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LearnUp recommended books
For students who have exited the reading program

Learning to read doesn’t stop once you have left the LearnUp program. It is a life-long journey. After your child has left the program the best part is next–reading for pleasure!

Parents often request recommendations for books that their children might like. The following list of book recommendations is a good place to start. The list is not exhaustive, but it is a good place to start.

Books are listed by grade level (mostly). Don’t be afraid of a challenging book. Often, interest and desire will overcome reading ability. Let your children decide what they want to read.

If your child doesn’t find a book interesting don’t force them to finish it. It is important that they find something that captivates their interest. If the book proves to too challenging, it is okay to read to it to her out loud or have her listen to the book on audio.‍

Some of these books are marked as those that have traditionally appealed to girls or boys. Keep in mind that this is a fluid concept. If a child takes an interest, by all means let them read what they find interesting! ‍

Let us know what other books or series your child likes to read. We are happy to build on this list.


Any book that captures their imagination. Such as, the George and Martha books, the Giving Tree, Goodnight Moon, etc.


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Magic Treehouse Series is a wonderful place to begin. It has great stories with connections to history and mythology. This series could easily make your child a reader.


For girls, the Junie B Jones books by Barbara Park


Any book written by Gary Paulsen
The Magic School Bus series are wonderful stories that combine fiction with science. They help build students background while they enjoy reading.
Here’s Hank by Henry Winkler
Third Grade Angels
by Jerry Spinelli
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney


The Hank Zipzer Series by Henry Winkler Level R Henry Winkler, well known actor, is dyslexic. He has written many stories for kids.


The Fudge Series and most books by Judy Bloom
The Baby Sitters Club by Ann Marti
The Sideways Stories by Louis Sachar
Bless this Mouse, Gooney Bird Series by Lois Lowry
The Ramona Quimby Series by Beverly Cleary
Rainbow Magic Series by Daisy Meadow
The Culpepper Series by Gary Paulsen
The  Sideways Stories by Louis Sachar
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli

See also:


Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene
Judy Bloom Books by Judy Bloom


The World of Adventure Series (especially Hatchet) by Gary Paulsen
The Tucket Series by Gary Paulsen


Stargirl and Sequel Love Stargirl, and School Daze Series by Jerry Spinelli
Harry Potter Series  by J. K. Rowling
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


The Hardy Boys Series by Edward Stratemeyer
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Maniac McGhee and The School Daze Series by Jerry Spinelli


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (#1 Book for Girls to read or listen to from Junior high to adult.)
Maniac Magee, Stargirl,  Love, Stargirl, Milkweed, Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (#2 Book for Girls or Boys to listen to or read in Jr high -College. It is very philosophical.)
The Giver Series, Number the Stars, The Anastasia series for Girls  by Lois Lowry
The Outsiders, That Was Then, This is Now, Tex, and Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
Doomstone, Loch, Raptor and The Pigman series by Paul Zindel.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing But the Truth, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Poppy by Avi
Any and all books by S.E. Hinton, Jerry Spinelli, Louis Sachar, Gary Paulson, Avi, Judy Bloom, Lois Lowry.


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