Recommended Reading Lists

“What books should my child be reading in the summer time?”

“Do you have books you recommend for my student’s grade level?”

After hearing this type of question over and over, Mrs. Miller set out to create the Augustine Christian Academy Recommended Reading Lists. She consulted several resources and spoke with several educators, looking for the best literature for each grade level. The results of her efforts are listed below, divided into three categories: Kindergarten through 3rd grade, Grades 4 through 8, and Youth and Adults.


Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

  • *A Bed for Frances, Hoban
  • A Chair for My Mother, William
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses, Stevenson
  • *Amelia Bedelia, Parish
  • Aesop’s Fables for Children, Aesop
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,
  • Very Bad Day, Viorst
  • Alice in Wonderland, Carroll
  • Baby Island, Brink
  • Black Ships Before Troy, Sutcliff
  • Blueberries for Sal, McCloskey
  • *By the Shores of Silver Lak,e Wilder
  • *Blaze and the Lost Quarry, Anderson
  • *Bobbsey Twins, The, Hope
  • *Cat in the Hat, Suess
  • Charlottes Web, White
  • Caps for Sale, Slobodkin
  • *Curious George, Rey
  • Cat Who Wore A Pot On His Head, Slopian
  • Corduroy, Freeman
  • Charlie and the Great Chocolate Factory, Dahl
  • *Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis
  • Egg, The, M. P. Robertson
  • Dr. DeSoto, Stieg
  • Emperor’s New Clothes, Anderson
  • *Frog and Toad Are Friends, Lobel
  • Floss, Kim Lewis
  • *Grandma’s Attic Series, Richardson
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Grimm
  • Harry the Dirty Dog, Zion
  • Homer Price, McCloskey
  • Hundred Dresses, The, Estes
  • Henry Huggins, Cleary
  • Island of the Blue Dolphine, O’Dell
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Numeroff
  • Keep the Light Burning Abbie, Roup
  • *Little Bear, Minarik
  • Little Engine that Could, Piper
  • Little House, The, Burton
  • *Little Rabbit, Bate
  • Little Pilgrims Progress, Bunyan
  • *Louise Lighthouse Series, Webb
  • Love You Forever, Munsch and McGraw
  • *Madeline, Bemelmans
  • Magic Fish, The, Littledale
  • Make Way for Ducklings, McCloskey
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing, Allard
  • Misty of Chincoteague, Henry
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour Tea, Rylant
  • Moffits, The Estes
  • *Nate the Great and the Lost List, Sharmot
  • New Coat for Anna, Ziefert
  • Oxcart Man, The, Hall
  • Owl at Home, Lobel
  • Paul Bunyan Kelloge
  • Ribsy, Cleary
  • Rabbit Hill, Lawson
  • Runaway Ralph, Cleary
  • Sarah Plain and Tall, MacLacklan
  • Stone Soup, McGovern
  • Seven Little Rabbits, Becker
  • Stuart Little, E. B. White
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter
  • Ugly Duckling, The, Moore
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The, Williams

*Any book in this series or by this author.


