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Recommended Reading List 2017-18

** Updated June 2017**

The Guilderland Recommended Reading web page has been created to present current, relevant and high-interest literature to foster reading for pleasure in young adults. The page contains an extensive list of titles in a variety of genres to appeal to a wide audience at all levels. In addition, we have included brief descriptions of the books as provided by the publisher. Some titles for our older students may contain mature content and we recommend using reviews to make informed decisions when selecting books. To read reviews on any of the suggested book titles, please visit

It is our goal to provide parents and students with ample resources that can be used to sustain development of skills and a life-long love for reading. Teachers look forward to learning more about their students reading journeys. We encourage all students to jot down reading reflections or maintain a reading journal for sharing with their friends and classmates.

Click on a link below to view the recommended reading for that grade level:

(Please note that the reading lists below open as PDF files)


Elementary reading titles - Grades K & 1

Elementary reading titles - Grades 2 & 3

Elementary reading titles - Grades 4 & 5

Dump trucksHeidiDogBookhaunted libHippos
IggyHow to GoodnightBloom


Middle School reading titles 

All riseCloudHousearrestFullofbeans
What elephants knowwiresWhen theseaSaveMaybe


High School reading titles

MarchNothingIf the ocneasGunpowder girlsBurn baby

GutlessLab girlSerpent KingWhen we collidedThe wasp


Recommended reading extras!

For more information on suggested reading titles, be sure to check out your child's school library pages:

Altamont Elementary School

Guilderland Elementary School

Lynnwood Elementary School

Pine Bush Elementary School

Westmere Elementary School

Farnsworth Middle School

Guilderland High School

There you will find links to online databases on each library’s research page. (For NoveList and Teaching Books, please refer to the passwords provided by your child’s librarian or teacher.) Also on your library’s home page, you will find the link to your school’s online library catalog which lists recommended reading and bestsellers.

Links to local libraries:

Guilderland Public Library

Altamont Free Library


Links to author sites:

Steve Sheinkin (middle and high school)

Dan Gutman (Grade 4 and up)

Dav Pilkey (elementary level)

Doreen Cronin (elementary level)

Mo Willems (all ages)


Links to Book Suggestion sites:

GHS book blog

Guys Read

Reading is Fundamental

James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read

Teen Reads

Children’s Book Council

Book Wink

Summer Reading Tips for Parents