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Classical Childrens Books

Book Club Reading Lists

This is a combilation of the Children's Book Club Reading Lists for 3rd to 8th grade. The best classical literature for children listed by age level.

How to Participate In Our Classic Literature Book Club

Each grade from 3rd to 8th grade has a list of thirteen of the best classic books of children's literature.

The lists are composed of a variety of great literature: biographies, historical fiction, animal tales, and the best loved classics. Dangerous journeys, thoughtful discussions, character-tested-by-adversity; readers join the search for good in the midst of evil.

Students choose ten of the books on their grade level list. After reading their choice of ten of the thirteen books, they submit the form and will have a certificate emailed to them.

3rd Grade Reading Club

Here are the books on the Third Grade Reading List:

  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
  • The Story of Harriet Tubman by Kate Macmullan
  • Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer
  • The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail off Tears by Cornelia Cornelissen
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  • Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
  • Robin Hood Retold by Bob Blaisdell
  • Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson
  • Other Genre - Short Tales:Tales of Uncle Remus by Julius Lester

Read more about the books on the Third Grade Book Club Reading Lists.

4th Grade Reading Club

The Kalaidos Fourth Grade Reading books include these great classics:
  • Sarah Plain and Tall by Patrician MacLachlan
  • Sounder by William Armstrong
  • Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
  • The Corn Grow Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads
  • Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Maraguerite Henry
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gibson
  • Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars
  • Other Genre - Tall Tales:American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg

Read more about the books on the Fourth Grade Book Club Reading Lists.

5th Grade Reading Club

Fifth graders will enjoy the variety and adventure with these great books:
  • Blue Willow by Doris Gates
  • Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
  • Bambi: Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
  • The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
  • Winterbound by Margery Bianco
  • Miracle on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
  • McHiggins the Great by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishoop
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O'Brien
  • Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz
  • King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table by Andrew Lang
  • Other Genre - Short Tales:Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights Stories by Philip Smith
Read more about the books on the Fifth Grade Book Club Reading Lists.

6th Grade Reading Club

The Kalaidos Sixth Grade reading list is full of great tales and memorable characters:
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man By Elizabeth Yates
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Daughter of the Mountain by Louise Rankin
  • The Door In the Wall by Margeurite de Angeli
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Calico Bush By Rachel Field
  • Moccasin Trail by Eloise McGraw
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Incredible Journey By Sheila Burnford
  • Other Genre - Biblical Allegory: Kingdom's Dawn by Chuck Black
Read more about the books on the Sixth Grade Book Club Reading Lists.

7th Grade Reading Club

Check out these awesome books any seventh grader would like:
  • Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Mildred Taylor
  • Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Favorite Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kellly
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray
  • The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • Samurai's Tale by Erik Haugaard
  • Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson
  • Other Genre - Shakespeare Plays:Ten Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Read more about the books on the Seventh Grade Book Club Reading Lists.

8th Grade Reading Club

Here are the books on our Eighth Grade Reading List.
  • Kidnapped by Robert L. Stevenson
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc By Mark Twain
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Latham
  • Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell
  • Fellowship of the Ring by J.R. Tolkien
  • Golden Goblet by Eloise J. McGraw
  • Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
  • Freedom's Cause by G.A. Henty
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • Other Genre - Mythology: Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Green

More Great Children's Literature

In addition to the these reading lists, we have other categories of classic children's literature. Use the navigation bar to the right to find books from different eras of history, books with different literary themes, and unit studies that can be done alone or in a group.


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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