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The Classics


Hello readers! Welcome to your "Classic" page for discovering those titles that have proven to be the most read, loved, and inspiring reads throughout the ages.


It is with great pleasure that I will be presenting some of my favorites, check them out and get ready for a discovery that will last a life time!


   Fiction Genre: Classics

—something has come to be considered one of the best of its kind

—something is an example of excellence

—something that has been popular for a long time


"Classic books are books that were written by gifted writers who knew their way around a sentence.

 The vocabulary is rich and the sentence structure is varied."

Eclectic Homeschooling 


The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

(1911) 6.8, 970L

Publisher Synopsis:

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

"It is the child no one ever saw!

She has been forgotten!"

MrsK's Review:  Mary Lennox has been sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle. As a "sickly, fretful, and disagreeable child... Mary was always kept out of the way. Her father was an English diplomat in India and her mother never had time for her. On the morning the morning after cholera had taken the lives of all in her home, Mary was discovered and arrangements were made for her passage to her uncle's manor. Mr. Archibald Craven is proud of his 600 year old mansion on the moors, yet he is a very unhappy, lonely, and haunted man. Although the mansion has over 100 rooms to discover, for Mary the mysteries begins with the forbidden corridor in which the screaming never stops.


Filled with characters that will never be forgotten, Mary begins a journey into friendship with Colin and Dickon. Both of the young men will push Mary beyond her selfish ways and both will be changed by Mary's desire to bring life back into the secret garden. 


The Secret Garden continues to be one of my favorite reads. The main characters are so lively, inquisitive, and quite stubborn. The setting details are expertly woven with an ever-changing mood. Even though a mystery surrounds the locked garden, the story line is more about discovering friendships. Not every situation in life has to stay the same, sometimes it takes a little bit of "grit" to establish a new normal. Once you have read the book, watch the original movie. Rarely do I encourage a book and movie comparison but this is definitely one of those times! 


This story remains one of my top 5 books that every one should experience at least once!




Black Beauty 

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell 

(1877) 6.4, 1010L

Publisher's Synopsis:

"Black Beauty" is an autobiographical memoir told by the horse who gives the book its name that starts with the horse's whimsical days as a young colt before moving on toward tough times hauling cabs in London and ending with a peaceful rest in the country. Each phase of his story brings him many stories of compassion, but he also gives many accounts of cruelty. The chapters each have a lesson inside them that relates to the sympathetic and insightful ways that people ought to behave."


"The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water."

MrsK's Review: This story is unfolds as a personal narrative of Black Beauty. Beauty retells his story from the beginning unto his final resting grounds. As a horse, there are many experiences with humans, with masters, and with other horses and their individual temperaments, dispositions, and mettle. Ginger has never known a kind master or an inclusion within a herd. Merrylegs would never cause grief for his owners. He feels loyalty, kindness, and compassion makes for good care, good placement, and good horses. Old Captain provides the "wisdom of the ages," for he becomes the teacher and the good friend that Beauty seeks counsel.


Every chapter can be a discovery of a life lesson. Every detail creatively weaves scenarios in which the reader becomes so engaged that one forgets that Beauty is a horse. Each character is so well faceted as mini-biographical threads entwined within Beauty's retelling, as a reader you recognize them as personal friends, acquaintances, or foes. If you are a reader of animal fantasy or have never given yourself the gift of reading a story written with an animal perspective... this is the one classic tale that you should experience.


There was a time in which I read so many horse books that I missed other great stories. Yet, this novel was one of my favorite titles for my classroom. Our discussions were filled with insights about humanity, real-life personal connections, and the truth behind loyalty and kindness. When my students watched the movie, well I have never heard such disappointment surrounding a missing scene!


Into the heart of a reader, there are characters that will never be forgotten,




Fahrenheit 451 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

(1953) 10.0, 890L

Publisher's Synopsis:

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.


"He wanted... to shove a marshmallow on a stick... while the flapping

pigeon-winged books died..."

MrsK's Review: Montag is a man that enjoys being a fireman. He considers himself a type of a minstrel man. It all begins to change for Montag when he meets Clarisse at one of the burnings. Why was she there? Everyone else had left, what made her ask if he was happy?


Montag begins questioning what was the Firehouse like before the Mechanical Hound. Back before 1790 when the rule book laid out the fireman's directives to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. On that day that they burned the house, the books, the lady that wouldn't leave... on that day a book fell into his hands. What made him hide the book? As Montag struggles with his theft of books at the fires, he decides to show his wife the collection. All he is asking is for her to help him read the books to see if the Chief is right... will she support him or turn him in?


