GOT TO READ THESE: Grades 3 – 7

Each year a new book comes along.  Some titles leave a mark and end up as regular entries in a school’s reading list, while some, become popular only for a year or two.  In LRC, reading is not just about what is popular.  We look into the reader’s capacity in terms of age, language acquisition and interest.  For this month, the librarians put together a list of books that we recommend as a reading assignment for each grade level.


Some of the books included in the list are:


Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. GS Fiction: Sci2k

This first book in the Time Warp Trio Series is an imaginative and humorous read. The book begins with three boys celebrating a birthday. One of the presents happens to be a book with a card that states, “Be careful what you wish for.” Once the book is opened, the boys are transported back to the time of knights, giants and dragons. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy this is a must read!

Grade 4

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. GS Fiction: K62d

Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart GS Fiction: St4m

Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, all graduates of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and members of the Benedict Society, embark on a scavenger hunt that turns into a desperate search for the missing Mr. Benedict. Series




The Magic Thief. Prineas, Sarah. (2008). GS Fiction: P93m

Conn’s life is forever changed when he tries to pick the pocket of the wizard Nevery and instead gets a strong jolt of magic, but, instead of punishing the boy, Nevery takes Conn under his wing, teaches him magic, and enlists his help in finding the person responsible for stealing the city’s dwindling magic supply.

This series includes The Magic Thief, The Magic Thief : Lost and The Magic Thief: Found


1984 George Orwell. GS Fiction: Or9n

If you are already worried about the information that your computer is collecting from you, re-read this one and you will feel much better! Or, perhaps, you will throw your computer in a river. This is the classic text for the will of the individual to maintain his privacy and free will, and how easy it is at the end of it all to just try to blend in and go with the flow to avoid making things even worse by speaking out.

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”



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Diary of a Wimpy Kid | (n.d.). Teaching Resources, Children’s Book Recommendations, and Student Activities | Retrieved January 20, 2011, from

HAISLN Recommended Reading List 2010 Grade 5. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from

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100 Must Read Books: The Man’s Essential Library | The Art of Manliness. (2010).The Art of Manliness : Reviving the Lost Art of        Manliness. Retrieved January 19, 2011, from­must­read­books­the­essentialmans­library/

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