Suggested Reading ListThis page is left over from the time when I taught Language Arts, but it still might be helpful. :-)
If you and your child are struggling with finding books that will hold his/her interest, here are some books and authors (in no particular order) that have proven popular with students. You can look on the Scholastic website (see my “Helpful Links” page) to check the lexile of these books.
The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. If you’ve enjoyed the movies, read the books! Adventure, magic, and friendship are the core of these great stories.
Artemis Fowl seriesby Eoin Colfer—a blend of adventure, technology, and magical creatures such as faeries and ogres.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins -- Kids must battle to the death in a tournament in a futuristic society. This is not the type of story I usually like, but I loved this series!!
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket—stories about three orphans and their evil guardian. So sad they’re funny!The Beautiful Creatures series (four books) by Garcia/Stohl -- teen romance and intrigue with a magical twist. Twilight with witches instead of vampires (and better-written).
Gary Paulsen—adventure stories. Some examples are Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, etc.
Matt Christopher—sports stories. Examples are Soccer Halfback, Skateboard Tough, etc.
The Indian in the Cupboard series by Lynn Reid Banks
Anything by Louis Sachar—ex. There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Holes
Anything by Bruce Coville—ex. Space Brat
Anything by Jerry Spinelli—ex. Maniac Magee, Crash
Anything by Roald Dahl—ex. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits
Anything by R.L. Stine—Goosebumps series, Fear Street series
Gordon Korman—has written several fun or adventurous series, including the Island and Kidnapped series
The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. A vampire romance,these books were the basis for the popular movies.
Lois Duncan writes mysteries, such as I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Caroline B. Cooney also writes mystery and suspense, such as The Face on the Milk Carton.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is about a group of four friends and their summer adventures.
Carl Hiaasen writes funny books about kids working to save the environment. Examples are Hoot, Flush, and Scat.
Sharon Creech has won several Newberry Awards for her books, which include Love That Dog, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, and Walk Two Moons.
Dan Gutman also has several series,including the humorous The Kid Who Ran for President and the time-travel baseball series, which includes Babe and Me, Jackie and Me, etc.
Kate DiCamillo writes heartwarming stories including Because of Winn-Dixie and Tiger Rising
Based on Greek myths, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan, is very popular and is the basis for a new movie.
Richard Peck writes all sorts of books,including mysteries and historical comedies.