Book Lists

Ready-to-Go Book Lists for Teachers

Find new titles and get fresh teaching ideas by exploring book lists organized by author, holiday, topic, and genre.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Book lists are an excellent time-saving solution. This collection is designed to accommodate every grade level; the book lists are organized by specific topics, units, authors, and themes.

Teachers, especially in the lower grades, are often expected to be experts on multiple subjects at the same time. Using ready-made book lists in your classroom reduces the hassle of searching title by title for books on a theme or to support a lesson plan. You can also use them to find new and exciting books to inspire your students.


Books About Penguins (Grades PreK–7)
Books for Teaching about Bugs, Insects, Spiders (Grades K–5)
Butterfly Books (Grades PreK–2)
Cats (Grades PreK–3)
Dinosaurs (Grades PreK–2)
Dogs (Grades PreK–2)
Dolphins (Grades PreK–5)
Hibernation Books (Grades PreK–8)
Jungle Animals (Grades K–2)
Kittens (Grades PreK–3)
Pigs (Grades K–2)
Puppies (Grades K–2)
Snakes and Reptiles (Grades 3–5)

Biographies and Memoirs

Biographies for Grades K–2
Biographies for Grades 3–5
Biographies for Grades 6–8
Books About Artists and Illustrators (Grades PreK–8)
Courageous Women Biographies (Grades K–12)
Women in History (Grades K–12)

Book Lists by Authors

Aimee Friedman's Great Paranormal Reads for Teen Girls (Grades 7–12)
Blue Balliett's Favorite Books (Grades K–6)
Christopher Paul Curtis's Favorite Middle School Novels (Grades 6–8)
Cynthia Lord's Favorite Books with Humor and Heart (Grades K–8)
Karen Hesse's Historical Fiction Picks (Grades 6–12)
Kate DiCamillo: Books I Love (Grades 3–7)
Lisa Yee's Spunky Girls I Want to Be Friends With (Grades 3–12)
Mark Teague's Favorite Fantasy Picture Books (Grades PreK–5)
R.L. Stine's Favorite Scary Books for Halloween (Grades 3–12)
Rick Riordan's Reading Recommendations (Grades 3–8)
Rodman Philbrick's Books That Make You Want to Be a Writer (Grades 3–12)
Shana Corey's Books That I Love Reading With My Kids (Grades PreK–3)
Shana Corey's Books That Step Into the Past (Grades K–5)

Books Kids Want to Read

Books That Feature Strong, Brave, Smart Characters (Grades PreK–12)
Books That Have a Mystery or Problem to Solve (Grades PreK–8)
Books That Let You Use Your Imagination (Grades K–12)
Books That Make You Laugh (Grades PreK–7)
Books That Teach You Something New (Grades PreK–9)
Books That Tell a Made-Up Story (Grades PreK–7)

Families and Social Issues

Autism (Grades 1–6)
Babies (Grades PreK–2)
Books About Bullying (Grades 6–12)
Books for Talking About Violence, Tragedy, and Loss (Grades PreK–12)
Brothers (Grades PreK–5)
Divorce (Grades K–2)
Grief (Grades 6–12)
Love (Grades PreK–3)
New Kids in New Schools (Grades PreK–7)
Siblings (Grades PreK–4)
Sisters (Grades K–3)

Folk Tales, Myths, and Legends

Folk Tales, Myths, and Legends (Grades PreK–5)
Folk Tales, Myths, and Legends (Grades 7–12)
Fractured Fairy Tales (Grades K–5)
Johnny Appleseed (Grades K–5)
Tall Tales (Grades K–5)

Holidays and Celebrations

100th Day of School (Grades K–2)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (Grades PreK–8)
Back to School Stories (Grades K–3)
Banned Books (Grades K–12)
Black History Month (Grades PreK–8)
Books About Autumn and Apples (Grades PreK–3)
Books to Celebrate Winter Holidays (Grades PreK–8)
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Grades PreK–8)
Chinese New Year (Grades PreK–5)
Christopher Columbus Day (Grades K–6)
Cinco de Mayo (Grades PreK–-5)
Earth Day (Grades PreK–2)
Easter (Grades PreK–3)
Father's Day (Grades K–2)
Fourth of July (Grades PreK–8)
Goosebumps Books About Halloween (Grades 3–7)
Goosebumps Books About School (Grades 3–7)
Grandparents Day (Grades K–2)
Groundhog Day (Grades K–5)
Halloween (PreK–5)
Hispanic Heritage Month Chapter Books and Novels (Grades 3–12)
Hispanic Heritage Month Nonfiction Books (Grades K–8)
Hispanic Heritage Month Picture Books (Grades PreK–5)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Grades PreK–3)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Grades 3–8)
Memorial Day (Grades K–8)
Mother's Day (Grades PreK–3)
New Year's Day (Grades K–5)
Passover (Grades PreK–5)
Presidents' Day (Grades PreK–8)
Pumpkin Books (Grades PreK–3)
Roald Dahl Day, September 13 (Grades K–8)
School Library Month (Grades K–2)
St. Patrick's Day (Grades PreK–5)
Summer Camp Stories (Grades PreK–7)
Super Spring Stories (Grades PreK–9)
Thanksgiving (Grades PreK–8)
Valentine's Day (Grades PreK–5)
Veterans Day (Grades K–5)

Poetry, Rhyme, and Language

Alphabet Books (Grades PreK–5)
Dr. Seuss Books (Grades PreK–4)
Haiku Book List (Grades PreK–7)
Poetry Books (Grades PreK–12)
Poetry for Grades PreK-2
Poetry for Grades 3-5
Poetry for Grades 6-8
Rhymes and Poetry for Preschoolers
Rhyme and Repetition Books (Grades PreK–5)


Books About Healthy Eating (Grades PreK3)
Books About Oceans (Grades PreK9)
Books About Vegetables (Grades PreK–3)
Books About Weather (Grades PreK–7)
Books for Teaching About the Earth and Sky (Grades PreK7)
Books for Teaching About Endangered Animals and Ecosystems (Grades 4–8)
Books for Teaching About Plants and Trees (Grades PreK3)
Nonfiction Animal Books (Grades PreK–5)
Volcanoes (Grades PreK12)
The Water Cycle (Grades PreK8)

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Dragons (Grades PreK–2)
Fantasy Books (Grades 2–12)
Fantasy Series (Grades 3–5)
Fantasy Series (Grades 6–8)
Funny Books About Monsters (Grades PreK–3)
If You Liked The Hunger Games (Grades 6–12)
J.K. Rowling Author Study (Grades 3–8)
Monsters (Grades K–2)
Vampires (Grades 8–12)

Social Studies

Abraham Lincoln (Grades K–8)
The American Revolution (Grades 4–8)
Ancient Civilizations (Grades 5–12)
Books About Immigration (Grades 3–5)
Books About Immigration (Grades 6–12)
Books About the Titanic (Grades K–8)
Civil Rights (Grades PreK–3)
Civil War Historical Fiction (Grades 4–8)
Colonial America and Native Americans (Grades 4–8)
Election Books (Grades PreK–8)
The Emancipation Proclamation (Grades PreK–8)
Frederick Douglass Book List (Grades K–12)
Holocaust for Older Readers (Grades 6–12)
Holocaust for Young Readers (Grades PreK–5)
John F. Kennedy Book List (Grades K–9)
September 11th Books (Grades K–5)
Underground Railroad Books (Grades PreK–8)
Westward Expansion (Grades 3–8)


Baseball Books (Grades PreK–8)
Basketball Books (Grades 3–8)
Celebrate the Olympics (Grades PreK–8)

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