Children's Classics

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. 1876.
The adventures of a boy growing up during the early nineteenth century in a Mississippi River town. Grades 6 and up.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865.
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters. Grades 5 and up.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. 1908.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an unforgettable impression on everyone around her. Grades 5 and up.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. 1873.
In 1872, English gentleman Phileas Fogg has many adventures as he tries to win a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Grades 5 and up.

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. 1940.
When Tacy moves in across the street from Betsy,  the two friends become inseparable. Grades 2-5.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Illustrated by Judith G. Brown. 1972.
In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Grades 3-5.

Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell. 1877.
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters. Grades 3 and up.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1952.
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. Grades 3-5.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 1843.
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future. Grades 4 and up.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. 1952.
Prepared by the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation. Contains the first English translation of two early versions of the diary, presented entry-by-entry with the well known version edited by her father. Also includes essays on the Frank family, on their betrayal and arrest, and on evidence for the diary's authenticity. Grades 6 and up.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg. 1967.
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself. Grades 3 and up.

Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh. 1964.
Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of them find out they are so upset they shun her, and Harriet must find a way to win them back. Grades 3 and up.

The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes. Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. 1944.
Wanda Petronski, a little Polish girl in an American school, is laughed at because she always wears a faded blue dress, until her classmates learn a lesson. Grades 2-5.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. 1950.
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Grades 4 and up.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1932.
A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors. Grades 3 and up.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. 1934.
Two English children's new nanny arrives on the East Wind, slides up the banister, carries an empty carpet bag with all kinds of things in it, and introduces Jane and Michael to some delightful people and experiences. Grades 4 and up.

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater. 1938.
The unexpected delivery of an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper. Grades 3-5.

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. 1948.
A young boy is determined to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island. Grades 3-5.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Translated from the Swedish by Florence Lamborn. 1950.
Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village. Grades 3-5.

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. Illustrated by Louis Darling. 1968.
Ramona's finally in kindergarten and is thrilled with all the new things to see and do. Grades 3-5.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. 1836.
As the sole survivor of a shipwreck, an Englishman lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island. Grades 4 and up.

A Secret Garden
by Frances H. Burnett. 1909.
Colin's orphaned cousin, Mary Lennox, arrives and ends his life as a spoiled invalid. Grades 4 and up.

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss. 1814.
The fantastical adventures of a Swiss family shipwrecked on a deserted island. Grades 3-5.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. 1975.
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older. Grades 4-6.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. 1922.
 The velveteen rabbit is worn out and dirty, but still hopes to find the magic called Real. A great read aloud for all ages, but Grades 3 and up can read on their own.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. 1961.
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. Grades 4 and up.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham. 1908.
The escapades of four animal friends, Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger, who live along a river in the English countryside. Grades 3 and up.

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. 1926.
The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday. Grades 4 and up.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum. Illustrated by W.W. Denslow. 1900.
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. Grades 5 and up.

A Wrinkle In Time
by Madeline L’Engle. 1962.
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Grades 4 and up.