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These reading lists have been compiled by the children's staff at Carlsbad City Library. Please contact the children's staff for more reading recommendations.

Picture Books

Call # Title Author

JE

Where’s My Teddy?

Alborough

JE

Miss Nelson is Missing!

Allard

JE

Close Your Eyes

Banks

JE

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Barrett

JE

The Water Hole

Base

JE

Little Gorilla

Bornstein

JE

Clifford, the Big Reg Dog

Bridwell

JE

Goodnight Moon

Brown

JE

Book! Book! Book! 

Bruss

JE

A Girl and Her Gator

Bryan

JE

Stellaluna

Cannon

JE

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Carle

JE

Patrick’s Dinosaurs

Carrick

JE

The Great Kapok Tree

Cherry

JE

Hooray for Fish!

Cousins

JE

Diary of a Worm

Cronin

JE

Good Dog, Carl

Day

JE

The Library Dragon

Deedy

JE

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Ehlert

JE

Bark George

Feiffer

JE

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

Fleming, C.

JE

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Fleming, D.

JE

Corduroy

Freeman

JE

Diary of a Wombat

French

JE

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Henkes

JE

Bedtime for Frances

Hoban

JE

Angelina Ballerina

Holabird

JE

Sally Goes to the Mountains

Huneck

JE

Pinkerton, Behave! 

Kellogg

JE

I Took My Frog to the Library

Kimmel

JE

Tacky the Penguin

Lester

JE

The Three Little Javelinas

Lowell

JE

George and Martha

Marshall

JE

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Martin

JE

A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog

Mayer

JE

Everywhere Babies

Meyers

JE

The Paper Bag Princess

Munsch

JE

I Kissed the Baby

Murphy

JE

The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash

Noble

JE

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Numeroff

JE

Fancy Nancy

O’Connor

JE

The Mommy Book

Parr

JE

Big Bad Bruce

Peet

JE

The Rainbow Fish

Pfister

JE

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Potter

JE

Ten Minutes Till Bedtime

Rathmann

JE

Curious George

Rey

JE

Fire Engines

Rockwell

JE

Skippyjon Jones

Schachner

JE

Horton Hatches the Egg

Seuss

JE

Good Boy, Fergus!

Shannon

JE

Caps for Sale

Slobodkina

JE

Pete’s a Pizza

Steig

JE

Dinosaur Roar

Stickland

JE

Mama’s Little Bears

Tafuri

JE

Mouse’s First Day of School

Thompson

JE

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

Trapani

JE

Mailing May

Tunnell

JE

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, etc.

Viorst

JE

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Waber

JE

I Spy: a Book of Picture Riddles

Wick

JE

Library Lil

Williams

JE

The Napping House

Wood

JE

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night

Yolen

JE

Harry, the Dirty Dog

Zion

Grades 2-3

Call # Title Author

JY 

A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End

Avi

JY

Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Banks

JY

The World According to Humphrey

Birney

JY 

Tornado

Byars

JY 

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Cleary

JY 

Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet

Clements

JY 

The Legend of Spud Murphy

Colfer

JY

James and the Giant Peach

Dahl

JY

Virtual Cody

Duffey

JY

Jamie and Angus Stories

Fine

JY

Stone Fox

Gardiner

JY 

Emmaline and the Bunny

Hannigan

JY 

Toys Go Out

Jenkins

JY

Babe, the Gallant Pig

King-Smith

JY

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls

Look

JY

Gooney Bird Greene

Lowry

JY

How Oliver Olson Changed the World

Mills

JY

The Best School Year Ever

Robinson

JY

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet

Salisbury

JY

Abel's Island

Steig

JY

Charlotte's Web

White

Book Series

JY

Secrets of Droon series

Abbott

JY

Cam Jansen series

Adler

 JY

Ivy + Bean series

Barrows

JY

Franny K. Stein series

Benton

JY

Arthur Chapter books

Brown

JY

Flat Stanley series

Brown and others

JY

Ramona series

Cleary

JY

Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series

Dadey

JY

Amber Brown series

Danziger

 JY

Mercy Watson series

DiCamillo

JY

The Unicorn’s Secret series

Duey

JY

Hank the Cowdog series

Erickson

JY

Mallory series

Friedman

JY

Zack Files series

Greenburg

JY

My Weird School series

Gutman

JY

Chet Gecko series

Hale

JY

Emma Dilemma series

Hermes

JY

Gym Shorts series

Hicks

JY

Bunnicula series

Howe

 JY

Andy Shane series

Jacobson

 JY

Martin Bridge series

Kerrin

 JY

Ready Freddy series

Klein

JY

Horrible Harry series

Kline

JY

Katie Kazoo Switcheroo series

Krulik

JY

Judy Moody series

McDonald

JY

Rainbow Magic series

Meadows

JY

Magic Tree House series

Osborne

JY

Junie B. Jones series

Park

JY

Captain Underpants series

Pilkey

JY

Fairy Realm series

Rodda

JY

A to Z Mysteries series

Roy

JY

Cobble Street Cousins series

Rylant

JY

Time Warp Trio series

Scieszka

JY

Encyclopedia Brown series

Sobol

JY

Geronimo Stilton series

Stilton

JY

Boxcar Children series

Warner

JY

Little Wolf series

Whybrow

JY

Hank Zipzer series

Winkler

Grades 4-5

Call # Title Author

J

Poppy

Avi

J

Tuck Everlasting

Babbitt

J

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Blume

J

The Incredible Journey

Burnford

J

Wanted - Mud Blossom

Byars

J

Frindle

Clements

J

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

Coville

J

The Boggart

Cooper

J

Love that Dog

Creech

J

The Great American Elephant Chase

Cross

J

The BFG

Dahl

J

City of Ember

DuPrau

J

Horrendo’s Curse

Fienberg

J

Ida B.

