Reading Fundamental List

  • Here is a list of recommended classic books for Children

    RIF Booklist for Children Ages 6-11


    Preschool to Age 8

    Aardema, Verna
    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
    Dial, 1975
    This folktale relates the reason mosquitoes annoy humans with their noisy buzzing. A Caldecott Medal winner.

    Bemelmans, Ludwig
    Mad About Madeline: the Complete Tales
    Viking, 1993
    All five of the original Madeline stories are included in this sure-to-be-loved edition.

    Brown, Margaret Wise
    The Runaway Bunny
    Harper, 1942
    A little bunny thinks of ways to escape, but his clever mother always finds a way to keep up with him.

    Carle, Eric
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Philomel, 1970
    A colorful and clever counting book about a very special and very hungry caterpillar.

    Dorros, Arthur
    Dutton, 1991
    A small girl and her grandmother take a delightfully imaginative flying tour over Manhattan.

    Keats, Ezra Jack
    The Snowy Day
    Viking, 1962
    This Caldecott Medal winner tells about a special day of playing in new-fallen snow.

    Marshall, James
    George and Martha: the Complete Stories About Two Best Friends
    Houghton Mifflin, 1997
    These beginning readers are funny and smart, and the two hippos that star become our friends as well.

    McCloskey, Robert
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Viking, 1941
    The classic story of a family of Mallard ducks in downtown Boston. A Caldecott Medal winner.

    Sendak, Maurice
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Harper, 1963
    A naughty little boy is sent to bed without supper, where he sails off to the land of the wild things and becomes their king. A Caldecott Medal winner.

    Wells, Rosemary
    Timothy Goes to School
    Dial, 1981
    Timothy's dread of the first day of school is made easier with the love and understanding of his parents.

    Williams, Vera
    A Chair for My Mother
    Greenwillow, 1982
    A young girl thinks of a wonderful surprise for her mother's birthday present. A Caldecott Honor book.

    Ages 8-12

    Cleary, Beverly
    Ramona Quimby, Age 8
    Morrow, 1981
    Ramona's third grade year at school will keep young readers laughing. A Newbery Honor book.

    Curtis, Christopher Paul
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963
    Delacorte, 1995
    In the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a family travels to Alabama and experiences racial injustice first-hand, surviving through love and humor. A Coretta Scott King Honor book.

    Dahl, Roald
    James and the Giant Peach
    Knopf, 1961
    Magic crystals lead James on a magical adventure.

    George, Jean Craighead
    Julie of the Wolves
    Harper, 1972
    A gripping adventure about 13 year-old Julie and the wolf pack that adopts her in the Alaskan tundra. A Newbery Medal Winner.

    Lewis, CS
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    Macmillan, 1950
    This classic fantasy takes readers on a journey to a wonderful new world of talking animals, fierce battles, and young heroes and heroines to love.

    Polacco, Patricia
    Mrs. Katz and Tush
    Bantam, 1992
    A kitten helps an old woman and a young boy cross lines of culture and generation.

    Ringgold, Faith
    Tar Beach
    Crown, 1991
    Based on a quilt by the author, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Cassie's magical flight above Harlem, exploring African-American history through her journey. A Coretta Scott King Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book.

    Say, Allen
    Grandfather's Journey
    Houghton Mifflin, 1993
    A Japanese American tells of his grandfather's journey to America, and of the love the family feels for both countries. A Caldecott Medal winner.

    Silverstein, Shel
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Harper, 1974
    This most popular of children's poets will have the whole family laughing!

    Taylor, Mildred
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Dial, 1976
    A black family in Depression Era Mississippi struggles with hardships of poverty and racial strife in this gripping family novel. A Newbery Award Winner.

    White, EB
    Charlotte's Web
    Harper, 1952
    Loved by children for generations, this is the story of a pig in trouble, the girl who loves him, and the clever spider who saves him. A Newbery Honor book.