The slightest knowledge of a great book is better than the greatest knowledge of a slight book. — Paraphrase of Aquinas in the Summa Theologicae: Part 1, Question 1, Article 5

When you are choosing what books your children or students will read, the stakes are especially high. That is why we have put years of research into The Classical Reader and this companion website, collecting and analyzing the K–12 reading recommendations of classical educators from around the country and seeking those readings that have been important and pleasurable to generations of students. It is an invaluable resource for every school and homeschool family for everything from book reports to reading for pleasure.

Give it a try—start sorting and filtering to see the veritable cave of dragon loot, the embarrassment of riches that will provide years of instruction and delight and help to instill a lifelong love of reading.

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The slightest knowledge of a great book is better than the greatest knowledge of a slight book. — Paraphrase of Aquinas in the Summa Theologicae: Part 1, Question 1, Article 5

When you are choosing what books your children or students will read, the stakes are especially high. That is why we have put years of research into The Classical Reader and this companion website, collecting and analyzing the K–12 reading recommendations of classical educators from around the country and seeking those readings that have been important and pleasurable to generations of students. It is an invaluable resource for every school and homeschool family for everything from book reports to reading for pleasure.

Give it a try—start sorting and filtering to see the veritable cave of dragon loot, the embarrassment of riches that will provide years of instruction and delight and help to instill a lifelong love of reading.

100 Cupboards (1st in series)

Author: Wilson
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Level: Easy

18 Penny Goose, The

Author: Walker
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grades: Lower Grammar (1-3)
Level: Easy

1984

Author: Orwell
Genre: Science Fiction
Grades: Rhetoric (10-12)
Level: Average

5,000-Year-Old Puzzle, The

Author: Logan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grades: Lower Grammar (1-3)
Level: Challenging

A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry

Author: Milosz
Genre: Poetry
Grades: Dialectic (7-9)
Level: Challenging

A Farewell to Arms

Author: Hemingway
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grades: Rhetoric (10-12)
Level: Challenging

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Author: O'Connor
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grades: Rhetoric (10-12)
Level: Average

A Student’s Guide to Classical Education: One Student’s K-12 Journey

Author: Perrin
Genre: Classical Education, Practice
Grades: Teacher Resources
Level: Easy

A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

Author: Willard
Genre: Poetry
Grades: Lower Grammar (1-3)
Notations: Caldecott Honor, Newbery Medalist
Level: Average

Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House (Landmark Books)

Author: North
Genre: Biography
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Level: Average

Abel’s Island

Author: Steig
Genre: Fiction
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Notations: Newbery Honor
Level: Easy

Abraham Lincoln

Author: d'Aulaire
Genre: Biography
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Notations: Caldecott Medalist
Level: Easy

Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery

Author: Frederick
Genre: Mystery, Realistic Fiction
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Level: Average

Across Five Aprils (Civil War)

Author: Hunt
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Notations: Newbery Honor
Level: Challenging

Adam Bede

Author: Eliot
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grades: Rhetoric (10-12)
Level: Challenging

Adam of the Road (Middle Ages, England)

Author: Gray
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Notations: Newbery Medalist
Level: Average

Adventures in Ancient Egypt

Author: Bailey
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grades: Lower Grammar (1-3)
Level: Average

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Twain
Genre: Adventure, Realistic Fiction
Grades: Dialectic (7-9), Upper Grammar (4-6)
Level: Challenging, Easy

Adventures of Old Mr. Toad, The

Author: Burgess
Genre: Fiction
Grades: Lower Grammar (1-3)
Level: Average

Adventures of Robin Hood, The

Author: Green
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Grades: Upper Grammar (4-6)
Level: Average

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The

Author: Doyle
Genre: Mystery
Grades: Dialectic (7-9)
Level: Easy

Aeneid, The

Author: Fagles, Virgil
Genre: Historical, Poetry
Grades: Rhetoric (10-12)
Level: Challenging

Aesop for Children, The

Author: Aesop
Genre: Fantasy
Grades: Lower Grammar (1-3)
Notations: Teacher Reads Aloud
Level: Challenging