Real kids . . . what do they read?

Last week during my World Read-Aloud Day (WRAD) Skype visits with 4th-6th grade classrooms in New York, Illinois, Texas, Iowa, and Minnesota, I asked the students for reading recommendations. What books have they read and loved lately? Which books are their all-time faves? (I only wish we had more than 20 minutes to chat so I could have been able to hear why they loved these particular books.)

The answers were a mix of books that I too have loved, books I’m familiar with, and some that had completely escaped my radar. Uh-oh, TBR pile….

Here’s what they had to say:

  • Alex Rider / Stormbreaker series by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
  • ReStart by Gordon Korman *multiple recommendations
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan
  • Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce *multiple recommendations
  • Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio *multiple recommendations
  • Ruby Lee & Me by Shannon Hitchcock
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney *multiple recommendations
  • Pennies from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Deep, Dark, and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner *multiple recommendations
  • Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
  • Took by Mary Downing Hahn
  • The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson *multiple recommendations
  • Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
  • I Survive series
  • Baby-Sitters Club series
  • The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  • Harry Potter series
  • It by Stephen King (there’s always at least one kid who’s reading way up and proud of it!)
  • The Kid Who Ran for President by Dan Gutman
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket
  • Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
  • Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Funny Girl, ed. Betsy Bird
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Dogman by Dav Pilkey
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

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