graded reading lists

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

"In 1925 a sailboat named Bernida wins the inaugural Port Huron to Mackinac Race. She wins again in 1927. But then for decades the boat is neglected and passed from owner to owner. In 2012 with new owners, the ship once more enters the race and wins"--.

The day the Great Lakes drained away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Explore what would happen if all of the water drained from the Great Lakes and what their lake floors might look like under all that water.

Find great sports-themed titles here about everything from football to hockey to horseback riding. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

Dino-hockey by Lisa Wheeler

The meat-eating dinosaurs challenge the plant-eating dinosaurs to a hockey match.

Dino-swimming by Lisa Wheeler

Plant-eating dinosaurs compete against meat-eating dinosaurs at a swimming meet.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Dino-baseball by Lisa Wheeler

Meat-eating dinosaurs face plant-eating dinosaurs in a baseball game.

I can be a gymnast by Kristen L Depken

Barbie joins a gymnastics team and takes part in a competition.

Late Nate in a race by Emily Arnold McCully

Always late Nate who likes to go slow surprises everyone at the race.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that every Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Don't throw it to Mo! by David A Adler

Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.

While everyone in Fairyland is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics, Jack Frost's goblins steal the Sports Fairies' magic objects and mix the stables all up. Can Rachel and Kirsty help Helena the Horseriding Fairy rein things in?

Justin and the bully by Tony Dungy

Justin is thrilled to be on a soccer team. But at his very first practice, he is approached by a tall girl who calls him "Shorty." She tells him he's too little to be on the team and that he should just go home. Justin doesn't know what to do. He loves soccer, but he doesn't want to be teased.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Little Shaq by Shaquille O'Neal

Seven-year-old Shaquille O'Neal, a talented basketball and video game player, learns to share the spotlight with his cousin Barry when the youngsters work together to earn money by watering plants.

Sports sabotage by Franklin W Dixon

The students at Bayport Elementary get ready to compete for Field Day, in which prizes will be offered to the winning grade and the student with the overall high score, but Frank and Joe uncover a mystery when they discover someone has tampered with the equipment the day before the competition.

Second-grader Stink's parents tell him he must play a sport after he gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

While Ellie loves the Journey of the Mind club, she struggles to keep from failing miserably on her soccer team, but when both groups have tournaments the same day, she musters her team spirit and tries to succeed at both.

The mean girl meltdown by Lindsay Eyre

Fourth-grader Sylvie Scruggs is old enough to join her town's new junior ice-hockey team, and she is a really good skater, even if she does have a tendency to close her eyes when she shoots, but fifth-grader Jamie Redmond does not like younger kids on the team, and when someone starts pulling pranks on Sylvie she is convinced that Jamie is responsible--and she enlists the help of her friends to prove it and get even.

McKenna, ready to fly! by Mary Casanova

After McKenna suffers an injury that causes her to worry about her place on the Shooting Star competitive gymnastics team, she tries to help her tutor, Josie, overcome her fear of horseback riding, but as McKenna and Josie become closer friends, one of McKenna's teammates gets jealous..

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Benched by Rich Wallace

Nine-year-old Ben learns some lessons in self-control and sportsmanship when his behavior on the soccer field gets him sent to the bench.

Blue ribbon summer by Cathy Hapka

Disappointed when she is not accepted by the wealthier campers at her sleepaway riding camp, Brooke learns that the camp may be shutting down permanently and asks her online Pony Post friends for help saving it.

The girls take over by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Malloy girls and the Hatford boys continue to get in trouble as they try to outdo each other in bottle racing, spelling, and baseball.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Game time, Mallory! by Laurie B. Friedman

Mallory is excited to participate in a new girls' basketball league, although she has never played and her best friends are not interested, but as the worst player on her team, she realizes she has a lot to learn.

Lacrosse firestorm by Matt Christopher

Eleven-year-old Garry, embarrassed when his unathletic brother joins his lacrosse team, faces a bigger problem when the team bully turns on both of them.

Outfield outcast by Jake Maddox

Malcolm is used to being the star first-baseman of his middle school team, but this year he has serious competition from a former benchwarmer, so he finds himself stuck in the outfield-- and having to learn to put the team first.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Determined to play in the Little League World Series, twelve-year-old Josh struggles to concentrate on his game and be the team's leader while also trying to cope with his parents' impending divorce.

Cover-up by John Feinstein

Fledgling fourteen-year-old sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie investigate suspicious activities at the Super Bowl after Stevie gets fired from his co-anchor job on a ground-breaking teen sports show.

Final lap by Malcolm Rose

In a futuristic London, sixteen-year-old forensic investigator Luke Harding and his robotic assistant, Malc, investigate the murder of two construction workers who were trying to complete a stadium during a very important sporting event.

Realistic Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Tulip loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; illustrated by Sarah Massini — A little girl who loves to dance finds a dog who shares her passion.

Bad bye, good bye by written by Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Jonathan Bean — Moving is difficult!

Maple & Willow apart by Lori Nichols — Willow is off to school. What will her little sister do?

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman ; pictures by Caroline Binch — For the theater lover or big dreamer in your life.

A perfect day for digging by Cari Best ; illustrated by Christine Davenier — Is digging ever too dirty?

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