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Children's Classics TBR

A list of classic children's books from The 1000 Good Books List that I would like to read:


Senior Reading Level:


Poems & Anthologies


Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes 

Battle of Maldon & Other Old English Poems by Crossley-Holland & Mitchell 

Blindman's World and Other Stories by Edward Bellamy 

Cavalleria Rusticana and Other Stories by Giovanni Verga 

Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith 

Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories by Ivan Turgenev 

Dream Tales and Prose Poems by Ivan Turgenev 

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 

Henry IV and other histories by William Shakespeare 

Holy Sonnets and Other Divine Poems by John Donne 

Homeric Hymns 

Little Novels of Sicily by Giovanni Verga 

Macbeth and other tragedies by William Shakespeare 

Minor Poems by Edmund Spenser 

Necklace and Other Stories and others by Guy DeMaupassant 

Pearl by Charles Osgood 

Poems by C. S. Lewis 

Poems by G. K. Chesterton 

Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

Poems by John Keats 

Poems by John Milton 

Poems by Lord Byron 

Poems by Matthew Arnold 

Poems by Percy Blythe Shelley 

Poems by Robert Burns 

Poems by Robert Lewis Stevenson 

Poems by Sir Walter Scott 

Poems by William Wordsworth 

Poems of Hesoid 

Poetry as a Means Of Grace by Charles Osgood 

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by James Winny February 28, 2013

Sir Orfeo by Unknown 

Sonnets by William Shakespeare 

Stories and Plays by Anton Chekhov 

Taming of The Shrew and other comedies by William Shakespeare 

Ursule Mirouet and Other Stories by Honore de Balzac



Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank   July 2009

All Creatures Great and Small and others by James Herriot 

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque   August 5, 2013

Amazing Adventures of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton 

American Leonardo by Carleton Mabee 

Americanization of Edward Bok by Edward Bok 

And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov   July 25, 2011

Animal Farm; 1984 by George Orwell 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy  January 31, 2012

Autobiography by Benvenuto Cellini 

Autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt 

Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton 

Barchester Towers and others by Anthony Trollope 

Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni 

Bible in Spain by George Borrows 

Bleak House by Charles Dickens 

Book of Escapes and Hurried Journeys by John Buchan 

Borden of Yale by Mrs. Howard Taylor 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley   November 24, 2012

Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Burning Bush and others by Sigrid Undset 

Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead   November 17, 2001

Cabinet of Antiquities by Honore de Balzac 

Captain Cook's Explorations by James Cook 

Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset 

Charterhouse of Parma and others by Stendahl 

Chivalry and others by James Branch Cabell 

Conquest of Granada by Washington Irving 

Contender by Robert Lipsyte 

Covenant and other historical fiction by James A. Michener 

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Cripps, the Carrier by Richard Blackmore 

Crisis by Thomas Paine 

Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson 

Cruise of the "Nona" and others by Hilaire Belloc 

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton 

Darwin's Black Box by Michel Behe 

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather  March 25, 2013

Death of Ivan Ilyitch by Leo Tolstoy 

Death of the Gods by Dmitri Merejkowski 

Diary & Autobiography of John Adams edited by L. Butterfield 

Diary by David Brainerd 

Diary of a Country Priest and others by George Bernanos   November 18, 2012

Dream Thief by Stephen R. Lawhead 

Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams 

Emma by Jane Austen   December 2007

Erewhon by Samuel Butler 

Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton 

Every Living Thing by James Herriot 

Experience the Depths of Jesus Christ by Madame Jeanne Guyon 

Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography by Hans Christian Anderson 

Fathers and Sons and others by Ivan Turgenev 

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 

Four Voyages to the New World by Christopher Columbus 

Foxe's Christian Martyrs by John Foxe, edited by W. Grinton Berry 

Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais 

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 

Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 

Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Green Mansions and others by William H. Hudson 

Heart of Darkness and others by Joseph Conrad 

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton 

House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga, translated by D. H. Lawrence 

House of Seven Gables and others by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry Morton Stanley 

Iceland Fisherman and others by Pierre Loti 

In This Sign by Joanne Greenburg 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte   October 5, 2011

Jerusalem and others by Selma Lagerlof 

Journal by George Fox 

Journal by John Wesley 

Lalla Rookh by Tom Moore 

Lavengro by George Borrows 

Life of Columbus by Washington Irving 

Life of George Washington by Washington Irving 

Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell 

Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy 

Lord Peter and other mysteries by Dorothy Sayers 

Lorna Doone by Richard D. Blackmore 

Man Called Thursday by G. K. Chesterton 

Martin Chuzzelwitt by Charles Dickens   April 21, 2013

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka 

Moby Dick and others by Herman Melville 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 

My Antonia by Willa Cather   April 17, 2013

My Confession by Leo Tolstoy 

Old Creole Days and others by George Washington Cable 

Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 

On Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau 

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and others by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens 

Paradise War and others in trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead 

Peace Child by Don Richardson 

Pere Goirot by Honore de Balzac 

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain 

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard 

Pillar of Iron and other historical fiction by Taylor Caldwell 

Power & the Glory and other historical fiction by Graham Greene 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen   October 8, 2013

Prisoner of Zenda and others by Anthony Hope Hawkins 

Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz 

Rabble in Arms and others by Kenneth Roberts 

Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson 

Raven: a Biography of Sam Houston and other biographies by Marquis James 

Red and The Black by Stendahl   June 7, 2012

Romany Rye by George Borrows 

Roots of the Mountains by William Morris 

Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini   February 2009

Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone 

Scott's Last Expedition by Robert Scott 

Sense and Sensibility and others by Jane Austen 

Servant of Slaves and others by Grace Irwin 

Sevastopol Sketches and others by Leo Tolstoy 

Shadows on the Park by Willa Cather 

Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs by William Morris 

Snow Goose by Paul Gallico 

Song of the Scaffold by Gertrud von Le Fort 

Tale of the South Downs by Richard Blackmore 

Taliesin and others in series by Stephen R. Lawhead 

Thirty Nine Steps and others by John Buchan   November 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Tom Jones and others by Henry Fielding 

Travels in Arabian Deserts by Charles Doughty 

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington 

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery   August 8, 2013

Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith   ???? 

Virginians and others by William Makepeace Thackery 

Voyages to the New World by Hakluyt 

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

War of the Worldviews by Gary DeMar 

Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler 

Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton 

With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz 

Witness by Whittaker Chambers



Junior Reading Level:


Poems & Anthologies


Arts by Hendrick Willem Van Loon 

Best Novels and Stories by Eugene Rhodes, edited by Dobie 

Idylls of the King and other poetry by Alfred Tennyson 

Lady or the Tiger and Other Stories by Frank Stockton 

McGuffey's Fourth Reader by William McGuffey 

Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 

Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare   January 2012

Poem of the Cid by unknown 

Poems by Emily Dickinson 

Poems by George Herbert 

Poems by Robert Browning 

Poems by Robert Frost 

Poems by Rudyard Kipling 

Poems by Thomas Gray 

Poems by Thomas Macaulay 

Poems of Horace 

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

Selections from Souvenirs Entymologiques by Henri Fabre 

Song of Roland translated by Dorothy L. Sayers   December 13, 2012

Story of Mankind by Hendrick Willem Van Loon 

Swoop and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse 

Tales by Washington Irving 

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe 

Van Loon’s Geography by Hendrick Willem Van Loon 

Works of Anne Bradstreet edited by Jeannine Hensley





Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt   September 2009

Admiral of the Ocean Sea: Life of Christopher Columbus & others by Samuel E. Morison