Hannigan

J

The Secret of Platform 13

Ibbotson

J

Monsieur Eek

Ives

J

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Kinney

J

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

Konigsburg

J

Fairest

Levine

J

A Book of Coupons

Morgenstern

J

Seesaw Girl

Park

J

The Wayfinder

Pattison

J

Wayside School is Falling Down

Sachar

J

Gib Rides Home

Snyder

J

The Cay

Taylor

J

The Great Good Thing

Townley

J

Three Good Deeds

Vande Velde

J

Homecoming

Voight

J

Bat 6

Wolff

Book Series

J

Chronicles of Prydain series

Alexander

J

Animal Ark series

Baglio

J

The Indian in the Cupboard series

Banks

J

The Spiderwick Chronicles series

DiTerlizzi

J

Hardy Boys series 

Dixon

J

The Great Brain series 

Fitzgerald

J

Chrestomanci series 

Jones, D.

J

Minerva Clark series

Karbo

J

Nancy Drew series 

Keene

J

Keepers series

Koller

J

Island series

Korman

J

Guardians of Ga’Hoole series

Lasky

J

Roman Mysteries series

Lawrence

J

Wizard of Earthsea series

LeGuin

J

Princess Tales series

Levine

J

Chronicles of Narnia series

Lewis

J

Betsy and Tacy series 

Lovelace

J

Myth-o-Mania series

McMullan

J

Children of the Red King series

Nimmo

J

Deltora Quest series

Rodda

J

Harry Potter series 

Rowling

J

American Girl’s Collection series

Shaw, Tripp, etc.

J

National Parks Mysteries series

Skurzynski

J

Sammy Keyes series

Van Draanen

J

Little House series

 

Wilder

Middle School

Call # Title Author

JYA

Fever, 1793

Anderson

JYA

Tangerine

Bloor

JYA

Dragon’s Keep

Carey

JYA

The Dragon in the Cliff

Cole

JYA

The Face on the Milk Carton

Cooney

JYA

Flour Babies

Fine

JYA

The Thief Lord

Funke

JYA

Coraline

Gaiman

JYA

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

Gurney

JYA

Running Out of Time

Haddix

JYA

The Music of Dolphins

Hesse

JYA

Jason’s Gold

Hobb

JYA

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Jones

JYA

Silent to the Bone

Koningsburg

JYA

Fair Weather

Peck

JYA

Freak the Mighty

Philbrook

JYA

Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood

Pierce, M.

JYA

The Scarecrow and His Servant

Pullman

JYA

Choosing Up Sides

Ritter

JYA

Esperanza Rising

Ryan

JYA

Stargirl

Spinelli

JYA

Flipped

Van Draanen

JYA

Dragon’s Bait

Vande Velde

JYA

The Mozart Season

Wolff

Book Series

JYA

The Lost Years of Merlin

Barron, T.A.

JYA

Princess Diaries

Cabot

JYA

Artemis Fowl

Colfer

JYA

The Dark is Rising

Cooper

JYA

The Oracle of the Prophecies

Fisher

JYA

Alex Rider

Horowitz

JYA

Warriors

Hunter

JYA

Redwall

Jacques

JYA

Children of the Lamp

Kerr

JYA

Everest

Korman

JYA

Wrinkle in Time series  

L’Engle

JYA

Pendragon

MacHale

JYA

Keys to the Kingdom

Nix

JYA

Inheritance

Paolini

JYA

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Paver

JYA

Circle of Magic

Pierce, T.

JYA

His Dark Materials

Pullman

JYA

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Riordan

JYA

Septimus Heap

Sage

JYA

Lord of the Rings

Tolkien

JYA

Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Wrede

JYA

P.C. Hawke

Zindel

Classics 

Call # Title Author

J

Little Women

Alcott

J

National Velvet

Bagnold

J

Peter Pan

Barrie

J

The Wizard of Oz

Baum

JY

The Velveteen Rabbit

Bianco

JY

Paddington’s Storybook

Bond

J

A Little Princess

Burnett

J

The Secret Garden

Burnett

J

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

Carroll

JY

Molly’s Pilgrim 5 

Cohen

J

Pinocchio

Collodi

JYA

Robinson Cursoe

DeFoe

J

A Christmas Carol

Dickens

J

The Black Stallion

Farley

JY

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Fleming

J

Old Yeller

Gipson

JY

The Reluctant Dragon

Grahame

J

Wind in the Willows

Grahame

JYA

The Outsiders

Hinton

J, JY

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Irving

J

The Phantom Tollbooth

Juster

J

The Jungle Book

Kipling

J

Just So Stories

Kipling

J

A Wizard of Earthsea

LeGuin

JY

Winnie the Pooh

Milne

JYA

Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery

J

The Railway Children

Nesbit

JY

The Borrowers

Norton

J

The Yearling

Rawlings

JY

The Little Prince

Saint-Exupery 

J

Bambi

Salten

J

Black Beauty

Sewell

J

Heidi

Spyri

J, JYA

Treasure Island

Stevenson

J

Mary Poppins

Travers

JYA

 Adventures of Huckelberry Finn

Twain

J, JYA

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Twain

JYA

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Verne

J

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Wiggin

J

Little House on the Prairie

Wilder

J

The Swiss Family Robinson

Wyss

Modern Classics

JY

Freckle Juice

Blume      

JY

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Cleary      

JY

Bunnicula

Howe       

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