Back to School

As the kids head back to school, so do I. I’ve been going through Scholastic catalogs and textbooks and web pages listing award-winning children’s books and I’ve put together the list of books students will be reading in my Children’s Lit class this semester.  I thought I’d share.

All read:

Charles Perrault’s Cinderella and the Grimm Brother’s Aschenputel, followed by two choice fairy tales.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Choice books (one from each genre):

Historical Fiction

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan


  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Contemporary/Realistic Fiction

  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Poetry Novel

  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

They’ll read two other choice books: one by an author whose name they’ll pick from a hat, and one based on a theme their group selects.

A lot of great books and a lot of fun!  Don’t you wish you were in my class this semester?

2 thoughts on “Back to School

  1. I LOVE those books! I DO wish I could take your class! I’m glad people are still reading “From the Mixed Up Files…” That was one of my (many) favorite books when I was a kid.

  2. How can I sign up for this class? This is a great list and thanks for sharing. Charlotte’s Web continues to be one of my favorites novels, and I’m delighted to see it here. It’s a story that highlights the power of words, friendship, loyalty, and the cycle of life. Can’t do better than that!

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