Elementary - Capable Readers

Children with a growing capacity for reading need to have many quality books at hand. They should never run out of books! These are some of the most recommended classics that are sure to delight and encourage the developing reader. Here's one set of suggestions. Use the Search Feature for many more. Click on the title for more details about each book.


Greek Myths by Ingri D'Aulaire
No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the...

The Trojan Horse by Emily Little
Illus. in full color. "An ancient history lesson emerges from this account of the way the Greeks tricked the Trojans and rescued Helen of...

Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos
My husband was given this story Bible back in 1961 when he was baptised as an infant. We are still reading it to our 4 children today. It...

Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster
Considered the innovator of "horizontal history," Genevieve Foster became frustrated when her two school-aged children complained about the...

Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Legendary leaders risked their kingdoms to win Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. A timeless story of love, war, and ambition, this pictorial biography is sure to entertain and educate.

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley
Against the fascinating tapestry of Frances history during the Hundred Years' War, Diane Stanley unfolds the story of the simple...

Michelangelo by Diane Stanley
Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the greatest artists of all time, was not exactly a noble and humble man. Irritable, arrogant, and...

Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley
Older children will certainly appreciate the wealth of information in this complete and fascinating biography of Leonardo da Vinci....

Columbus by Ingri D'Aulaire
As is their custom, the d'Aulaires have thoroughly researched their subject in order to provide the most historically accurate account of...

George Washington by Ingri D'Aulaire
Follows Washington from young boy to surveyor, to soldier in the French and Indian War where he became a war hero. Later Washington lead his troops through the dark and hungry days of the Revolution

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere ..." So begins one of the most stirring poems in American...

Peter the Great by Diane Stanley
Peter the Great, crowned tsar of Russia at the age of ten, believed that whatever he wanted he should have -- and the sooner the better....

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
This book points out that America had to be dragged kicking and screaming into becoming a new nation. Fifty-five delegates gathered in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to attempt to draw up a plan for the future of the United States.

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
Jean Fritz makes history intersting for all ages. She has an uncanny way of seeing a historical figure as a real person with a...

Can't You Make Them Behave King George? by Jean Fritz
Jean Fritz has created many fabulous books for children. "Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?" is one of my favorites. It shows the...

Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
America was at a crossroads in 1939 as they debated whether to join the Allies in their battle against Hitler's relentless march across...

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
In the Hundred Acre Wood live Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Owl. A.A. Milne's complete text as well as decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.

Aesop's Fables by Aesop
The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two...