On this page you will find book that I have recommended for all my students. Just click on your grade level below to see the list of books I have compiled for you. You can also click to see Ms. Sanchez' Favorite Books and see if you would like to read any of those if you haven't done so already. Happy reading everyone!

Books for Grades K-3
Books for Grades 4-5
Ms. Sanchez' Favorite Books

Books for Grades K-3

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst
Illustrated by Ray Cruz

We've all had terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days before, and Alexander shows readers how terrible and horrible his day has become. Alexander's day forces him to go through not-so-pleasant events such as getting smushed in the middle seat of the car, a dessert-less lunch sack, a cavity at the dentist's office, stripe-less sneakers, witnessing kissing on television, and being forced to sleep in railroad-train pajamas. With all these bad events Alexander just wishes he was in Australia. Read to find out what happens to Alexander on his terrible, horrible day.
The Hello, Goodbye Window

By Norton Juster
Illustrated by Chris Raschka

The window in Nanna and Poppy's kitchen is no ordinary window–it is the place where love and magic happens. It's where the girl and her doting grandparents watch stars, play games, and, most importantly, say hello and goodbye. Read to find out what other magical things happen.
The Stranger

By Chris Van Allsburg

Farmer Bailey thinks he's hit a deer while driving his truck, but in the middle of the road lies a man, an enigmatic stranger. He goes home with Farmer Bailey, his memory apparently gone. Weeks pass at the Bailey farm; the stranger seems happy to be around them, and helps with the harvest. Oddly, while trees to the north of the farm turn red and gold with the arrival of fall, Bailey's land seems to be in a state of perpetual summer. Find out what mysteries unveil in The Stranger.

By David Wiesner

Strange things begin to happen in a town on a Tuesday evening. All of a sudden, frogs begin to fly on lily pads all over town. Flip through these picture pages to discover what else happens on Tuesday. This book offers many wordless picture pages where your creative mind is free to develop the story.
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

By Megan Mcdonald
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Judy Moody's little brother, James (aka Stink), is the shining star of this dramatic production of Megan McDonald's beginning chapter book. Little is the word for James ("Stink") Moody; he's short, the shortest kid in his second-grade class. Is he shrinking? Read to find out!

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Books for Grades 4-5

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

By Kate Dicamillo
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Edward Tulane is an exceedingly vain, cold-hearted china rabbit owned by 10-year-old Abilene Tulane, who dearly loves him. Her grandmother relates a fairy tale about a princess who never felt love; she then whispers to Edward that he disappoints her. His path to redemption begins when he falls overboard during the family's ocean journey. Read to find out what happens to Edward.
A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. She claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Read to find out what happens after this stranger's visit.
Bridge to Terabithia

By Katherine Paterson
Illustrated by Donna Diamond

Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade--he wants it so bad he can taste it. He's been practicing all summer, running in the fields around his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door and changes his life forever. Not only does Leslie not look or act like any girls Jess knows, but she also turns out to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. After getting over the shock and humiliation of being beaten by a girl, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay. The two create a secret kingdom in the woods named Terabithia.
Charlotte's Web

By E.B. White
Illustrated by Garth Williams

An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved.

By Andrew Clements
Illustrated by Brian Selznick

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

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Ms. Sanchez' Favorite Books

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

By J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.
Love That Dog

By Sharon Creech

A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
Rainbow Fish

By Marcus Pfister

Shining from Rainbow Fish's multicolored body are several shimmering silver scales. All the other fish in the ocean admire him and want to play, but Rainbow Fish is too proud to play with them; nor will he share his sparkling scales. Alone and friendless, Rainbow Fish soon learns that generosity is far more rewarding than vanity. Pfister makes novel use of rainbow-colored foil to create Rainbow Fish's scales.
Judy Moody

By Megan McDonald
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
Green Eggs and Ham

By Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss turns 50 simple words into magic in this time-honored classic. Sam-I-am won't give up! He keeps trying to get the grumpy grown-up in the story to taste green eggs and ham. No matter how Sam-I-am presents the green eggs and ham (in a box, with a fox, in the rain, on a train), the curmudgeon refuses to try them. Finally, Sam-I-am's pesky persistence pays off. A crowd of open-mouthed onlookers watch in suspense as the old grouch takes a bite. And?...SAY! The old sourpuss's face is wreathed in smiles as he gratefully acknowledges, "I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you, thank you, Sam-I-am!"
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust

By Eve Bunting
Illustrations by Stephen Gammell

In this allegory, the author's reaction to the Holocaust, the animals of the forest are carried away, one type after another, by the Terrible Things, not realizing that if perhaps they would all stick together and not look the other way, such terrible things might not happen.
Where the Sidewalks Ends

By Shel Silverstein

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.
The Hundred Dresses

By Eleanor Estes
Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin

Wanda wears the same faded blue dress to school every day - yet she says she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home, "all lined up." The other girls don't believe it, and when Peggy starts a daily game of teasing Wanda about the hundred dresses, everyone joins in. Maddie, Peggy's best friend, goes along with the game, but she secretly wonders whether she can find the courage to speak up in Wanda's defense. It's not until Wanda fails to come to school one day that her classmates learn the truth about the hundred dresses - and Maddie and Peggy learn the meaning of kindness and generosity of spirit.
The Kissing Hand

By Audrey Penn
Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
Pink and Say

By Patricia Polacco

Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather.
Thank You, Mr. Falker

By Patricia Polacco

Trisha endures the cruel taunts of classmates who call her "dumb," and falls behind in her studies. But finally the encouragement and efforts of a new fifth grade teacher, Mr. Falker, trigger a monumental turning point in Trisha's life. She begins to blossom and develop all of her talents, including reading.

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