Reading Fundamental List
Here is a list of recommended classic books for Children
RIF Booklist for Children Ages 6-11
Preschool to Age 8
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
This folktale relates the reason mosquitoes annoy humans with their noisy buzzing. A Caldecott Medal winner.
Mad About Madeline: the Complete Tales
All five of the original Madeline stories are included in this sure-to-be-loved edition.
Brown, Margaret Wise
The Runaway Bunny
A little bunny thinks of ways to escape, but his clever mother always finds a way to keep up with him.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A colorful and clever counting book about a very special and very hungry caterpillar.
A small girl and her grandmother take a delightfully imaginative flying tour over Manhattan.
Keats, Ezra Jack
The Snowy Day
This Caldecott Medal winner tells about a special day of playing in new-fallen snow.
George and Martha: the Complete Stories About Two Best Friends
Houghton Mifflin, 1997
These beginning readers are funny and smart, and the two hippos that star become our friends as well.
Make Way for Ducklings
The classic story of a family of Mallard ducks in downtown Boston. A Caldecott Medal winner.
Where the Wild Things Are
A naughty little boy is sent to bed without supper, where he sails off to the land of the wild things and becomes their king. A Caldecott Medal winner.
Timothy Goes to School
Timothy's dread of the first day of school is made easier with the love and understanding of his parents.
A Chair for My Mother
A young girl thinks of a wonderful surprise for her mother's birthday present. A Caldecott Honor book.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Ramona's third grade year at school will keep young readers laughing. A Newbery Honor book.
Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963
In the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a family travels to Alabama and experiences racial injustice first-hand, surviving through love and humor. A Coretta Scott King Honor book.
James and the Giant Peach
Magic crystals lead James on a magical adventure.
George, Jean Craighead
Julie of the Wolves
A gripping adventure about 13 year-old Julie and the wolf pack that adopts her in the Alaskan tundra. A Newbery Medal Winner.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This classic fantasy takes readers on a journey to a wonderful new world of talking animals, fierce battles, and young heroes and heroines to love.
Mrs. Katz and Tush
A kitten helps an old woman and a young boy cross lines of culture and generation.
Based on a quilt by the author, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Cassie's magical flight above Harlem, exploring African-American history through her journey. A Coretta Scott King Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book.
Houghton Mifflin, 1993
A Japanese American tells of his grandfather's journey to America, and of the love the family feels for both countries. A Caldecott Medal winner.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
This most popular of children's poets will have the whole family laughing!
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
A black family in Depression Era Mississippi struggles with hardships of poverty and racial strife in this gripping family novel. A Newbery Award Winner.
Loved by children for generations, this is the story of a pig in trouble, the girl who loves him, and the clever spider who saves him. A Newbery Honor book.