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10 Classics

10 Classics to Read or Read Aloud during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Charlotte’s Web

by E.B. White

A farmyard comes to life, teaching lessons about friendship and heroism


The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


A book that can be read on so many levels about life lessons, love, and what really matters in life.


Oh, The Place You’ll Go

by Dr. Seuss

An inspiring book, full of hope and how you have the power to control your own future. A favourite gift for new graduates.


by A.A. Milne


A classic that can be read as a child’s story, or as great wisdom for people of any age about the adventures of a group of friends.


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

A heartbreaking story about life in 1933 Mississippi, told from the perspective of a 9-year-old girl.

The Anne series

by L.M. Montgomery


A classic book about growing up, love and friendship.

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle

A many-layered science fantasy for both children and adults.

Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

A heartwarming book about life, death, friendship and family

A Series of Unfortunate Events series

by Lemony Snicket


Witty humour for all ages.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell  


The story of a 12-year-old girl stranded on an island, based on a true story.


by R.J. Palacio   


A novel about a boy who is different that teaches important lessons about friendship, acceptance, and love.

Several Open Books


Books that Inspire

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass

By Chance Alone

by Max Eisen


by Tara Westover

A Choice of Weapons

by Gordon Parks


by Michelle Obama

Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor Frankl

Outliers: the Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly

Girl Reading

Young Adult

YA Reads

Harry Potter Series

by J.K. Rowling

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding


The Giver

by Lois Lowry


by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Rule of Three (series)

by Eric Walters

Reading with Coffee

Generally Awesome Poets!


The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes


Still I Rise

by Maya Angelou

The Poems of Robert Frost

by Robert Frost

Alice Walker: Collected Poems 

by Alice Walker


Chicago Poems

by Carl Sandburg

Shakespeare's Sonnets

By William Shakespeare

Leather Bound Books

Classic Reads

Books by Old Dead Guys (& Gals) to Check Out 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

by Jules Verne


The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

The Time Machine

by H.G. Wells

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

Call of the Wild

by Jack London



by Mary Shelly

12 Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup



by William Shakespeare

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Crime & Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde


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