Reading List for Parents and Educators

Quality Literature

  • Fables

    Aesop. Avenel, 1992

  • Little Women

    Alcott, Louisa. Puffin, 1988

  • Billy and Blaze

    Anderson, C.W.

  • The Emperor’s New Clothes

    Anderson, Hans Christian. Houghton Mifflin, 1949

  • The Little Match Girl

    Anderson, Hans Christian. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1987

  • Camille and the Sunflowers

    Anholt, Laurence

  • Degas and the Little Dancer

    Anholt, Laurence

  • Puss in Boots

    Arthur, Malcom, Trans. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1990

  • The Complete Tales

    Beatrix Potter. The Penguin Group, 1997

  • Madeline

    Bemelmans, Ludwig. Viking, 1993

  • Sam the Minuteman

    Benchley, Nathaniel. HarperCollins, 1987

  • Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

    Bennett, William, ed. Simon & Schuster, 1993

  • Shakespeare’s Stories: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    Birch, Beverly. Bedrick, 1988

  • The Black Falcon

    Boccaccio, retold by Wise, William Philomel, 1990

  • A Bear Called Paddington

    Bond, Michael. Houghton Mifflin, 1960

  • Toliver’s Secret

    Brady, Esther Wood. Random Books for Young Readers, 1993

  • The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West

    Brenner, Barbara

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Brett, Jan. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1987

  • Cinderella

    Brown, Marcia. Aladdin Books, 1988

  • The Runaway Bunny

    Brown, Margaret Wise. HarperCollins, 1977

  • The Secret Garden

    Burnett, Frances Hodgson. Harper and Row, 1987

  • The Children’s Aesop

    Calmenson, Stephanie. Boyds Mills Press, 1992

  • Harald and the Giant Knight and Harald and the Great Stag

    Carrick, Donald. Clarion, 1988

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Carroll, Lewis. Schloastic/Apple Classic, 1988

  • The Hare and the Tortoise

    Castle, Caroline. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1985

  • Stolen Thunder

    Climo, Shirley. Clarion Books, 1994

  • Canterbury Tales

    Cohen, Barbara. Lothrop, 1988

  • From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs

    Cohn, Amy L. Scholastic, 1993

  • Pinocchio

    Collodi, C.

  • The Children’s Homer

    Colum, Padraic

  • America’s Robert E. Lee

    Commager, Henry Steele and Ward, Lynd. Houghton Mifflin, 1951

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    Cooper, James Fenimore. Signet, 1962

