The Importance of Reading Great Books

Reading Aloud to Your Children

Children's Literature Resources for Parents

Great Read-Alouds

Favorite Books for All Ages

Favorite Books for Preschool and Early Elementary

Favorite Books for
Late Elementary

Favorite Books for Middle School

Favorite Books for Upper Middle and High School

Caldecott Award Winners

Award Winners

College Bound Reading List

Valerie Bendt on Reading Great Literature to Children

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations, Preschool/Early Elementary

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations
, Elementary/Middle School

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations, High School

<<To go to our lists of recommended books for each age level, use the links in the left-hand column.

Valerie Bendt's Favorite Books for High Schoolers

Books by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set contains the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Triliogy.

A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol , Hard Times, Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Jane Austen's Complete Novels by Jane Austen

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Leatherstocking Tales I: The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie by James Fenimore Cooper

Fighting the Flying Circus: The Greatest True Air Adventure to Come out of World War I by Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker

The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan

Books by C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity
A Grief Observed
The Problem of Pain
The Great Divorce
The Screwtape Letters
CS Lewis Signature Classics

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Sir Gibbie, by George MacDonald

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The King's Swift Rider: A Novel on Robert the Bruce by Mollie Hunter

Books by G.A. Henty
In Freedom's Cause
With Lee in Virginia
A Tale of the Western Plains
For the Temple
Beric The Briton
The Young Carthaginian
Winning His Spurs
The Cat of Bubastes
St. George for England
The Dragon and The Raven
A Knight of the White Cross
With Frederick the Great
The Dragon And The Raven
St. Bartholomew's Eve, A Tale of the Huguenot Wars
Among Malay Pirates
Won By The Sword
In the Heart of the Rockies
The Lion of The North
The Tiger of Mysore
By Right of Conquest
The Lion of St. Mark

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Frank by Anne Frank

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works by Shakespeare

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Love Comes Softly, Love's Enduring Promise, and Love's Long Journey by Janette Oak.

Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Gifted Hands: The Story of Ben Carson by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey

(For other great books for this age group see the College Bound Reading List.)

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