Books: Food for the Brain


With the holiday season quickly approaching, we know parents are on the lookout for great educational gifts for their children.

To aid in your search for the perfect gift, MCPS has weighed in with their favorite book recommendations our children:

Elementary School

  1. Hero by Mike Lupica
  2. Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner
  3. The Babe & I by David A. Adler
  4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  5. Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
  6. The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  7. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush – by Tomie dePaola
  8. Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  9. The City of Ember (Books of Ember) by Jeanne DuPrau
  10. All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  11. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  12. First Day in Grapes (Pura Belpre Honor Book) by L. King Perez
  13. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  14. Blueberries for Sal (Viking Kestrel picture books) by Robert McCloskey
  15. A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
  16. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  17. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  18. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  19. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Middle School

  1. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  2. The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  3. Just as Long as We’re Together by Judy Blume
  4. Comeback by Dave Dravecky
  5. Lisa, Bright and Dark: A Novel by John Neufield
  6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. I Am Regina by Sally M. Keehn
  8. The Beginning Place by Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition by Gary Paulson
  10. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  11. Go Up For Glory by Bill Russell
  12. City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
  13. They All Laughed…From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives by Ira Flatow
  14. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
  15. Summerland by Michael Chabon
  16. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
  17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

High School

  1. The Baron In The Trees by Italo Calvino
  2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  3. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
  4. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
  5. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  6. The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set by Suzanne Collins
  7. Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi
  8. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  9. Room: A Novel by Emma Donaghue
  10. 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
  11. Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard by Isak Dinesen
  12. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  13. One Third of a Nation: Lorena Hickok Reports on the Great Depression by Lorena Hickok, Richard Lowitt, and Maurine H. Beasley
  14. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  15. Essays – First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hoping your holiday season includes some great books!

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