The Right Approach To Education

Resources For Parents

Grade 5
39 Clues Series - Rick Riordan 
Animorphs series - K.A. Applegate
A Wrinkle in Time (series) - Madeleine L’Engle
Because of Winn Dixie - Kate DiCamillo
Frindle - Andrew Clements
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konisburg
Hatchet - Gary Paulson
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Bette Bao Lord
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell
Julie of the Wolves - Jean C. George
Jumanji - Chris Van Allsburg
Old Yeller - Fred Gibson
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard- Rick Riordan
Spiderwick Chronicles - Tony DiTerlizzi
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo

Grade 3
A to Z Mysteries - Ron Roy
Bailey School House Series
Boxcar Children Series - Gertrude Chandler Warner
Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
Clementine - Sara Pennypacker
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judy Barrett
Fly Guy Series - Tedd Arnold
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Horrible Harry Series - Suzy Kline
Stella Endicott Series- Kate DiCamillo

Magic Treehouse Series - Mary Pope Osbourne
Miss Nelson is Missing- Harry Allard
Nancy Drew Series - Carolyn Keene
Ramona Quimby books - Beverly Cleary
Stone Fox - John Reynolds Gardiner
Stuart Little - E.B. White
Weslandia (any grade! Great for teaching ancient civilizations)

TRA Recommended Book List for Families

Grade 7
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens - Sean Covey
Beowulf- Robert Nye version
Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Album
So B. It - Sarah Weeks
The Clay Marble - Min Fong Ho
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Grade 8
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens - Sean Covey
The Book Thief - Marc Zusac
The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
The Maze Runner Series - James Dashner
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Grade 2
Aesop’s Fables
Amelia Bedelia Series - Peggy Parish
Cam Jansen - David A. Adler
Diary of a Worm - Doreen Cronin
Diary of a Spider - Doreen Cronin
Frog and Toad are Friends - Arnold Lobel
Henry and Mudge series - Cynthia Rylant
The Lady with the Alligator Purse - Mary Ann Hoberman
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Grade 1

Mercy Watson Series- Kate DiCamillo
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes
Corduroy - Don Freeman
Clifford - Norman Bridwell
Go, Dog, Go! - P.D. Eastman
Mo Willems books
Put Me in the Zoo - Robert Lopshire
Stone Soup - Marcia Brown
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka
The Spider and the Fly - Tony Diterlizzi
The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams

Books for Parents

​The Well Balanced Child: Sally Goddard Blythe

Nourishing Traditions: Sally Fallon

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby Childcare: Sally Fallon Morell

The Incarnating Child: Joan Salter

Our Twelve Senses: Albert Soesman

The Fourfold Path to Healing: Dr. Thomas Cowan

The Kingdom of Childhood: Rudolf Steiner

High School and Beyond
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens - Sean Covey
1984 - George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Caucasia - Danny Senna
Catch 22 - Joe Heller
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
The Alchemist - Paul Coehlo
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
The Odyssey - Homer
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Grade 6
A Long Way From Chicago - Richard Peck
American Tall Tales - Mary Pope Osbourne
Bud, Not Buddy
Crispin - Avi
Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan
Freak the Mighty
Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
Heroes of Olympus Series - Rick Riordan 
Holes - Louis Sachar
Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
Nothing but the Truth - Avi
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor
The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
The Dragon Boy Trilogy
The Egypt Game - Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Indian in the Cupboard - Lynne Reid Banks
The Kane Chronicles - Rick Riordan
The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit
Wildwood- Meloy Ellis
Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

Grade 4
A Dog Called Homeless- Sara Lean
Are you There God? It’s me, Margaret. - Judy Blume
A Series of Unfortunate Events Series - Lemony Snicket
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery - James Howe
Help! I’m Trapped In…  - Series by Todd Strasser
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Matilda - Roald Dahl
The Celery Stalks at Midnight - James Howe
The BFG - Roald Dahl
The Witches - Roald Dahl
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein (Poetry)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
The Chronicles of Narnia Series - C.S. Lewis
True...Sort Of - Katherine Hannigan
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary
Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, Double-Fudge - Judy Blume
Spiderwick Chronicles - Tony DiTerlizzi (teacher recommended)


​Animalia - Graeme Base

A Bad Case of Stripes - ​David Shannon

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! - ​Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake - Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Moose a Muffin - Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff

My Many Colored Days 

No, David! - David Shannon

The House in the Night - Susan Marie Swanson

The Napping House (Parent Read) - Audrey Wood

The Numbers Dance: A Counting Comedy - Josephine Nobisso

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Seven Blind Mice - Ed Young

What do you do with a Chance (series)- Kobi Yamada

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak