Contemporary Classics for Grades 3 - 6

Children have read and enjoyed these books for several decades. They are known for their interesting stories, distinctive style, and memorable characterization, developed from a contemporary point of view. Click on the title to see if the book is available.


Bond, Michael A Bear Called Paddington.
Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey.
Farley, Walter The Black Stallion.
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Adams, Richard Watership Down.
Aiken, Joan The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
Alexander, Lloyd The Book of Three.
Babbitt, Natalie Tuck Everlasting.
Bellairs, John The House with a Clock in Its Walls.
Christopher, John The White Mountains.
Cooper, Susan The Grey King.
Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Howe, Deborah Bunnicula.
Juster, Norton The Phantom Tollbooth.
L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time.
McCaffrey, Anne Dragonsong.
O'Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
Pearce, Philippa Tom's Midnight Garden.
Sleator, William Into the Dream.
Smith, Robert Kimmel Chocolate Fever.

Historical Fiction

Armstrong, William Sounder.
Collier, James My Brother Sam is Dead.
Forbes, Esther Johnny Tremain.
Fox, Paula The Slave Dancer.
Greene, Bette Summer of My German Soldier.
Hamilton, Virginia The House of Dies Drear.
Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils.
Lasky, Kathryn The Night Journey.
Levitin, Sonia Journey to America.
Speare, Elizabeth George The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
Taylor, Mildred Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
Taylor, Theodore The Cay.


Raskin, Ellen The Westing Game.
Sobol, Donald Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.

School, Friends & Family

Blume, Judy Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Byars, Betsy The Summer of the Swans.
Cleary, Beverly Ramona the Pest.
Fitzhugh, Louise Harriet the Spy.
Gardiner, John Stone Fox.
Greene, Constance Beat the Turtle Drum.
Holman, Felice Slake's Limbo.
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Nordstrom, Ursula The Secret Language.
Paterson, Katherine Bridge to Terabithia.
Paterson, Katherine The Great Gilly Hopkins.
Peck, Robert N. A Day No Pigs Would Die.
Rockwell, Thomas How to Eat Fried Worms.