Elementary - Accomplished Readers

Proficient, accomplished readers should be exposed to a variety of excellent books on many subjects. These readers are starting to see the power of reading and learning and must be challenged. Make sure they have books at and just beyond their reading ability so they are always growing and aspiring to more. Here's one set of suggestions. Use the Search Feature to find dozens of others. Click on the title for more details about each book.


The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father in this exciting...

Pyramid by David Macaulay
When children catch their first glimpse of a pyramid, a sea of questions inevitably tumbles forth. "Why are they shaped like that?" "How...

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by only one passion: to avenge his father's death by crucifixion by driving...

The Magna Charta by James Daugherty
It was Ben Franklin who coined the phrase, "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God," and if any historical drama fulfills that maxim, it...

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
Set in the fourteenth century, the classic story of one boy's personal heroism when he loses the use of his legs.

Castle by David Macaulay
Imagine yourself in 13th-century England. King Edward I has just named the fictitious Kevin le Strange to be the Lord of Aberwyvern--"a...

Eleanor by Kristiana Gregory
Fourteen-year-old Eleanor of Aquitaine lives in a castle in Poitier, France, with her father Count William of Aquitaine (son of William the...

Cathedral by David Macaulay
The Gothic cathedral is one of humanity's greatest masterpieces--an architectural feast that couldn't help but attract the attention of...

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
In A New and Astonishing Life Of Benjamin Franklin As Written by His Good Mouse AMOS, young readers will discover that while the good Mr....

George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster
1942 Newbery Honor Title The period measured by the life of George Washington 1732 to 1799 was one of revolution and change in many...

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
This story of a tragically injured young silversmith who ends up hip-deep in the American Revolution is inspiring, exciting, and sad....

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
When his father returns East to collect the rest of the family, 13-year-old Matt is left alone to guard his family's newly built...

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
With a new introduction by J. Hillis Miller Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and four young sons are...

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A mysterious seaman hides at a country inn; cut-throats raid a sleepy English village; suddenly, young Jim Hawkins becomes the owner of a map leading to a lost tropical island and a fortune in stolen gold.

The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
In England in the early 1600s, everyone was forced to join the Church of England. Young William Bradford and his friends believed they had...

And then What Happened Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
Authentic Paul Revere. Young readers find the information appealing. Not only does Fritz give authentic accounts of Revere's ride through Boston, Concord and Lexington, but she adds specific details to each.

George Washington by Sterling North
Sterling North, author of the award-winning children’s classic Rascal, tells the tale of the Father of Our Country and how he became...

Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson
I thought that it was a good book because I like biographies. I especially liked the part when he went to the Latin School and he couldn't...

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and...

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Frightened orphan Mary discovers the joyful wonders of life on the Yorkshire Moors with the help of two local boys and a mysterious,...

Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Johanna Spyri's classic story of a young orphan sent to live with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps is retold in it's entirety in...

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
If you are looking for a war adventure story with lots of explosions, forget it. If you are interested in what war does to a loving...

Charles Dickens by Diane Stanley
Charles Dickens is one of the world's greatest and best loved writers. To read Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, or Nicholas Nickleby...

Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Four children travel to Narnia where they are more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Allegorical, infused with timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope.

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Mad Hatter, the Ugly Duchess, the Mock Turtle, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat-characters each more eccentric than the last, and...

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
If you ever feel like falling into a beautiful comic-book story--in the same way one falls back into a warm field of grass--reach for...