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Table of Contents
By Author
Books on Art 
Primary School Readers and Grammar Textbooks
McGuffey's Eclectic Readers
Famous Quotations
Just for Fun
Links to Reading Lists Online

By Author

Adams, Henry. The Henry Adams Page

Aesop's Fables

"Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp"

Andersen, Hans Christian (1805-1875) "The Little Match Girl"
_____. Stories from Hans Andersen with illustrations by Edmund Dulac.

Anderson, Sherwood, "The Egg"
Austen, Jane: The KISS Grammar Jane Austen Page

Selections from Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Pride and Prejudice.
Aym?, Marcel.  from "The Walker-Through-Walls"
Baldwin, James. "Cornelia's Jewels"
Barrie,  J. M.  Selections from Peter Pan
Bashford, Herbert. "Alice"
Bawden, Nina. from Carrie's War
The Bible
B-I-N-G-O ("There was a farmer")
Bierce, Ambrose
Biographical Sketches Page
Bird, Robert. "The Fairy Folk"
Blaisdell, Mary Frances. Bunny Rabbit's Diary
Blake, William. "London"
Blanden, Charles G. "A Song the Grass Sings
Brome, Alexander. "Why I Love Her"
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
Brooks, Phillips. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
Bryant, Lorinda Munson. From The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures
Burgess, Thornton W. The Thornton Burgess Page
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden
Burroughs,  John.  From "The tragedy of the nests"
Carroll, Lewis The KISS Grammar Lewis Carroll Page
Cather, Willa.  The KISS Willa Cather Page
Chekhov, Anton. The Anton Chekhov Page
Chodzko, Alexander. "The Twelve Months -- A Slav Legend"
Christie, Agatha. The KISS Grammar Agatha Christie Page
Churchill, Winston - The KISS Grammar Winston Churchill Page
Clifford, Ethel. "The Last Hour"
Collodi, C. Pinocchio -- The Tale of a Puppet
Colum, Padraic
The Children of Odin
Opening of The Golden Fleece
Conrad, Joseph. The Joseph Conrad Page
Cooper, James Fenimore. The James Fenimore Cooper Page
Coppee, Francois  "The Wooden Shoes of Little Wolff"
Cram, Ralph A. From "In Kropfsberg Keep"
Crane, Stephen. The Stephen Crane Page
The Declaration of Independence (The Opening Paragraph)
Dickens, Charles. The Charles Dickens Page
See also: "A Child's Dream of a Star"
Dickinson, Emily
"Autumn"
"There is No Frigate Like a Book"
Donne, John  "Holy Sonnet XIV"
Dover Publications, Exercises based on books from
Dreiser, Theodore. "The Lost Phoebe"
Eco, Umberto, The Name of the Rose
Fairy Tales
"Cinderella"
"Hansel and Gretel"
"Jack and the Beanstalk"
"Little Red Riding Hood"
"Snow White"


Fawcett, Edgar. "To an Oriole"
Frost, Robert -- The Robert Frost Page
Gates, Doris. Selections from Blue Willow
Gibbon, Edward. From The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Golden Deeds: Stories from History
Greenaway, Kate. "Shall I Sing?"
Gruelle, Johnny, Friendly Fairies.1919.
Hackworth, David H. from "The Fighter's Badge"
Harte, Bret, The Queen of the Pirate Isle 
Hawes, Charles Boardman. Three selections from The Dark Frigate
Hawthorne, Nathaniel.

The Scarlet Letter Page
The Short Stories Page
Heilbroner, Robert L. from The Worldly Philosophers
Herford, Oliver. [The KISS Oliver Herford Collection]
Higginson, Ella. "Four-Leaf Clover
Holbrook, Florence. From The Book of Nature Myths
"House That Jack Built, The"
Howes, Edith. Wonderwings and other Fairy Stories
Irving, Washington. The KISS Washington Irving Page
James, Henry. The Opening Paragraph of Daisy Miller
James, William. "The Ethical and Pedagogical Importance of the Principle of Habit
Jerome, Jerome K..Four Selections from "Cheeses," from Three Men in a Boat,
Kay, Guy Gavriel. from A Song for Arbonne
Key, Francis Scott (1779 - 1843). "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Kilmer, Joyce. "Trees"
King, Jr., Martin Luther. from "A Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Kingsley, Charles.
The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales For My Children
"Young and Old" (from The Water Babies)
Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories
Knight, Eric. Lassie, Come Home

Lang, Andrew, The KISS Andrew Lang Page

Lang, Jean. A Book of Myths 
Le Fanu,  J. Sheridan. "Squire Toby’s Will,"
Lincoln, Abraham. "The Gettysburg Address"
London, Jack. The Jack London Page
Lowry, Lois. The Lois Lowry Page
MacDonald, Betty. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book
Macdonald, George. At the Back of the North Wind, Simplified by Elizabeth Lewis 
Mansfield, Katherine (Page)
Marvell, Andrew. "To His Coy Mistress"
Maupassant, Guy de "The Necklace"
Maxcy, Carroll Lewis. Representative Narratives
Melville, Herman. The Herman Melville Page
"Metal King, The" (A German Folk-Tale)
Moore, Clement Clarke. "'Twas the night before Christmas"
Morley, Christopher, Modern Essays,  Selected by Christopher Morley
Moulton, Louise Chandler. "A Summer Wooing"
Ober, Frederick A. “Old Put” The Patriot
Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ram?e) A Dog of Flanders
Pascal, Blaise  Pensees (#147)
Perry, William G. From "Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts"
Peters, Elis. The Ellis Peters Page
Picard, Barbara Leonie. Selection from One is One
Plato. Five Selections from "The Allegory of the Cave"
Pledge of Allegiance, The [Grade 3, March 2]
Plutarch. "Two Translations of a Passage from Plutarch's 'Dion': A Study in Style

