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Children's Classics: a Booklist for Parents from The Horn Book Magazine in accessible formats

Here is a list of materials for children that are available from the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library catalog in a print-handicapped format.

For the Very Young

  • The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag. An alphabet book which tells of a little rabbit's adventures. For preschool-grade 2. RC 30798
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Story about a little boy with unshakeable faith in his personal carrot seed. For preschool to grade 2. BR 03381
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews. Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles. For preschool to grade 2. BRW 22
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. As a little bunny settles into bed, he bids good night to familiar objects in his room and even some outside. For preschool-grade 2. BR 13012 / RC 24603 / KIT 5
  • Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Birmingham. Mr. Gumpy lives by a river. One sunny day he decides to take a ride in his small boat. It is such a perfect idea, for such a perfect summer day, that he soon has company: first the children, then the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, and still others until Mr. Gumpy's outing comes to an inevitable, but not unhappy, conclusion. For preschool to grade 2. KIT 77
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. A hungry caterpillar eats his way through so much food that he has a stomachache. When he builds a small house for himself, something wonderful happens. For preschool-grade 2. BR 12015 / RC 24609

Picture Books

  • Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Highes. Alfie accidentally locks his mother and baby sister, Annie Rose, out of the house, and he can't reach the latch to let them in. Soon the whole neighborhood is involved in getting the door open. For grades 2-4. BR 09562 / RC 19003
  • Andy and the Lion: a tale of kindness remembered or the power of gratitude by James Daugherty. Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw. A retelling of "Androcles and the Lion." For grades K-3. Caldecott Honor 1938. BR 16459 / RC 61829
  • Caps for Sale: a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business told by Esphyr Slobodkina. Monkeys steal a peddler's caps while he sleeps beneath their tree. Although the monkeys are clever, the peddler finally outsmarts them in monkey business. For grades K-3. RC 32425 / KIT 35
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman. A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him, he finds what he has wanted most of all. For grades K-3. BRA 18946 / RC 41225 / KIT 19
  • Crictor by Tomi Ungerer. Madame Bodot is surprised to receive a boa constrictor for a birthday present, but soon she is knitting a long sweater for him and taking him to the school where she teaches. Then one night Crictor repays her kindness with his bravery. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. In process.
  • The Complete Adventures of Curious George by Margret & H.A. Rey. A collection of seven books published between 1941 and 1966 featuring George, a mischievous monkey. George likes to investigate the new things he encounters, a habit that usually causes trouble. His friend, the man with the large yellow hat, often rescues George--who goes on to more adventures. For grades K-3. BR 12910 / RC 47946 / KIT 90
  • Doctor De Soto by William Steig. Doctor De Soto, a kind-hearted mouse dentist, prefers not to treat cats or other dangerous animals. But when a fox who is suffering from a painful toothache shows up, the doctor must treat this sly patient without being eaten. For grades K-3. Newbery Honor Book 1982. BR 16526 / KIT 34
  • George and Martha: the complete stories of two best friends by James Marshall. This single volume contains all seven of Marshall's books--thirty-five stories--about two hippopotamuses, George and Martha. By sharing their humorous adventures and forgiving each other's failings, George and Martha demonstrate how to be true friends. For grades 2-4. BR 16313 / RC 49973
  • Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. Harry is a black-spotted white dog who hates baths. So one day when he hears water filling the tub, he runs away. He has a wonderful time getting so dirty that he has to prove to his family he is really Harry. For preschool-grade 2. BR 14034 / RC 44939
  • Horton hatches the egg by Dr. Seuss. When Mayzie, a lazy bird, tires of sitting on her egg and decides that a vacation is in order, she asks Horton the elephant to sit on her nest. Horton remains faithful when the charm of Palm Beach keeps Mayzie from returning as planned. Not rain, nor snow, nor hunters, nor the cruel jeers of his jungle friends discourage him. For, "an elephant's faithful one hundred percent." For preschool-grade 2. BR 08950 / RC 34057
  • Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber. Ira is delighted with his first invitation to spend the night at his friend Reggie's house, until his mischievous older sister asks if he is taking along his teddy bear. For preschool-grade 2. BR 12700
  • Jambo means Hello: Swahili alphabet book by Muriel Feelings. Presents a word, with English translation, for each of the twenty-four letters in the Swahili alphabet. Brief explanation of each word introduces an East African custom. For preschool-grade 2. CBF 1233
  • The little house: a story by Virginia Lee Burton. The story of a pretty little house built for a family by a man who never wanted it to be sold. The seasons and the years pass, and gradually a city surrounds the little house until it is rescued in a wonderful way. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal 1942. BR 13455 / RC 50547 / KIT 8
  • Madeline : story & pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans. A story in rhyme about a little girl in a Paris boarding school who manages to have a lively time in spite of appendicitis. For grades K-3. RC 44292
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Five helpful Boston policemen stop busy city traffic so that Mrs. Mallard can move her family of eight ducklings from their island in the Charles River to their new home in the Public Garden. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal 1943. BR 10039 / RC 42913 / KIT 27
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág. Once upon a time a very old man set out to find a pretty cat for his lonely wife. Unable to choose only one, he comes home with hundreds and thousands and millions and billions and trillions of cats. But she still wants only one. For grades K-3. BR 13322 / RC 43117
  • Miss Rumphius : story by Barbara Cooney. As a child, Alice Rumphius resolved to visit faraway places when she grew up and to live by the sea when she became old. Most important, she planned to do something to make the world more beautiful. Now retired, she finds the last to be the most difficult. For grades K-3. RC 52738
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. On a dark Christmas eve, a boy boards a mysterious train, the Polar Express, hoping to visit Santa Claus. He and the other children, still in their nightclothes, drink hot chocolate and sing carols as the train races through snowy landscapes toward a huge city at the North Pole. For grades K-3 and older readers. Caldecott Medal. BR 12001 / RC 23625 / DV 628
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Young Peter is thrilled to wake up to snow piled high. He spends the day crunching, sliding, building a snowman, making snow angels, and having a great time. For grades K-3. Caldecott award winner. BR 10045 / RC 43471
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. Ferdinand, a bull who prefers to sit and smell the flowers, is mistakenly thought to be the most ferocious bull in Spain. He is carted off to the arena for a bullfight, but a surprise awaits the spectators. For grades K-3. RC 25500 / KIT 25
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. All about the famous rabbit family: Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and especially Peter--who disobeys Mother Rabbit's order to stay out of Mr. McGregor's garden. For preschool-grade 2. BR 05087 / RC 13917
  • Where the Wild Things Are : story and pictures by Maurice Sendak. The night that Max wears his wolf suit and makes mischief, he is sent to bed without his supper. So he sails to the land of the wild things, where he becomes king. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Medal1963. BR 16352 / RC 22906 / KIT 32

