Classical content

We believe that good books are like nutritious food. As a body needs a well-balanced diet, so a mind needs rich and satisfying material to help it grow mentally and spiritually. Because of this, we stock our class libraries with worthwhile literature that has withstood the test of time. You’ll find just a sampling of our curriculum and recommended reading list for each grade level below.


(books read to the children)
Nursery Rhymes, books by Kevin Henkes, A.A. Milne, Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Eric Hill, Tomie De Paola, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, and many many more.


(books read to the students and books read by the students)
Books by Jan Brett, Virginia Lee Burton, Robert McCloskey, Leo Lionni, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, P. D. Eastman, Beatrix Potter, Jerry Pinkney, and many many more.

First Grade

Caps for Sale
The Story About Ping
The Little House
Doctor De Soto
The Little Engine that Could
Mr. Putter and Tabby: Pour on the Tea
Aesop’s Stories
The Trumpet of the Swan
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Second Grade

Tales of Oliver Pig
Frog and Toad books
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Stone Soup
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Three Billy goats Gruff
The Three Little Pigs
The Bremen Town Musicians
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Ox-Cart Man
Miss Rumphius
Robin Hood
Blueberries for Sal
Chanticleer and the Fox
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Knights of the Round Table
The Wind in the Willows

Third Grade

The Courage of Sarah Noble
Charlotte’s Web
Stuart Little
The Secret Garden
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Mary Poppins Comes Back
The House at Pooh Corner

Fourth Grade

Twenty-One Balloons
Farmer Boy
Homer Price
The Silver Chair
Strawberry Girl
Number the Stars
Tale of Despereaux
Classic Myths to Read Aloud

Fifth Grade

Detectives in Togas
Aesop’s Fables
Greek Myths
The Horse and His Boy
adaptation of ‘Julius Caesar’ by Shakespeare
The Long Winter
adaptation of ‘The Tempest’ by Shakespeare
Sign of the Beaver
The House of Sixty Fathers
A Wrinkle in Time

Sixth Grade

The Magician’s Nephew
Adaptations of ‘Antigone,’ ‘Gilgamesh,’ ‘The Iliad,’ ‘The Odyssey’
‘Julius Caesar’ by Shakespeare
The Phantom Tollbooth

Seventh Grade

The Hobbit
The Shakespeare Stealer
King Arthur and His Knights
Norse Mythology
’Henry V’ by Shakespeare
The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Eighth Grade

The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hiding Place
‘Macbeth’ by Shakespeare
The Giver
Silas Marner
Selections from ‘Utopia’ by Thomas More
Alice in Wonderland