Hi friends! This blog is for teachers and families- all for the sheer joy of literacy. When we are enthusiastic about reading and writing our students and our own kids become excited to read and write. I hope that we all can be models for those in our care- how did you show your passion for reading, writing, learning, language, or words today?? It's in those small, daily moments that we teach kids to love literacy.

Monday, July 23, 2012

One Awesome Book List!

As mentioned in my last post, I put together a list of books for potential donors to purchase for program participants at Harbor House, the non-profit where I'll be working come mid-August.

I'm psyched to join Harbor House as their Director of Education, and hopeful to help deepen the literacy experiences of the youth and families in the San Antonio District in Oakland.

This book list samples some amazing literature! These are some of my favorite authors and books. Some of these books are fun and silly, some are well-loved by most kids, and many are books that offer a multicultural voice or perspective. Harbor House's participants represent Oakland- truly diverse.

A big thanks to the commenters that left ideas on the last post for this book list!! You had excellent suggestions!

I know this list was meant for donors to gift a book to a child at Harbor House, but I hope you also find value in this list for your personal use- it includes some winners!

Picture Books

Favorite Authors/Series:
Books by Dr. Suess (Grades K-2, Beginning Reader)
Books by Allen Say (Grades 1-5, Asian American)
Books by Patricia Polacco (Grades K-6, Local and Well-loved)
Books by Vera B. Williams (Grades K+, African American)
Books by Mem Fox (Ages 2-8)
Books by Kevin Henkes (Ages 2-8)
Books by Gail Gibbons (Grades K+, nonfiction)
Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel (Grades 1-3, Beginning Readers)

Specific Titles:
Brothers by Yin (Grades 2-5, Chinese American, Historical)
Mirror by Jeannie Baker (Ages K+, Multicultural, Wordless Picture Book)
Dia's Story Cloth: The Hmong People's Journey to Freedom by Joyce Herold, stitched by
Chue and Nhia Thao Cha (Ages 7+, Southeast Asian)
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland (Grades 2 -5, Story of a Vietnamese refugee)
Anno's Counting House by Mitsumasa Anno (Ages 3+, Number Sense, Wordless Picture
Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong (Grade K-2, Asian American)
The Bracelet, by Yoshiko Uchida (Grades 2-4, Japanese Internment in the Bay Area)
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (Ages 4-8, Korean American)
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (Grades 1-5)
My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams (Grades 1-3, Story of a Sudanese Refugee)
January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco (Grades 4-6, African American)
Thundercake by Patricia Polacco (Grades 1-4)
Cassie's Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold (Grades PreK-K, African American)
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (Grades 1-4, African American)
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto (Grades K-2, Latino)
La Mariposa by Francisco Jimenez (Grades 1-4, Mexican American)
Wumbers By Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Ages 1-6, Number Sense)
Rap a Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillion (Ages 2-6)
Owl Moon by Jane Yole (Grades 2-5)
Hair by Sandra Cisneros (Grades 1-5)
Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo (Grades K-2, nonfiction)
Drum City by Thea Guidone (Ages 2-7)
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (Grades
PreK-3, African American, Historical)

Chapter Books

Favorite Authors/Series:
Flat Stanley Series (Grades 2-4)
Cam Jansen Series (Grades 2-4)
Katie Kazoo Switcheroo Series (Grades 2-4)
Magic Treehouse Series (Grades 2-4)
Diary of a Wimpy Kids Series (Grades 3-5)
Books by Cynthia Rylant (Grades 1-3, Beginning Readers)
Books by Roald Dahl (Grades 2-5)
Books by Walter Dean Meyers (Grades 4+, African American)
Books by Gary Soto (Grades 4+, Latino)
Books by Kate DiCamillo (Grades 1-5)

Specific Titles:
Anna Hibiscus: Hooray for Anna Hibiscus (Ages 4-8, Beginning Reader, African American)
Dumpling Days by Grace Lin (Ages 7-10, Asian American)
The Mighty Miss Malone, by Christopher Paul Curtis (Ages 9-12, African American)
The Unforgotten Coat, by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Ages 9-12, Asian American)
The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez (Grades 4-7, Mexican American)
Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez (Grades 4-7, Mexican American)
Big Nate Fun Blaster by Lincoln Peirce (Ages 8-12, Graphic Novel)


The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Ages 4+)
NIrV Kids Study Bible, Revised (Ages 6+)

Enjoy and much love!


  1. Yay! New books to discover with my kids! Thank you for sharing this list!

  2. what rita said! :) i read this when you posted it last month but now i'm back into my schedule and can actually check some of these out from the library!


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