Start a Streak!

Interested in starting your own Reading Streak? Alice's father, Jim, offers insight on the subject in his foreword to The Reading Promise. Additionally, here are some books they read and loved, organized by grade level. If your child shows a keen interest in being read to, or has been read to regularly before you begin a Streak, you may want to bump him or her up a grade level or two.

Grades 1 and 2: Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Dot and Tot in Maryland by L. Frank Baum. The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Beverly Cleary. Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater.

Grades 3 and 4: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes. The Bears' House by Marilyn Sachs. The Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol.

Grades 5 and 6: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. It's Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville.

Grades 7 and 8: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz. Holes by Louis Sachar.

Grades 9 and 10: Up a Road Slowly and Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton. Wish You Well by David Baldacci.

Grades 11 and 12: The Pigman by Paul Zindel. The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Great Expectations and The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

For a complete list of books (that is, everything Alice and her father can remember!) check out The Reading Promise, available in stores May 3rd.

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