To continue my best books to read with kids series, today I’m sharing some of my favorite books for kids grade 1-5 with this list of the best books for elementary students.

As your kids get older, they will spend more time reading independently. It’s still important to spend time reading together every day, both to continue helping your child build their reading skills and as a source of quality time. Every book you read together is a memory you are building. I still look back fondly on the books my parents read with me and my siblings when we were kids.

List of the best books for elementary students in grades 1-5.

The Best Books For Elementary Students

To make your next trip to the library or bookstore easier, here’s the list of some of my favorite books for elementary students. Note: this post contains affiliate links.

1. The Dot

2. Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!

3. Freedom Summer

4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

5. Caps For Sale

6. Paddington Bear Series The world’s most adorable and lovable bear! It’s no wonder this book has sold over 35 million copies!

7. Flat Stanley Series

8. The Ramona Series

9. Where the Sidewalk Ends Wonderful introduction to poetry from Shel Silverstein.

10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

11. Charlotte’s Web

12. Harriet The Spy

13. American Girl Books (Historic & Contemporary Series) I read every single one of these books and absolutely fell in love with Molly. These books do an incredible job of making history fun!

14. Stuart Little

15. My Side Of The Mountain Trilogy

16. The Tale of Despereaux

17. Katie Woo Series

18. The Hobbit The adventures of Bilbo Baggins is sure to keep your child on their toes!

19. Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Series

20. Bridge to Terabithia

21. Mary Poppins If you are a fan of the classic movie, you will recognize characters pulled from several different books in this series.

22. The Year Of The Book

23. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Series

24. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

25. Chronicles of Narnia Series MY ALL TIME FAVORITE! Encourage your children to read the entire series, not just The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. You don’t want to miss out on any of C.S. Lewis’s magic.

26. Pollyanna

27. Fudge Series

28. The Secret Garden

29. Black Beauty

30. The Boxcar Children Series

31. Treasure Island

32. The Sisters Grimm Series

33. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

34. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

35. Anne of Green Gables Series Remember, it’s Anne with an E. 😉

36. The Great Fire

37. Gutsy Girls Series

38. Johnny Tremain

39. The Kingdom Keepers Series

40. When You Reach Me

41. The Giver Quartet

42. Moon Over Manifest

43. Little House On The Prairie Series

44. Where The Red Fern Grows It’s impossible to read this amazing book without crying. Old Dan and Little Ann have been melting hearts for decades with the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.

45. Heidi

46. The Borrowers Series

47. Okay For Now

48. Little Women This is actually a trilogy with Little Men and Jo’s Boys completing the story of the March sister’s adventures. 

49. Nightmares!

50. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

51. Nancy Drew Series

What books would you add to this list? Please share your favorite books for elementary students in the comments.

The best books for elementary students grades 1-5. Includes independent reading books and series for kids.

The best books for elementary students grades 1-5. Includes independent reading books and series for kids.

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