Great Books for Gifted Students

In conjunction with Courtney Floyd (Media Center Specialist) and various Language Arts teachers, Sycamore School's Jennifer Williams (Head of Early Childhood), Tiffany Stahl (Head of Lower School), and Katie Baker (Head of Middle School) list their favorite books for children and adults.

Need to know what are the best biographies, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and picture books? See the lists below!

List of 3 items.

  • Early Childhood

    Prepared by Jennifer Williams (Head of Early Childhood)
    and Courtney Floyd (Media Center Specialist)

    Folk and Fairy Tales
    The Little Mermaid by Jerry Pinkney
    La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya
    Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
    Goldi and the Three Hares by Margie Palatini
    Goldilocks Returns by Lisa Campbell Ernst
    The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
    The Three Silly Billies by Margie Palatini
     
    Song Story Books
    Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez
    The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Isa Trapani
    Old MacDonald Had A... Zoo? by Isa Trapani
     
    Social/Emotional and/or Multicultural Focus
    I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
    Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
    Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
    Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J Pla
    The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
    Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak
    After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
    Love by Matt de la Pena
    Lend a Hand: Poems about Giving by John Frank
    The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
  • Lower School

    Prepared by Tiffany Stahl (Head of Lower School)
     and Courtney Floyd (Media Center Specialist)

    Biography
    Ruth Bader Ginsberg: the case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter
    The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Mosca

    Non-Fiction
    Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
    The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts by Jane Walsher
    Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick
    All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for American's with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel

    Graphic Novels
    Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
    Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

    Fiction
    Front Desk by Kelly Yang
    The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
    The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
    The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
    A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
    Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester
     
    Picture Books
    After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat
    Drawn Together by Minh Le
    If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall
    Zoom by Istvan Banyai
    The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
     
    Poetry
    Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
    All He Knew by Helen Frost
  • Middle School

    Prepared by Katie Baker (Head of Middle School)
    and Courtney Floyd (Media Center Specialist)

    The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
    Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! by Stephen Manes
    Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
    Born a Crime by Trever Noah
    Broken Strings by Eric Walters & Kathy Kacer
    Dry by Neal Shusterman
    Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
    Field Notes by Jennifer E. Smith
    The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
    From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
    Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
    The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
    Hoax For Hire by Laura Martin
    Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
    Last Pick by Jason Walz
    New Kid by Jerry Craft
    Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga 
    Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
    Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
    Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice
    Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
    Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
    Santiago's Road Home by Alexandra Diaz
    Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
    Strike Zone by Mike Lupica
    Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
    White Bird by R.J. Palacio
    Wink by Rob Harrell