Language Arts Books


Exercise your library card! These books are highly recommended for children of all ages to light a spark, inspire the imagination, or expand on their current knowledge. Living books are real books that make the subject come to life, as opposed to the reading of textbooks which lists facts in summary form.


PICTURE BOOKS (READ-TO-ME)
These are great read-aloud books to inspire the imagination of young children. Books like these can be read over and over and over again without getting bored with the story. From the earliest of readers to elementary, these books are classics for the new generation to enjoy and hopefully share with their kids one day.

The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables
by Don Daily
Age Range: 6+
Barnyard Dance!
by Sandra Boynton
Age Range: 1-4
Billy And Blaze
by C.W. Anderson
Age Range: 5-8
Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McCloskey
Age Range: 3-7

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Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
Age Range: 4-8
Cinderella
by K.Y. Craft
Age Range: 5-8
Classic Bedtime Stories
by Scott Gustafson
Age Range: 6-9
Classic Fairy Tales
by Scott Gustafson
Age Range: 8-12

The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit
by Joel Chandler Harris
Age Range: 6+
The Complete Adventures of Curious George
by H.A. Rey
Age Range: 4-7
The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh
by A.A. Milne
Age Range: 3-7
Corduroy
by Don Freeman
Age Range: 2-5

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt
Age Range: 3-7
Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection
by Dr. Seuss
Age Range: 6-9
Waiting Is Not Easy! (Elephant and Piggie)
by Mo Willems
Age Range: 4-8
The Elves and the Shoemaker
by Jacob Grimm
Age Range: 4-12

Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose
by Scott Gustafson
Age Range: 2-5
Flotsam
by David Wiesner
Age Range: 4-7
Hi! Fly Guy
by Tedd Arnold
Age Range: 4-8
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
Age Range: 1-8

The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson
Age Range: 3-7
Hansel and Gretel
by Rika Lesser
Age Range: 4-8
Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson
Age Range: 4-8
Journey
by Aaron Becker
Age Range: 4-8

Lentil
by Robert McCloskey
Age Range: 3-7
The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
Age Range: 4-7
Locomotive
by Brian Floca
Age Range: 4-10
Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Age Range: 3-7

You Are Special (Max Lucado's Wemmicks)
by Max Lucado
Age Range: 4-7
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
by Virginia Lee Burton
Age Range: 4-7
Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
Age Range: 4-7
Quest
by Aaron Becker
Age Range: 4-8

Rapunzel
by Paul O. Zelinsky
Age Range: 5-8
Rumpelstiltskin
by Paul O. Zelinsky
Age Range: 5-8
Sleeping Beauty
by Mahlon F. Craft
Age Range: 6-9
Stone Soup
by Marcia Brown
Age Range: 4-8

The Story about Ping
by Marjorie Flack
Age Range: 4-8
Take Care, Good Knight
by Shelley Moore Thomas
Age Range: 3-5
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
Age Range: 3-7
Thumbelina
by Sylvia Long
Age Range: 5-8

Tikki Tikki Tembo
by Arlene Mosel
Age Range: 4-8
Tom Thumb
by Richard Jesse Watson
Age Range: 4-7
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
by Marianna Mayer
Age Range: 4-8
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
Age Range: 3-7

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Age Range: 1-3


CHAPTER BOOKS
Is your child ready for chapter books? Spanning a wide age range, here are some early and mid-level chapter books for the elementary and middle age readers that they are sure to enjoy. Some of these classics may even bring back memories from your own childhood like they do mine. Enjoy your time spent together reading!

The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries)
by Ron Roy
Age Range: 6-9
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Age Range: 10-14
Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish
Age Range: 4-8
Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
Age Range: 8-12

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
by Alice Dalgliesh
Age Range: 6-9
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Age Range: 9-12
Betsy-Tacy
by Maud Hart Lovelace
Age Range: 8-12
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Beverly Cleary Collection)
by Beverly Cleary
Age Range: 8-12

Bink and Gollie
by Kate DiCamillo
Age Range: 6-9
The Borrowers
by Mary Norton
Age Range: 7-10
The Boxcar Children Books 1-4
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Age Range: 7-12
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
Age Range: 10+

The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
Age Range: 12+
Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White
Age Range: 8-12
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
Age Range: 8+
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
by Donald J. Sobol
Age Range: 8-12