  • Cinderella

    Craft, K.Y.. SeaStar Books, 2000

  • The Little Lame Prince

    Craik, Dinah Maria Murdock. Troll Communications, 1997

  • The Red Badge of Courage

    Crane, Stephen. Puffin, 1986

  • Robinson Crusoe

    Dafoe, Daniel. Charles Scribner & Sons, 1983

  • D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

    d’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar. Dell Yearling, 1962

  • D’Aulaire’s Norse Gods and Giants

    d’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar. Doubleday, 1967

  • Shakespeare for Young People series

    Davidson, Diane, ed. Swan Books

  • New Puffin Children’s World Atlas: An Introductory Atlas for Young People

    Day, Michael & Tivers, Jacqueline. Puffin Books, 1994

  • The North Wind and the Sun

    de La Fontaine, Jean. Watts, 1964

  • The Clown of God

    de Paola, Tomie. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978

  • David Copperfield

    Dickens, Charles. Bantam, 1988

  • Poetry for Young People

    Dickinson, Emily. Sterling, 1994

  • Peter Pan

    Dubowski, Cathy East. Random House, 1991

  • Squanto: First Friend to the Pilgrims

    Dubowski, Cathy East. Dell, 1990

  • The Princess and the Pea

    Duntze, Dorothee. North-South Books, 1984

  • Rapunzel

    Ehrlich, Amy. Dial Books, 1989

  • Three Famous Short Novels

    Faulkner, William. Viking, 1958

  • Favorite Poems Old and New

    Ferris, Helen, ed. Doubleday, 1957

  • Johnny Tremain

    Forbes, Esther. Houghton Mifflin, 1971

  • Diary of a Young Girl

    Frank, Anne. Pocket, 1990

  • Corduroy

    Freeman, Don

  • Lincoln: A Photobiography

    Freedman, Russell. Clarion, 1987

  • You Come Too: Favorite Poems for Young Readers

    Frost, Robert. Dover, 1991

  • Lord of the Flies

    Golding, William. Perigee, 1954

  • The Bremen-Town Musicians

    Gross, Ruth Belov. Scholastic, 1974

  • The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

    Hamiliton, Virginia. Knopf/Borzoi, 1985

  • Famous Children: Michelangelo

    Hart, Tony

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Hastings, Selina. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1981

  • King Midas and the Golden Touch

    Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Knopf, Alfred A., 1994

  • The Old Man and the Sea

    Hemingway, Ernest. Macmillian, 1986

  • Young Carthaginian: A Story of the Times of Hannibal

    Henty, GA

  • Bread and Jam for Frances

    Hoban, Russell

  • St. George and the Dragon

    Hodges, Margaret. Little, Brown, 1984

  • St. Jerome and the Lion

    Hodges, Margaret. Orchard, 1991

  • Paddle-to-the-Sea

    Holling, Holling Clancy. Houghton Mifflin, 1980

  • Hand in Hand: An American History through Poetry

    Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Simon & Schuster, 1994

  • The Boy Who Held Back the Sea

    Hort, Lenny. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1987

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Howe, John Little, Brown, 1989

  • Dogger

    Hughes, Shirley. Mulberry, 1993

  • Perseus

    Hutton, Warwick. Macmillian, 1993

  • Theseus and the Minotaur

    Hutton, Warwick. Macmillian/Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1989

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Hyman, Trina Schart. Little, Brown, 1997

  • Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales

    Irving, Washington. Smith Pub., 1980

  • The First Starry Night

    Isom, Joan Shaddox

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio

    Kassirer, Sue. Random House, 1992

  • John Henry: An American Legend

    Keats, Ezra Jack. Pantheon, 1965

  • The Story of My Life

    Keller, Helen. Scholastic, 1967

  • The Jungle Book

    Kipling, Rudyard. Grossett and Dunlap

  • Hymn Board Books

    Kloria Publishing

  • Hymn Picture Books

    Kloria Publishing

  • George Washington: The Man Who Would Not Be King

    Krensky, Stephen. Scholastic, 1992

  • The Boy Who Loved Music

    Lasker, David. Viking, 1979

  • Hansel & Gretel

    Lesser, Rika. G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Sandcastle Books, 1984

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    Lewis, C.S. Macmillian, 1950

  • Floss

    Lewis, Kim

  • Johnny Appleseed

    Lindbergh, Reeve. Little, Brown, 1990

  • The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War

    Little, Emily. Random House, 1988

  • The Call of the Wild

    London, Jack. Puffin, 1988

  • Paul Revere’s Ride

    Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. E.P. Dutton, 1990

  • The Song of the King

    Lucado, Max. Crossway Books, 1995

  • At the Back of the North Wind

    MacDonald, George. Zondervan, 1981

  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    MacLachlan, Patricia. HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1985