For Beginning Readers

  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. A story in rhyme tells about two bored children sitting at home on a rainy day while their mother is out. Then the Cat in the Hat arrives on their door mat to show them good fun with his tricks and games. For grades K-3. BR 13461 / RC 33062 / DV 554
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. Five stories about the adventures of two best friends. Frog and Toad are always there for each other, whether they are telling stories, finding lost buttons, or swimming in the river. Uncontracted braille. For grades K-3 and older readers. BR 16435 / RC 51143 / KIT 81
  • Little bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Four episodes about Little Bear in which he cooks himself some birthday soup and takes an imaginary trip to the moon, while his mother keeps him warm and reads him to sleep. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. BR 15177 / RC 44738 / DV 381


  • Babe : the gallant pig written by Dick King-Smith. Fly, Farmer Hogget's sheep dog, has a brood of puppies to look after and raise. But when a little orphan piglet named Babe says, "I want my mum," Fly makes up her mind to foster this unhappy child. For grades 3-6. BR 06725 / RC 33742 / DV 208
  • The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson. The Herdmans are the worst kids in town, so when they take over the lead roles in the church's annual Christmas pageant, they cause quite a commotion. For grades 4-7. BR 16320 / RC 38118
  • The book of three : Prydain chronicles ; 1 by Lloyd Alexander. Taran, assistant pig keeper in the land of Prydain, joins Prince Gwydion to fight against the evil that threatens the kingdom. For grades 5-8. BR 15453 / RC 25013
  • The borrowers by Mary Norton. Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floors of an old country house, borrowing what they need from humans. When Arrietty encounters a human boy, the endangered Borrowers must relocate. For grades 3-6. BR 12991 / RC 51409
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Jess finds his biggest rival and best friend in Leslie, a girl who moves to his rural Virginia community from the city. Together they create Terabithia, a secret kingdom in the woods where they reign supreme--until tragedy strikes. For grades 5-8. Newbery Medal. BR 10864 / RC 48732
  • Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White. A little girl who can talk to animals is devoted to both Wilbur, the foolishly smug pig, and Charlotte, the beautiful gray spider who saves Wilbur's life. This sensitive story is a delight for children of all ages as well as adults. For grades 3-6. BR 09405 / RC 48639
  • Harriet the Spy written by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet is a highly organized, industrious sixth-grader with two hobbies--spying and recording her observation honestly but caustically in a special notebook. When her classmates discover the notebook and read it, war results, and Harriet is an instant outcast. For grades 4-7. BR 08276 / RC 44768
  • The Hobbit; or, There and back again, by J. R. R. Tolkien. A fantasy concerning a mythical kingdom and its inhabitants. A hobbit, a magician, and dwarfs, while searching for hidden treasure, become involved in numerous adventures. BR 11595 / RC 48978
  • Humbug Mountain by Sid Fleischman. Wiley never dreamed that the search for his Grandpa Tuggle would lead him into the hands of foul villains, or that he and his sister would discover a petrified man, or that one of his mother's chickens would precipitate a gold rush. A tall tale for grades 3-6. BRA 17058 / RC 14185
  • The hundred dresses by Eleanor Estes. Since Wanda Petronski wears the same faded blue dress to school every day, her cruel classmates tease her, but every time they make fun of her, she brags that she has a hundred beautiful dresses hanging in her closet at home. For grades 3-6. BR 01416 / RC 42016
  • The incredible journey by Sheila Burnford. A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel 250 miles together through the Canadian wilderness to find their family. Along the way they face the dangers of starvation, wild animals, and natural disasters. For grades 6-9 and older readers. RC 33792 / DV 34
  • Island of the blue dolphins by Scott O'Dell. Accidentally left behind on an island off the coast of California when her tribe moved, an Indian girl tells about the eighteen years that she managed to survive and to find comfort, beauty, and, at times, joy in her solitude. For grades 6-9. Newbery Award. BR 14785 / RC 22397
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. After a burn severely cripples his right hand, Tremain becomes a courier for the Committee of Public Safety and a hero in the early days of the American Revolution. The excitement he experiences includes the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. For grades 4-7. Newbery Award. BR 15252 / RC 22808
  • The lion, the witch, and wardrobe : a story for children by C.S. Lewis. Four English children find their way through a huge wardrobe in an old house to the mysterious land of Narnia, which is under the spell of the White Witch. Prequel to Prince Caspian, the Return to Narnia (BR 07238 / RC 16984). For grades 4-7 and older readers. BR 11912 / RC 54964
