Reading Lists

We love to read. Books inspire us. They make us laugh and make us cry… Reading affords us many rich and varied experiences, which open our hearts to new ideas every day. When we read together, we find so many instances to relate literature to our daily lives (*see mvcortado blog post “You Are What You Read”).

One of my favorite quotes by Oscar Wilde is, “It is what you read when you don’t have to, that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Another favorite author and human (not necessarily in that order) Anne Lamott writes that “Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

To share our reading lists, is to share a little bit of our souls. For ease of searching, I have divided the kids reading lists into age/grade year. My reading list is chronological, in reverse-order, at the bottom of this page. Please feel free to email and ask us about any of the titles listed. I am sure you will get a robust response!

So, we will start with Oliver’s list, then Sophia’s, then mine. *I can’t share Tony’s list, because I don’t keep track of his reading… ha! that would be weird 😉


Oliver’s Reading List 2017-2018 – (6th Grade, age 12)

Jim and Me by Dan Gutman

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Oliver’s Reading List 2016-2017 – (5th Grade, age 11)

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Wonder by R.J. Palacia

Ranger Rustler by David A. Kelly

The Grand Canyon by Jim O’Connor

Wrigley Riddle by David A. Kelly

Blubber by Judy Blume

The World Series by Gail Herman  (READ TWICE)

Alcatraz Believe it or Not by T.C. Baker

Holes by Louis Sachar

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

What Were The Twin Towers by Jim O’Connor

Theodore Roosevelt by Michael Burgan

The March on Washington by Kathleen Krull

The Fanatics Guide to Golf

Babe and Me by Dan Gutman

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman

Shoeless Joe and Me by Dan Gutman

Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman

Mickey and Me by Dan Gutman

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Satch and Me by Dan Gutman

Willie and Me by Dan Gutman

The Kid Who Ran for President by Dan Gutman

The Kid Who Became President by Dan Gutman

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke

Ted and Me by Dan Gutman

Ray and Me by Dan Gutman

Born to Play: My Life in the Game by Dustin Pedroia & Edward Delaney


Oliver’s Reading List 2015-2016 – (4th Grade, age 10)

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (part 2)

Caught Stealing by Jake Maddox

Jackie Robinson Strong: Inside and Out by Denise Lewis Patrick

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

What is the World Series by Gail Herman

Michelle Obama by Megan Stine

Who is Derek Jeter? by Gail Herman

Bunnicula by James Howe and Deborah Howe

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (abridged)

E is for Ethics by Ian James Corlett

A Strong Right Arm by Michelle Y. Green

Who is Jacques Cousteau by Nico Medina

Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen

Who is George Lucas by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso

Pearl Harbor by Patricia Brennan Demuth

What was the March on Washington by Kathleen Krull

The Great Depression by Janet B. Pascal

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Red Sox Rhymes Poetry by Dick Flavin

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Who Was King Tut?  By Roberta Edwards

Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Who Were the Wright Brothers? By James Buckley Jr.

Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe  by C.S. Lewis

The Wind in the Willows  by Kenneth Grahame

Masterpiece by Elise Broach


“I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps.” Walter Mosley


Oliver’s Reading List: 3rd grade, age 9

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (abridged)

The Witches by Roald Dahl
Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

Moby Dick by Herman Melville (abridged)

Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

American Tall Tales: Paul Bunyan

Biography of Sally Ride by Megan Stine
Biography of Neil Armstrong by Roberta Edwards

The Philly Fake (mystery) by David A. Kelly

The Wriggley Riddle (mystery) by David A. Kelly

The LA Dodger (mystery) by David A. Kelly
The SanFrancisco Splash by David A. Kelley
The Missing Marlin by David A Kelly

The Pinstripe Ghost by David A Kelly
The Astro Outlaw by David A Kelly
The All-Star Joker by David A. Kelly
The Underground Railroad by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Race to the Moon by Allison Lassieur

Alvin Ho by Lenore Look
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl


‘Tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to drink; but I tell you, my lord fool,

out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.  – Shakespeare


Sophia’s Reading List: 2017-2018, 8th grade, age 13/14
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
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Sophia’s Reading List: 2016-2017, 7th grade, age 12/13
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
Alcatraz Believe it or Not by T.C. Baker
The Brooklyn Bridge by Megan Stine
The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowling
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Timothy of the Cay by Theodore Taylor
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Long, too long America,
Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn’d from joys
     and prosperity only.
But now, ah now, to learn from crisis of anguish, advancing,
     grappling with direst fate and recoiling now, 
And now to conceive and show to the world what your
     children en-masse really are.
                                   – Walt Whitman


