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WCA Reading List

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

An Abbreviated List of Good Reads

And two notes:

· Read alouds are encouraged, for younger and older students alike

· The age-levels are approx.; you might find a good book in younger or older age levels


· A Treasury of Children’s Literature by Armand Eisen

· A Zooful of Animals by William Cole

· Amelia Bedelia by Penny Parish

· Barney’s Horse by Syd Hoff

· Beauty and The Beast by Jan Brett

· The Beginner’s Bible by Karyn Henley

· Biographies (Washington, Lincoln, Franklin, etc) by Ingri d’Aulaire

· Billy and Blaze by Clarence Anderson

· Corduroy by Don Freeman

· Fables by Arthur Lobel

· Frog and Toad Series by Arthur Lobel

· Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

· Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

· Mouse Soup by Arthur Lobel

· Norman The Doorman by Don Freeman

· Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs by Nancy Levinson

· The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

· The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Others by Beatrix Potter


· The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter

· Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

· The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

· Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence & Richard Atwater

· Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

· The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

· A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

· Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

· The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

· On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

· The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

· The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

· Stuart Little by E.B. White

· The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid

· A Light in the Forest by Melissa Payne

· Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

· The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

· The Penderwicks Books by Jeanne Birdsall

· The “Shoe” Books by Noel Streatfeild

· The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

· Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest by Ann McGovern

· Leonardo da Vinci by Norman V. Marshall

· Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

· The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

· Toliver’s Secret by Esther Brady

· A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

· The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne


· Alexander the Great by Peter Green

· The Bandit of Ashley Downs by Dave Jackson

· Bolivar by John Guyatt

· The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz

· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

· Paddle to the Sea by Clancy Holling

· Teresa of Calcutta: Serving the Poorest of the Poor by Jeanene D. Watson

· The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds

· The Adventure of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

· Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

· The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin by James Cross Giblin

· Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

· Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

· Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman

· The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit

· Frozen Summer by Mary Jane Auch

· The Light Princess by George MacDonald

· Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

· The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

· Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

· The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

· Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

· Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Doyle

· Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

· Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris

· Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

· Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

· The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson

· The Oxford Book of Children’s Verse by Peter and Iona Opie

· Peter Pan (unabridged) by James Matthew Barrie

· The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

· The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

· The Wishing Tree by William Faulkner


· The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

· Hatchet by Gary Paulson

· Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth

· The Dark Tower and Other Stories by C.S. Lewis

· Father Brown Mystery Stories by G.K. Chesterton

· The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

· Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

· The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

· Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

· Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

· Gullivar’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

· Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

· Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

· Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

· Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

· Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

· The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

· Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

· The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

· Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

· You Come Too, Favorite Poems for Young Readers by Robert Frost

· The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

· Watership Down by Richard Adams

· The Wise Woman and Other Fantasy Stories by George MacDonald


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