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Classics for Grades 4-6


Alcott, Louisa May

Little Women

The fortunes of the March sisters in 19th-century New England.


Atwater, Richard

Mr. Potter's Penguins

A housepainter and dreamer, Mr. Popper's whole life changes when he gets a penguin.


Barrie, J.M.

Peter Pan

The adventures of the boy who wouldn't grow up.


Baum, L. Frank

The Wizard of Oz

Will the Wizard help Dorothy return to Kansas?


Bianco, Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit

The velveteen rabbit has almost given up hope of becoming real.


Blume, Judy

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

A 12-year-old girl develops a personal relationship with her God.


Blume, Judy

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Peter's 2-year-old brother Fudge is nothing but trouble.


Burnett, Frances

The Secret Garden

Orphaned Mary finds a mysterious garden in her lonely new home.


Burnford, Sheila

The Incredible Journey

A cat and two dogs travel 250 miles to find their family.


Carroll, Lewis

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice finds a world of nonsense and strange characters down the rabbit hole.


Cleary, Beverly

Ramona the Pest

Why doesn't Davey want to be kissed and why can't Ramona pull Susan's tempting fat curls?


Dahl, Roald

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What will the five winners find in Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory?


Dickens, Charles

A Christmas Carol

Scrooge visits Christmases past, present, and future to save his soul.


Eager, Edward

Half Magic

The coin grants only half of every wish! Beware!


Estes, Eleanor

The Hundred Dresses

Wanda claims to own a hundred dresses but always wears the same one.


Farley, Walter

The Black Stallion

Young Alec rescues a horse, trains him by night, and rides him to victory.


Fitzgerald, John D.

The Great Brain

Tom is a swindler and a con artist growing up in Utah in the early 1900s.


Fitzhugh, Louise

Harriet the Spy

Harriet gets in big trouble when the other kids find out what she really thinks of them.


George, Jean Craighead

Julie of the Wolves

Fleeing an unwanted marriage, an Eskimo girl's life is saved by wolves.


Gipson, Fred

Old Yeller

The old yellow dog becomes Travis' friend and savior on the Texas farm.


Grahame, Kenneth

The Wind in the Willows

Escapades of Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger, who live by a river.


Hamilton, Virginia

The People Could Fly

24 handsomely illustrated African American folktales.


Henry, Marguerite

Misty of Chincoteague

Two children see their chance to own a wild Chincoteague pony.


Howe, Deborah

Bunnicula

Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their bunny is a vampire.


Hughes, Langston

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

Lyrical poems, songs, and blues selected for children, exploring the African American experience.


Irving, Washington

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A schoolmaster has a terrifying meeting with a headless horseman.


Keene, Carolyn

The Secret of the Old Clock

Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested in her search for a missing will.


Kipling, Rudyard

Just So Stories

Find out how the camel got his hump and why other animals look the way they do.


Konigsburg, E.L.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Life in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is full of surprises for runaway Claudia and her little brother.


Lester, Julius

Tales of Uncle Remus

African American folktales about Brer Rabbit.


Lewis, C.S.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Four English children enter the land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe.


Lindgren, Astrid

Pippi Longstocking

Zany adventures of a girl who lives with a horse, a monkey, and no parents.


Lowry, Lois

Anastasia Krupnik

Her tenth year is full of good and bad things. Is the new baby a good thing or a bad one?


MacLachlan, Patricia

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Caleb and Anna hope the mail-order bride will stay on their prairie farm.


McCaughrean, Geraldine

Greek Myths

Sixteen tales, including Pandora's box and king Midas.


McCloskey, Robert

Homer Price

Six funny stories about a boy growing up in Centerburg, a small midwestern town.


Montgomery, Lucy Maud

Anne of Green Gables

A heartwarming, old-fashioned story of a red-haired orphan girl.


O'Dell, Scott

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Abandoned, a young Indian girl finds courage, self-reliance, and even happiness.


Osborne, Mary Pope

American Tall Tales

Meet American folk heroes Pecos Bill, John Henry, and others.


Paterson, Katherine

Bridge to Terabithia

Friends Jess and Leslie escape from unhappiness by spending time in the land of Terabithia.


Pyle, Howard

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

How Robin Hood and his band became outlaws in Sherwood Forest.


Rawls, Wilson

Where the Red Fern Grows

An Ozark farmboy and his hunting adventures with a pair of coon hounds.’


Robinson, Barbara

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The yearly nativity play is hijacked by the worst children that ever existed.


Rockwell, Thomas

How to Eat Fried Worms

Will Billy be able to eat fifteen worms?


Rodgers, Mary

Freaky Friday

One morning Annabel wakes up to find she's turned into her mother!


Saint-Exupery, Antoine de

The Little Prince

The little prince learns about love, responsibility, friendship, and beauty.


Sandburg, Carl

Rootabaga Stories

Humorous, homespun tales of Midwestern America in the early 1900s.


Sewell, Anna

Black Beauty

The ups and downs of a horse's life in 19th century England.


Silverstein, Shel

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Poems about "whatifs," a boy who turns into a TV, and a girl who eats a whale.


Smith, Robert K

Chocolate Fever

Henry's loco over cocoa, but is it possible there can be too much of a good thing?


Sobol, Donald

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Leroy Brown, walking encyclopedia, easily cracks the toughest criminal cases.


Speare, Elizabeth George

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

In 1687, Kit befriends an outcast Quaker and finds herself on trial for witchcraft.


Spyri, Johanna

Heidi

A Swiss girl's joyous spirit helps her family and friends find happiness.


Stevenson, Robert Louis

Treasure Island

A treasure map leads to a pirate's fortune and great danger.


Sutcliff, Rosemary

The Sword and the Circle

Adventures of King Arthur and his famous knights of the Round Table.


Taylor, Mildred D.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

In 1933, a strong black family living in the South faces prejudice and discrimination.


Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Hobbit

The dangerous quest of Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, ordinary Hobbit.


Travers, P.L.

Mary Poppins

An extraordinary nanny glues stars to the sky and dances at night in the zoo.


Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom and Huck almost get into more trouble than they can handle.


White, E.B.

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte, a spider and a lover of words, saves the life of her friend Wilbur the pig.


Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Little House in the Big Woods

First book in a series about the daily life of a pioneer girl and her family.


Wyss, Johann

Swiss Family Robinson

A shipwrecked family cleverly adapts to life on a South Sea island.