Primary Books and Activities

Book List for Primary Grades K-3rd. 

Welcome to The Castle Library's book list and activity page for primary readers in grades K-3. Beginning readers often struggle to make sense of the world of print, yet the little toads are eager to learn and love the words and pictures found in literary books. 

The Queen understands that emerging toads are eager to hop into the world of books and when they find a beloved character, they will remain loyal and follow those characters through many adventures. Young toads need to be surrounded by words both in school and at home. Parents of these little hoppers will do well to establish nightly story time routines which not only help calm a rambunctious toad, but will send them off into dreams of adventure and exploration. 

Please return regularly as the Queen adds more books to her library shelves and offers adventurous activity ideas that are certain to knock your little toad off their lily pad. 

Thank you for visiting The Castle Library. The Queen hopes your time here is full of adventure and engaging fun. 


Art and Max by David Wiesner

I Wonder How God Made Me 
by Mona Gansberg Hodgson

Blackout by John Rocco

One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner. What's a family to do?

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

Did you know numbers are very important? Even the number Zero. Join Zero as she finds value among all the other numbers. 

Argus by Michelle Knudsen

Sally’s class is doing a science project, and Mrs. Henshaw is handing out eggs for hatching. "Mine looks different," says Sally. When Sally’s egg cracks, what emerges is something green and scaly with big yellow eyes.

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker

The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair.

Frog and Friends

Frog and Friends Party at the Pond

by Eve Bunting

Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating in his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are--nice and peaceful.

Victoria Kann

When Pinkalicious uses all of Alison's pink paint in class, Pinkalicious knows just how to make it up to her best friend!

Friday the Scaredy Cat 
by Kara McMahon

Black cats are supposed to be scary, but no one has told that to this little black cat named Friday. So instead of being scary, Friday the Scaredy Cat is scared! 

Animal Eggs

By Dawn Cusick & Joanne O’Sullivan

Kids who like animals will love Animal Eggs! Discover amazing colors and dozens of shapes and sizes—pink, yellow, orange, red, purple eggs, spotted eggs, speckled eggs, see-through eggs, and so many more.

Miss Smith- Under the Ocean
by Micheal Garland

Miss Smith's class can't wait for story time. When their teacher reads from her incredible storybook, the worlds she describes come alive-literally!

Perfect Square
by Michael Hall

A perfect square is transformed in this adventure story that will transport you far beyond the four equal sides of this square book.

The Gingerbread Man: Loose in the School
by Laura Murray

When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: "I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!"

The Man in the Moon

by William Joyce

Up there in the sky.Don’t you see him?
No, not the moon.
The Man in the Moon.
He wasn’t always a man.
Nor was he always on the moon.
He was once a child.
Like you.

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