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Ages 6-8

Great Reads in Lexile Range 400

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Abby in Wonderland by Sarah Mlynowski
Instead of the usual fairy tale, Abby finds herself in the middle of a book, Alice in Wonderland, with two of her friends, plus bossy Penny (who is definitely not a friend), and in order to get back to reality she must solve a curious riddle, find one of her friends who is missing, and somehow avoid getting her head cut off by the Red Queen--and figure out what she is going to tell the other girls if they ever get out of Wonderland. Lexile 410
Daddy Can't Dance by Fran Manushkin
Katie and her father are invited to a Daddy-Daughter dance, the only problem is that her father is not a good dancer--he frequently steps on his partner's feet. Lexile 470
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Katie Woo
Dinosaur Days by  Joyce Milton
Millions of years ago when the world was wet and warm, dinosaurs roamed the land. Dinosaurs are no longer alive today, but scientists can still dig up the dirt on these astounding creatures by studying their bones. Journey back to the ancient and exciting days of our prehistoric planet: the dinosaur days. Lexile 420.
Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble by Megan McDonald
With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig. Jessica can hardly wait for her party with Judy Moody and all their friends. But Judy Moody is acting like a pig-head, and Jessica UN-invites her from the party. To make matters worse, Jessica has snooped around the house and has found zero sign of a pig present. Could her birthday be any more of a disaster? Lexile 480
Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett
One day, Mac (smartest boy in his class in a small town in California) receives a telephone call from the Queen of England, recruiting him to find the Crown Jewels (well, actually just the Coronation Spoon) and so Mac embarks on his first adventure as a Secret Agent--with the assurance that the Queen will give him a note excusing him from school. Lexile 460
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Mac B., Kid Spy
Ninja on the Farm by  Luke Flowers
Moby Shinobi wants to put his ninja skills to use by helping a farmer in need, but everything goes wrong until he finds just the right job. Lexile 400
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Moby Shinobi
Oona Finds an Egg by Adele Griffin
Oona finds a giant egg and brings it back to West Wog to care for it, and see what hatches--but others in the cave want to claim her egg, particularly the nasty kid Bruce Brute, and when the baby Stegosaurus hatches it will have to choose who it wants to live with. Lexile 470
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The Oodlethunks
Rabbit & Robot and Ribbit by Cece Bell
Rabbit is excited. He is going to surprise his good friend Robot at home. DING DONG! When Robot opens the door, he is surprised. He wasn't expecting Rabbit. In fact, he is already engrossed in a game of checkers with another friend, Ribbit. Now Rabbit is the one who is surprised, and a bit jealous. Lexile 470
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! Lexile 470
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The Girl With a Mind for Math : The Story of Raye Montague by  Julia Finley Mosca
After touring a German submarine in the early 1940's, young Raye Montague set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted-- finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever. Lexile 460
The Missing Pieces of Me by Jean Van Leeuwen
More than anything, ten-year-old Weezie wants to please her momma. She babysits her spoiled half-sister, Ruth Ann, and little Jackson. She makes tea for Momma in Gramma Emmeline's beautiful teapot. She even tries to cook dinner. But nothing turns out quite right. And Momma is never pleased. Hard times and a daddy who ran off before she was born seem to have stolen all of Momma's love. If only Weezie could find her daddy, she's sure her life would be happier.
Updated 12/09/2019