The intensity of a community that will burn books, homes, and lives in order to silence an author's voice is horrifying. Written by the best Sci-Fi author, this story gets deep within your mind. Altering all that you have thought. Alerting you to how a small community, a state,  or a nation could program 


As a reader, there is always room for another story about books, book sellers, book mysteries, and/or the respect for what the written word can inspire. If you are a life-long reader, you know the power of a story that will endure through out your personal path. This book is one of those classics. I was first introduced to this story while I was in middle school. At that time it seemed to be a horrifying tale. As a MS teacher, it became a novel exploration for so many of my students. The truth within its pages is why it remains a must read in classrooms around the world. It is about a time in history when so many people were lead along a path to destruction. Books are created for more than entertainment. If a book is well written it will inspire, lead, and guide its readers along the path of becoming the best version of mankind. This book remains forever one of my top 5 reads...


Other similar reads:

Lighter Story Lines:

Inkheart by Cornelia Funk

The Children's Book by AS Byatt

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly 

The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library ( #1) by Chris Grabenstein

The Boy Who was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris

Gr8-HS+ Story Lines:

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell  

The Wave by Todd Strasser

Please Bury Me in the Library by J Patrick Lewis 


 The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers 

 The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard 

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield



"No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World."

A. J. Fikry

100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years

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The books on this list (below) represent the canon of American children’s literature, not just because they are well written, but because kids love them. Many of the books are stories that are over a hundred years old and many are now modern classics. The stories range from adventure, fantasy, realism, historical fiction, to humor. If you are looking for “a good book”, you are sure to find something to satisfy from this list. Chances are it is a book that your parents and even your grandparents loved also. 

