Most states have annual lists of recommended books for students. The lists might be called the Magnolia Award (Mississippi), the Bluebonnet Award (Texas) or, in Indiana, the Young Hoosier Book Award. Young Hoosier book lists are created each year by a committee of School Library Educators, and all the students in the South Dearborn Schools are encouraged to read from these lists. The lists are created for 3 age groups: Picture Books, Intermediate Books and Middle Grade Books. There is a similar program for high school students (Eliot Rosewater Books).
Here are some of the titles from the 2015-2016 Young Hoosier Book List for Intermediate Grades. The Aurora Public Library District supports our local schools by purchasing copies of these books for our branches. These would all be great choices to read with your children. Research shows that even older elementary students love a family reading time. For the full list for each age group, you can go to this link.