CONNECTING: Reader relates to or is reminded of their own personal experiences, prior knowledge, and/or issues.

[Note: nonfiction is included]

Grades K-2
My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou
The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
Friends at School by Rochelle Bunnett
Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros
Missing: One Stuffed Rabbit by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs by Douglas Florian
Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems by Eloise Greenfield
All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
A Field Full of Horses by Peter Hansard
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins
Just Like Josh by Angela Johnson
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
Tackylocks and the Three Bears by Helen Lester
Hurricane! By Jonathan London
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
I Pledge Allegiance by Bill Martin, Jr.
Zookeeper by Heather Miller
Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers by Pat Mora
Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris
Bein’ With You This Way by W. Nikola-Lisa
Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Jack Norworth
Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
Get Some Rest! By Angela Royston
Wild Babies by Margriet Ruurs
The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Wild Babies: Everything You Need to Know… by Seymour Simon
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Jonathan and His Mommy by Irene Smalls-Hector
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
Earrings! By Judith Viorst
Rosie and Michael by Judith Viorst
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells
Elbert’s Bad Word by Audrey Wood
I Know a Lady by Charlotte Zolotow
I Like to Be Little by Charlotte Zolotow

Grades 3-5
Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
America Is… by Louise Borden
Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Eleanor by Barbara Cooney
Coming Home by Floyd Cooper
Metropolitan Cow by Tim Egan
Math Rashes: And Other Classroom Tales by Douglas Evans
Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher
Beast Feast by Douglas Florian
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask—A Bilingual Cuento by Xavier Garza
My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women by Cheryl Harness
Sami and the Time of the Troubles by Florence Parry Heide
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt
Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan
Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen
Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
Earthshake: Poems From the Ground Up by Lisa Westberg Peters
Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan
Allison by Allen Say
Sharks by Seymour Simon
Earrings! By Judith Viorst
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
Cells and Systems by Holly Wallace
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
Iditarod Dream: Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska’s Jr. Iditarod by Ted Wood
The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & The Beast Tale by Laurence Yep
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China by Ed Young