Karen Hokanson Miller

Recommended Books

Recommended Books

Classic Books Reading List for Children

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  • The Journey That Saved Curious George Louise Borden and Allan Drummond
  • Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
  • Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving The Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley Sally Walker
  • 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery Judith and Dennis Fradin
  • The Adventures of Marco Polo, Russell Freedman
  • The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-But-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony, Cheryl Harness
  • Akira to Zoltan: 26 Men Who Changed the World, Cynthia Chin-Lee & Megan Halsey, II Sean Addy
  • The Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, William Muñoz
  • Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food, Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
  • Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief On the Reservation and Beyond, Joseph Medicine Crow

Middle Grade

  • Catching Fire Collins, Suzanne
  • The Magician’s Elephant DiCamillo, Kate
  • Chaos Walking Book One: The Knife of Never Letting Go Ness, Patrick
  • The Fog Mound 3: Simon’s Dream Schade, Susan and Butler, Jon
  • When You Reach Me Stead, Rebecca
  • Capt. Hook J.V. Hart
  • Flush Carl Hiassen
  • Gossamer Lois Lowry
  • Skybreaker Kenneth Oppel
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One Angie Sage
  • Each Little Bird that Sings Deb Wiles
  • Wright 3 Blue Balliett A “triangle” of friends try to work out their differences while discovering secrets, uncovering clues and trying to save a hauntingly beautiful old building from being destroyed.
  • Victory Susan Cooper An old book and a flag remnant form a psychic connection between an English boy and girl who cross an ocean 200 year apart. Swashbuckling sailors, secret treasure, long-lost relatives and time travel.
  • Just for You to Know Cheryl Harness Almost thirteen, Carmine’s the oldest child in her family, with five noisy little brothers, a dreamy mom, and a sometimes reckless dad. When she’s a famous artist, she’ll get away from them all!
  • Crossing the Wire Will Hobbs 15-year-old Victor makes the painful decision to leave his mother and younger siblings behind in Mexico and attempt a dangerous border crossing, facing death and discovery at every turn.
  • Weedflower Cynthia Kadohata Sumiko is no stranger to discrimination, especially when asked to leave a classmate’s birthday party because she is not white. But life as she knows it crumbles when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.
  • The Green Glass Sea Ellen Klages Children of world-class scientists live in a strange kind of vacuum at Los Alamos in the days before the testing of the Atom Bomb.
  • Probably the World’s Best Story about a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me D. James Smith A dog-napping, a paper route, a boy locked in his aunt’s attic, and a girl with a major crush on him threaten to keep 12-yr-old Paolo from his summer schemes.

Young Adult

  • Anansi Boys Neal Gaiman
  • Solstice Wood Patricia McKillip
  • Twilight Stephanie Meyers
  • Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Book Thief Marcus Zusak


  • Poems to Dream Together  Francisco X. Alarcon
  • Poemas Para Sonar Juntos

Early Chapter Books

  • Baby Mouse: the Musical Holm, Jenifer and Holm, Matthew
  • Catwings LeGuin, Ursula
  • Clementine’s Letter Pennypacker, Sara

Picture Books

  • Let’s Do nothing! Fuclle, Tony
  • Crazy Hair Gaiman, Neal and McKean, Dave
  • Just a Dream Van Allsburg, Chris
  • 365 Penguin Fromental, Jean Luc

What makes a child love reading?
What makes anyone do anything?
When it’s Fun!

Karen Hokanson Miller

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