Literature in Lower School
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
-Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Our goal as educators is to create lifelong learners who are interested in the community and world they are a part of. One of the best ways to cultivate a love of learning is with enriching literature that entertains, educates, and encourages curiosity.
In New York we have wonderful public libraries and knowledgeable librarians that can provide book suggestions, as well as extra literature activities. Contact or visit your local public library to access these excellent resources. If you are in the White Plains area, visit The Trove at the White Plains Library. The Trove is the children's section of the library and is a great place to visit. If you'd like a selection of book lists visit the New York Public Library website. In addition, the American Library Association (ALA) announces yearly book awards for the best new literature. Review the current and past award winners to discover new books and authors.
Below is a sample of some of the literature used in the Lower School. We are continually adding new books to our leveled library and selecting new class sets.
Lower School Literature Sample
Please note that the literature used in each class varies yearly due to class ability levels.
Book Title and Author
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret W. Brown
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by J. Viorst
Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Henry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby (series) by Cynthia Rylant
Dog Diaries by Betsy Duffey
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Witches by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Indian in the Cupboard by L. R. Banks
Charlotte’s Webb by E. B. White
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Principal by Jerry Spinnelli
The Littles by John Peterson