  • Little house in the big woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Wisconsin, 1871. The Ingalls family experiences pioneer life in a little log house, miles from any settlement. They feel safe and secure despite blizzards, wolves, and the loneliness of the big woods. Prequel to Little House on the Prairie (RC 50922). For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1932. BR 11322 / RC 50921
  • Many moons by James Thurber. Princess Lenore, who is 10 going on 11, falls ill from eating too many raspberry tarts. When her father, the King, promises her anything that will make her well, Princess Lenore asks for the moon. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. BRA 06954 / RC 39639
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. An extraordinary English woman blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag to become the Banks family's new nanny. Mary Poppins introduces her elder charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences. Prequel to Mary Poppins Comes Back (RC 50918, BR 5488). For grades 4-7. 1934. BR 12972 / RC 50917
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats if NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien. A widowed mother mouse with housing problems seeks the help of a colony of rats. She discovers that the rats, who are super-intelligent laboratory specimens, have developed a highly sophisticated civilization which includes computers. For grades 4-7. 1972 Newbery Award. BR 08598 / RC 23562
  • The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. In 1558 young Kate Sutton is exiled to a remote castle called Perilous Gard, where she becomes captive of an ancient fairy folk--the last practitioners of druidic magic. Kate struggles to prevent them from sacrificing Christopher Heron and to effect her own escape. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1974. RC 62116
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is a nine-year old Swedish girl who lives alone with her horse and monkey and shares her wild doings, feats of strength, and tall tales with the nice, normal little boy and girl who live next door. For grades 3-6. BR 16298 / RC 24423
  • Ramona the pest by Beverly Cleary. Ramona meets interesting people in kindergarten class, such as Davy, whom she keeps trying to kiss, and Susan, whose springy curls seems to ask to be pulled. For grades 2-4. BR 07197 / RC 24837
  • Roll of thunder, hear my cry by Mildred D. Taylor. A turbulent year in Mississippi during the Great Depression--a year of night riders, burnings, and threats. Cassie Logan, a young black girl, tells the story of her family's struggle to survive with their dignity and independence intact. For grades 6-9. Newbery Award. BR 11509 / RC 50326
  • Sarah, plain and tall by Patricia MacLachlan. Anna and Caleb have lived alone with their father since their mother died. When Sarah comes to live with them in response to their father's newspaper advertisement, the whole family falls in love with her. But they fear that Sarah's homesickness for the Maine coast will keep her from staying with them in their prairie home. For grades 3-6. Newbery Medal. BR 09531 / RC 23524
  • The shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide. One day Treehorn notices that he is shrinking. His parents ignore his plight and his teacher complains, "We don't shrink in this class." Poor Treehorn barely keeps himself from disappearing with help from a cereal box game. For grades 2-5. RC 42734
  • The sword in the stone by T.H. White. The first part of "The Once and Future King," a retelling of the Arthurian legend. This work, a mixture of fact, fancy, legend, history, and wit, relates the education of the young king by Merlyn, his tutor, who instructs him in all branches of medieval art and magic. Followed by "The Queen of Air and Darkness." BRA 54 / RC 19285
  • Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Winnie Foster is ten when she meets seventeen-year-old Jesse Tuck in the woods and learns that his family hasn't aged in eighty-seven years since drinking from a secret spring. She is mighty tempted to drink that water too. For grades 4-7. BR 13834 / RC 50587
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh is a lovable little bear who is always getting himself into trouble. On a visit to Rabbit, greedy Pooh eats so much that he gets stuck in Rabbit's hole and has to stay there for a week until he gets thin again! For grades 2-4. BR 02182 / RC 13967 / DV 167
  • The witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth G. Speare. When sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler tries to aid a woman accused of witchcraft in colonial New England, she herself is brought to trial as a suspect. Kit's young friend, Prudence, whom she has taught to read, and Nat, a sailor who has fallen in love with Kit, come to her defense. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Award. .BR 14849 / RC 22927
  • A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. An intricate fantasy about Sparrowhawk, a talented but arrogant student of wizardry. On a rival's dare, Sparrowhawk summons up a shadowy, evil spirit who threatens both the boy's life and the entire world of Earthsea. For grades 6-9. BR 07742 / RC 23515