Freckle Juice
by Judy Blume
Age Range: 6-10
Frindle
by Andrew Clements
Age Range: 8-12
Frog and Toad Are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
Age Range: 4-8
Harry Potter
by J.K. Rowling
Age Range: 11-15

The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes
Age Range: 6-9
The Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks
Age Range: 8-12
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: A Magic Shop Book
by Bruce Coville
Age Range: 10-12

Little Bear
by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
Age Range: 4-8
Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Age Range: 8-12
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Age Range: 9+
Magic Tree House
by Mary Pope Osborne
Age Range: 6-8

Mercy Watson to the Rescue
by Kate DiCamillo
Age Range: 6-9
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
Age Range: 8-12
Mouse Soup
by Arnold Lobel
Age Range: 4-8
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O'Brien
Age Range: 8-12

Nate the Great
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Age Range: 6-9
Peter Pan
by J.M. Barrie
Age Range: 8-12
Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Age Range: 8-12
Stuart Little
by E.B. White
Age Range: 8-12

The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate Di Camillo
Age Range: 7-10
The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
Age Range: 9-12
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
Age Range: 9-13
Uncle Elephant
by Arnold Lobel
Age Range: 4-8

Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
Age Range: 8-12


TEEN LITERATURE
Looking for something more grownup for the teens? A mix of classics and modern literature, these are books sure to please the teenagers in your home as they have delighted others for generations.

A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
Age Range: 14+
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Age Range: 12+
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
Age Range: 10+
All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque
Age Range: 14+

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Age Range: 10-13
Brian's Winter
by Gary Paulsen
Age Range: 12+
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
Age Range: 14+
Don Quixote
by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
Age Range: 14+

The Eyes of the Dragon
by Stephen King
Age Range: 14+
Fablehaven
by Brandon Mull
Age Range: 14+
The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Age Range: 12+
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
Age Range: 14+

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Age Range: 14+
Inheritance
by Christopher Paolini
Age Range: 12+
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
Age Range: 14+
Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne
Age Range: 12+

Les Miserables
by Victor Hugo
Age Range: 14+
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Age Range: 14+
Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
Age Range: 14+

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Age Range: 14+
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
Age Range: 14+
The Screwtape Letters
by C.S. Lewis
Age Range: 14+
Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
Age Range: 14+

The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
Age Range: 12+
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Age Range: 14+
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Range: 14+
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Age Range: 14+

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
Age Range: 13+


LANGUAGE ARTS LITERATURE
These books discuss the finer points of language arts in the form of a story. Learn about punctuation, vocabulary, homonymns, authors, metaphors, and more through these books and have your child WANT to read them. It makes learning that much easier when it's something they enjoy.

Author: A True Story
by Helen Lester
Age Range: 4-7
The Best Story
by Eileen Spinelli
Age Range: 6-8
Boris Ate A Thesaurus
by Neil Klayman
Age Range: 4-8
The Boy Who Loved Words
by Roni Schotter
Age Range: 4-8

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Dear Deer
by Gene Barretta
Age Range: 4-7
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
by Lynne Truss
Age Range: 6-9
Exclamation Mark
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Age Range: 5-8
How to Read a Story
by Kate Messner
Age Range: 4-7

It's Hard To Be a Verb!
by Julia Cook
Age Range: 5-8
The Little Red Pen
by Janet Stevens
Age Range: 6-9
Little Red Writing
by Joan Holub
Age Range: 4-8
Max's Words
by Kate Banks
Age Range: 4-8

Miss Alaineus
by Debra Frasier
Age Range: 4-7
Noah Webster and His Words
by Jeri Chase Ferris
Age Range: 4-7
The Plot Chickens
by Mary Jane Auch
Age Range: 5-8
Punctuation Takes a Vacation
by Robin Pulver
Age Range: 6-8

Ralph Tells a Story
by Abby Hanlon
Age Range: 6-8
Rocket Writes a Story
by Tad Hills
Age Range: 4-8
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
by Jen Bryant
Age Range: 7-18
Voices in the Park
by Anthony Browne
Age Range: 7-10

What Do Authors Do?
by Eileen Christelow
Age Range: 7-10
Word After Word After Word
by Patricia MacLachlan
Age Range: 6-10
The Word Collector
by Sonja Wimmer
Age Range: 4-7
You're Toast and Other Metaphors We Adore
by Nancy Loewen
Age Range: 8-10





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