-D

Andy series

Maxwell Eaton

150-180

C-D

Elephant & Piggie series

Mo Willems

150-330

C-F

HiLo series

Judd Winick and Guy Major

150-460

C-G

Fish Boy

M.G. Higgins

160

C-D

Max series

Adria F. Klein and Mernie Gallagher-Cole

170-360

D-F

Snail & Worm series

Tina Kügler

180-370

D-F

A Pig, a Fox, and a Box

Jonathan Fenske

210

D-E

Up, Tall and High!

Ethan Long

220

D-E

Robot and Rico series

Anastasia Suen and Mike Laughead

260-350

D-F

We Are Growing

Laurie Keller

270

D-E

Fly Guy series

Tedd Arnold  

270-530

E-J

Nate the Great series

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

280-500

E-I

The Cookie Fiasco

Dan Santat

290

E

Penny and Her Marble

Kevin Henkes

290-470

E-H

Pete the Cat series (I Can Read! Books)

James Dean

290-470

E-H

Ling & Ting series

Grace Lin

300-390

F-G

Margaret and Margarita

Lynn Reiser

320

F

Frog and Toad series

Arnold Lobel

330-480

F-I

Duck, Duck, Porcupine! Series

Salina Yoon

340-390

F-G

Amelia Bedelia series (I Can Read! Books)

Peggy Parish

340-510

F-I

Princess in Black series

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

340-510

 

The Watermelon Seed

Greg Pizzoli

350

F-G

Mo Jackson series

David Adler

350-390

F-G

Sofía Martínez series

Jacqueline Jules and Kim Smith

350-540

F-J

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories

Sergio Ruzzier

370

F-G

Ballet Cat series

Bob Shea

370-420

F-G

Pinkalicious series (I Can Read! Books)

Victoria Kann

380-540

G-J

Zelda and Ivy series

Laura McGee Kvasnosky

380-560

G-K

King & Kayla series

Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers

390-450

G-J

Pearl and Wagner series

Kate McMullan

390-480

G-J

Calvin Coconut series

Graham Salisbury

390-490

G-J

Magic Treehouse series

Mary Pope Osborne

390-590

G-K

Charlie & Mouse series

Synder, Laurel

400-420

F-G

Danny and the Dinosaur series (I Can Read! Books)

Syd Hoff

400-510

F-J

Pets on the Loose series

Victoria Jamieson

400-540

F-J

The Berenstain Bears series (I Can Read! Books)

Stan and Jan Berenstain

410-610

F-K

Charlie the Ranch Dog series (I Can Read! Books)

Ree Drummond

430-470

H-I

Henry and Mudge series

Cynthia Rylant

440-540

H-J

Judy Moody series

Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid

440-600

H-M

Bones Mysteries series

David A. Adler and Barbara Johansen Newman

450-520

G-K

Mercy Watson series

Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

450-550

I-L

Bink and Gollie series

Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

450-570

I-L

Mouse and Mole series

Wong Herbert Yee

460-510

I-J

Yasmin series

Saadia Faruqi and Hatem Aly

460-530

I-L

Don't Throw It to Mo!

David Adler

470

H-J

Rabbit  & Robot series

Cece Bell

470-490

I-J

Flat Stanley series (I Can Read! Books)

Jeff Brown

470-520

I-K

Little Rhino series

Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard

480-640

I-M

Narwhal and Jelly series

Ben Clanton

490-510

I-J

Junie B. Jones series

Barbara Park

490-560

I-L

Detective Gordon series

Ulf Nilsson

510-550

J-L

Flora and Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo

520

J-K

Ivy and Bean series

Annie Barrows

520-600

J-M

Fergus and Zeke

Kate Messner and Heather Ross

530

J-L

Time Warp Trio series

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

530-690

J-N

The Unicorn Rescue Society series

Adam Gidwitz, Jesse Casey, and Christopher Smith

540-660

K-N

Cam Jansen Mysteries series

David Adler

550-620

L-M

Alvin Ho series

Lenore Look and LeUyen Pham

560-600

K-M

Ruby Lu series

Lenore Look and Anne Wilsdorf

560-620

K-M

Jasmine Toguchi series

Debbi Michiko Florence and Elizabet Vukovic

560-640

K-M

Zoey and Sassafras series

Asia Citro and Marion Lindsay

560-640

K-M

Dory Fantasmagory series

Abby Hanlon

560-650

K-M

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series

Shelley Johannes

570-620

K-M

Ada Lace Adventures series

Emily Calandrelli and Tamson Weston

570-680

K-N

The Infamous Ratsos series

Kara LaReau and Matt Myers

580-600

K-M

Anna Wang series

Andrea Cheng

590-690

K-N

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Roald Dahl

600

K-M

Shelter Pet Squad series

Cynthia Lord

600-670

K-N

All-of-a-Kind Family series

Sydney Taylor

600-750

K-N

Clementine series

Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee

600-790

K-N

Dyamonde Daniel series

Nikki Grimes

620-630

K-M

Keena Ford series

Melissa Thomson

620-660

K-M

Lola Levine series

Monica Brown and Angela Dominquez

630-710

L-N

Ellray Jakes series

Sally Warner and Jamie Harper

650-840

M-R

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Patricia McLachlan

660

L-N

The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo

670

L-N

Clubhouse Mysteries series

Sharon Draper and jesse Joshua Watson

670-780

L-N

Charlotte's Web

E.B. White

680

L-N

Charlie Bucket series

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

720-810

L-O

Dragons in a Bag

Zetta Elliot

740

M-N

Kimchi and Calamari

Rose Kent

750

M-N

The Melendy Family series

Elizabeth Enright

750-820

M-P

Ramona Quimby series

Beverly Cleary

750-860

M-Q

Sylvia & Aki

Winifred Conkling

760

M-N

A Boy Called Bat

Elana K. Arnold and Charles Santoso

760

M-N

NON-FICTION (Lower grades)

Title, Author, Lexile Range, Fountas & Pinnell

Step into Reading non-fiction books

(various authors)

200-850

D-M

Ready-to-Read non-fiction books

(various authors)

250-740

E-M

Penguin Young Readers non-fiction books

(various authors)

360-770

F-N

DK Readers books

(various authors)

440-1010

G-R

Scholastic True or False series

(various authors)

490-820

I-M

I Can Read! Books non-fiction books

(various authors)

500-650

I-M

Ordinary People Change the World series

Brad Meltzer

510-610

I-M

National Geographic Kids Readers series

(various authors)

520-810

I-M

Fly Guy Presents series

Tedd Arnold

540-870

J-N

Magic Tree House: Fact Tracker series

Mary Pope Osborne, etc.

550-840

L-N

Who Was/What is/Where is . . . ? Series

(various authors)

710-930

M-Q