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Realistic Fiction Suggestions by Grade


Tulip loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; illustrated by Sarah Massini — A little girl who loves to dance finds a dog who shares her passion.

Bad bye, good bye by written by Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Jonathan Bean — Moving is difficult!

Maple & Willow apart by Lori Nichols — Willow is off to school. What will her little sister do?

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman ; pictures by Caroline Binch — For the theater lover or big dreamer in your life.

A perfect day for digging by Cari Best ; illustrated by Christine Davenier — Is digging ever too dirty?

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Duck for a day by Meg McKinlay ; illustrated by Leila Rudge

My family adventure by Jacqueline Jules ; illustrated by Kim Smith

Andy Shane and the very bossy Dolores Starbuckle by Jennifer Richard Jacobson ; illustrated by Abby Carter

Princess Pistachio by Marie-Louise Gay ; translated from French by Jacob Homel

Picture day by Susan Nees

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for First Grade.

Second Grade

7 x 9 = trouble! by Claudia Mills ; pictures by G. Brian Karas — We all have that subject we struggle with. In Wilson's case, it's math.

The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes — Billy Miller's second grade year.

Stella Batts needs a new name by Courtney Sheinmel ; illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell — Stella struggles with an unwanted nickname.


Horrible Harry in room 2B by Suzy Kline ; pictures by Frank Remkiewicz — Begins a series about Horrible Harry and the others in room 2B. Look for more at J FICTION KLINE.

Just Grace by written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper — Grace begins her own series. Find more at J FICTION HARPER.

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for Second Grade.

Third Grade

A room with a zoo by Jules Feiffer — Looking for a story about an animal lover?

Zeke Meeks vs the annoying princess sing-along by D.L. Green ; illustrated by Josh Alves — Look for more Zeke Meeks at JFICTION GREEN.

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter Reynolds — Judy Moody's in third grade. Follow her adventures at JFICTION MCDONALD.

Frindle by Andrew Clements ; pictures by Brian Selznick

The year of the dog: a novel by Grace Lin

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for Third Grade.

Fourth Grade

Another day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger — For more adventures like Origami Yoda, look for JFICTION ANGLEBERGER.

The summer before by Ann M. Martin — The beginning of the BSC reboot for those who remember Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey. Also look for the Graphic Novels illustrated by Raina Telgemeier.

The misadventures of the family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for Fourth Grade.

Fifth Grade

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson — Starting a new school, or experiencing friendship woes? Astrid can empathize.

Joey Pigza swallowed the key by Jack Gantos — Follow the trials and tribulations of Joey Pigza in this five book series by Jack Gantos. This is the first one.

Everything on a waffle by Polly Horvath — Realistic fiction, with a bit of a far-fetched flavor, this story snagged a Newbery Honor in 2002.

The life and times of Benny Alvarez by Peter Johnson

Three bird summer by Sara St. Antoine

The misfits by James Howe

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for Fifth Grade.

Sixth Grade

Act 1 by Andrew Keenan-Bolger & Kate Wetherhead — This one has an author from Michigan.

Crush: the theory, practice, and destructive properties of love by Gary Paulsen — Gordon Korman writes a lot of realistic fiction. Try looking under J FICTION KORMAN.

Paper things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Jane, the fox & me by Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault ; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Can you say catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for Sixth Grade.