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Books Every Teacher Needs in their Classroom

School just let out for the summer but we're already thinking ahead to the fall and to all our new teachers who are about to take on the journey of teaching! We've put together a list of our favorite books (that we enjoyed throughout our own childhood) that we think every teacher needs in their classroom! We've organized each book by grade level to help you find the developmentally appropriate text for your classroom.

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Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?

By: Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

Synopsis: This book invites young readers on an exciting journey of rhythmic poetry and colorful creatures. The vibrant illustrations and repetitive, melodic text make this book a delightful and educational experience for early readers.

If you Give a Pig a Pancake

By: Laura Numeroff

Synopsis: You've heard of "If you give a Mouse a Cookie", but have you heard what happens when you give a pig a pancake? In this adorable companion book, watch as a pig goes from eating pancakes, to taking a bath, to building a treehouse and beyond.

Magic Treehouse Book Series

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Synopsis: Each book in the series follows siblings Jack and Annie as they discover a magical tree house that whisks them away on thrilling adventures through time and space. Each book combines history, mysteries, and enough action to keep developing readers entertained from beginning to end.

3rd-4th Grade


By: Alice McLerran

Synopsis: This book tells the enchanting tale of a group of children who transform a barren hillside into a magical world of their own, complete with streets, houses, and even an ice cream shop or two. This heartwarming story celebrates the boundless creativity and imagination of childhood and the joy and freedom of play.

The One and Only Ivan

By: Katherine Applegate

Synopsis: In this book, a thoughtful gorilla named Ivan, living in captivity, forms an unlikely friendship with a baby elephant. After discovering his own artistic abilities, Ivan finds the courage to seek a better life for them both.


By: R. J. Palacio

Synopsis: In this book, a young boy named Auggie Pullman, born with a facial difference, bravely navigates the challenges of attending a mainstream school for the first time. Through his journey of resilience and kindness, he transforms the lives of everyone around him, teaching them about acceptance and the true meaning of friendship.

5th-6th Grade

Harry Potter Book Series

By: J.K. Rowling

Synopsis: This series follows the extraordinary journey of a young boy who discovers something incredible about himself: He is a wizard! After being accepted into the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter and his friends must unravel the mysteries of the past and confront the dark wizard Voldemort.

City Spies Book Series

By: James Ponti

Synopsis: In this series, a diverse group of young prodigies recruited from around the world come together to form an elite group of undercover agents. In each book, the City Spies travel to exciting destinations and use their unique talents to uncover international threats and solve high-stakes mysteries.

The Roar

By: Emma Clayton

Synopsis: In this book, twin siblings Mika and Ellie live in a dystopian world where everyone on earth, due to a formidable plague, have been forced to live behind a wall. Facing food shortages, overcrowding, and a mysterious new government program, the twins and their friends embark on a quest to know the truth about their world and fight for freedom.

We hope you enjoyed looking through some of our favorite childhood books! Do you have any to add to the list? To share your thoughts or learn more about teaching and the McKay school, set up a meeting with one of our student ambassadors today at this link!

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