Echoes of Times Past (ancient days through the 18th century)

  • Black ships before Troy : the story of the Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff. A retelling of the Greek legend. Traces the story of the Trojan War, beginning with the quarrel of three goddesses over a golden apple. When Trojan prince Paris persuades the beautiful Helen of Troy to leave her baby and husband to become his wife, her husband pursues her, others take sides, and the war begins. Fighting continues until Troy is destroyed and Paris earns a tragic reward. For grades 5-8 and older readers. BR 10228 / RC 40748
  • Gulliver in Lilliput retold by Margaret Hodges from Gulliver's travels by Jonathan Swift. Tells of a young doctor from England who loved to travel the world, and of his arrival on the island of Lilliput after being shipwrecked. The doctor falls asleep. When he awakens the next morning, he finds his arms and legs fastened to the ground and discovers six-inch-tall men crawling over him. For grades 3-6. RC 41903
  • Saint George and the dragon : a golden legend adapted by Margaret Hodges from Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene. A dramatic retelling of the classic tale recounts the battle between brave Saint George, the Red Cross Knight, and the deadly dragon that has terrorized the countryside for years. For grades 2-4 and older readers. Caldecott Medal 1985. BRA 18975 / RC 22236

Echoes of Times Past (19th century through 1920)

  • The adventures of Pinnochio : the story of a puppet by Carlo Collodi. Geppetto carves a wooden puppet and names him Pinocchio. The rascally marionette walks and talks like a real boy, but his nose grows longer each time he lies. Classic Italian children's tale originally published in 1883. For grades 4-7 and older readers. BR 147224 / RC 55907
  • The adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. The escapades and high jinks of schoolboy Tom Sawyer, who lives with his Aunt Polly in a small Missouri town on the Mississippi River. Tom angles for the affections of Becky Thatcher, runs away with Huck Finn and Joe Harper, and tells the truth when it matters. First published in 1876. For grades 6-9 and older readers. BR 11823 / RC 53084
  • Alice's adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Extraordinary things happen when a little girl falls down a rabbit hole and encounters the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and other unusual characters. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1865. BR 12746 / RC 50842 / DV 98
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm in Canada. There she proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1908. BR 10098 / RC 56114 / DV 6
  • Around the world in eighty days by Jules Verne. London, 1872. Well-to-do, eccentric Phileas Fogg is certain that he can travel around the world in eighty days. He's so sure that he's wagered half of his fortune and set off on the grand adventure with his servant, Passepartout. For senior high and older readers. 1873. RC 53171
  • Black Beauty : the autobiography of a horse by Anna Sewell. Black Beauty tells of his suffering as he is sold from one cruel master to another. This book was written to dramatize the cruelties inflicted on horses in 19th-century England. For grades 4-7. BR 16469 / RC 41291
  • A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens. Classic Christmas story in which the miser Scrooge finds the true spirit of Christmas. For readers young and old. BR 03328 / RC 43546 / DV 247
  • The enchanted castle by E. Nesbit. Tale of strange enchantment and of adventures which befall three children through the power of a wishing ring. For grades 4-7. RC 11778
  • Heidi by Joanna Spyri. Heidi loves her old grandfather and their simple life high in the Swiss Alps. When she is sent to the city to be a companion to the ailing Klara, Heidi almost dies from homesickness. For grades 4-7. BR 06294 / RC 22936
  • The jungle book : the Mowgli stories by Rudyard Kipling. Eight stories about the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves in a jungle in India. Presented in Kipling's preferred arrangement. Includes a ninth non-Mowgli tale "Rikki-tikki-tavi," about a valiant mongoose. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1894. in process / DV 189
  • Little women, or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Louisa May Alcott. The author's home life in New England is the basis of this book. The tale tells of the four March sisters--quick-tempered Jo, who is restless for freedom; Beth, who loves her home and family; Meg, who longs for pretty clothes; and self-absorbed Amy. For grades 6-9 and older readers. BR 11778 / RC 53194
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Siblings Wendy, John, and Michael fly to Never-Never-Land with Peter, the boy who refuses to grow up. For grades 5-8. 1911. BR 15663 / RC 59430 / DV 556
  • The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After becoming an orphan, Mary--ill-tempered and neglected--is sent to live on an uncle's huge estate where she meets an equally wretched cousin who is an invalid. Together they conspire to restore a locked, secret garden while the boy regains his health and his father's affection. For grades 4-7. BR 10102 / RC 23638
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Young Jim Hawkins finds a map in a dead seaman's possessions. His friends, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey, realize it's a treasure map. They hire a ship, unaware that the crew includes the pirate Long John Silver. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1881. BR 13632 / RC 52436
  • Twelve tales by Hans Christian Andersen; selected and translated by Erik Blegvad. Translator Blegvad, a native Dane who grew up hearing Andersen's stories, has retained the "old-fashioned" language of Andersen's time. The collection includes well-known tales such as "The Princess and the Pea," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," and "The Emperor's New Clothes" and lesser-known stories such as "The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep" and "The Pixie at the Grocer's." For grades 3-6. RC 41551
  • The wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame. Relates the escapades of four animal friends--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger--who live along a river in the English countryside. For grades 4-7. 1908. BR 12977 / RC 24592
  • The wonderful wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. When a cyclone blows Dorothy and her dog Toto from their Kansas home to the magical Land of Oz, Dorothy meets the Munchkins and witches. With her new companions the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy travels to the Emerald City to petition the Wizard. For grades 4-7. 1899. BR 07872 / RC 51047