List taken from the kidsbooklistclassics.pdf

PB=everybody  Green=3rd/4th  Blue=5th/6th  Brown=MS+

E Bia Velveteen Rabbit 4.2, 820L

398.2 Asb East of the Sun and West of the Moon 4.9, 680L 

398.2 Per Complete fairy tales of Charles Perrault 4.1, 590L 

821 Ste A Childʹs Garden of Verse 4.5, 200-1600L

F Arm Sounder 4.9, 900L 

F Atw Mr. Popperʹs Penguins 4.9, 910L 

F Bau The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 6.9, 1000L 

F Bon Paddington at Large 6.6, 1160L 

F Bur The Secret Garden 6.8, 970L

F Col The Adventures of Pinocchio 5.5, 840L 

F Hen Misty of Chincoteague 5.8, 750L 

F Kni Lassie Come-Home 5.8, 780L 

F Law Ben and Me 6.9, 1010L 

F LʹEn A Wrinkle in Time 4.7, 740L 

F Lin Pippi Longstocking 5.2, 870L

F Mil Winnie the Pooh 5.9, 790L  

F Sai The Little Prince 5.0, 710L 

F Sal Bambi: A Life in the Woods 3.7, 690L 

F Spy Heidi 7.9, 960L 

F Whi Charlotteʹs Web 4.4, 680L 

F Whi Stuart Little 3.9, 920L

F Wil The Little House in the Big Woods 4.2, 930L 

398.2 And Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales 4.0, 720L 

398.2 Les The Tales of Uncle Remus 4.2, 760L

811 Sil Where the Sidewalk Ends 3.9, 200-1600L

F Ale The Book of Three 5.5, 770L 

F Ban National Velvet 5.2, 700L 

F Bar Peter Pan 6.2, 920L  

F Bri Caddie Woodlawn 5.3, 890L 

F Bur A Little Princess 5.5, 930L 

F Car Aliceʹs Adventures in Wonderland 5.9, 860L 

F Cle Where the Lilies Bloom 5.5, 920L 

F Far The Black Stallion 6.5, 680L 

F For Johnny Tremain 5.3, 840L 

F Gip Old Yeller 5.4, 910L 

F Hun Across Five Aprils 5.5, 1100L 

F Irv Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow GL 6.4, 930L 

F Jus The Phantom Tollbooth 5.4, 1000L

F Kip Jungle Book 6.1, 1140L

F Kip Just So Stories 6.9, 1190L

F Kip Captains Courageous 5.9, 1020L 

F Kin The Water Babies 6.9, 1070L 

F Law Rabbit Hill 6.4,1050L

F Lew The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 5.7, 940L 

F Mon Anne of Green Gables 5.9, 990L  

F Nay Shiloh 5.5, 1020L

F Nes The Railway Children 5.6, 920L

F OʹDe Island of the Blue Dolphins 5.5, 1000L 

F O’He The Gift of the Magi 6.1, 870L 

F Raw The Yearling 5.0, 750L

F Sew Black Beauty 6.4, 1010L

F Spe The Witch of Blackbird Pond 6.9, 850L 

F Tra Mary Poppins 6.1, 830L 

F Twa A Connecticut Yankee in King Authorʹs Court 5.1, 1080L  

F Twa The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 5.9, 950L

F Twa The Adventures of Huck Finn 5.9, 990L 

398.2 Aes Aesopʹs Fables 5.1, 780L

398.2 Gri The Brothers Grimmʹs Fairy Tales  

398.2 Ham The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales 4.3, 480L

F Alc Little Women 7.9, 1300L 

F Bur Incredible Journey 8.1, 1320L

F Bur Tarzan of the Apes 8.7, 1270L 

F Def Robinson Crusoe 12.0, 1360L

F Dic A Christmas Carol 8.6, 1080L

F Dic The Prince and the Pauper 8.4, 1160L

F Doy The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 8.1, 1080L

F Doy The Hound of the Baskervilles 7.5, 1090L 

F DuB The Twenty-one Balloons 5.7, 1070L

F Dum The Three Musketeers 8.1, 960L

F Dum The Count of Monte Cristo 6.3, 570L 

F Gra The Wind in the Willows 8.3, 1140L 

F Hug The Hunchback of Notre Dame 8.9, 1340L

F Kje Big Red 5.4, 910L 

F Lee To Kill a Mockingbird 5.6, 870L

F Lew Out of the Silent Planet 8.1, 1020L 

F Lof The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle 7.1, 860L 

F Lon The Call of the Wild 7.3, 1120L  

F Mac At the Back of the North Wind 5.4, 840L 

F Raw Where the Red Fern Grows 6.4, 700L  

F Sha The Merchant of Venice 9.8, 920L

F Sha Romeo and Juliet 9.4, 920L

F Ste Treasure Island 7.1, 1100L

F Ste Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 7.1, 990L

F Ste The Black Arrow 7.6, 980L

F Sto Uncle Tom’s Cabin 7.5, 1050L

F Swi Gulliver’s Travels 8.8, 1330L 

F Tol The Hobbit GL 6.6, 1000L

F Ver Around the World in Eighty Days 8.5, 1070L 

F Ver Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 8.1, 1030L

F Ver Journey to the Center of the Earth 7.9, 1000L

F Ver War of the Worlds 8.1, 1170L

F Ver The Time Machine 7.1, 1070L

F Wig Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 8.9, 1190L 

F Wys The Swiss Family Robinson 8.9, 1260L 

398.2 Ara The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales 7.2, 920L 

398.2 Pyl The Story of King Arthur and His Knights 11, 1430L

398.2 Pyl The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood 7.5, 1300L 

883 Sut Black Ships Before Troy: the Story of the Iliad 7.3, 1300L  


Classic reads that will stand the test of time:

F Ban The Indian in the Cupboard (1981) 5.9, 780 

F Cle The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965) 4.1, 860L  

F Dah Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) 5.9, 810L 

F Fis Understood Betsy (1971) 6.3, 1000L

F Fle Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1971) 6.6, 1370L

F Fitzh  Harriet the Spy (1964) 6.2, 760L

F McC Homer Price (1943) 7.3, 1000L 

F Mor Gentle Ben (1965) 5.1, 740L 

F Nor The Borrowers (1952) 5.3, 780L 

F OʹBr Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) 5.1, 790L

F Sel The Cricket in Times Square (1960) 5.9,780L 

811 Silv The Giving Tree (1964) 4.0, 530L

F Ais I, Robot 7.1, 820L

F Hint The Outsiders (1967) 4.7, 750L

F Hami House of Dies Drear (1968) 5.9, 670L

F Tayl Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976) 6.9, 920L

F Yep Dragonwings (1977) 6.1, 870L

F Lowr The Giver (1993) 5.9, 760L

F Curt The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 (1995) 5.5, 1000L

B940.5 Fran The Diary of Anne Frank (1947) 5.9, 1080L

F Zusa The Book Thief (2005) 4.5, 730L

F Myer Monster (1999) 5.1, 650L



Just click the above link to discover a classic read! 


As a life-long reader you experience the freedom of being your own teacher !

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