Tomorrow is children’s book day! Here are a handful of our favorite books broken up by age group.


Elementary students come into our classrooms with diverse reading levels. Whether you read aloud as a class or silently, it’s a great idea to keep these five books on your shelf.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


Middle school students’ interests are all over the map. These great reads are stocked with outstanding themes and life lessons.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


High school students should be exposed to literature that makes them think and prepare for adult life. These books are sure to prompt critical discussions and deep reflection.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

1984 by George Orwell


Want to join the conversation or gather more ideas for great reads? Check out answers from your peers in a previous edition of our Arizona K12 Center Pop Quiz.

1 Comment

  • August Merz says:

    A great book for high school students is City of Thieves by David Benioff. It’s a quest story about a Russian soldier and a scrounger during the seize of Lenningrad during World War 11.

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