Sharing interesting books is a great way to develop a joy of reading. Books are incredible because of their interesting plots, charismatic characters, imaginative settings, eventful adventures, unraveled mysteries, and explored human dramas hook readers.
Disclaimer: Please buy the books below to support the efforts of the writers, illustrators, and the publishers that make books possible, preferably from local bookstores. Links to pdfs and audio versions of books are available here to improve equity, making books accessible to students who are blind, dyslexic, poor, or who may otherwise have difficulty accessing books. No money is collected from this website.
Many of the books selected are ones that have entered the public domain. For newer books, efforts have been made to select sites that appear to be more reputable and are not charging money without permission. However, at times, it is very difficult to clearly tell who has permission to distribute audio versions of written books. Links have been severed immediately when it has been discovered that certain hosts did not have permission to distribute the audio-books.
Here are some of my family’s and my students’ favorites:
Photo credit: (Ann M. Martin)
The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea
The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia And The Phantom Phone Calls
The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey
The Baby-Sitters Club: Mary Anne Saves The Day
Photo credits: Stephanie Yue (author: Raina Telgemeier)
Photo credit: Victoria Jamieson (author: Victoria Jamieson)
Photo credit: Jeff Kinney (author: Jeff Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway
Photo credit: Tracy Dockray (author: Beverly Cleary)
The Mouse And The Motorcycle
Ralph S. Mouse
Photo credit: Lin Oliver (author: Henry Winkler)
Hank Zipzer: I Got a D in Salami
Hank Zipzer: The Day of the Iguana
Hank Zipzer: The Zippity Zinger
Hank Zipzer: The Night I Flunked My Field Trip
Hank Zipzer: Holy Enchilada!
Hank Zipzer: Help! Somebody Get Me Out of Fourth Grade!
Hank Zipzer: Summer School! What Genius Thought That Up?
Hank Zipzer: The Secret Life of a Ping-Pong Wizard
Hank Zipzer: My Dog’s a Scaredy-Cat
Hank Zipzer: Barfing in the Backseat
Hank Zipzer: Who Ordered This Baby? Definitely Not Me!
Hank Zipzer: The Life of Me (Enter At Your Own Risk)
Hank Zipzer: A Tale of Two Tails
Hank Zipzer: Dump Trucks and Dogsleds
Hank Zipzer: A Brand-New Me!
Further episodes available on YouTube.
Photo credit: Lincoln Peirce (author: Lincoln Peirce)
Amulet: The Cloud Searchers
Photo credit: (author: Robert C. O’Brien)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Little House of the Prairie
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (author: Beatrix Potter)
The Secret Garden
Classics of Literature (these books have entered the public domain; they are free to download)
The Adventures of Pinochio; pdf version
The Story of Dr. Dolittle; pdf version
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle; pdf version
Gulliver’s Travels; pdf version
The Jungle Book; pdf version (author: Rudyard Kipling)
Peter Pan; pdf version