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  • Santa monica/ malibu unified school district Suggested Reading Lists

    These reading lists have been prepared by the librarians of the Santa Monica Public Library in collaboration with the Elementary Library Coordinators and Librarians of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The lists provide a selection of good books that kids enjoy. Reading levels are suggestions only as every student learns to read at his or her own speed. While some books are perfect to read aloud, kids can read many of the books, especially books in a series, by themselves.

    During Summer, these books are recommended for the incoming grade level. For example, a 3rd grader during this school year would be given the 4th grade suggested reading list.

    1st Grade List               4th Grade List               En Espanol Grados 2-3

    2nd Grade List
                  5th Grade List               En Espanol Grados 4-6  

    3rd Grade List  

  • Reading Lists by age or grade

    Toddler Books

    Picture Books for Preschoolers

    1st and 2nd Grade Nonfiction 

    3rd Grade

    4th Grade

    5th Grade 

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    International Childrens Digital Library (ICDL) 

    The materials in the collection, all presented in the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. 

    Tumble Books Library

    TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. 
    Tumblebooks apps are available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, and can be found on their respective stores by either searching for TumbleBooks... or clicking on the links below:
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