Sophia’s Reading List: 6th grade, age 11/12
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (abridged)
E is for Ethics by Ian James Corlett
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Land of Stories Book 4: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
Grace by Mary Casanova
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli
Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Who is Michelle Obama by Megan Stine
Who was Milton Hershey by James Buckley, Jr.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Who is Malala Yousafzai by Dinah Brown
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (poetry)
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe  by C.S. Lewis
Leonardo Da Vinci by Roberta Edwards
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by George Beard and Harold Hutchins
Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Who was Dr. Seuss? By Janet B. Pascal
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Jackie Robinson By Gail Herman, John O’Brien
The World Series by Gail Herman and Scott Anderson
Sally Ride by Megan Stine
King Tut by Roberta Edwards
Queen Elizabeth by June Eding

Sophia’s Reading List: 5th grade, age 10/11

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Witches by Roald Dahl
Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

American Tall Tales: Paul Bunyan

Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis 

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket
Shouldn’t You be in School? by Lemony Snicket
Land of Stories Book 1 The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Land of Stories Book 2 A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer 

Land of Stories Book 3 The Entrantress Returns by Chris Colfer 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce 

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani
The Misfits by James Howe
Rapunzel, the One with all the Hair by Wendy Mass
Sleeping Beauty, the One who Took the Really Long Nap by Wendy Mass 

RUMP: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
BFG by Roald Dahl


“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”  – C.S. Lewis


Lynne’s Reading List:

2017

Tomorrow is Now by Eleanor Roosevelt

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The Cay by Theodore Taylor  *(read w/ kids)

The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Make Someone Happy: Favorite Postings by Elizabeth Berg

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Party of the Century by Deborah Davis

Sail Cowabunga! A Family’s Ten Years at Sea by Janis Couvreux

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

The Patient in Room Nine Says He’s God by Louis M. Profeta, MD

2016

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast – Hemingway

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Voyaging with Kids by Behan Gifford, Sara Dawn Johnson, Michael Robertson

Out of Africa – Isak Dinesen

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion  by Philip Greene

The Historian’s Daughter by Rashida Murphy

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse *(read w/ kids)

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White *(read w/ kids)

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (*read w/ kids)

The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

2015

All the Light we Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee (again)

The Mockingbird Next Door – Marja Mills

Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee

The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

The Luncheon of the Boating Party – Susan Vreeland

Don Quixote (2nd time) by Miguel Cervantes

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

2014

Brave Companions, by David McCullough

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund De Waal

“The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld”  by Justin Hocking

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Middlemarch by George Elliot

My Life in Middlemarch – Rebecca Mead

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 

Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse 

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle 

2013

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Alice Munro’s “Runaway”

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World, by Sabina Berman

Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloane

The Sound and the Fury, by Wm Faulkner

Glitter and Gold by Consuela Vanderbuilt Balsan

Strapless by Deborah Davis

Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire

Breathe, by Kelly Kittel

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer

2012

Priceless by Robert Whittman

Day for Night by Frederick Keiken

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Consuelo and Alva by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart

A Clean Well Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

The Education of a Lifetime by Robert Khayat

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

Provenance by Laney Salisbury

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Wait til Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

2011

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Don Quixote by Cervantes

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch

Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  by Jonathan Safran Foer

In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larsen

The Greater Journey by David McCullough

Rape of Europa by Lynn Nicholas

The Tipping Point Malcom Gladwell

2010

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann  |  The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout  |  The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The Lost City of  Z  by David Grann  |  The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy  |  History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Checkhov Short Stories  |  People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

March by Geraldine Brooks,  |  Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

1776 by David McCullough  |  The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Loving Frank, Nancy Horan  |  Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett  |  The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel

2009

Don’t Let’s go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindburgh

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

The Passion of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, and Annie Barrows

Song yet Sung by James McBride

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

City of Thieves  by David Benioff

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

2006 – 2008  (incomplete list, but titles of note)

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri  |  On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks  |  Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland  |  Peace Like a River, Leif Enger  |  The Blue Virgin, Tracy Chevalier  |  Balzac & the Little Chinese Seasmstress, Dai Sijie  |  The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama  |  Dreams from my Father, Barack Obama,  |  The Color of Water, James McBride  |  The Red Tent, Anita Diamant  |  Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert  |  Ghost Heart by Cecelia Samartin  |  Middleplace by Kelly Corrigan  |  Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris  |  The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd  |  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd  |  Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott  |  Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini  |  The Help by Kathryn Stockett  |  Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt  |  ‘Tis Frank McCourt  |  The Unfortunates Laurie Graham  |  The Future Housewives of America by Laurie Graham  |  The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho  |  Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver  |  Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver  |  Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver  |  Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver  |  High Tide in Tuscon by Barbara Kingsolver  |  A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel  |  She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel  |  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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