Reading Olympics 2019 List: Elementary School
Barbed Wire Baseball — Moss, Marissa (RL 5)
Looks at Japanese American baseball player Kenichi Zenimura's time spent in the internment camps during World War II and his creation of a baseball field there.
Belly Up — Gibbs, Stuart (RL 5.6, 294p)
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo's star attraction--Henry the hippopotamus--is murdered.
The BFG — Dahl, Roald (RL 4.9, 219p)
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
Book Scavenger — Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss (RL 5.5, 354p)
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.
Can You Survive Storm Chasing? — Raum, Elizabeth (RL 6, 112p)
Readers can choose how the story ends in different adventures about survival during tornadoes, hurricanes, and flash floods.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — Dahl, Roald (RL 4.9)
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year — Harley, Bill (RL 3.5, 138p)
Charlie Bumpers is sure he does not stand a chance of getting along with his fourth grade teacher and despite his best efforts to be neat and well-behaved, he always seems to be in trouble until he discovers her secret.
Chasing Vermeer — Balliett, Blue (RL 5.4, 254p)
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
Dear Mr. Henshaw — Cleary, Beverly (RL 5.0, 133p)
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
The Dragonet Prophecy — Sutherland, Tui (RL 5, 304p)
Clay and the other four MudWing dragonets were stolen from their homes while they were still in their eggs and hidden for years in order to fulfill a prophecy claiming that the dragonets would end the war between the dragon tribes, but not all of the dragonets want their destiny.
Ereth's Birthday — Avi (RL 4.8, 180p)
Feeling neglected on his birthday, Ereth, the cantankerous old porcupine, sets out looking for his favorite treat and instead finds himself acting as "mother" to three young fox kits.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate — Kelly, Jacqueline (RL 5.3, 340p)
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
Firegirl — Abbott, Tony (RL 4.1, 149p)
A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school while receiving treatment at a local hospital.
Flora & Ulysses — DiCamillo, Kate (RL 4.3, 231p)
A girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses, whose life was saved by Flora after he was involved in an incident with a vacuum cleaner, team up to use Ulysses' superpowers to conquer villains and protect the weak.
Flush — Hiaasen, Carl (RL 5, 263p)
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
Garvey's Choice — Grimes, Nikki (RL 4.5, 108p)
Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.
Ghosts — Telgemeier, Raina (RL 2.6, 239p)
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.
Ida B and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and (possibly) save the world — Hannigan, Katherine (RL 6.3, 246p)
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.
Island Book One: Shipwreck — Korman, Gordon (RL 5.9, 129p)
Six children try to survive on a desert island in the Pacific Ocean after a storm destroys their boat.
Island of the Blue Dolphins — O'Dell, Scott (RL 5.4, 184p)
Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.
Jake and Lily — Spinelli, Jerry (RL 3.2, 355p)
Twins Jake and Lily have a very close relationship, but when they turn eleven, their parents give them separate bedrooms and Jake begins to spend time with a group of neighborhood boys. Lily is devastated as she struggles to make friends, and Jake is faced with a bully.
Joey Pigza Loses Control — Gantos, Jack (RL 4.9, 195p)
Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.
Last Shot: a final four mystery — Feinstein, John (RL 4.8, 251p)
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.
Leon's Story — Tillage, Leon Walter (RL 6, 107p)
Autobiography of Leon Water Tillage who was a sharecropper in North Carolina in the 1940s.
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck — Fairlie, Emily (RL 4.2, 283p)
Sixth-graders Laurie and Bud follow a series of clues to figure out the mystery of Tuckernuck Hall and find a treasure before the school board votes to tear down the building.
Martina & Chrissie: the greatest rivalry in the history of sports — Bildner, Phil (RL 3.9)
Traces the friendship and rivalry of tennis stars Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
The Maze of Bones — Riordan, Rick (RL 4.5, 220p)
Amy and Dan, members of the powerful Cahill family, try to uncover the thirty-nine clues which will reveal the secrets of their lineage and find out what really happened to their parents.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle — Cleary, Beverly (RL 5.6, 186p)
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
Nick and Tesla's high-voltage danger lab: a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself — Pflugfelder, Bob (RL 4.8, 237p)
After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets using simple household objects to help them solve the mysteries.
The Orphan of Ellis Island: a time-travel adventure — Woodruff, Elvira (RL 5.5, 174p)
During a school trip to Ellis Island, Dominick Avaro, a ten-year-old foster child, travels back in time to 1908 Italy and accompanies two young emigrants to America.
The Poet’s Dog — Maclachlan, Patricia (RL 4.1, 88p)
A dog with unusual communication talents loses his poet owner before rescuing two children trapped in a snowstorm and leading them to the poet's cabin, where the children explore the memories that the poet has left behind.
Raymie Nightingale — DiCamillo, Kate (RL 4.2, 263p)
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.
Rules — Lord, Cynthia (RL 3.9, 200p)
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.
Sarah, Plain and Tall — MacLachlan, Patricia (RL 3.4, 58p)
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
Save Me a Seat — Weeks, Sarah (RL 4.8, 216p)
Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.
Some writer! the story of E.B. White — Sweet, Melissa (RL 5.5, 161p)
An illustrated biography of author E.B. White.
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk — Thornhill, Jan (RL 6.2)
Explores the history of the Great Auk, a flightless bird that lived in the North Atlantic, and discusses how it was hunted to extinction by humans by the end of 1844.
Tut, Tut — Scieszka, Jon (RL 3.5, 74p)
Sam, Joe, and Fred finish their school project on ancient Egypt without using their magical time travel book, but when Joe's sister Anna plays with it and travels to the land of pyramids, they must follow her back in time to bring her back to 1996.
The War that Saved My Life — Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker (RL 4.1, 316p)
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
We the Children — Clements, Andrew (RL 5.2, 142p)
Ben and his friend Jill find themselves in danger when they discover the secret history of their Massachusetts school and set out to derail a developer's plan to level the building to make way for an amusement park.
When You Reach Me — Stead, Rebecca (RL 4.5, 199p)
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon — Lin, Grace (RL 5.5, 305p)
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
Who was Daniel Boone? — Kramer, Sydelle (RL 4.1, 108p)
A biography of early pioneer, Daniel Boone, describing how he opened up the territory of Kentucky to settlers.
The Wild Robot — Brown, Peter (RL 5.8, 279p)
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
Windcatcher — Avi (RL 5.3, 120p)
While learning to sail during a visit to his grandmother's at the Connecticut shore, eleven-year-old Tony becomes excited about the rumors of sunken treasure in the area and starts following a couple who seem to be making a mysterious search for something.