Children's Book Suggestions

Having trouble finding a new book to read? Do you really, really like a certain series and want something similar? Check out our lists compiled by Library Staff!


If you like the I Survived series check out:
Escape From Disaster by Peter Lerangis
Titanic: The Long Night by Diane Hoh
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Dear America Series
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
The Endless Steppe : Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Rudomin Hautzig
Wild Rescue series by Jan Burchett
Can You Survive? by Allison Lassieur
True Stories: Nature Attacks by Lauren Tarshis

If you like the Dork Diaries series check out:
Dear Dumb Diary Series by Jim Benton
The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series by Anne Mazer
President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston
Smile by Raina Telegmeier
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
The Babysitters Club Graphic Novels by Ann Martin and Raina Telegmeier
Clementine series by Sarah Pennypacker
Stella Batts series by Courtney Sheinmel
Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kiney

If you like the Warriors series check out:
Mouseheart series by Lisa Fiedler
Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky
The Familiars by Adam Epstein
Silverwing series by Kenneth Oppel
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
Rats of NIMH series by Robert C. O’Brien
Poppy series by AVI
Survivor Series by Erin Hunter

If you like the Magic Tree House series check out:
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Cam Jansen Mysteries series by David Alder
A to Z Mystery series by Ron Roy
Magic School Bus Chapter Books (J MAGI)
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
The Littles series by John Peterson
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

If you want fairy tale re-tellings check out:
Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison
The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani
The Ever After series by Shelby Bach
The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
A Tale Dark and Grimm series by Adam Gidwitz
The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid check out:
Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce
Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
Lunch Lady series by Jarrett Krosoczka
Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon
Stink series by Megan McDonald
Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

No Damsels in Distress Here:
Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
Damar series by Robin McKinley
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Mapmakers Trilogy by S.E. Grove

Great Graphic Novels
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Chi’s Sweet Home by Konata Konami
Babysitter’s Club by Ann Martin
Smile by Raina Telegmeier
Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
Jellaby by Soo Kean
Yotsuba series by Kiyohiko Azuma
Babymouse series by Jennifer Holm
Bravest Warriors series by Pendelton Ward

Books for Kindergarten
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst & Ray Cruz
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Books for 1st Grade
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Curious George by H.A. Rey
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Books for 2nd Grade
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Bunnicula by James Howe
Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon

Books for 3rd Grade
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Holes by Louis Sachar
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger

Books for 4th Grade
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Wonder by R.J. Polacio
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
Smile by Raina Telegmeier

Books for 5th Grade
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Westing Game by Sharon Raskin
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Truth About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson