Recommended Reading for 'James Madison Elementary'

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In his report James Madison Elementary School: A Curriculum for American Students, U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett suggests reading materials to accompany English instruction across grades K-8. Following are his recommendations:

Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Behind the Back of the Mountain: Black Folktales from Southern Africa, Verna Aardema

Aesop for Children, Aesop

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen

Anno's Alphabet and Anno's Counting House, Mitsumasa Anno

Wiley and the Hairy Man, Molly Bang

Once in Puerto Rico, Pura Belpre

Madeline books, Ludwig Bemelmans

The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Susan Blair

Freddy the Detective, Walter R. Brooks

The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Robert Browning

The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, Jean de Brunhoff

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

Jack and the Three Sillies, Richard Chase

The Ramona and Henry Huggins books, Beverly Cleary

Adventures of Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi

Chanticleer and the Fox, Barbara Cooney

The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh

Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes, Marguerite De Angeli

Drummer Hoff, Barbara Emberley

Ask Mister Bear, Marjorie Flack

The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleischman

Millions of Cats, Wanda Gag

The Three Bears, retold by Paul Galdone

Stone Fox, John Reynolds Gardiner

Grimm's Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

The Wonder Book, Nathaniel Hawthorne

One Fine Day, Nonny Hogrogrian

Little Red Riding Hood, retold by Trina Schart Hyman

John Henry: An American Legend and The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats

Pecos Bill, Steven Kellogg

Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling

The Arabian Nights and Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Andrew Lang

Piping Down the Valley Wild, Nancy Larrick

The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf

Pippi Longstocking books, Astrid Lindgren

Swimmy, Leo Lionni

Frog and Toad Together, Arnold Lobel

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Betty MacDonald

Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey

Every Time I Climb a Tree, poems by David McCord

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, retold by Gerald McDermott

When We Were Very Young and Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne

Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish

Cinderella, Charles Perrault

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter

Ride a Purple Pelican and Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young, Jack Prelutsky

Clementine and She Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain, Robert Quackenbush

Curious George books, H.A. Rey

The Dancing Stars: An Iroquois Legend, Anne Rockwell

Where the Wild Things Are and Chicken Soup with Rice, Maurice Sendak

The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hatches the Egg, and others by Dr. Seuss

Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina

Noah's Ark, Peter Spier

Abel's Island and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, William Steig

A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson

East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon, Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen

Brian Wildsmith's Illustrated Bible Stories, Philip Turner

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst

Ira Sleeps Over, Bernard Waber

Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, E.B. White

Little House books, Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

Crow Boy, Taro Yashima

Owl Moon and The Seeing Stick, Jane Yolen

Rumpelstiltskin, retold by Paul O. Zelinsky

4th through 6th grades

Born Free, Joy Adamson

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Sounder, William H. Armstrong

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

Crickets and Bullfrogs and Whispers of Thunder: Poems and Pictures, Harry Behn

Stories of the Gods and Heroes, Sally Benson

Sundiata: The Epic of the Lion King, Roland Bertol

The Dog Days of Arthur Cane, T. Ernesto Bethancourt

Doctor Coyote: A Native American Aesop's Fables, retold by John Bierhorst

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Summer of the Swans, Betsy Byars

A New Treasury of Children's Poetry: Old Favorites and New Discoveries, edited by Joanna Cole

Prairie Songs, Pamela Conrad

James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

The Black Stallion, Walter Farley

Thor and the Giants, Anita Feagles

Great Brain books, John D. Fitzgerald

Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh

Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes

Selections from Poor Richard's Almanack, Benjamin Franklin

Lincoln: A Photobiography, Russell Freedman

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, Jean Fritz

A Swinger of Birches: Poems of Robert Frost for Young People, Robert Frost

Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead1pGeorge

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Mythology, Edith Hamilton

The People Could Fly: American Black Folk Tales, Virginia Hamilton

Misty of Chincoteague and Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Marguerite Henry

At the Top of My Voice and Other Poems, Felice Holmon

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

The Trumpeter of Krakow, Eric Kelly

The Jungle Books and Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling

Lassie Come-Home, Eric Knight

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

Tales from Shakespeare, Charles and Mary Lamb

The Rainbow Fairy books, Andrew Lang

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

The Call of the Wild, Jack London

Castle and Cathedral, David Macauley

Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan

Paul Bunyan Swings His Axe, Dell J. McCormick

Snow Treasure, Marie McSwigan

The Borrowers, Mary Norton

Hailstones and Halibut Bones, poems by Mary O'Neill

Bridge to Terabithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson

Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allan Poe

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle

The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

Bambi, Felix Salten

Abe Lincoln Grows Up and Rootabaga Stories, Carl Sandburg

Cricket in Times Square, George Selden

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw, Isaac Bashevis Singer

Call it Courage, Armstrong Sperry

Heidi, Johanna Spyri

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

American Tall-Tale Animals, Adrien Stoutenburg

The Nutcracker: A Story and a Ballet, Ellen Switzer

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? and Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?, Margot Tomes

Swiss Family Robinson, Johann Wyss

7th through 8th grades

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

The Voyage of the Lucky Dragon, Jack Bennett

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32, Joan W. Blos

The Moves Make the Man, Bruce Brooks

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Neighbor Rosicky, Willa Cather

The Dark Is Rising, Susan Cooper

The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Madame Curie: A Biography, Eve Curie

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

I'm Nobody! Who are you?, Emily Dickinson

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle

The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell

The Fun of It: Random Records of My Own Flying and of Women in Aviation, Amelia Earhart

The Refugee Summer, Edward Fenton

Washington: The Indispensable Man, James Thomas Flexner

Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

You Come Too, Robert Frost

Spin a Soft Black Song, Nikki Giovanni

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories, O. Henry

Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl

Legend Days, Jamake Highwater

Thunder of the Gods, Dorothy Hosford

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving

Story of My Life, Helen Keller

Kim, Rudyard Kipling

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Good Night, Mr. Tom, Michelle Magorian

Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff and J.N. Hall

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell

The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emma Orczy

The Complete Tales and Poems, Edgar Allan Poe

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Light in the Forest, Conrad Richter

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Early Moon, Carl Sandburg

Shane, Jack Schaefer

Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott

Plays and sonnets, William Shakespeare

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Upon the Head of the Goat, Aranka Siegal

The Red Pony and The Pearl, John Steinbeck

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

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Journey Home, Yoshiko Uchida

The Story of Mankind, Hendrik Van Loon

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mysterious Island, and Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne

Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

The Sword in the Stone and The Once and Future King, T.H. White

The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder

The Virginian, Owen Wister

Dragonwings, Laurence Yep

Vol. 08, Issue 03

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