Required Reading for Kids and Teens

Kids read all kinds of books for all kinds of reasons -- including because teachers assign them. We've put together a list of commonly assigned books for every age, from grade school through high school. You can use it to select age-appropriate reading for fun or get a jump on books that may end up as homework during the school year.

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Gentle, much-loved classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
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Timeless classic about Toad's adventures and his friends.
By Kenneth Grahame
(2003)
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Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
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Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2011)
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A timeless classic with the fab Ramona!
By Beverly Cleary
(2005)
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Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(2003)
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Holmes in top form vs. spectral hound on the moor.
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(2011)
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Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(2003)
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The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
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Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(2011)
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A family deals with racism in a Mississippi town.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(2004)
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Lyrical story of young boy questioning religion, morality.
By Rudolfo Anaya
(2011)
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Classic animal tale of dignity and survival.
By Jack London
(2009)
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Powerful play about Salem witch trials a riveting read.
By Arthur Miller
(2010)
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Fast-paced, moving Dickens classic of reversed fortune.
By Charles Dickens
(2011)
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Gripping story of marooned schoolboys and their savagery.
By William Golding
(2011)
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Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2010)
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Man vs. marlin story a challenging, introspective read.
By Ernest Hemingway
(2010)
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Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(2003)
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Beautiful folk tale explores good and evil in human nature.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
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Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
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Classic satirical allegory about the abuse of power.
By George Orwell
(2010)
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Collection highlights horrific stories and romantic poems.
By Edgar Allan Poe
(2011)
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A poetic -- and classic -- coming-of-age story.
By Sandra Cisneros
(2005)
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Moving Depression-era story of friendship, loneliness, fate.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
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Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2011)
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Tragic teen love story stands the test of time.
By William Shakespeare
(2011)
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Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2011)
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Satire of ultimate consumerist society still packs punch.
By Aldous Huxley
(2011)
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One of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
By J. D. Salinger
(2005)
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Classic of scientist haunted by his creation still timely.
By Mary Shelley
(2011)
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Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(2011)
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American classic captures romance, debauchery of Jazz Age.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(2011)
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Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(2011)
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Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(2010)
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Essential, epic poem of Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.
By Homer
(2011)
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Masterpiece of romance and manners entertains at any age.
By Jane Austen
(2010)
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Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(2011)
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Hemingway's masterpiece salutes Spain and Lost Generation.
By Ernest Hemingway
(2010)
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Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
By Charles Dickens
(2011)
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Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
By Ernest Hemingway
(2011)
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Classic story of love and revenge still captivates.
By Emily Bronte
(2010)
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Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.
By Toni Morrison
(2005)
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Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
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Vonnegut's time-travel classic best for mature teen readers.
By Kurt Vonnegut
(2007)
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Provocative memoir blends history with legend.
By Maxine Hong Kingston
(2011)
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Classic dystopian novel of life under constant scrutiny.
By George Orwell
(2010)
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Tense journey to find ivory trader gone rogue in Congo.
By Joseph Conrad
(2010)
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Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
By Richard Wright
(2010)
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Brilliant but mature classic explores racism, gender, power.
By Toni Morrison
(2005)
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Kesey's great madhouse epic best for older teens.
By Ken Kesey
(2011)
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