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Suggested Reads for 11th Grade

Here are some great books for 11th grade, complete with fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. Make sure to check out our other high school lists as well!

Fiction

The diviners by Libba Bray

The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Why we broke up: novel by Daniel Handler ; art by Maira Kalman

Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets by Evan Roskos

September girls by Bennett Madison

The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Nonfiction

Suggested Reads for Tenth Grade

Here are some suggested reads for tenth grade, with fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels and everything in between. make sure to also check out our other high school lists!

Fiction

The story of Owen: dragon slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

The midnight dress by Karen Foxlee

The summer prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

If I ever get out of here: a novel with paintings by Eric Gansworth

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Historical Fiction

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Suggested Reads for 9th Grade

There are a ton of great books for ninth grade readers; here are a few from the last several years that really stand out.

Fiction

Dodger by Terry Pratchett


Killer of enemies by Joseph Bruchac


A brief history of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper


The fault in our stars by John Green


Reality Boy by a novel by A.S. King

Nonfiction

Popular a memoir: Vintage wisdom for a modern geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Hole in my life by Jack Gantos

Suggested Reads for 8th Grade

There are so many great books out there for eight graders! Below are some particularly good ones from recent years, spanning fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and everything in between.

Fiction

The earth, my butt, and other big, round things by Carolyn Mackler

Far far away by Tom McNeal, a sinister take on Hansel and Gretel


Akata witch by Nnedi Okorafor, essentially Harry Potter set in Nigeria

Eat, brains, love by Jeff Hart


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Historical Fiction

How I became a ghost: a Choctaw trail of tears story by Tim Tingle

Nonfiction

What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

Biography Suggestions by Grade

Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.

Kindergarten

Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.

Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?

The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.

Realistic Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

A year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds ; [illustrated by] Heath McKenzie — A cat and a little girl cope with the loss of a friend. Look for A New Friend for Marmalade as well.

 

Ling & Ting: not exactly the same! by Grace Lin — Look for more Ling and Ting in J READER LIN.

 

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats — A young boy enjoys the magic of a wintry day in this Caldecott-winning picture book.

Lucy rescued by Harriet Ziefert ; paintings by Barroux — Lots of opportunities for howling, this is the story of a new dog adjusting to her new home.

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by David Catrow — For those with messy artists at home, a rhyming, color-filled story.

Masterful Mysteries

Kindergarten

Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

The doghouse by Jan Thomas

First Grade

Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley