I have a strange hobby. I like booklists.  Just as I believe that what you physically eat matters and prefer to make healthy choices, I also believe what you mentally eat matters.  I have four favorite booklists I look at  and have noticed some are always mentioned across the board.  I wanted to put this list in one place.

I must also mention, that every book on this list comes secondary to the Bible.  We can not truly read other literature correctly if we are not reading it through the Truth’s upheld in scripture.  For our family the Bible holds a prominent place and is essential daily reading for all.  These books mentioned are good books, that I hope my children will read at least once before they leave the house, but hold no comparative to the Word of God.

Picture Books
Most of these can be read aloud as early as 2, and children will enjoy reading them alone between the ages of 6-8

  1. Stone Soup by Brown
  2. The Little House by Burton ( I recommend Mike Mulligan and More Treasury)
  3. Miss Rumphius by Cooney
  4. Story About Ping by Flack (China)
  5. Frances Books by Hoban (4 in series)
  6. The Tale of Three Trees by Hunt (Christmas)
  7. The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf
  8. Blueberries for Sal by McCloskey
  9. Make Way for Ducklings by McCloskey
  10. One Morning in Maine by McCloskey ( I recommend purchasing the Make Way for McCloskey Treasury, which has all these stories)
  11. Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter ( This is a Treasury with 22 stories varying in difficulty)
  12. Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by Milne (This Include Winnie the Pooh, the Hose at Pooh Corner , and two Poetry Books)

Chapter Books for Beginning Readers 6-9 year olds

  1. Courage of Sarah Noble by Dalgliesh (2nd-3rd)(American Historical Fiction)
  2. Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Dalgliesh (2nd-3rd) (American Historical Fiction)
  3. Frog and Toad are Friends by Lobel (k-1st)
  4. Frog and Toad Together by Lobel (k-1st)
  5. Frog and Toad All Year by Lobel (k-1st)
  6. Owl at Home by Lobel (k-1st)
  7. Little Bear by Minarik (k-1st)
  8. Little Bear’s Visit by Minarik (k-1st)
  9. Sarah Plain and Tall by MacLauchlan (2nd-4th)
  10. Charlotte’s Web by White (3rd)

Chapter Books for 3rd-6th Grade/ Read Aloud to 1st-3rd

  1. Caddie Woodlawn by Brink (American Historical Fiction)
  2. The Secret Garden by Burnett
  3. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Burnett
  4. A Little Princess by Burnett
  5. Alice In Wonderland by Caroll
  6. Through the Looking Glass by Caroll
  7. Pinocchio by Collodi
  8. Columbus By D’ Aulaire
  9. Abraham Lincoln by D’Aulaire
  10. George Washington by D’Aulaire
  11. The Landing of the Pilgrims by Daugherty
  12. A Door in the Wall by De Angeli
  13. Twenty One Balloons by Du Bois
  14. The Matchlock Gun by Edmonds (American Historical)
  15. The Saturday’s by Enright
  16. Moffats by Estes (3 in series)
  17. The Hundred Dresses by Estes
  18. Johnny Tremain by Forbes (American Historical Fiction)
  19. The Wind and the Willows by Graham
  20. King of the Wind by Henry (Horse Story)
  21. Just So Stories by Kipling
  22. Tales From Shakespeare by Lamb ( I highly recommend reading this, probably as a family.  This tells famous Shakespeare plays in story form and will cause children to be familiar with the plays before studying them)
  23. Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Latham
  24. Rabbit Hill by Lawson
  25. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (series)
  26. Homer Price by McCloskey
  27. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by Nesbit
  28. The Borrowers by Norton
  29. Swallows and Amazons by Ransome
  30. Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls
  31. The Cricket in Time Square by Selden
  32. The Good Master by Seredy
  33. Black Beauty by Sewell
  34. Sign of the Beaver by Speare (American Historical Fiction)
  35. Calico Captive by Speare
  36. Heidi by Spyri
  37. Little House Series (9 books)

Chapter Books 6th-8th Grade / Read Aloud to 3rd-6th

  1. Little Women by Alcott
  2. Princess and the Goblin by McDonald
  3. Anne of Green Gables by Montgomery
  4. Men of Iron by Pyle (Middle Ages)
  5. Otto and the Silver Hand by Pyle (Middle Ages)
  6. Black Ships Before Troy by Sutcliff (story of the Iliad)
  7. Wanderings of Odysseus by Sutcliff (story of the Odyssey)
  8. Bronze Bow by Speare
  9. Treasure Island by Stevenson
  10. Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien
  11. The Hobbit by Tolkien
  12. The Prince and the Pauper by Twain
  13. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Twain
  14. Swiss Family Robinson by Wyss

Chapter Books High School- Adult

  1. Persuasion by Austen
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Austen
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Austen
  4. Jane Eyre by Bronte
  5. Wuthering Heights by Bronte
  6. Beowulf
  7. My Antonia by Cather
  8. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Cather
  9. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  10. Complete Father Brown Stories by Chesterton
  11. The Man Who was Thursday by Chesterton
  12. Great Expectations by Dickens
  13. A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
  14. Hard Times by Dickens
  15. Oliver Twist by Dickens
  16. David Copperfield by Dickens
  17. The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas
  18. Mr. Midshipman Horn blower by Forester
  19. To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee
  20. Mere Christianity by Lewis
  21. Till We Have Faces by Lewis
  22. Screwtape Letters by Lewis
  23. Space Trilogy by Lewis
  24. The Great Divorce by Lewis
  25. Scarlet Pimpernel by Orczy
  26. Midsummer’s Night Dream by Shakespeare
  27. Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
  28. Canterbury Tales by Shakespeare
  29. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  30. Henry V by Shakespeare
  31. Julius Ceaser by Shakespeare
  32. As You Like It by Shakespeare
  33. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy