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Mrs. Kimmel's Book Recommendations

Our librarian, Mrs. Kimmel took the time to share her favorite books with our families during this time of Social Distancing. Enjoy your reading!


1. Her favorite children's author - Mo Willems

Have fun with the Piggie & Elephant and Pigeon series. Here you can see all his books, have a dance party with Piggie & Elephant, explore all characters from all his books, download activities and watch videos:

New: daily doddle classes from the creator of Piggie and Elephant! They also have activity pages.

Other popular series of Picture Books that are recommended: Fly Guy, Pete the Cat, Pinkalicious, Olivia, Froggy, Bad Kitty, Pig the Pug, Fancy Nancy, Splat the Cat 


2. Most Popular Early Chapter Books (Branches 2.0 reading level and up)


0.5 point: Mercy Watson, Owl Diaries, Boris, Press Start (Super Rabbit Boy), Bad Guys, Mighty Robot, Haggis and Tank Unleashed, Kung Pow Chicken, Nate the Great

1.0 point: Dragon Masters, Notebook of Doom, The Last Firehawk, Kingdom of Wrenly, Heidi Heckelbeck, Daisy Dreamer, Tales of Sasha, Sophie the Mouse


3. Her Favorite Chapter Book Series


Magic Tree House​ 1.0-2.0 points each

The stars of the Magic Tree House series are siblings Jack and Annie, who discover a magical tree house filled with books. Tapping on a book sends them on mystery missions (often involving time travel) throughout the world. Books are 1 to 2 point each starting at reading level 2.6. Read these books in order--they provide a natural progression of books getting harder and longer. There are also nonfiction companions for most of the books. Check the parent section for tips on how to get your student engaged on reading this series. Join the Magic Tree House Kids’ Adventure Club to travel the world and beyond with Jack and Annie, test your knowledge, and earn rewards—just by reading! Each time you finish reading a Magic Tree House book, try taking the Passport Quiz. If you pass, you’ll earn a special Passport Stamp that proves your knowledge! To print your own passport click here: I cut the pages and put on a 99 cents plastic photo album from Walmart. 


Geronimo Stilton: 1.0-4.0 points each

Geronimo Stilton is an Italian children's book series. In the series, the title character is an anthropomorphic mouse who lives in New Mouse City on Mouse Island. A best-selling author, Geronimo Stilton works as a journalist and editor for the fictional newspaper. He has a younger sister named Thea Stilton. If your students like Geronimo Stilton and are reading 1.0 point books very fast, try "The Kingdom of Fantasy" books. Super fun fantasy with great illustrations! Fourteen books total with 3.0-4.0 points (14 books total). Very popular! Also try Thea Stilton Special Editions and Geronimo Stilton Journey Through time.


Other popular series of chapter books (1.0 - 2.0 points): The Rainbow Fairies, Junie B. Jones, Ivy & Bean, Judy Moody, A& Z Mysteries, Box Car Children, Flat Stanley Original & Worldwide Adventures, Puppy Place, Fairy Animals of Misty Wood, Galaxy Zack, My Weird School, Jack Stalwart


4. Heritage Oak's Most Popular Series'


Dog Man

Younger: Bird & Squirrel, Johnny Boo, Babymouse, Mr. Pants, Plants vs. Zombies, Legends of Zita the Space Girl, Hilo, Narwhal, Lunch Lady, Catwad, Cleopatra in space

Older: Raina Telgemeier's Books (Smile, Sisters, etc), The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Amulet, Real Friends, Nathan Hale's Hazardous tales, Star Wars Jedi Academy



Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Big Nate

13 Story Tree House

Stick Dog & Stick Cat

Timmy Failure

The Terrible Two

Treasure Hunters

Dork Diaries (fun site for fans!) 

Jacky Ha-Ha


Fairy Tales:

Land of Stories (6 books) - great first thick book! Reading level in the 5.0 range but the story is so good, most students get 100% on the quizzes. First book is 15.0 points and may take a while to read if it is the first time reading a long book, but it is well worth it. The series has 6 books and students will become faster readers as they navigate through the series. More information here:

Story Thieves

Half Upon a Time

E. D. Baker Books (The Wide Awake Princess)

Whatever After Books and

Emily Windsnap (mermaids)

(Fairly) True Tales Series (Rump, Jack, Red, Grump)

School of Good and Evil



Harry Potter (scary starting with the 4th book!)

Keeper of the Lost Cities (super popular!)


Unicorn Rescue Society


The Alchemyst (her favorite ending ever!) 

Wings of Fire & Legends (has 3 graphic novels from the first 3 books too) and


Chronicles of Narnia



Rick Riordan and Rick Riordan Presents: Best seller series based on mythology. Start with "The Lightning Thief"

Unwanteds & Unwanted Quests

Peter and the Starcatchers

Kingdom Keepers

Maximum Ride (has some romance) 

Michael Vey



Warriors (cats) and other Erin Hunter series (Seekers - bears, Survivors - dogs, Bravelands - African Animals, very cool site for fans!) 

Secret Zoo

Spirit Animals

Animal Ark by Ben Baglio


Historical Fiction:

Ranger in Time

I Survived 

Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans Book Series

Little House on the Prairie



The Kicks

Matt Christopher's books

Mike Lupica's books



Cute Picks:

Cupcake Diaries

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls

Lauren Myracle books

Wendy Mass books

Bliss (awesome trilogy)

Mystery & Spy Stories:

A Series of Unfortunate Events

The mysterious Benedict Society

39 Clues

The name of this book is a secret

Mr. Lemoncello's Library

The Magic Misfits

Spy School (check his other books!)

Alex Rider series

Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys (older but great!)


Non- Fiction:

Who is & was, Where is, What is & was, What is the story of (NEW) - 1.0 point each, very fun!


Older Students: (UG - Upper Grade may have content not suited for younger students)

Eragon (Inheritance Cycle)

Legend & War Cross series

Divergent series

Hunger Games series (new book coming out in May!)


The Selection




5. Best book she ever read


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Students always ask her about her favorite book. She has read this book many times during her life since a very young age. Always a different message. Always amazing.