“Get lost in a book.”

This quote wraps up the importance of reading in five simple words. Books can take you to imaginary lands with wizards and talking animals; transport you back in time with stories on fighter pilots in World War II or Civil Rights marches in Washington, D.C. Books are relatable; they tell stories of real life, growing up and facing challenges. So let’s get lost in these books handpicked by Indianapolis Public Schools Media Specialists as the very best.

“The following books are important for students to read,” District Media Specialists’ Coordinator Laura Lowe said. “They have characters for whom children will develop empathy and plots for children to learn about the world around them and develop their imagination.”

These are just a few of the books most likely to help students move from reading as part of an assignment to reading for fun, on their own, as they get lost in new people, places and ideas.

How many of these books have you read?

Elementary:
*Books are in no particular order

  1. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
  2. The Lorax – Dr. Seuss
  3. The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister
  4. Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson
  5. One – Kathryn Otoshi
  6. The Dot and Ish – Peter Reynolds
  7. Giant Steps to Change the World – Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  8. Chrysanthemum – Kevin Henkes
  9. A Bad Case of Stripes – David Shannon
  10. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother – Patricia Polacco

Middle School
*Books are in no particular order

  1. Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper
  2. Wonder – R.A. Palacio
  3. Among the Hidden – Margaret Peterson Haddix
  4. Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
  5. The Giver – Lois Lowry
  6. Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
  7. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  9. Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
  10. The Call of the Wild – Jack London

High School
*Books are in no particular order

  1. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  2. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  3. Scorpions – Walter Dean Myers
  4. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  7. American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
  8. Warriors Don’t Cry – Melba Patillo Beals
  9. Twisted – Laurie Halse Anderson
  10. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

We’re proud that reading is encouraged across the district and that our Media Specialists are diligent in assisting our students in finding books that will carry them away. So whether you enjoy adventure, history or fantasy – get lost in a book today!