Regina Neu, an experienced book club mom in California, suggests the following titles, which her mother-child book club enjoyed:

First grade

Henry and Mudge (Any title in the series), by Cynthia Rylant and Suçie Stevenson, Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 1996

Harry & The Lady Next Door by Gene Zion, HarperTrophy, 1978

Beans Baker Number Five by Richard Torrey, Sagebrush, 2001

The Case of the Cat’s Meow by Crosby Bonsall, HarperTrophy, 1978

Blue Ribbon Blues by Jerry Spinelli, Random House Books for Young Readers, 1998

Meet Kirsten American Girl (American Girls Collection) by Janet Beeler Shaw, American Girl, 1990

Puppies in the Pantry — Animal Ark Series by Lucy Daniels, Scholasatic Paperbacks, 1998

Junie B. Jones (Any Title) by Barbara Parks, Random House Books for Young Readers, 2001

Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House #4) by Mary Pope Osborne, Random House Books for Young Readers, 1994

Dolphin by Robert Morris, Scholastic, 1975

Little Sure Shot: The Story of Annie Oakley by Stephanie Spinner, Bt Bound, 1999

Scooby-doo 8×8 : Scooby-doo And The Opera Ogre by Jesse Leon McCann, Scholastic Paperbacks, 2001

The Runaway Racehorse by Ron Roy, Random House Books for Young Readers, 2002

Second grade

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald, Candlewick, 2002

Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The: Room of Doom – Chapter Book #3 by M.C. King, Disney Press, 2006

Bailey School Kids Holiday Special: Leprechauns Don’t Play Fetch by Debbie Dadey, Scholastic Paperbacks 2003

Mad Science Series by Kathy Burkett, Scholastic Paperbacks, 2003

Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein, HarperCollins, 1963

Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Folk Poems by Ashley Bryan, Aladdin, 1996

Tree Girl by T.A. Barron, Philomel, 2001

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, HarperTrophy, 1990

Caleb’s Story (Sarah, Plain and Tall) by Patricia McLachlan, HarperTrophy, 2002

Third grade

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson, Puffin Books, 1982

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, The Chicken House, 2003

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, Oxford University Press, 2004

Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow, Aladdin, 2001

Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul by Jack Canfield, HCI, 1998

A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements, Aladdin, 2004

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, HarperFestival, 2003

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, HarperTrophy, 1987

Report Card by Andrew Clements, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing 2004

Poppy by Avi, HarperTrophy, 1999

Fourth grade

Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville, Aladdin, 1992

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, The Chicken House, 2004

The School Story by Andrew Clements, Aladdin, 2002

The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 6) by C.S. Lewis, Collier Books, 1972

Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005

Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) by Christopher Paolini, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005

Magic By the Lake by Edward Eager, Harcourt Children’s Books, 1999

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech, HarperTrophy, 2004

Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech, HarperTrophy, 1997

Fifth grade

Jane Eyre (Step into Classics) by Charlotte Bronte, Random House Books for Young Readers, 1997

Fifth Grade Fever by Michele Granger, Puffin, 1998

Stowaway by Karen Hesse, Aladdin, 2002

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Yearling, 1986

Act I, Act II Act Normal by Martha Weston, Roaring Brook, 2003

Nancy Drew (Any Title) by Carolyn G. Keene, Grosset & Dunlap, 1947

Blister by Susan Shreve, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001

The Cay by Theodore Taylor, Yearling, 2002

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, Yearling, 2006

Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary by Rian Verhoeven, Puffin Reprint, 1995

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Del Rey, 1987

Sixth grade

Smith by Leon Garfield, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Yearling, 1973

Sammy Keyes & the Sisters of Mercy by Wendelin Van Draanen, Live Oak Media, 2003

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2000

Caught By the Sea: My Life on Boats Gary Paulsen, Laurel Leaf, 2003

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman, Laurel Leaf, 1988

The Ghost Wore Gray by Bruce Coville, Yearling, 1988

Ties That Bind Ties That Break by Lensy Namioka, Laurel Leaf, 2000

Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg, Aladdin, 2002

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, Putnam Juvenile, 2002

Chu Ju’s House by Gloria Whelan, HarperCollins, 2004

Flush by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005

Going For the Record by Julie Swanson, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2004

A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer, Puffin, 1998

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Updated: March 18, 2016