The following list of classics, juvenile fiction, and fiction selections are a small sample of the recommended reading we encourage at Regina Angelorum Academy. Many of these books have stood the test of time as morally sound and have an enduring quality about them. These stories support children’s moral development, feed their imagination, and fill them with a desire for noble living. Many of these books we read help children understand themselves and others.  These classics and fiction selections help them to identify the consequences of vices like greed, selfishness, and dishonesty and to celebrate and prefer the honor in doing right by others, being of service, and being truthful, all while enjoying the adventure of being immersed in a great book.



Grades Preschool–2

Andersen, Hans Christian | The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Burton, Virginia Lee | Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Carle, EricThe Very Hungry Caterpillar

Flack, Marjorie | Angus and the Ducks

Gag, Wanda | Millions of Cats

Galdone, Paul | The Elves and the Shoemaker, retold

Grahame, Kenneth | The Wind in the Willows

Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales

Holling, H.C. | Minn of the Mississippi

Keats, Ezra Jack | The Snowy Day

Kipling, Rudyard | Rikki Tikki Tavi

Lang, Andrew | The Blue Fairy Book; The Red Fairy Book, etc.

Leaf, Munro | The Story of Ferdinand

Magic Tree House Series

Martin, Bill | Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Milne, A.A. Winnie the Pooh Series

Moses, Will | Johnny Appleseed: the Story of a Legend

Numeroff, Laura Joffe | If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Piper, Watty | The Little Engine that Could

Rey, Hans A. | Curious George Series

Sendak, Maurice | Where the Wild Things Are

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman | Nate the Great Series

Slobodkina, Esphyr | Caps for Sale

Viorst, Judith |  Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Grades 3–5

Bennett, William J., ed. | The Book of Virtues—A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

Cooney, Barbara (adaptor) | Chanticleer and the Fox

Dalgliesh, Alice | The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

DAulaire, Edgar Parin & Ingri | Book of Greek Myths; Christopher Columbus; Leif the Lucky; George Washington

Dickens, Charles | A Christmas Carol

Dixon, Franklin W. | The Hardy Boys Series

Holling, H.C. | Paddle-to-the-Sea; Tree in the Trail

Hurwitz, Johanna | The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein

Irving, Washington | Rip van Winkle

Lawson, Robert | Ben and Me

Lewis, C.S. | The Chronicles of Narnia Series

McCloskey, Robert | Homer Price

Nesbit, Edith | Five Children and It

Reit, Seymour | Guns for General Washington

Stevenson, Robert Louis | Kidnapped

Twain, Mark | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

White, E.B. | Stuart Little

Wyss, Johann David | Swiss Family Robinson

Yates, Elizabeth | Amos Fortune, Free Man


Grades 6–7 Books We Read

Armstrong, William | Sounder

Freedman, Russell | Lincoln: A Photobiography

Keith, Harold | Rifles for Watie

London, Jack | The Call of the Wild; White Fang

MacCauley, David | Castle; City, Pyramid; The Way Things Work

Perry, Armstrong | Call It Courage

Pyle, Howard | The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; The Story of King Arthur & His Knights

Rawlings, Marjorie | Kinnan The Yearling

Speare, Elizabeth | The Bronze Bow

Tolkien, J.R.R. | The Hobbit


Grade 8 Books We Read

Fredrick Douglas | Narrative of the Life of an American Slave (1845)

Charles Dickens | A Christmas Carol(1843)

Esther Forbes | Johnny Tremain (1944)

Nathanael Hawthorne | The Ambitious Guest (1835)

Thomas Hughes | Tom Brown’s School Days (1857)

Washington Irving | Old Christmas (1819), Rip Van Winkle (1819), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820)

Edgar Allen Poe | The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), The Masque of the Red Death (1842), The Gold Bug (1843), The Cask of Amontillado (1846)

Harriet Beech Stowe | Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)

Mark Twain | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)

Harper Lee | To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)