Grades 4 through 8

  • Around the World in Eighty Days, Verne
  • A Wrinkle In Time, L’Lingle
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The, Twain
  • *Ann of Green Gables, Montgomery
  • *Adam of the Road, Gray
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man, Yates
  • Across Five Aprils, Hunt
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
  • Black Arrow, The, Stevenson
  • Big Red, Kjelgaard
  • Book of Three, Alexander
  • Borrowers, The, Norton
  • *Black Stallion, The, Farley
  • Box Car Children, The, Warner
  • Blackthorn Winter, Wilson
  • Bronze Bow, The, Speare
  • Call of the Wild, Lonlon
  • Caddie Wooklawn, Brink
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl
  • Cricket In Time Square, Selden
  • Christmas Carol, A, Dickens
  • Carry on, Mr. Bowditch, Latham
  • Cat of Bubastes, The, Henty
  • Escape From Warsaw, Serraillier
  • Eagle of the Ninth, Sutcliff
  • Farenheit 451, Bradbury
  • *Farmer Boy, Wilder
  • *Fellowship of the Rings, Tolkien
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Foxe
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Konigsburg
  • Gathering of Days, Blos
  • Great Expectations, Dickens
  • Guns of Naverone, The, Richardson
  • *Grandma’s Attic Series, Richardson
  • Gulliver’s Travels, Swift
  • Diary of Anne Frank, The, Frank
  • Daniel Boone, Boone/Daugherty
  • Hiding Place, The, ten Boom
  • Hobbit, The, Tolkien
  • Homes in the Wilderness, Brown
  • Hundred Dresses, The, Estes
  • Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, Field
  • Incredible Journey, The, Bunford
  • Jungle Book, The, Kipling
  • Journey of America, Levitin
  • Johnny Tremaine, Forbes
  • Kidnapped, Stevenson
  • Life on the Mississippi, Twain
  • Lantern Bearers, Sutcliffe
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy, Burnett
  • Life of Washington, Pollard
  • Light in the Forest, Richter
  • My Side of the Mountain, George
  • *Mrs. Frisby and Rats of Nimtt, O’Brian
  • Martian Chronicles, The, Bradbury
  • *Moffats, Estes
  • Old Yeller, Gipson
  • Pilgrims Progress, Bunyan
  • *Prince Caspian, Lewis
  • Phantom Tollbooth, The, Juster
  • Princess and the Goblin, The, MacDonald
  • Pushcart War, The, Merrill
  • *Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
  • Robinson Crusoe, Defoe
  • Rascal, North
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Taylor
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, Orezy
  • Silas Marner, Eliot
  • Story of A Bad Boy, Aldrich
  • Sign of the Beaver, Speare
  • Stuart Little, White
  • Secret Garden, The, Burnett
  • Summer of Monkeys, Rawls
  • Swiss Family Robinson, Wyss
  • Sketch Book, Irving
  • Silver Branch, The, Sutcliff
  • Tuck Everlasting, Babbitt
  • Twenty-one Balloons, Dubois
  • Treasure Island, Stevenson
  • Time Machine, The, Wells
  • War of the Worlds, Wells
  • Watership Down, Adams
  • White Fang, London
  • Wheel on the School Bus, DeJong
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawls
  • Witch of Blackbird dPond, The Speare
  • Wind in the Windows, The, Graham
  • Wind in the Willows, The Graham
  • Wrinkle in Time, L’Engle
  • Wind in the Door, L’Engle
  • Yanke Dookle Boy, Martin

*Any book in this series or by this author.


