Building Your Classroom Library: The Best Books for Grades K-2

See the books that teachers of grades K-2 say are must-haves for your classroom library. WeAreTeachers recently polled over 200 teachers about the best books in their classroom libraries, from their favorite read alouds and fiction books to the top […]

See the books that teachers of grades K-2 say are must-haves for your classroom library.

WeAreTeachers recently polled over 200 teachers about the best books in their classroom libraries, from their favorite read alouds and fiction books to the top science, humor and poetry titles. Here’s what teachers of grades K-2 had to say:

The Best Books for Grades K-2
Top Fiction Picture Books

  1. Knuffle Bunny
    Written and illustrated by Mo Willems. $6.74
  2. Where the Wild Things Are
    Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. $5.12
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Written and illustrated by Eric Carle. $10.00

Also recommended:

Top Read Alouds

  1. The Mitten
    Written and illustrated by Jan Brett. $3.83
  2. Tops and Bottoms
    Written and illustrated by Janet Stevens. $12.69
  3. Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook
    Written and illustrated by Michael Garland. $6.29

Also recommended:

Top Chapter Books/Early Readers

  1. Frog and Toad Are Friends (Series)
    Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. $3.59
  2. Henry and Mudge: The First Book (Series)
    Written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson. $3.59
  3. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Series)
    Written by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus. $4.49
  4. Amelia Bedelia (Series)
    Written by Peggy Parrish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel. $3.59

Also recommended:

Top Science Books

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Written and illustrated by Eric Carle. $10
  2. Stellaluna
    Written and illustrated by Janell Cannon. $22.35
  3. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body (Series)
    Written by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen. $5.70

Also recommended:

Top History Books

  1. Martin’s Big Words
    Written by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier. $7.19
  2. Sarah Morton’s Day
    Written by Kate Waters, illustrated by Russ Kendall. $6.29
  3. John, Paul, George and Ben
    Written and illustrated by Lane Smith. $5.95
  4. The Story of Ruby Bridges
    Written by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford. $6.29

Also recommended:

  • We the Kids
    Written and illustrated by David Catrow. $6.29
  • So You Want to Be President?
    Written by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small. $17.98
  • When Marian Sang
    Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick. $8.90
  • Top Poetry Books

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. $15.71
  • The New Kid on the Block
    Written by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by James Stevenson. $8.99
  • Take Me Out of the Bathtub
    Written by Alan Katz, illustrated by David Catrow. $3.47
  • Also recommended:

    Top Reference Books

    1. Who Would Win?: Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear (Series)
      Written by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster. $5.75
    2. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: Special Edition 2013
      Edited by Scholastic Inc. and Ripley’s Entertainment Inc. $12.72
    3. Guinness World Records 2014
      Edited by Guinness World Records. $10.86
    4. National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas
      Edited by National Geographic. $15.23

    Also recommended:

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