• In Centennial School District, we enthusiastically encourage our students to read in and out of school all year long.  As a learning community, we endorse the Pennsylvania Department of Education's recommendation that elementary children read at least 25 books a year.  We have included authors, titles, and series on this list that will appeal to your child.    
    Please encourage your child’s non-fiction passions by guiding him or her to books on a favorite topic.  Wide reading about true things helps create minds that are open and prepared for inquiry in science and social studies.  Poetry gives children access to exquisite language, and biographies inspire and help us to understand the world around us.  Fiction fires the imagination and engenders a life-long love of reading.  
    While it is important that your child read some books independently, it is essential that you continue to read with your child throughout elementary school. As an adult reader, you can model thinking strategies, demonstrate reading with fluency and expression, introduce new words and ideas, and help your child make connections between books and the world.   Teachers, reading specialists, teacher-librarians, and public librarians are all at your service in determining the very best books to share with your child.  
    Author  Title  cat
    BIOGRAPHY  
    Bridges, Ruby Through My Eyes B
    Coerr, Eleanor Sadako B
    Armstrong, William Sounder F
    FICTION  
    Avi* The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle F
    Burnett, Frances* The Secret Garden F
    Byars, Betsy Summer of the Swans F
    Clements, Andrew* The Report Card F
    Cooper, Susan* The Boggart F
    Creech, Sharon* Walk Two Moons F
    Curtis, Christopher* Bud, Not Buddy F
    DeFelice, Cynthia* The Ghost of Cutler Creek F
    DiCamillo, Kate* Because of Winn Dixie F
    Fleischman, Sid The Whipping Boy F
    Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza** F
    George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain F
    Gutman, Dan The Edison Mystery** F
    Gutman, Dan Shoeless Joe & me** F
    Hahn, Mary Downing* Wait Til Helen Comes F
    Henry, Marguerite Misty of Chincoteague** F
    Kehret, Peg Earthquake Terror F
    L'Engle, Madeline A Wrinkle in Time** F
    Lewis, C.S. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe** F
    Lowry, Lois* Number the Stars F
    Namioka, Lensey Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear F
    Nixon, Joan Lowery* In the Face of Danger F
    O'Dell, Scott* Island of the Blue Dolphins F
    Park, Barbara Mick Harte Was Here F
    Paterson, Katherine* Bridge to Teribithia F
    Paulson, Gary Hatchet** F
    Peck, Robert Newton A Year Down Yonder F
    Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter** F
    Rylant, Cynthia* Missing May F
    Ruckman, Ivy* Night of the Twisters F
    Sachar, Louis* Holes F
    Snickett, Lemony Series of Unfortunate Events** F
    Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee F
    VanDraanen, Wendelin Sammy Key and the Hotel Thief** F
    Woodruff, Elvira* The Orphan of Ellis Island F
    Wright, Betty Ren* The Wish Master F
    Yolen, Jane The Dragon's Boy F
    FOLKTALES  
    Courlander, Harold The Tiger's Whiskers, and other Tales and Legends from Asia and the Pacific FOLK
    Gilchrist, Cherry Stories from the Silk Road FOLK
    POETRY  
    Florian, Douglas Laugh-eteria: poems and drawings P
    Kennedy, Dorothy (compiler) I Thought I'd Take My Rat to School: Poems for September to June P
    Stockland, Patricia Cobwebs, Chatters, and Chills: A collectiion of scary poems P
    SCIENCE  
    Bartholomew, Alan Electric Mischief: Battery Powered Gadgets Kids Can Build S
    Berger, Melvin and Gilda Do Stars Have Points? S
    Seuling, Barbara Flick a Switch: How Electricity Gets to Your Home S
    Simon, Seymour Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden Worlds S
    SOCIAL STUDIES  
    Bierman, Carol Journey to Ellis Island SS
    Cheney, Lynne When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A wintertime story for young patriots SS
    Fradin, Dennis B. The Signers: the fifty-six stories behind the Declaration of Independence SS

    *   may chose other books by that author
    ** may chose other books in that series