This list is introduced in Classic Children’s Literature.
Up to 6th Grade: (Higher grades are below.)
Adamson, Joy
• Born Free
Aesop
Fables
Alcott, Louisa May
Little Women
Andersen, Hans Christian
• Fairy tales
Atwater, Richard and Florence
• Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin
• Miss Hickory
Barrie, J.M.
• Peter Pan
Baum, L. Frank
• The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Bemelmans, Ludwig
• Madeline series
(Series are great for “hooking” your children into great literature. If your child likes one, now you can get the rest!)
Bond, Michael
• A Bear Called Paddington
Boston, L.M.
• The Children of Green Knowe
Brink, Carol Ryrie
• Caddie Woodlawn
Brown, Margaret Wise
• Goodnight, Moon
Brunhoff, Jean de
• The Story of Babar
Burnett, Frances Hodgson
• The Secret Garden
Burton, Virginia Lee
• Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Butterworth, Oliver
• The Enormous Egg
Clark, Ann Nolan
• Secret of the Andes
Cleary, Beverly
• Henry Huggins series
Coatsworth, Elizabeth
• The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Dalgliesh, Alice
• The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
• The Courage of Sarah Noble
De Angeli, Marguerite
• The Door in the Wall
De Jong, Meindert
• The House of Sixty Fathers
• The Wheel on the School
Dodge, Mary Mapes
• Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
Du Bois, William Pene
• The Twenty-One Balloons
Eager, Edward
• Half Magic
Edmonds, Walter D.
• The Matchlock Gun
Ernestine G. Carey
• Cheaper By the Dozen
Estes, Eleanor
• Ginger Pye
• Moffats series
• The Hundred Dresses
Farley, Walter
• The Black Stallion
Field, Rachel
• Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Fitzhugh, Louise.
• Harriet the Spy
Fritz, Jean
• The Cabin Faced West
George, Jean Craighead.
• My Side of the Mountain.Gilbreth, Frank B. and
Gipson, Fred
• Old Yeller
Godden, Rumer
• The Mousewife
Grahame, Kenneth
• The Reluctant Dragon
• The Wind in the Willows
Gray, Elizabeth Janet
• Adam of the Road
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm
• Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Hawes, Charles
• The Dark Frigate
Haywood, Carolyn
• Betsy series
Henry, Marguerite
• King of the Wind
• Misty of Chincoteague
Hughes, Langston
• The Dream Keeper and Other Poems.
Keith, Harold
• Rifles for Watie
Kelly, Eric
• The Trumpeter of Krakow
Kipling, Rudyard
• Captains Courageous
• Just So Stories for Little Children
• The Jungle Books
Kjelgaard, Jim
• Big Red
Knight, Eric
• Lassie Come Home
Krumgold, Joseph
• …and Now Miguel
• Onion John
LaFarge, Oliver
• Laughing Boy
Lamb, Charles and Mary
• Tales from Shakespear
Latham, Jean Lee
• Carry on, Mr. Bowditch
Lawson, Robert
• Ben & Me
• Rabbit Hill
Leaf, Munro
• The Story of Ferdinand
Lear, Edward
• Book of Nonsense
Lenski, Lois
• Strawberry Girl
Lewis, C.S.
• Chronicles of Narnia series
Lindgren, Astrid
• Pippi Longstocking series
Lofting, Hugh
• Doctor Doolittle series
London, Jack
• The Call of the Wild
• White Fang
MacDonald, Betty
• Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
MacGregor, Ellen
• Miss Pickerell series
McCloskey, Robert
• Blueberries for Sal
• Homer Price
• Make Way for Ducklings
McSwigan, Marie
• Snow Treasure
Meigs, Cornelia
• Invincible Louisa
Milne, A.A.
• The House at Pooh Corner
• Now We Are Six
• When We Were Very Young
• Winnie-the-Pooh
Minarik, Else Holmelund
• Little Bear
Montgomery, L.M.
• Anne of Green Gables series
Mukerji, Dhan Ghopal
• Gay-Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
Nesbit, E.
• The Railway Children.