Poe, Edgar Allan. The KISS Edgar Allan Poe Page

Potter, Beatrix.  The KISS Beatrix Potter Page

Poulsson, Emilie. "The Fairy's New Year Gift
Pyle, Hoard. "With the Buccaneers" [Grade 6, April 17] [Grade 11, March 2]
Renault, Mary. from The King Must Die
Riley, James Whitcombe.  "A Dream"
Roberts, Charles G. D. "The Frosted Pane"
Rumi, Jalaluddin. (Persian, 1207-1273) "A Reed"
Sandburg - The KISS Grammar Carl Sandburg Page
Saxe, John Godfrey. "The Blind Men and the Elephant: A Hindoo Fable"
Schoolcraft, Henry R."The Spring Beauty:  An Ojibbeway Legend"
Sears, Edmund Hamilton. "It Came upon a Midnight Clear"

Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty

Shakespeare's Plays
Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. "England in 1819"

Short Story Collection (various)

Smith, Homer W. A Symbolic Paragraph from "Kamongo"
"Sing a Song of Sixpence"
Smythe, E. Louise  "The Ugly Duckling"

Sonnets, A Collection of

Southey, Robert. "The Cataract of Lodore"
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi
Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony 
Stevenson, Augusta.  Children's Classics in Dramatic Form
Stevenson, Robert Louis. 

A Child's Garden of Verses
The Master of Ballantrae
Treasure Island
Stoddard, Richard Henry. "The Sea"
Tennyson, Alfred.
"The Eagle" (A Fragment)
"Song: The Owl"
Thaxter, Cecila. "Little Gustava"
Thackeray, William Makepeace
Thoreau, Henry David. "Nature"
Thorley, Wilfrid. "Buttercups"
Tolkien, J.R.R.  The J. R. R. Tolkien Page
Twain, Mark 
     "Corn-pone Opinions"  Four Selections plus "A Study in Semicolons" 
     Life on the Mississippi
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Verne,  Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
Vredenburg, Edric. My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales
Walker, Abbie Phillips. Sandman's Goodnight Stories
Weick, W. H.  ? C. Grebner. "The Three Little Butterfly Brothers" A German Fairy Tale
Warner, Sylvia Townsend. Selections from Mr. Fortune's Maggot 
Welty, Eudora. The opening paragraph of "A Worn Path" 
Wharton, Edith - The Edith Wharton Page
White, E. B.
Three Passages from Stuart Little
 From The Trumpet of the Swan
Wilde, Oscar. The Oscar Wilde Page
Williams, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit 

Wordsworth, William.

"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
"My Heart Leaps Up"
"Written in March"

Books on Art 
These are primarily used for passages for analysis and include pictures of the art.
Konody, Paul G.

Primary School Readers and Grammar Textbooks

Annual Mammoth Book,  Florence Winship 

The Beacon Second Reader, by James H. Fassett

Ben and Alice. American Book Company, 1936.

Beveridge, John H.,  Belle M. Ryan, ? William D. Lewis. English for Use -- Book Three

Browne, Hetty S., Sarah Withers, and W. K. Tate. The Child's World --Third Reader

Campbell, Rev. Paul E. Voyages in English - Fifth Year

Child-Story Readers: Wonder Stories 3  by Frank N. Freeman, Grace E. Storm, Eleanor M. Johnson, and W.C. French Illustrated by Vera Stone Norman. New York: Lyons and Carnahan, 1927-29-36. 

Chit-chat Stories for Little Folks

The Elson Readers Primer, by William H. Elson and Lura E. Runkel.  Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1927.

Everyday Classics First Reader

Funk and Wagnall's Standard First Reader (1902)

Growth in English, by Carleton E. Gougls, Burton P. Gowler, Mabel E. Simpson, Mary A. Adams, with illustrations by Marguerite Davis. New York: Newson ? Company, 1936.

The Haliburton First Reader

Kittredge, George  and Sarah Arnold. The Mother Tongue, Book II

Long, Mason. The New College Grammar 

Maxwell, Wm. H.  Introductory Lessons in English Grammar for Use in Intermediate Grades. New York: American Book Company, 1894.

McGuffey Readers

New National First Reader, by  Charles J. Barnes, et al.

Nursery Rhymes, A Collection for Third Grade

The Pathway to Reading: Fourth Reader, by Bessie Blackstone Coleman, Willis  L. Uhl, and James Fleming Hosic

Pennell, Mary E., and Alice M. Cusack. The Children's Own Readers -  Book Three

Punctuation, Studies in (from various)

Sadlier, William. Lessons in English: Higher Course, 1893