Great Reads 


Adult Classic Reading List

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Beloved by Toni Morrisson

Crosscreek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Six Feet of the Country by Nadine Gordimer

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achébé

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Short Stories:

“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst

"The Storyteller” by Saki

“The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Márquez

"A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

Children’s Reading List

 Some books are fun to read, and others teach a lesson.  Whatever they do, let them be FUN!

Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLouise

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams

Fireboat by Maira Kalman

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Happy Lion by Fatio Duvoisin

I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox

Moosestache by Margie Palatini

Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.  and Michael Sampson


Teen and Almost Teen Reading List

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

Holes by Louis Sachar

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Or Give Me Death by Anne Rinaldi

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnian Rawlings

Acquaintance with Darkness by Anne Rinaldi

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Non-Fiction Reading List

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin

Close to Shore by Michael Capuzzo

Growing up in Coal Country by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Kids at Work by Russell Freedman

The Lore of the Unicorn by Odell Shepard

A Weekend in September by John Edward Weems

Whatever Happened to Billy the Kid?  by Helen Airy

Blizzard!  by Jim Murphy