Get Ready for the 2016 Battle of the Books Competition!

2016 Battle of the Books Reading List for 4th through 6th Grade


Beginning readers, start out with:

I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis

The “storm of the century” and horror of Hurricane Katrina is vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.  Fountas and Pinnell Level: Q; 112 pages; 9 copies

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Cece recounts her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her “superpower.” A 2015 Newbery Medal Honor book. Reading Level 3.3; 8 copies

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies is a popular children’s book that addresses the complex relationship between brothers and sisters, as well as how arguments and miscommunications can spiral out of control when people quit communicating with one another. Fountas and Pinnell Level: T; 192 pages; 9 copies

The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series) by Katie Egan

Mike feels as though he can’t compete with his neighbor Nora. Then they discover a mysterious magic shop and Mike finds something he can compete in. Reading Level: 4.4; 142 pages; 8 copies


Comfortable readers, you’ll like:

A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin

Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal. Fountas and Pinnell Level: S; 182 pages; 8 copies

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm  

Ellie’s parents are divorced, but friendly with each other. One of Ellie’s biggest fears is starting middle school. Then one day Ellie’s mother brings home a boy. He’s a moody teenager, but something about him is very familiar to Ellie. He reminds Ellie of her crazy grandpa/scientist. Could it be? Has he found the secret to eternal youth? Reading Level: 4.1;  Fountas & Pinnell: Z;  195 pages; 295 pages; 8 copies

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. She’s the smartest kid in the whole school, but no one knows it--Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Melody’s story is one full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you’ll never forget. Reading Level: 4.3;  Fountas & Pinnell: S;  295 pages; 8 copies  

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

A timeless science fiction classic! Follow the adventures of Chuck and David, two boys who travel to alien planet Basidium in their homemade spaceship. Reading Level: 4-6; 195 pages;  8 copies


Advanced readers, you’ll like:  

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich

The year is 1857 and seven-year old Omakayas and her family live on an island in Lake Superior. As the seasons change, so too does daily life--its joys and challenges. After the greatest challenge of all enters their home, Omkkayas and her family will never be the same.  Reading Level: 6.1;  Fountas & Pinnell: T ; 244 pages; 9 copies

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson felt halfway home in each place she lived. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960’s and 1970’s, growing up with the remnants of and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. A 2015 Newbery Honor Book. Reading Level: 5.3; 336 pages;  8 copies

2016 Battle of the Books Reading List for 2nd and 3rd Grade

Ivy + Bean by Annie Burrows:  Level M


Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express by Megan McDonald & Peter H. Reynolds:  Level N


Space: Magic Tree House Research Guide by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne :  Level N


Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Sleepover Sleuths by Carolyn Keene and Macky Pamintuan:  Level O


The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary:  Level O


Clementine by Sara Pennybacker and Marla Frazee:  Level P


Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard:  Level Q


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl:  Level Q


The Graphic Novel for Battle of the Books grades 2nd & 3rd is:

Guinea Pig: Pet Shop Private Eye 1: Hamster and Cheese by Colleen AF Venerable and Stephanie Yue:  Level O