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Kids Need to Read Official Book List

Preschoolers (Ages 0-4)

Someday - by Allison McGhee
Thank You Bear - by Greg Foley
Not A Box - by Antoinette Portis
Peek-A-Boo – by Francesca Ferri
Where is Baby’s Belly Button – by Karen Katz

Children (Ages 5-7)

Zen Shorts - by Jon Muth
My Friend is Sad – by Mo Willems
Lost and Found - by Oliver Jeffers
Diary of a Wombat - by Jackie French
Llama Llama Red Pajama – by Anna Dewdney

Middle Readers (Ages 8-12)

The Softwire series (2 books) - by PJ Haarsma*
The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1
The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2
Dear Dumb Diary series (7 books) – by Jim Benton
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
My Pants are Haunted
Am I the Frog or the Princess
Never do Anything, Ever
Can Adults Become Human
The Problem with Here is that it’s Where I’m From
Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
Actionopolis illustrated novel series (7 books)*
The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights - by Bruce Zick
Blackfoot Braves Society: Spirit Totems - by Christopher E. Long & Michael Geiger
The Forest King: Woodlark’s Shadow - by Dan Mishkin & Tom Mandrake
Heir to Fire: Gila Flats - by Rob M. Worley & Mike Dubisch
Spirit of the Samurai: Of Swords and Rings - by Gary Reed & Rick Hoberg
What I did on my Hypergalactic Interstellar Summer Vacation - by Adam Beechen & Dan Hipp
Zombie Monkey Monster Jamboree - by J.J. Hart & Will Meugniot
The Looking Glass Wars series (2 books) (Ages 10+) - by Frank Beddor
The Looking Glass Wars
Seeing Redd
Grey Griffins series (3 books) (Ages 10+) - by Derek Benz & J.S. Lewis*
The Revenge of the Shadow King
The Rise of the Black Wolf
The Fall of the Templar

Teens (Ages 13+)

Enthusiasm - by Polly Shulman
Dragonhaven - by Robin McKinley
Nobody’s Princess – by Esther Friesner
Top Ten Uses For an Unworn Prom Dress - by Tina Ferraro
Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature - by Robin Brande
The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series (2 books) - by James Owen
Here, There be Dragons
The Search for the Red Dragon

Teens (Ages 17+)

Spanking Shakespeare - by Jake Wizner
Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian - by Sherman Alexie

*Great for Reluctant Readers and High Interest / Low Level needs.

Kids Need to Read is a children’s literacy charity founded by the author of The Softwire
series, PJ Haarsma, and actor Nathan Fillion. The project is supported by a global
group of volunteers. It is their dream to get more books into the hands of the
children who need them.

The charity raises funds to donate books to struggling schools and libraries. Kids
Need to Read donates books from this official list. All of these books are well-
reviewed titles for preschool to teenaged children.

Whenever possible, unused returns are bought with the funds raised by Kids Need to Read,
rather than first sale books. These are brand new books; however, the authors and publishers do
not receive credit for sales on returns. Since royalties are not paid on these books, Kids Need to
Read’s donation dollars buy more books for children.

The Kids Need to Read Book List was created by our Book Goddess, Faith Hochhalter.
Faith has been the children's book buyer for Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe,
Arizona for four years. Changing Hands Bookstore was the winner of Publishers
Weekly Best Bookstore of the Year 2007.

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