Youth and Adults

  • Acton, The History of Freedom
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Adams, John, “Thoughts on Government”
  • Aquinas, “On Kingship”
  • Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
  • Aristotle, Politics
  • Aristotle, Rhetoric
  • Augustine, City of God
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Aurelius, Meditations
  • Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • Bacon, Novum Organum
  • Bastiat, The Law
  • Bastiat, “What is Seen and not Seen”
  • Benson, “The Proper Role of Government”
  • The Bible
  • Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
  • Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  • Bradbury, Martian Chronicles
  • Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation
  • Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  • Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • Brother Andrew, God’s Smuggler
  • Buchan, Thirty-Nine Steps
  • Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Buck, The Good Earth
  • Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  • Carson, The American Tradition
  • Capra, The Tao of Physics
  • Cather, My Antonia
  • Cervantes, Don Quixote
  • Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
  • Chesterton, Father Brown Stories
  • Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  • Churchill, Collected Speeches
  • Cicero, The Republic
  • Cicero, The Laws
  • Clausewitz, On War
  • Clavell, The Children’s Story
  • Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Confucius, Analects
  • Conrad, Lord Jim
  • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • Costain, Silver Chalice, The
  • Copernicus, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
  • Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans
  • Costain, The Silver Chalice
  • Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Crane, Red Badge of Courage
  • Dante, The Divine Comedy
  • Declaration of Independence
  • DeFoe, Robinson Crusoe
  • Descartes, A Discourse on Method
  • Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • Dickens, David Copperfield
  • Dickens, Great Expectations
  • Dickens, Oliver Twist
  • Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dostoyevsky, Brothers Karamazov
  • Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
  • Douglas, Magnificent Obsession
  • Douglas, The Robe
  • Doyle, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • Durant, A History of Civilization
  • Dumas, Count of Monte-Cristo
  • Dumas, Three Musketeers
  • Einstein, Relativity
  • Eliot, Middlemarch
  • Eliot, Silas Marner
  • Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor
  • Emerson, Collected Essays
  • Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Euclid, Elements
  • Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby
  • Forester, Horatio Hornblower Series
  • Foxe, Book of Martyrs
  • Frank, Anne, Diary of a Young Girl
  • Frank, Alas Babylon
  • Franklin, Letters and Writings
  • Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
  • Galileo, The New SciencesGibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Goethe, Faust
  • Golding, Lord of the Flies
  • Graves, I Claudius
  • Hawthorne, Scarlett Letter
  • Hawthorne, House of Seven Gables
  • Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
  • Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Hemingway, Old Man and the Sea
  • Henty, In Freedom’s Cause
  • Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small
  • Hobbes, Leviathan
  • Homer, The Iliad
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Hugo, Les Miserables
  • Hugo, Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hume, Essays Moral, Political and Literary
  • Hurnard, Hind’s Feet on High Places
  • Huxley, Brave New World
  • Irving, Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • James, Portrait of a Lady
  • Jefferson, Letters, Speeches and Writings
  • Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Keegan, History of Warfare
  • Kepler, Epitome
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Collected Speeches
  • Kipling, Captains Courageous
  • Kipling, Jungle Book
  • Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Lavoisier, Elements of Chemistry
  • Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia series
  • Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • Lewis, Perelandra
  • Lewis, The Screw Tape Letters
  • Lewis, The Weight of Glory
  • Lincoln, Collected Speeches
  • Locke, Second Treatise of Government
  • London, Call of the Wild
  • Luther, Bondage of the Will
  • Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Madison, Hamilton and Jay, The Federalist Papers
  • Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
  • Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto
  • McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  • Melville, Moby Dick
  • Miller, Death of a Salesman
  • The Magna Carta
  • Mill, On Liberty
  • Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
  • Mises, Human Action
  • The Monroe Doctrine
  • Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables series
  • More, Utopia
  • Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Law
  • Newton, Mathematical Principles
  • Nichomachus, Introduction to Arithmetic
  • Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  • The Northwest Ordinance
  • Orczy, Scarlett Pimpernel
  • Orwell, Animal Farm
  • Orwell, 1984
  • Parkman, Oregon Trail
  • Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago
  • Paten, Cry of the Beloved Country
  • Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
  • Plato, Collected Works
  • Polybius, Histories
  • Potok, The Chosen
  • Plutarch, Lives
  • Ptolemy, Algamest
  • Roberts, Northwest Passage
  • Sayers, Lord Peter and other stories
  • Shaara, Killer Angels
  • Shakespeare, Collected Works
  • Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis
  • Skousen, The Five Thousand Year Leap
  • Skousen, The Majesty of God’s Law
  • Skousen, The Making of America
  • Smith, The Wealth of Nations
  • Solzhenitsyn, “A World Split Apart”
  • Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
  • Sophocles, Oedipus Trilogy
  • Spencer, Faerie Queen44
  • Steinbeck, Pearl
  • Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Stevenson, Treasure IslandStowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Sun Tzu, The Art of War
  • Tennyson, Idylls of the King
  • Thackeray, Vanity Fair
  • Thoreau, Walden
  • Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Tolkien, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Tolkien, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  • Twain, Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Twain, Prince and the Pauper
  • Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Virgil, Aeneid
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Wallace, Ben Hur
  • Warton, Ethan Frome
  • Washington, Letters, Speeches and Writings
  • Weaver, Mainspring of Human Progress
  • Wells, Invisible Man
  • Wells, Time Machine
  • Wells, War of the Worlds
  • Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Wilder, Bridge over San Luis Rey
  • Williams, Glass Menagerie
  • Wister, The Virginian
  • Wyss, Swiss Family Robinson