Myths, Legends, and Folklore

  • About wise men and simpletons : twelve tales from Grimm translated by Elizabeth Shub. Twelve of the Brothers Grimm's best loved tales, including "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "About a Fisherman and His Wife," and "The Bremen Town Musicians," are given a new translation in this collection. For grades 4-7. BR 07682
  • Aesop's fables selected by Jerry Pinkney. A collection of nearly sixty fables from the Greek thinker Aesop. Includes such well-known tales as "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf," and "The Grasshopper and the Ants." For grades 2-4. RC 52555
  • The Arabian nights : their best-known tales edited by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith. Ten stories from the Tales of a Thousand and One Nights, including such characters as the well-known Aladdin and his lamp, Ali Baba and the forty thieves, and Sinbad the sailor. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1909. BR 13413
  • D'Aulaires' Book of Norse myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire. Introduces the Norse legends of gods, goddesses, tricksters, and heroes. Contains tales of Thor, the thunder-god, mischievous Loki, and the leader Odin with his band of Valkyrie maidens, as well as elves, gnomes, weird monsters, and grim giants. For grades 4-7. RC 61851
  • Favorite fairy tales told around the world retold by Virginia Haviland. Selections from the author's previous books that feature several tales from each of sixteen countries. For grades 3-6 and older readers. RC 24260
  • The merry adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. In their carefree life in Sherwood Forest, Robin and his band of outlaws rob the rich to help the poor and have many an exciting encounter with the king's men and the sheriff of Nottingham. For grades 5-8. BRJ 01801 / RC 26766
  • Nursery tales around the world selected and retold by Judy Sierra. An international collection of eighteen folktales from the oral tradition. Six themes group cultural variations together: runaway cookies; incredible appetites; the victory of the smallest; chain tales; slowpokes and speedsters; and fooling the big, bad wolf. For grades 3-6. RC 49377
  • The people could fly : American Black folktales told by Virginia Hamilton. Animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom shape this anthology of retold African American folktales, born of slaves' sorrow but passed on in hope. Includes several stories where Bruh Rabbit triumphs. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award 1985. BR 15831 / RC 59991
  • The rainbow people retold by Laurence Yep. Twenty Chinese folktales, selected and retold by the author from stories collected in Oakland, California, in the 1930s as part of a WPA project. The book is divided into sections such as "Tricksters," "Fools," and "Love," each of which is prefaced by a short explanation of how the tales relate to the Chinese-American experience. For grades 4-7 and older readers. RC 36672
  • The tales of Uncle Remus : The adventures of Brer Rabbit as told by Julius Lester. A retelling of forty-eight Brer Rabbit tales in "modified, contemporary, Southern black English," with modern allusions. Includes "How the Animals Came to Earth," "Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby," and "Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Bear." For grades 5-8 and older readers. RC 26183


  • And then what happened, Paul Revere? By Jean Fritz. Paul Revere was a man of many talents. He was a silversmith and a bell-ringer, who also found time to fight in the French and Indian War. Then he became a leader in the secret society called the Sons of Liberty. And on April 18, 1775, when word came that British soldiers were about to march into the countryside to fight the rebellious colonists, Paul Revere knew that the time for his big ride had arrived. For grades 2-4. RC 25588
  • Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooryaart, with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. In a remarkable account begun on her thirteenth birthday in 1942, a Jewish girl in German-occupied Amsterdam records her hopes, fears, and growing pains during two years of close confinement with her family hiding from the Nazis in a secret apartment. Original version edited by her father. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1947. BR 15076 / RC 57022
  • Cathedral : the story of its construction by David Macauley. Details how generations of dedicated churchmen and craftsmen, working for nearly a century, build a great cathedral in an imaginary town in thirteenth-century France. For grades 5-8. RC 42501
  • "Charlie needs a cloak." Story and pictures by Tomie de Paola. Charlie the shepherd and his flock of sheep enact a comedy of errors as Charlie makes himself a beautiful new red wool cloak. For grades K-3. BR 02770
  • The endless steppe : growing up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig. An autobiography telling of the exile of the author's Jewish family to Siberia and the hardships they endured. She also tells of her school days there and her subsequent discovery of the Russian classics. For junior and senior high and older readers. BR 07756
  • Lincoln : a photobiography by Russell Freedman. A biography of the sixteenth president of the United States. Beginning life as a poor, backwoods farm boy in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, Lincoln became a self-educated lawyer and Illinois state representative. He was elected president in 1860, and led the nation through the Civil War. He was assassinated in 1865. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Newbery Award. BR 07349 / RC 58762