2018 Great Words, Great Works Book List

Each year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee publishes its School Spelling Bee Study List, a list of 450 words to help students prepare for a school-level spelling bee. These 450 words come from a list of books carefully selected by the Bee’s editorial team for their engaging and age-appropriate content, as well as their rich vocabulary. That list of books is called the Great Words, Great Works list.

Download the Full Book List

This year's book list contains 41 titles that are available to download to a Kindle device. Each grade level from first grade through eighth grade has its own section of the list and includes contemporary fiction, classics and nonfiction titles for each level.

Watch the Great Words, Great Works Video Series

To help you get the most from our source book list, we've put together a series of videos highlighting a few books from each grade level of the Great Words, Great Works list.

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Great Words, Great Works: First Grade


First Grade Source Books

The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration by Sandra Markle

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Frederick by Leo Lionni

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson


Download the First Grade List

Second Grade Books

Second Grade Source Books

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter

Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger

Humphrey's Mixed-Up Magic Trick by Betty G. Birney


Download the Second Grade List


Third Grade Books

Third Grade Source Books

What Is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Tumtum and Nutmeg by Emily Bearn

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler


Download the Third Grade List


Fourth Grade Books

Fourth Grade Source Books

Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins


Download the Fourth Grade List


Fifth Grade Books

Fifth Grade Source Books

Guts & Glory: The Vikings by Ben Thompson

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Save Me a Seat by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks

Moo: A Novel by Sharon Creech


Download the Fifth Grade List


Sixth Grade Books

Sixth Grade Source Books

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman


Download the Sixth Grade List


Seventh Grade Books

Seventh Grade Source Books

No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II by Robert Weintraub

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

Redwall by Brian Jacques


Download the Seventh Grade List


Eighth Grade Books

Eighth Grade Source Books

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Peak by Roland Smith

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


Download the Eighth Grade List

Teachers at Enrolled Schools Have Access to Extra Resources

This year, the Bee has put together student comprehension guides for some of the books on our Great Words, Great Works list. Each guide will come with a teacher key and will be available monthly in the Teacher Portal when enrolled schools log in at spellingbee.com.