Norton, Mary
• The Borrowers series
O’Hara, Mary
• My Friend Flicka
Pearce, Philippa
• Tom’s Midnight Garden
Perrault, Charles
• The Complete Fairy Tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc)
Potter, Beatrix
• The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Pyle, Howard
• The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Rey, H.A.
• Curious George series
Richter, Conrad
• The Light in the Forest
Salten, Felix.
• Bambi
Sawyer, Ruth.
• Roller Skates
Selden, George
• The Cricket in Times Square
Seuss, Dr.
• The Cat in the Hat
Sewell, Anna
• Black Beauty
Sorenson, Virginia
• Miracles on Maple Hill
Speare, Elizabeth George
• The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Sperry, Armstrong
• Call It Courage
Spyri, Johanna
• Heidi
Steinbeck, John
• The Red Pony
Stevenson, Robert Louis
• A Child’s Garden of Verses*
• Kidnapped
• Treasure Island
Travers, Pamela L.
• Mary Poppins series
Van Loon, Hendrik
• The Story of Mankind
Warner, Gertrude Chandler
• The Boxcar Children series
White, E.B.
• Charlotte’s Web
• Stuart Little
Wilder, Laura Ingalls
• Little House series
Williams, Margery
• The Velveteen Rabbit*
Wyss, Johann
• Swiss Family Robinson
Zion, Gene
• Harry the Dirty Dog*

Classic children’s Literature – Grades 7 and 8Middle school and junior high.
Alcott, Louisa May
• Little Men
Bagnold, Enid
• National Velvet
Blackmore, Richard D.
• Lorna Doone
Boulle, Pierre
• The Bridge over the River Kwai
Bradbury, Ray
• Dandelion Wine
• Fahrenheit 451
• The Illustrated Man
• Martian Chronicles
Buchan, John
• The Thirty-Nine Steps
Bunyan, John
• The Pilgrim’s Progress
Carroll, Lewis
• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
• Through the Looking Glass
Clark, Walter
• The Ox-Bow Incident
Cooper, James Fenimore
• The Deerslayer
• The Last of the Mohicans
Curie, Eve
• Madame Curie: A Biography
Dana, Richard Henry
• Two Years before the Mast
Day, Clarence
• Life with Father
Defoe, Daniel
• Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles
• A Christmas Carol
Douglas, Lloyd C.
• The Robe
Doyle, Arthur Conan
• Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Dumas, Alexander
• The Count of Monte Christo
• The Three Musketeers
Du Maurier, Daphne
• Rebecca
Edmonds, Walter D.
• Drums along the Mohawk
Ferber, Edna
• Cimarron
Forbes, Esther
• Johnny Tremain
Forester, C.S.
• The African Queen
• The Hornblower series
Frank, Anne
• Diary of a Young Girl
Frost, Robert
• Poems
Gallico, Paul
• The Snow Goose
Gunther, John
• Death Be Not Proud
Guthrie, A.B.
• The Big Sky
Haggard, H. Rider
• King Solomon’s Mines
Hansberry, Lorraine
• Raisin in the Sun
Hemingway, Ernest
• The Old Man and the Sea
Hersey, John
• A Bell for Adano
• Hiroshima
• The Wall
Heyerdahl, Thor
• Kon-Tiki
Hilton, James
• Goodbye, Mr. Chips
• Lost Horizon
Hudson, W.H.
• Green Mansions
Hughes, Richard
• A High Wind in Jamaica
Hugo, Victor
• The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Irving, Washington
• The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Keller, Helen
• Story of My Life
Kennedy, John F.
