Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chapter Books that Pair Well with Five in a Row Volume 2

This is the second in a series of booklists I have put together for our family to use with our Five in a Row studies next year. It matches each Five in A Row book with a short chapter book aimed at a K-3 audience. If you missed my introduction and the list of chapter books that pair well with Five in a Row Volume 1, click here. Stay tuned for Volume 3.

*Books marked (ER) are Easy Reader. There are a few classics here like The Secret Garden that may be too long to finish in a week. Listening to an audiobook version of those books might work well or pairing two garden theme books together and spreading the reading out over several weeks.

Five in a Row Volume 2

The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater 

Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan 
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan 
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Prairie School by Avi (ER) 
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf
The Waterhorse by Dick King-Smith
Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley

A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates
The Dollshop Downstairs by Yona Z . McDonough

Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully 
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren 
A Spotlight for Harry by Eric A. Kimmel 
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan

They Were Strong and Good by Alice and Robert Lawson 
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Abraham Lincoln by Inger and Edgar D’Aulaire 
The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin (ER)

Babar, To Duet or Not to Duet based on characters by DeBrunhoff
The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine
(This would be a great week to listen to music instead of read aloud. The Maestro classics combine music with story and commentary.)
Maestro Classics: Carnival of the Animals
Maestro Classics: Peter and the Wolf

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

Down, Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle 
A Penny's Worth of Character by Jesse Stuart
Blue Ridge Billy by Lois Lenski
Up and Down the River by Rebecca Caudill

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (find the audiobook read by E.B. White if you can)
The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thorton Burgess
Lulu and the Duck by Hilary McKay

The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and ill. by Beatrix Potter
The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thorton Burgess
Mrs. Peter Rabbit by Thorton Burgess
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham 
Mercy Watson Takes a Ride by Kate DiCamillo
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm by Sid Fleischman

All Those Secrets of the World by Jane Yolen 
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson 
The Mitchells, Five for Victory by Wilda Van Stockum
Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp 
The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney 
A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift
The Lighthouse Family by Cynthia Rylant (ER) 
The Light at Tern Rock by Julia L. Sauer
Keep the Lights Burning, Addie by Peter and Connie Roop(ER)

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter 
The Drinking Gourd by F.N Munjo (ER)
Who was Harriet Tubman? By Yona Z. McDonough
The Last Safe House by Barbara Greenwood
Thee, Hannah by Marguerite de Angeli

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson 
Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant 
Happy Little Family by Rebecca Caudill
Schoolhouse in the Woods by Rebecca Caudill
The Blue Hill Meadows by Cynthia Rylant

Gramma's Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines 
In Gramma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck


  1. We are gearing up to row Ping tomorrow and so we started by reading Bird Boy. What a great suggestion. We loved it. It was really a great story.

  2. I would be totally interested on how your week looks adding these books. :)