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Reading List

Incoming Class


Dear Parents,

This suggested reading list should help you find quality literature

for you and your child to read together throughout the year. Please note that we do not have the

space to include all books by one author; be sure to look at other books an author has written.

Some of these books will be available at the Book Fair, all of the books are in the Lower

School Library. If you would like to see the reading lists for other grades, they are posted on the Library page of the Nightingale website. This list is only a starting point. Enjoy!

Lois Strell, Lower School Librarian Fiction


Little Woman Alcott, Louisa May The classic story of the four March girls as they grow into young ladies in 19 th century New England.

A Little Princess Burnett, Frances Hodgson Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's London school, is left in poverty when her father dies, but in spite of her situation, she never loses hope.

Half Magic (series) Eager, Edward Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double wishing on an ancient coin.

Mandy Edwards, Julie Lonely for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (series) Lewis, C.S.

Four English school children find their way through a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who cursed the land with winter.

Anne of Green Gables (series) Montgomery, L.M.

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Five Children and It (series) Nesbit, E.

When four brothers and sisters discover a grumpy sand-fairy in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures it will lead to.

Pollyanna Porter, Eleanor Pollyanna Whittier is an orphan who goes to live with her Aunt Polly in Vermont. Determinedly optimistic, Pollyanna soon wins over everyone in town except her aunt.

Black Beauty Sewell, Anna A horse tells the story of his life in nineteenth-century England and his treatment under many differentmasters, from a kind country squire to all kinds of drivers.

Ballet Shoes Streatfeld, Noel An old fashioned story of the fortunes of three adopted sisters who take dancing and stage training, one to become an actress, the second a ballerina, and the third an aviatrix.

The Castle in the Attic (series) Winthrop, Elizabeth The gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.


Penderwicks (series) Birdsall, Jeanne While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshires, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

My Last Best Friend (series) Bowe, Julie After her best friend moves away, fourth-grader Ida May is determined not to make another best friend, despite the efforts of a new girl in her class.

Year of the Book (series) Cheng, Andrea Year of the book follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

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Ruby Holler Creech, Sharon Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida grew up in a terrible orphanage, but their lives change forever when an eccentric, sweet older couple invite them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.

Danny, the Champion of the World Dahl, Roald A wonderfully warm book about a young English boy who describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together.

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School of Fear (series) Daneshvari, Gitty Twelve-year-olds Madeleine, Theo, and Lulu, and thirteen-year-old Garrison, are sent to a remote Massachusetts school to overcome their phobias, but tragedy strikes and the quartet must work together--with no adult assistance--to face their fears.

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Lemonade War (series) Davies, Jacqueline Evan and his younger sister Jesse, react differently when they hear they are in the same class next year. As summer ends, they battle it out through lemonade stands; who can earn 100 dollars first? Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a lemonade stand.

Harriet the Spy Fitzhugh, Louise When Harriet's classmates find her diary and read what she has written about them, they decide to make life miserable for her.

Lily’s Crossing (series) Giff, Patricia Reilly During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently. A sensitive and moving story.

and a Class IV book election winner Junonia Henkes, Kevin Alice and her parents spend the week of Alice's tenth birthday as they always do on Sanibel Island, Florida, but Alice gets upset when she discovers some of the people who are always there are missing and new ones have arrived, and it’s not the way it’s always been.

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Piper Reed, Party Planner (series) Holt, Kimberley When she discovers the price of a new clubhouse, ten-year-old Piper and her fellow Gypsy Club members try to earn the money by creating a birthday-party-planning business.

Tale of Emily Windsnap (series) Kessler, Liz After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.

Regarding the Fountain Klise, Kate A funny story about a principal who asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, and finds that all sorts of chaos results.

The View from Saturday Konigsburg, E.L.

Four students develop a special bond and attract the attention of their paraplegic teacher, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Where the Mountain meets the Moon Lin, Grace A beautiful story, where Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

Dumpling Days (series) Lin, Grace When Pacy, her two sisters, and their parents go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma's sixtieth birthday, the girls learn a great deal about their heritage.

Silk Umbrellas Marsden, Carolyn Eleven-year-old Noi worries that she will have to stop painting the silk umbrellas her family sells at the market near their Thai village and be forced to join her older sister in difficult work at a local factory instead.