• Profiles in Courage
Kipling, Rudyard
• Kim
Knowles, John
• A Separate Peace
Lee, Harper
• To Kill a Mockingbird
London, Jack
• The Sea Wolf
Lord, Walter
• A Night to Remember
Lovelace, Maud Hart
• Betsy-Tacy books
Malory, Sir Thomas
• Le Morte d’Arthur
Maxwell, Gavin
• Ring of Bright Water
McCullers, Carson
• Member of the Wedding
Michener, James
• The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Mitchell, Margaret
• Gone with the Wind
Nordhoff, Charles and J.N. Hall
• Mutiny on the Bounty
O’Dell, Scott
• Island of the Blue Dolphins
Orczy, Baroness Emma
• The Scarlet Pimpernel
Paton, Alan
• Cry, the Beloved Country
Porter, Gene Stratton
• Freckles
• Girl of the Limberlost
Pyle, Howard
• Men of Iron
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan
• The Yearling
Renault, Mary
• The King Must Die
Roberts, Kenneth
• Northwest Passage
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de
• The Little Prince
• Wind, Sand and Stars
Saki
• Stories
Schaefer, Jack
• Shane
Scott, Sir Walter
• Ivanhoe
Sharp, Margery.
• The Rescuers.
Shelley, Mary
• Frankenstein
Smith, Betty
• A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Steinbeck, John
• The Pearl
• Tortilla Flat
Stevenson, Robert Louis
• The Black Arrow
• The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stoker, Bram
• Dracula
Thurber, James
• The Thurber Carnival
Tolkien, J.R.R.
• The Hobbit
• The Lord of the Rings
Twain, Mark
• The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
• The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
• A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
• Innocents Abroad
• Life on the Mississippi
• The Prince and the Pauper
Verne, Jules
• Around the World in Eighty Days
• Journey to the Center of the Earth
• Mysterious Island
• 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
Wallace, Lewis
• Ben-Hur
Washington, Booker T.
• Up from Slavery
Wells, H.G.
• The Time Machine
• War of the Worlds
Wharton, Edith
• Ethan Frome
Wilder, Thornton
• The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Wister, Owen
• The Virginian
Yates, Elizabeth
• Amos Fortune, Free Man

Classic children’s literature – Grades 9 through 12

Agee, James
• A Death in the Family
Anderson, Sherwood
• Winesburg, Ohio
Austen, Jane
• Emma
• Northanger Abbey
• Pride and Prejudice
• Sense and Sensibility
Baldwin, James
• Go Tell It on the Mountain
Balzac, Honore de
• Pere Goriot
Beckett, Samuel
• Waiting for Godot
Note that some of these children’s literature listings are actually plays.
Bolt, Robert
• A Man for All Seasons
Bronte, Charlotte
• Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily
• Wuthering Heights
Browning, Robert
• Poems
Buck, Pearl
• The Good Earth
Butler, Samuel
• The Way of All Flesh
Camus, Albert
• The Plague
• The Stranger
Cather, Willa
• Death Comes for the Archbishop
• My Antonia
Cervantes, Miguel
• Don Quixote
Chaucer, Geoffrey
• The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton
• The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate
• The Awakening
Collins, Wilkie
• The Moonstone
Conrad, Joseph
• Heart of Darkness
• Lord Jim
• The Secret Sharer
• Victory
Crane, Stephen
• The Red Badge of Courage
Dante
• The Divine Comedy
Defoe, Daniel
• Moll Flanders
Dickens, Charles
• Bleak House
• David Copperfield
• Great Expectations
• Hard Times
• Oliver Twist
• A Tale of Two Cities
Dickinson, Emily
• Poems
Dinesen, Isak
• Out of Africa
Dostoevski, Fyodor
• Brothers Karamazov
• Crime and Punishment
Dreiser, Theodore
• An American Tragedy
• Sister Carrie
Eliot, George
• Adam Bede
• Middlemarch
• Mill on the Floss
• Silas Marner
Eliot, T.S.
• Murder in the Cathedral
Ellison, Ralph
• Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
• Essays
Faulkner, William
• Absalom, Absalom!
• As I Lay Dying
• Intruder in the Dust
• Light in August
• The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry
• Joseph Andrews
• Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott
• The Great Gatsby
• Tender Is the Night
Flaubert, Gustave
• Madame Bovary
Forster, E.M.