Adventures of Richard Hannay and others by John Buchan 

All Men Are Brothers and others by Pearl S. Buck 

Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon 

Anne of Green Gables and others by Lucy Maud Montgomery   March 25, 2013

Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines 

Beauty by Robin McKinley 

Bob, Son of Battle by Alfred Ollivant 

Boy Alone and others in the trilogy by Reginald Ottley 

Boy on the Rooftop by Tomas Szabo 

Boy's War by David J. Michell 

Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder   October 2010

Bruchko by Bruce Olson 

Bulfinch's Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch 

Bulfinch's Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch 

Bulfinch's Legends of Charlemagne by Thomas Bulfinch 

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare 

Call of the Canyon and others by Zane Gray 

Chase Me, Catch Nobody by Erik Christian Haugaard 

The Chosen by Chaim Potok   September 2010

Christy by Catherine Marshall   October 2010

Chronicles of Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters (read 2)

Cider Days by Mary Stolz 

Circuit Rider and others by Edward Eggleston 

Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade 

Day of Pleasure by Isaac Bashevis Singer 

Devil in Print by Mary Drewery 

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 

Flames of Rome by Paul Maier   December 2010

For Love of Jody by Robbie Branscum 

Giants in the Earth and others by O. E. Rolvaag 

Good Morning, Miss Dove by Frances Gray Patton 

Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton 

Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacClean 

Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O'Dell 

Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom 

Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien  March 2011

Hoosier School-Boy by Edward Eggleston 

Hoosier Schoolmaster by Edward Eggleston 

Hound of the Baskervilles & others by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   April 17, 2012

House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton 

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn   December 2009

If You Love Me Nothing Else Matters by Patricia St. John 

In His Steps by Charles Sheldon 

In the Hall of the Dragon King & others in the trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead

Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells 

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell 

Julius Caesar and other biographies by John Buchan 

King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell 

Leader by Destiny by Jeanette Eaton 

Life of David Crockett by Davey Crockett 

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain 

Likely Lad by Gillian Avery 

Lion's Paw by D. R. Sherman 

Little White Horse and others by Elizabeth Goudge 

Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkein   February 22, 2012

Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   July 2011

Mama's Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes    December 15, 2012