  • Blueberries for Sal

    McCloskey, Robert

  • Make Way for Ducklings

    McCloskey, Robert. Viking, 1941

  • Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

    McKinley, Robin. Green Tiger, 1989

  • Martin Luther

    McNeer, May and Ward, Lynd. Abingdon, 1953

  • The Sleeping Beauty

    Meyer, Mercer. Macmillian, 1984

  • Island of the Mighty: Stories of Old Britain

    Middleton, Haydn. Oxford, 1987

  • Now We Are Six

    Milne, A.A.. E.P. Dutton

  • When We Were Very Young

    Milne, A.A.. E.P. Dutton

  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Milne, A.A.. E.P. Dutton

  • The Ugly Duckling

    Moore, Lillian. Scholastic, 1988

  • The Frog Prince

    Ormerod, Jan and Lloyd, David. Scholastic, 1987

  • Animal Farm

    Orwell, George. Signet, 1986

  • Amelia Bedelia

    Parish, Peggie

  • The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

    Petersham, Maud and Miska. Macmillan/Aladdin Books, 1987

  • The Random House Books of Poetry for Children

    Prelutsky, Jack, ed. Random House, 1983

  • The Raven and Other Favorite Poems

    Poe, Edgar Allan. Dover, 1991

  • The Story of King Arthur and his Knights

    Pyle, Howard. Simon and Schuster, 1984

  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    Pyle, Howard. Dover, 1968

  • Curious George

    Rey, H.A.

  • Classic Myths to Read Aloud

    Russell, William F.. Crown publishers, 1989

  • Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children

    Russell, William F., ed. Crown Publishers

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Sendak, Maurice. Harper Trophy, 1963

  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse

    Sewell, Anna. Grossett and Dunlap, 1945

  • Frankenstein

    Shelley, Mary. Bedrick, 1988

  • Caps for Sale

    Slobodkina, Esphyr

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    Speare, Elizabeth. Dell, 1978

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses

    Stevenson, Robert Louis

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the Body Snatchers

    Stevenson, Robert Louis. Bedrick, 1989

  • Treasure Island

    Stevenson, Robert Louis. Charles Scribner and Sons, 1981

  • The Griffin and the Minor Canon

    Stockton, Frank. HarperCollins, 1986

  • The Arthurian Trilogy: The Light Beyond the Forest, The Sword and the Circle, The Road to Camlann

    Sutcliff, Rosemary. E.P. Dutton, 1980

  • Black Ships Before Troy

    Sutcliff, Rosemary

  • Dragonslayer: The Story of Beowulf

    Sutcliff, Rosemary. Puffin, 1966

  • The Wanderings of Odysseus

    Sutcliff, Rosemary

  • Gulliver’s Travels

    Swift, Jonathon. William Morrow, 1983

  • Magellan: First Around the World

    Syme, Ronald. William Morrow, 1953

  • The Hobbit

    Tolkien, J.R.R.. Houghton Mifflin, 1937

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Tolkein, J.R.R.. Houghton Mifflin, 1967

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Twain, Mark. Penguin, 1986

  • In a Circle Long Ago: A Treasury of Native Lore from North America

    Van Laan, Nancy. Knopf, Alfred A., 1995

  • The Children’s Bible

    Various. Hamlyn, 1984

  • Twenty-Thousand Leagues under the Sea

    Verne, Jules. Scribner’s

  • The Three Little Pigs and Other Favorite Nursery Stories

    Voake, Charlotte. Candlewick Press, 1992

  • The Biggest Bear

    Ward, Lynd Kendall

  • Frederick Douglass: Voice of Freedom

    Weiner, Eric. Dell, 1992

  • The Plymouth Adventure

    Weisgard, Leonard. Doubleday, 1967

  • Stories of Charlemagne

    Westwood, Jennifer. S.G. Phillips, 1976

  • Charlotte’s Web

    White, E.B.. HarperCollins, 1952

  • The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales

    Wiggin, Kate Douglas and Smith, Nora A.. Simon & Schuster, 1937

  • The Selfish Giant

    Wilde, Oscar Picture Book Studio, 1984

  • Little House Series

    Wilder, Laura Ingalls

  • Exodus

    Wildsmith, Brian

  • Joseph

    Wildsmith, Brian

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    Williams, Margery. Doubleday

  • The Emperor and the Kite

    Yolen, Jane. World, 1967

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    Zelinsky, Paul O.. E.P. Dutton, 1986

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    Zelinsky, Paul O.. E.P. Dutton, 1986