Leveled Booklist

Baseball genius by Tim Green

An everyday kid with a talent for predicting baseball pitches is caught stealing baseballs from his favorite New York Yankees player, who agrees not to press charges if the boy will help him recover from a difficult batting slump.

Left out by Tim Green

Struggling to overcome his hearing impairment and the way people look at him, Landon joins the football team in order to prove himself with little initial success, until Brett Bell and his family befriend him.

Roberto & me by Dan Gutman

Stosh travels back to 1969 to try to prevent the untimely death of Roberto Clemente, a legendary baseball player and humanitarian, but upon his return to the present, he meets his own great-grandson who takes him into the future, and what he finds there is more shocking than anything he has encountered in his travels to the past.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.

Can you say catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

April Sinclair's teenage years kick off with a humiliating 13th birthday party, two kisses from two different boys (and some uncertainty as to who she likes more), and an unexpected change in plans when her parents cancel sending her to camp in lieu of a family RV trip. Is there any silver lining to her summer?  More in this series can be found in JFICTION FRIEDMAN.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. This Newbery Honor Winner was also made into a movie in 2005.

Everything on a waffle by Polly Horvath
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Eleven-year-old Primrose, living in a small fishing village in British Columbia, recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.

Another day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson. To learn more about Emily Dickinson herself, check in JBIO DICKINSON.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Eight-year-old Ruby Booker is headed to a new school where her older brothers rule.  However, Ruby has big plans to change that.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Also available in: audiobook

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Also available in: e-book

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. For more paranoid adventures of Alvin, look in JFICTION LOOK.

Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge. For more Ellray Jakes, look in JFICTION WARNER.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for First Grade, but every Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

Check out the feature film inspired by the book, as well as Alexander's other adventures.

Andy Shane hates school, mainly because of a tattletale know-it-all named Dolores Starbuckle, but Granny Webb, who has taken care of him all his life, joins him in class one day and helps him solve the problem.

Find more Andy Shane in JFICTION JACOBSON.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz

In this gently humorous adventure, Monty faces the unpredictable, everyday turns of a first-grader’s life -- including having a tooth fall out and learning he will have a new sibling -- with his usual lovable charm.

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here.  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

Mary had a little glam by Tammi Sauer

Mary shares her glamorous style with all of her classmates.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. 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

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

Learn about a a young boy with a speech impediment, who overcame his difficulties by working with animals.

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