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw 

Max's Dream by William Mayne 

Miracle Worker by William Gibson 

Moonstone and others by Wilkie Collins 

Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks 

Mrs. Mike by Benedict & Nancy Freedman 

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George 

Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

Nikolenka's Childhood by Leo Tolstoy 

O! Pioneers by Willa Cather 

Odyssey of Homer by Barbara Leonie Picard 

Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty 

One of Ours by Willa Cather 

Onion John by Joseph Krumgold 

Pictures of Travel in Sweden by Hans Christian Anderson 

Pond by Robert Murphy 

Portable Chaucer by Theodore Morrison 

Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy 

Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt 

Prospering by Elizabeth George Speare 

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggen 

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 

Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas 

Sarah Bishop by Scott O'Dell 

Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy   February 2009

Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter 

Second Mrs. Giaconda by E. L. Konigsburg 

Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather 

Silver Chalice and other historical fiction by Thomas B. Costain 

Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman 

Small Woman by Alan Burgess 

Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis     

Stories of Charlemagne by Jennifer Westwood 

Story of a Bad Boy and others by Thomas Bailey Aldrich 

Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell 

String in the Harp by Nancy Bond 

Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars 

Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs 

Ten Fingers for God by Dorothy Clarke Wilson 

Tevye the Dairyman by Sholom Aleichem 

Time Enough for Drums by Anne Rinaldi 

Time Machine and others by H. G. Wells 

To the Tune of a Hickory Stick by Robbie Branscum 

Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes 

Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes 

Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly 

Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana 

Valley of the Shadow by Janet Hickman 

Virginian and others by Owen Wister   May 28, 2013

Voyage Round the World by William Dampier 

War of The Worlds by H. G. Wells   March 13, 2012

Watership Down by Richard Adams 

Well at the World's End and others by William Morris 

Whale Song by Robert Siegel 

White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

White Fang by Jack London 

Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare   

Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken 

Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings 

Young Brontes by Mary Louise Jarden



Advanced Literature


Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens 

Ben Hur and others by Lew Wallace   October 19, 2012

Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas    August 18, 2013

Blood and Sand by Blasco Ibanez 

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas   March 2006

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse by Blasco Ibanez 

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley   

Fromont Jeune by Alphonse Daudet 

George Trilby by Du Maurier 

Gil Blas by Alain Le Sage 

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 

Greek Way to Western Civilization by Edith Hamilton 

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift 

Hereward the Wake by Charles Kingsley 

Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo 

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 

Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott 

King Solomon's Mines and others by Henry Rider Haggard 

Last Days of Pompeii by Lord Edward Bulwar-Lytton 

Legends of the Alhambra by Washington Irving 

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo   January 2009

Lilith by George MacDonald 

Lost Queen of Egypt by Lucile Morrison 

Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Middlemarch by George Eliot   August 2007 & June 23, 2013

Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Bowen 

Mythology by Edith Hamilton 

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 

Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens 

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 

Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman 

Pilgrim's Progress and others by John Bunyan 

Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Quatre-Vingt-Treize by Victor Hugo 

Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott 

Roman Way to Western Civilization by Edith Hamilton 

Sanders of the River and others by Edgar Wallace 

Silas Marner and others by George Eliot 

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Taking of the Bastille by Alexandre Dumas 

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens   April 2012

Talisman by Sir Walter Scott 

Tartarin by Alphonse Daudet 

Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas   April 1, 2012

Travels by Marco Polo 

Travels in Africa by Mungo Park 

Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas 

Whites and The Blues by Alexandre Dumas 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte



Elementary Reading Level:


Poems & Anthologies


American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg

Beowulf, the Warrior by Ian Serraillier

Best-Loved Poems of the American People selected by Hazel Felleman

Blue Fairy Book and others by Andrew Lang, illustrated by H. J. Ford RA

Book of Americans by Rosemary & Stephen V. Benet

Book of Virtues by William Bennett

Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc

Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens

Child’s Geography of the World by V. M. Hillyer

Child’s History of Art by V. M. Hillyer

Child’s History of the World by V. M. Hillyer

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson RA

Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris

Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson

Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Walter Crane RA

John Gilpin’s Ride by William Cowper

Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon

LuLu’s Library and other short story anthologies by Louisa May Alcott

McGuffey’s Second and Third Reader by William McGuffey RA

Moral Compass by William Bennett

Myths of the World by Padraic Colum

Perrault’s Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault RA

Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, illustrated by Kate Greenaway

Poems of Thomas Bailey Aldrich and others by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Sketch Book by Washington Irving

Song of Hiawatha and other poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Stories of Great Americans by Edward Eggleston

Story of the Greeks and others by H. A. Guerber

Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne RA

Treasury of Children’s Literature by Armand Eisen 

Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne RA

Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle





Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray

Adventures of Mabel by Harry Thurston Peck

Adventures of Tintin by Herge

Adventures of Ulysses by Charles Lamb

Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church

Aldo Applesauce by Johanna Hurwitz

Alexander the Great by John Gunther

Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll RA

All Sail Set and others by Armstrong Sperry 

All-of-a-Kind Family and others by Sydney Taylor 

America's Paul Revere by Esther Forbes 

Arabian Nights translated by Edward Lane RA

Archimedes & the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick 

Aristotle, Dean of Early Science by Glanville Downey & other Immortals of Science biographies 

At the Back of the North Wind and others by George MacDonald RA

Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster 

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit 

Beauty and the Beast by Charles Lamb RA

Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour V. Reit 

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson 

Bevis by Richard Jefferies 

Big Day For Scepters by Stephen Krensky 

Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard 

Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck 

Birth of Rome by Laura Orvieto 

Black Beauty: the Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell 

Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff

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