CSR Recommended Booklists

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One of the most exciting features of the new STAAR Student Report is a recommended book list provided to each family along with the student's test scores and Lexile information. All books recommended on these lists are within the reading levels recommended for the grade the student is in and developmentally appropriate for the grade band. 

All of the books on the book list have been approved by at least one family-centered organization, or is widely accepted as a standard for children’s literature. We recognize that every family has a unique set of preferences around what their children read and we encourage parents to review any books before sharing with their children. 

Below is some more information on the books that are being recommended for each grade on the new Student Report:

 

3rd Grade 

  • The Sun Girl and Moon Boy - Choi
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch - Latham
  • The Boxcar Children - Warner
  • Armadillo Rodeo - Brett
  • I Have A Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King - Davidson
  • Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story - Jakes
  • The Legend of the Bluebonnet - Depaola
  • The Tale of Desperaux - DiCamillo
  • Hank the Cow Dog - Erikson
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia) - Lewis

 

4th Grade

  • The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid - Stilton
  • Judy Moody Saves The World - McDonald 
  • Claude Monet - Connolly
  • A Year Down Yonder - Peck
  • Slim's Good-Bye - Fleischman
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall - Maclachlan
  • Charlotte's Web - White
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek - Wilder
  • A Girl of the Limberlost - Straton-Porter
  • The Little Prince - Saint-Exupery

 

5th Grade

  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - Coerr
  • Holes - Sachar
  • Little House Farm Days - Wilder
  • The Case of the Coyote Invasion - Erickson
  • Don't Forget Winona - Peterson
  • Walk Two Moons - Creech
  • Maniac Magee - Spinelli
  • Anne of Green Gables - Montgomery
  • The Secret Garden - Burnett
  • Mary Poppins - Travers
  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Dahl

 

6th Grade

  • White Fang - London
  • The Black Stallion - Farley
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure at the Copper Beeches - Doyle
  • Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs - Muntean
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Lin
  • Animals Nobody Loves - Seymour
  • City of Fire - Yep
  • Talking with Artists - Cummings
  • Jim Thorpe, Original All-American - Bruchac
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice - Hoose

 

7th Grade

  • Heidi - Spyrl
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins - Paterson
  • Baseball in April and Other Stories - Soto
  • The Phantom Tollbooth - Juster
  • Treasure Island - Stevenson
  • The Case of the Midnight Rustler - Erickson
  • The Trumpet of The Swan - White
  • Wheel on the School - DeJong
  • City of Fire - Yep
  • Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho - Katz

 

8th Grade 

  • Treasure Island - Stevenson
  • Quest For The Tree Kangaroo - Montgomery
  • Heat - Lupica
  • Dovey Coe - Dowell
  • The Hundred Dresses - Estes 
  • Phineas Gage - Fleischman
  • The Door In the Wall - Deangeli
  • The Diary of Anne Frank - Frank
  • Ben Franklin's Almanac - Fleming
  • Anne of Avonlea - Montgomery