Wishing for Tomorrow: sequel to A Little Princess McKay, Hilary Relates what becomes of Ermengarde and the other girls left behind at Miss Minchin's School after Sara Crewe leaves to live with her guardian, the Indian gentleman.

11 Birthdays (series) Mass, Wendy After celebrating their first nine birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, fall out on their tenth and do not speak for the next year They prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately, but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Project Mulberry Park, Linda Sue Julia, a Korean-American, and her friend Patrick learn about tolerance, friendship, and patience while working together on a project about silkworms.

The Bridge to Terabithia Paterson, Katherine The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a girl who has just moved to the neighborhood. Together, they create an imaginary land and learn some tough lessons about friendship.

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The Adventures of Hugo Cabret Selznick, Brian When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks at a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are in danger of discovery.

The Secret Tree Standiford, Natalie Sixth-grader Minty and her new friend, Raymond, discover the Secret Tree, a tree with a hollow trunk that holds the secrets of the people in their neighborhood. They begin to watch their neighbors, to solve the mysteries of the secrets, but they will have to work through some secrets of their own along the way.

Smile Telgemeier, Raina The author relates her experiences after she injured her two front teeth and had to have surgeries and wear embarrassing braces and headgear, all the while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of middle school. (Graphic Novel, series) Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus Tracy, Kristen Ten-year-old Camille McPhee relates the ups and downs of her fourth-grade year at her Idaho elementary school as she tries to adjust to the absence of her best friend, cope with the conflict between her parents, and understand the importance of honesty and fairness.


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (series) Aiken, Joan Surrounded by villains, brave Bonnie and her gentle cousin Sylvia conquer all obstacles in this fast-paced Victorian story.

Poppy (series) Avi Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas for them.

World According to Humphrey (series) Birney, Betty Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Mousenet Breitrose, Prudence Sent to live with her chef father and his wife in Oregon after having stayed with her inventor uncle and scientist mother in Cincinnati, ten-year-old Megan is lonely until she starts working with some computer-savvy mice to try to save Mouse Nation--and the planet.

Masterpiece Broach, Elise After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an 11th birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Dürer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Nest for Celeste Cole, Henry Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.

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Bell’s Star (series) Hart, Alison In the Vermont spring of 1853, Bell's Star, a Morgan horse, and his owner Katie rescue a runaway slave and try to outwit the slave catchers in order to help her to freedom.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH O'Brien, Robert C.

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the wise and strong rats who have escaped from the laboratory at NIMH.

Libby of High Hopes Primavera, Elise When ten-year-old Libby Thump stumbles upon High Hopes Horse Farm and finds her dream horse, Princess, a prize-winning jumping horse that has been put out to pasture, Libby tries to convince her parents to give her riding lessons.

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Young Fredle Voight, Cynthia Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.


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The Search for Delicious Babbitt, Natalie The Prime Minister is compiling a dictionary and when no one at court can agree on the meaning of “delicious”, the King sends his twelve-year-old messenger to ask the people of his country.

Frog Princess (series) Baker, E.D.

After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward, fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog, too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means--and the self-confidence--to become human again.

Magic by the Book Bernstein, Nina Returning from a library trip, eleven-year-old Anne and her younger brother and sister discover a magic book which sends them on unusual adventures.

The Sisters Grimm (series) Buckley, Michael Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother whom they always believed was dead. Surprisingly, Grandma lives in a town where the Brothers Grimm characters come to life.

City of Ember (series) DuPrau, Jeanne In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Familiars (series) Epstein, Adam Three young wizards-in-training are kidnapped by an evil queen and their familiars--Aldwyn the alley cat, Skylar, a know-it-all blue jay, and Gilbert,a tree frog who can see the future--set out on a dangerous journey to rescue the boys.

Dragon Slippers (series) George, Jessca Day Orphaned after a fever epidemic, Creel befriends a dragon unknowingly and inherits an object that can either save or destroy her kingdom.

Far From Home (Zita the Spacegirl – series) Hatke, Ben Zita rushes to the rescue after her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, and, before long, finds herself hailed as an intergalactic hero. (graphic novel) Island of the Aunts Ibbotson, Eva As they get older, several sisters decide that they must kidnap children and bring them to their secluded island home to help with the work of caring for an assortment of unusual sea creatures.

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rats Jonell, Lynne When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal.

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