Book Recommendations by Athlos Parents

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Finding new and engaging books for our students can be a challenge for parents. We asked our Athlos community to share books their family enjoyed, and we received many great submissions!

From one Athlos family to yours, here’s a list of recommended books for students to read.

The Rainbow Fish

Author: Marcus Pfister

Illustrator: Marcus Pfister


“The Rainbow Fish will always be a bedtime favorite.”

“The Rainbow Fish! 🐠”

Alcatraz Vs. The Evil Librarians – Series

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Illustrator: Hayley Lazo

Review: “My fourth and sixth graders have been loving the Alcatraz series by Brandon Sanderson”

The Mermaid Tales – Series

Author: Debbie Dadey

Illustrator: Tatevik Avakyan

Review: “My daughter who just finished second grade is loving the Mermaid Tales series right now! We can’t request them from the library fast enough.🙂”

Flat Stanley – Series

Author: Jeff Brown

Illustrator: Macky Paminutuam

Review: “Flat Stanley series and Judy Moody books are great for first graders.”

Judy Moody books

Author: Megan McDonald

Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

Review: N/A

Mercy Watson – Series

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen

Review: N/A

Henry’s Freedom Box

Author: Ellen Levine

Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

Review: “A good history lesson for kids in third grade.”

The Raft

Author: Jim LaMarche

Illustrator: Jimi LaMarche

Review: “Beautifully illustrated!”

Each Kindness

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator: E.B. Lewis

Review: “Each Kindness is one of my favorite books to read to our boys about kindness.”

Orphan Train Girl

Author: Christina Baker Kline

Review: “My daughter really enjoyed this one!”

The Land of Stories

Author: Chris Colfer

Review: “It’s a series of six and they are by far my favorite books. I definitely recommend for all grades.”

Where the Wild Things Are

Author: Maurice Sendak

Review: “Where the Wild Things Are because it’s so cute!”

A Tale of Two Beasts

Author: Fiona Roberton

Illustrator: Fiona Roberton

Review: “Helps kiddos understand how perspective changes a story. A favorite of ours!”

The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Review: “The Book Thief is probably one of best books I’ve ever read.”

“Story of the Book Thief.”

Upside Down Magic

Author: Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins.

Review: N/A

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