• A Passage to India
• A Room with a View
Franklin, Benjamin
• The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Galsworthy, John
• The Forsyte Saga
Golding, William
• Lord of the Flies
Goldsmith, Oliver
• She Stoops to Conquer
Graves, Robert
• I, Claudius
Greene, Graham
• The Heart of the Matter
• The Power and the Glory
Hamilton, Edith
• Mythology
Hardy, Thomas
• Far From the Madding Crowd
• Jude the Obscure
• The Mayor of Casterbridge
• The Return of the Native
• Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
• The House of the Seven Gables
• The Scarlet Letter
Hemingway, Ernest
• A Farewell to Arms
• For Whom the Bell Tolls
• The Sun Also Rises
Henry, O.
• Stories
Hersey, John
• A Single Pebble
Hesse, Hermann
• Demian
• Siddhartha
• Steppenwolf
Homer
• The Iliad
• The Odyssey
Hughes, Langston
• Poems
Hugo, Victor
• Les Miserables
Huxley, Aldous
• Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik
• A Doll’s House
• An Enemy of the People
• Ghosts
• Hedda Gabler
• The Master Builder
• The Wild Duck
James, Henry
• The American
• Daisy Miller
• Portrait of a Lady
• The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James
• Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man
• Dubliners
Kafka, Franz
• The Castle
• Metamorphosis
• The Trial
Keats, John
• Poems
Kerouac, Jack
• On the Road
Koestler, Arthur
• Darkness at Noon
Lawrence, D.H.
• Sons and Lovers
Lawrence, Jerome and Robert E. Lee
• Inherit the Wind
Lewis, Sinclair
• Arrowsmith
• Babbitt
• Main Street
Llewellyn, Richard
• How Green Was My Valley
Machiavelli
• The Prince
MacLeish, Archibald
• J.B.
Mann, Thomas
• Buddenbrooks
• The Magic Mountain
Marlowe, Christopher
• Dr. Faustus
Maugham, Somerset
• Of Human Bondage
McCullers, Carson
• The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Melville, Herman
• Billy Budd
• Moby-Dick
• Typee
Miller, Arthur
• The Crucible
• Death of a Salesman
Monsarrat, Nicholas
• The Cruel Sea
O’Neill, Eugene
• The Emperor Jones
• A Long Day’s Journey into Night
• Mourning Becomes Electra
Orwell, George
• Animal Farm
• 1984
Pasternak, Boris
• Doctor Zhivago
Poe, Edgar Allan
• Short stories
Remarque, Erich
• All Quiet on the Western Front
Rolvaag, O.E.
• Giants in the Earth
Rostand, Edmond
• Cyrano de Bergerac
Salinger, J.D.
• The Catcher in the Rye
Sandburg, Carl
• Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years
• Abraham Lincoln: The War Years
Saroyan, William
• The Human Comedy
Sayers, Dorothy
• The Nine Tailors
Shakespeare, William
• Plays and sonnets
Shaw, George Bernard
• Arms and the Man
• Major Barbara
• Pygmalion
• Saint Joan
Sheridan, Richard B.
• The School for Scandal
Shute, Nevil
• On the Beach
Sinclair, Upton
• The Jungle
Sophocles
• Antigone
• Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John
• East of Eden
• The Grapes of Wrath
• Of Mice and Men
Stowe, Harriet Beecher
• Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Swift, Jonathan
• Gulliver’s Travels
Thackeray, William M.
• Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David
• Walden
Tolstoy, Leo
• Anna Karenina
• War and Peace
Trollope, Anthony
• Barchester Towers
Turgenev, Ivan
• Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark
• Pudd’nhead Wilson
Updike, John
• Rabbit Run
Vergil
• The Aeneid
Voltaire
• Candide
Warren, Robert Penn
• All the King’s Men
Waugh, Evelyn
• A Handful of Dust
Wharton, Edith
• Age of Innocence
White, T.H.
• The Once and Future King
• The Sword in the Stone
Wilde, Oscar
• The Importance of Being Earnest
• The Picture of Dorian Gray
Wilder, Thornton
• Our Town
Williams, Tennessee
• The Glass Menagerie
• A Streetcar Named Desire
Wolfe, Thomas
• Look Homeward, Angel
Woolf, Virginia
• Mrs. Dalloway
• To the Lighthouse
Wouk, Herman
• The Caine Mutiny
Wright, Richard
• Black Boy
• Native Son

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