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Reading List

Informational Texts


Little Women by Louisa Alcott
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katerine Paterson
Eleven by Sandra Cisneros
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff


Sorry, Wrong Number by Louise Fletcher
The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett   


Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
Twelfth Song of Thunder by Navajo tradition
The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson
The Song of Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Chicago by Carl Sandburg
I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda
Oranges by Gary Soto
A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long by Nikki Giovanni

Informational Text - By Subject

English Language Arts

Letter on Thomas Jefferson  by John Adams
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself  by Frederick Douglas
Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: Address to Parliament  on May 13th, 1940  by Winston Churchill
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad  by Ann Petry
Travels with Charley: In Search of America  by John Steinbeck

History/Social Studies

United States, Preamble and First Amendment to the United States Constitution, (1787, 1791)
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
A Short Walk through the Pyramids and through the World of Art by Phillip Isaacson
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist  by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
The Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie by Elizabeth Partridge
Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda R. Monk
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman

Science, Mathematics and Technical Subjects

Cathedral: The Story of its Construction by David Macaulay
The Building of Manhattan by Donald Mackay
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Math Trek: Adventures in the Math Zone by Ivars Peterson and Nancy Henderson
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho by John Katz
The Evolution of the Grocery Bag by Henry Petroski
Geology  - U*X*L Encyclopedia of Science
Space Probe -  Astronomy & Space: From the Big Bang to the Big Church
Elementary Particles - New Book of Popular Science
Invasive Plant Inventory - California Invasive Plant Council