Suggested Reading List


Updated Sept. 2014
Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka (funny and fast moving fantasies about 3 boys traveling in time)    good for boys
The Princess Tales series by Gail Carson Levine good for girls
Princess School series by Jane Mason  good for girls
       Read about your favorite fairy tale characters in a whole new setting!
Amber Brown books by Paula Danziger  good for girls
Amber Brown Goes Fourth          Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit        Forever Amber Brown
The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley (good for girls)
Beacon Street Girls series by Annie Bryant  (good for girls)
Ghosthunters by Cornelia Funke  (boys or girls)
Mary Downing Hahn’s ghost stories  (very creepy)  Wait Till Helen ComesThe Doll in the Garden, and The Old Willis Place
Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler  (funny and good for girls or boys)
Magic Pickle series by Scott Morse  (for boys or girls)
The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy  (for girls)
The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes  series by Anne Mazer  good for girls
       Written in journal style, this series is “told” by a 4th-5th grade girl.
Phyllis Naylor writes a series about a family with 4 boys and a family with 3 girls who are constantly playing tricks and pranks on each other.  Good for boys or girls
          The Boys Start the War       Spy Among the Girls
          The Girls Get Even                Traitor Among the Boys
          Boys Against the Girls           The Girls’ Revenge
          The Boys Return                    The Girls Take Over
American Girls series published by Scholastic (historical fiction)  good for girls
          Addy (an African American girl from Civil War time)
          Felicity (a Colonial girl)                       Kaya  (a Native American)
          Kirsten (a pioneer girl)                        Julie (1970’s)
          Molly (a World War II girl)                Samantha (a Victorian girl)       
          Josefina (a Mexican girl)                    McKenna, Chrissa, Mia (new series)
Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce
Amelia books by Marissa Moss  good for girls
          Amelia is a 4th/5th grade girl who keeps journals.
Plant That Ate Dirty Socks series by Nancy McArthur  good for boys
          Plant That Ate Dirty Socks                  Mystery of the Plant
          Escape of the Plant That Ate Dirty Socks       Secret of the Plant
Wayside School series by Louis Sachar  good for boys or girls:
          Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Wayside School Is Falling Down

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
Bunnicula books by James Howe  good for boys or girls
Rowan of Rin series by Emily Rodda  (fantasy/quest) great for boys or girls
Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
          These have been around a long time but they still hold appeal.  They are for strong readers mainly because of length and the descriptions.

Encyclopedia Brown by Sobol  

          These books are short chapter mysteries with the solutions at the end of the book.  They range in difficulty from 3rd to 5th grade.
Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary  good for boys or girls
          Mouse and the Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, Ralph S. Mouse
Dear America series published by Scholastic (journals that are historical fiction)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume for boys or girls  
Other titles are:   Superfudge           Fudge-a-Mania            Double Fudge
Secrets of Droon series by Abbott (fantasy) for boys or girls       
Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? series by Lin Oliver  for boys or girls
Bruce Coville titles: appeals to boys
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Monsters of Morley Manor by Bruce Coville
The Monster Ring by Bruce Coville
The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix   fantasy adventure good for boys
Chet Gecko Mysteries by Bruce Hale (funny mysteries) good for boys
Beast Quest series by Blade  good for boys
Deltora Quest series by Rodda  good for boys
Geronimo Stilton series published by Scholastic  good for boys
The Riot Brothers series by Mary Amato  gross humor good for boys
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan advanced reading but good for boys
Rotten School series by R.L. Stine  gross humor good for boys
Ghosthunters series by Cornelia Funke  for boys or girls
Phineas L. MacGuire series by Frances Dowell good for boys or girls
Moxy Maxwell series by Peggy Gifford  good for girls
Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls and The New Girl by Meg Cabot  good for girls
Main Street series by Ann Martin  good for girls
Just Grace series by Charise Mericle Harper  good for girls
Animal Ark series by Baglio  good for girls
Hoofbeats series by Duey good for girls
Carole Marsh Mysteries good for boys and girls
            Mysteries that take place around the world
Shredderman series by Van Draanen  (for boys)
Island series by Gordon Korman  (for boys and girls)
Everest series by Gordon Korman  (for boys and girls)
Individual titles:
Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Kate Klise’s Letters from Camp and Trial by Journal
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech 
Edge Books (example: Build Your Own Car, Rocket…)
True Books published by Scholastic (example: solar system)
Disaster Survivors published by Bearport (example: Mangled by a Hurricane)
Reading Rocks! Published by Child’s World (example: Massive Machines)
Top Dogs series written by Charles and Linda George
Dog Heroes published by Bearport (example: Medical Detective Dogs)
Cat-ographies published by Bearport (example: American Shorthairs)
You Wouldn’t Want series (example: You Wouldn’t Want to Sail With Columbus)
Great databases and e-books available to you from your home computer.  The link is:
Click on Horseheads at the top of the screen, then click on Ridge Road Elementary then select “visual catalog” on left side of screen.  If you select student databases or great websites, you can find some great online resources. To access the World Book online—the login is horseheads;  password is raiders.
The e-books on the webOPAC can be viewed at home.  Some of them are downloadable to an e-reader; others are only readable on a computer or other “smart” device.
Logins and Passwords to be used from home devices:
     Marshall Cavendish e-books  Login and Password: gstebooks
     Spotlight on NY e-books  Login is gst  Password is sony
     Bookflix:  Login is rroad   Password is bookflix
     eLibrary Elementary  Login is 34-11654  Password is bigchalk
     Kids Infobits  Login is nysl_sc_rrel  Password is empirelink