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University of Illinois Extension

Youth reading list

Choose a book to read from the list that follows. Check with your leader to see if the books are available through your Extension office. They may also be available through your local library.

Grade Book Author
PS-2 Just Grandpa and Me Mercer Mayer
PS-3 How Old is Old? Ann Combs
K-3 The Berenstain Bears and the Week and Grandma's Stan Berenstain
K-3 The Wednesday Surprise Eve Bunting
K-5 Happy Birthday, Grampie Susan Pearson
K-5 How Does It Feel to be Old? Norma Farber
1-3 I Dance in My Red Pajamas Edith Thacher Hurd
1-4 When I Am Old with You Angela Johnson
1-4 Mrs. Katz and Tush Patricia Polacco
3-5 The Best Bad Thing Yoshiko Uchido
1-4 Through Grandpa's Eyes Patricia MacLachlin
3-5 Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance I. Wallace
5-7 Old John Peter Hartling
7-9 Dogsong Gary Paulsen
11+ To Hell with Dying Alice Walker