Classics

‘Classic’ novels are ones so extraordinarily well-written that they are still being read decades after first being published. As a result, recently written novels aren’t considered classics because they haven’t been around long enough yet, even though many us who enjoy books are sure we can identify new novels that will some day be considered classics.

Below you will find a list of some of the ‘classics’ suitable for readers in grade four and up. Some of them are traditionally considered children’s novels and others are considered adult novels, but all of them are important enough that you should learn a little bit about them before you finish grade eight.

Don’t think that you have to read the original version of each novel. The important thing is to know a little bit about each novel and let it become part of your general knowledge. So, while the quality of the writing is definitely the best in the original version,  it is fine if you read an adaptation, listen to the story on tape, or even watch the movie.

Especially suitable for younger readers:
Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan. (1911)
Baum, Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (1900)
Bond, Michael. A Bear Called Paddington. (1958)
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. (1911)
Carrier, Roch. The Hockey Sweater. (1984)
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. (1865)
Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass. (1872)
Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw. (1984)
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona and her Father. (1978)
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Pest. (1968)
Collodi, Carlo. Pinocchio. (1881)
Cooper, Susan. The High King. (1976)
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (1964)
Dahl, Roald. Danny, the Champion of the World. (1975)
Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. (1961)
de Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall. (1950)
Enright, Elizabeth. Gone-away Lake. (1958)
Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses. (1945)
Estes, Eleanor. Ginger Pye. (1950)
Estes, Eleanor. The Middle Moffat. (1943)
Estes, Eleanor. Rufus M. (1944)
Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion. (1941)
George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain. (1960)
Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. (1908)
Lawson, Robert. Rabbit Hill. (1945)
Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (1950)
Lofting, Hugh. The Story of Dr. Dolittle. (1923)
MacDonald, George. The Princess and Curdie. (1883)
Milne, A.A. The House at Pooh Corner. (1927)
Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh. (1958)
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables. (1908)
Mowat, Farley. Owls in the Family. (1962)
Nesbit, Edith. Five Children and It. (1908)
Nesbit, Edith. The Railway Children. (1968)
North, Sterling. Rascal. (1964)
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. (1952)
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins. (1960)
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. (1978)
Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins. (1979)
Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyanna. (1913)
Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows. (1962)
Richler, Mordecai. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. (1975)
Saint-Exupery, A. de. The Little Prince. (1943)
Salten, Felix. Bambi. (1923)
Smucker, Barbara. Underground to Canada. (1977)
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi. (1880)
Steig, William. Abel’s Island. (1977)
Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins. (1934)
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. (1952)
White, E.B. Stuart Little. (1945)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods. (1932)

Suitable for grades 7 and up:
Alexander, Lloyd. The High King. (1969)
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. (1868)
Armstrong, William H. Sounder. (1970)
Austen, Jane. Persuasion. (1818)
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. (1813)
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. (1847)
Burnford, Sheila. The Incredible Journey. (1961)
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. (1719)
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. (1843)
Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. (1837)
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. (1887)
Garfield, Leon. Jack Holborn. (1964)
Garfield, Leon. Smith. (1967)
Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller. (1957)
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. (1967)
Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book. (1894)
Kjelgaard, Jim. Big Red. (1945)
L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. (1963)
London, Jack. Call of the Wild. (1903)
London, Jack. White Fang. (1906)
Mowat, Farley. Lost in the Barrens. (1956)
Nichol, Barbara, reteller. Tales of Don Quixote. (2004; originally 1605 by Miguel de Cervantes)
Orwell, George. Animal Farm. (1945)
Pyle, Howard. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. (1883)
Rawling, Marjorie K. The Yearling. (1938)
Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty. (1877)
Smucker, Barbara. Days of Terror. (1979)
Speare, Elizabeth Speare. The Bronze Bow. (1962)
Speare, Elizabeth Speare. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. (1959)
Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony. (1933)
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. (1883)
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. (1886)
Tolkein, J. R. R. The Hobbit. (1937)
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings. (1954)
Trease, Geoffrey. Word to Caesar. (1955)
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (1884)
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (1876)
Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. (1881)
Ullman, James Ramsey. Banner in the Sky. (1954)
Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. (1873)
Verne, Jules. Journey to the Center of the Earth. (1864)
Voigt, Cynthia. Dicey’s Song. (1983)
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. (1895)
Wyss, Johann D. The Swiss Family Robinson. (1812)

Suitable only for more mature readers:
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. (1953)
Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. (1850)
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. (1861)
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. (1859)
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Hound of Baskervilles. (1902)
Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers. (1844)
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. (1954)
Hugo, Victor. Les Miserables. (1862)
Irving, Washington. Rip Van Winkle. (1819)
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. (1851)
Scott, Walter. Ivanhoe. (1820)
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. (1818)
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. (1897)
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels. (1726)
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. (1959)
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. (1960)
Weisel, Elie. Night. (1960)

 

 

 

 

 

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