I’ve just started on a suggested reading list for Anna’s 7th grade year. Here’s what we have on it so far.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgenson
Understood Betsy, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
Adam of the Road, By Elizabeth Janet Gray
Across Five Aprils, By Irene Hunt
The Hobbit, By J.R.R. Tolkien
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, By Elizabeth George Speare
The Diary of Anne Frank, By Anne Frank
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien
Mara, Daughter of the Nile, By Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Iliad of Homer, By Barbara Picard
Caddie Woodlawn, By Carol Ryrie Brink
Heidi, By Johanna Spyri
Sarah Plain and Tall, By Patricia MacLachlan
Anne of Green Gables, By Lucy Maud Montgomery
Pollyanna, By Eleanor Porter
The Story Of My Life, By Helen Keller
She’s reading The Secret Garden right now and really loves it. I believe she’s read most of Little Women, too. My Kindle is great for finding classic children’s books for free!
There’s a mix of fun and serious, historic and fantasy. I still want to look into more lists online and talk to her about other books she’d like to add. I’d like to add more good books with boys as the main characters, more historic fiction and some modern classics.
She’s already well acquainted with all of the Harry Potter books, the 39 Clues books and several other modern anthologies.
She also reads constantly on her own for fun, including modern fiction and lots of mythology, so she’ll continue to read her own choices.
Any you’d suggest?