Classroom Library

THANK YOU for considering a book donation to our classroom library!

If you should happen to bring a book by to donate, please bring it through the office so the school can mark it as theirs. Be sure to tell them it’s for Mrs. Yakhnenko’s classroom, and again:


Here are some books which would be a welcome addition to our classroom library:

Classical Curriculum Selections for Reading Aloud:

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott
The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff
Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Recommendations from Common Core Exemplar Texts, Grades 4-5:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Higgins the Great by Virginia M. C. Hamilton
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Poetry Recommendations:

“The Echoing Green” by William Blake
“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus
“Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
“A Bird Came Down the Walk” by Emily Dickinson
“Fog” by Carl Sandberg
“Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf” by Roald Dahl
“They Were My People” by Grace Nichols
“Words Free as Confetti” by Pat Mora

Informational Texts:

Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet by Melvin Berger
Let’s Investigate Marvelously Meaningful Maps by Madelyne Wood Carlisle
Hurricanes: The Earth’s Mightiest Storms by Patricia Lauber
The Kid’s Guide to Money: Earning It, Saving It, Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It by Steve Otfinoski
Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind some Great Inventions by Don Wulffson
Good Pet Bad Pet by Elizabeth Schleichert
Ancient Mound Builders by Barrie E. Kavash
About Time: A First Look at Time and Clocks by Bruce Koscielniak
England the Land by Erinn Banting
A History of US by Joy Hakim
My Librarian is a Camel: How Books Are Brought To Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Horses by Seymour Simon
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea by Sy Montgomery
Volcanoes by Seymour Simon
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
Kenya’s Long Dry Season by Nellie Gonzalez Cutler
Seeing Eye to Eye by Leslie Hall
Telescopes by Colin A. Ronan
Underground Railroad by Henrietta Buckmaster

Informational Texts which correlate to our Social Studies:

A Night and Day in the Desert by Jennifer Owens Dewey
Mojave by Diane Siebert
Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale about How Fire Came to the People by Jonathan London
Sierra by Diane Siebert
The Ever-Living Tree: The Life and Times of a Coast Redwood by Linda Vieira
Back in the Beforetime: Tales of the California Indians by Jane Louise Curry
The Chumash Indians by Martin Schwabacher
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla by Jan and Kathleen Gleiter
Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi
The Story of Junipero Serra, Brave Adventurer by Florence Meitman White
Spanish Missions by Bobbie Kalman and Greg Nickles
Missions of the Southern Coast by Nancy Lemke
Anita of Rancho Del Mar by Elaine O’Brien
From Colorado to Escalante: The Explorers of the Spanish Southwest by John Miller Morris
The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Chang’s Paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
The Gold Rush by Liza Ketchum
Nine for California by Sonia Levitin
Jim Beckwourth by Louis Sabin
The Gold Rush of 1849: Staking a Claim in California by Arthur Blake and Pamela Dailey
Black Frontiers: A History of African American Heroes in the Old West by Lillian Schissel
Black Women of the Old West by William Loren Katz and Marcia Marshall
Francis the Earthquake Dog by Judith Rose Enderle
The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps by Stephen Krensky
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake by Ellen Levine
I am Lavina Cumming by Susan Lowell
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Pinata Maker by George Anaconda
A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida
Tikwah Means Hope by Patricia Polacco
My Dreams of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold
Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl by Tricia Brown
Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom by Dia Cha
Calling the Doves/El Canto de las Palomas by Juan Felipe Herrara
Our Constitution by Linda Carlson Johnson
Ronald Reagan: Fortieth President of the United States by Zachary Kent
To Space and Back by Susan Ride with Susan Okie

Other Recommendations by Mrs. Yakhnenko:

Sixty Saints for Girls by Joan Windham
Sixty Saints for Boys by Joan Windham
Freddy the Detective series by Walter R. Brooks
Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erikson
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
McBroom’s Wonderful One Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales by Sid Fleischman
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming
The Secret Valley by Clyde Robert Bulla
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
A Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Lost in Peter’s Tomb by Dianne Ahern
Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dagliesh
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dagliesh
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater
The Black Cauldron series by Alexander Lloyd