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Classical Childrens Books

Preteen Stories

Classic Literature for Growing Readers

Our lists of preteen stories includes the best loved classic books for girls and guys. Adventure, heroes and heroines, and the never-ending search for good mark the greatest stories of all time.

Books for Boys

Boy Reading and Dreaming

These are the best books that inspire boys and young men to read. The heroes are boys themselves, who do what is right in the face of danger.

A wide variety of literature, from ancient times to the 20th century classics is waiting. Animal tales, travel by road and sea, pirates and mysteries make it easy to want to read "just one more chapter."

Great Books for Boys

Books for Girls

Girl Reading and Dreaming

Girls like exciting stories of brave heroines who overcome the dangers and struggles of their times. Our list of books showcase the girls in literature from ancient Egypt to World War II. As pioneers, spies, captives, and pilgrims they learned about friendship, love, and the cost of doing the right thing at the right time. There is always another great book waiting to be read.

Great Books for Girls

Book Lists by Grade

silhouette of children reading books

We have suggested reading lists by grade level for third through eighth grade. Stories are appropriate for grade level and interest level and are among the best known preteen stories in the English language.

Reading Lists by Grade.

Ten Tips To Encourage Reading

1. Find books they enjoy. Get others from the same genre.

2. Talk about the books they are reading. If they don't bring it up, ask them what they liked best about a book.

3. Read yourself. It sets an example.

4. Give books as gifts. It demonstrates their value and importance.

5. Read together. See all the benefits of reading out loud - even with your older kids.

6. Listen to audio books on long trips. It is not reading, but like reading out loud, it fosters reading in a variety of ways. 7. Get a library card. Get in the habit of going to the library regularly.

8. Have a reading routine. It can be a quiet time before bed. It might be a part of the morning routine that is expected before going outside, calling friends, playing computer games, or watching T.V.

9. Watch the movie of classic stories after reading the book. Many have more than one version of the same story.

10. Always look for character development. Recognizing that the action of the story changed the main character is a big step to understanding literature.


Classical Children's Books

Literature by Era

Books by Historical Era
Ancient History
The Middle Ages
American Revolution
Thanksgiving History
18th Century Literature
19th Century Literature
Civil War Era Literature
Early 20th Century
Depression Era Literature
World War II Literature
Historic Fiction Teaches

Books by Grade

3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Classical Lit Book Club

Easy Books

Preschool Picture Books
Early Reading Books
First Chapter Books

Lit Unit Studies

The Jungle Book
Wind In The Willows
Little Women
Twenty and Ten
Shadow of the Pines
Wizard of Oz
Calico Bush
Benjamin West & His Cat
The Golden Goblet
The Golden Goblet

Literary Themes

Children's Book Themes
Animal Stories
Dragon Legends
Ocean Stories
Family Life
Overcoming Disabilities
Christmas Stories
Detective Stories
Christian Literature
Fairy Tales

Favorite Authors

List of Authors' Books
Charles Dickens
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Jane Austen

Favorite Book Series

Sets of Classics

People & Places

Tales From Other Lands
African American Lit
Native American Stories

Boy Reading and Dreaming
Favorite Boys Books

Girl Reading and Dreaming
Favorite Girls Books

Shadow of the Pines
In The Shadow of the Pines

Shadow of the Pines
All The Cities Of Gold

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