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Picture Books for Pre-readers
Easy to Read Books for Beginners
Young Readers
Upper Elementary or Middle School
High School
to Adult
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Reading List for LDS Students

Sometimes I get asked to recommend literature for children. Here is my list of great books, some specifically LDS, some not, for your children (and you!) to read. Most of these books can be found at your local library and bookstores. A few are out of print or only available from LDS bookstores. When generally available, I have included a link to Amazon, or another bookstore for your convenience. This is not a definitive list and there are lots of great books missing, but it's a good beginning. Ages are approximate and many books are appropriate for all ages, especially with supervision. Children may be able to listen to books read aloud that are far above their reading level. Also, a lot of these books can double as history curricula.


Picture Books for Pre-readers

Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown
The Runaway Bunny By Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpiller By Eric Carle
Noah's Ark By Peter Spier
We're Going on a Bear Hunt By Michael Rosen
The Story of Ferdinand By Munro Leaf
The Story About Ping By Marjorie Flack
Clifford the Big Red Dog By Norman Bridwell
Madeline By Ludwig Bemelmans
Corduroy By Don Freeman
The Little Engine that Could By Watty Piper
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel By Virginia Burton
The Little House By Virginia L. Burton
The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats
Goggles By Ezra Jack Keats
Whistle for Willie By Ezra Jack Keats
The Little Drummer Boy By Ezra Jack Keats
Blueberries for Sal By Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings By Robert McCloskey
Caps for Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina
Miss Rumphius By Barbara Cooney
Ox-Cart Man By Donald Hall,
The Complete Adventures of Curious George By H. A. Rey
Doctor De Soto By William Steig
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs By Tomie DePaola
Now One Foot, Now the Other By Tomie DePaola
The First Christmas By Tomie DePaola
The Little Red Hen By Paul Galdone
The Gingerbread Boy By Paul Galdone
Stone Soup By Marcia Brown


Easy to Read Books for Beginners

Are you my Mother? By P.D. Eastman
Where's Spot? By Eric Hill
Cat and Dog By Else Holmelund Minarik
Owl at Home By Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad are Friends By Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad All Year By Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad Together By Arnold Lobel
Days with Frog and Toad By Arnold Lobel
Grasshopper on the Road By Arnold Lobel
Little Bear By Else Holmelund Minarik
Commander Toad in Space By Jane Yolen
Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes By Jane Yolen
Commander Toad and the Voyage Home By Jane Yolen
The Fire Cat By Esther Averill
George the Drummer Boy By Nathaniel Benchley
Sam the Minuteman By Nathaniel Benchley
The Long Way Westward By Joan Sandin
The Long Way to a New Land By Joan Sandin
Wagon Wheels By Barbara Brenner
The Drinking Gourd By F.N. Monjo
Daniel's Duck By Clyde Robert Bulla
Hill of Fire By Thomas P. Lewis
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie By Peter and Connie Roop
Greg's Microscope By Millicent Ellis Selsam
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express By Eleanor Coerr


Young Readers

The Courage of Sarah Noble By Alice Dalgliesh
Twenty and Ten (also printed under the title The Secret Cave) By Claire Huchet Bishop

Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims By Clyde Robert Bulla

A Lion to Guard Us By Clyde Robert Bulla

The Thanksgiving Story By Alice Dalgliesh

Three Young Pilgrims By Cheryl Harness

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast By Kate Waters

Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times By Kate Waters

Sarah Morton's Day By Kate Waters

Samuel Eaton's Day By Kate Waters

On the Mayflower By Kate Waters

The Star Spangled Banner By the D'Aulaires

Columbus By the D'Aulaires

Pocohontas By the D'Aulaires

Benjamin Franklin By the D'Aulaires

Abraham Lincoln By the D'Aulaires

Buffalo Bill By the D'Aulaires

Caddie Woodlawn By Carol Ryrie Brink

The Little House on the Prairie By Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Story of Sacajawea: Guide to Lewis and Clark By Della Rowland

Linnea in Monet's Garden By Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson

Linnea's Almanac By Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson

The Hundred Dresses By Eleanor Estes

Winnie the Pooh By A.A. Milne

The Mouse and the Motorcycle By Beverly Cleary

Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling

Charlotte's Web By E.B. White

Stuart Little By E.B. White

Mr. Popper's Penguins By George & Florence Atwater

Brighty of the Grand Canyon By Marguerite Henry

Justin Morgan Had a Horse By Marguerite Henry

Rabbit Hill By Robert Lawson

Roller Skates By Ruth Sawyer

The Borrowers By Mary Norton

Sarah, Plain and Tall By Patricia MacLachlan

My Father's Dragon series By Ruth Gannett

Strawberry Girl By Lois Lenski

The Velveteen Rabbit By Margery Wiliams

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind By Margaret Davidson

Andy and the Lion By James Daugherty


Upper Elementary to Junior High

Stand a Little Taller By Gordon B. Hinckley
Standing for Something By Gordon B. Hinckley

God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties By Ezra Taft Benson

The Bulletproof George Washington By David Barton

Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites By Chris Heimerdinger

Freedom Factor By Gerald N. Lund

The Work and the Glory series By Gerald N. Lund

The Declaration of Independence

The Bloody Country By James & Christopher Collier

My Brother Sam is Dead By James & Christopher Collier

Animal Farm By George Orwell

American History Stories: You Never Read in School, but Should Have By Mara L. Pratt

Johnny Tremain By Esther Forbes

Amos Fortune, Free Man By Elizabeth Yates

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch By Jean Lee Latham

The Bronze Bow By Elizabeth Speare

Adam of the Road By Elizabeth Janet Gray

Anne of Green Gables Series By L.M. Montgomery

The Chronicles of Narnia By C.S. Lewis

Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Lassie Come-Home By Eric Knight

Heidi By Johanna Spyri

Swiss Family Robinson By Johann Wyss

The Black Stallion By Walter Farley

Black Beauty By Anna Sewell

Rascal By Sterling North

The Good Master By Kate Seredy

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm By Kate Douglas Wiggin

The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates By Mary Mapes Dodge

A Wrinkle in Time By Madeline L'Engle

All Creatures Great and Small By James Herriot

Minn of the Mississippi By Holling Clancy Holling

Pagoo By Holling Clancy Holling

Seabird By Holling Clancy Holling

Paddle-to-the-Sea By Holling Clancy Holling

Tree in the Trail By Holling Clancy Holling

The Diamond in the Window By Jane Langton

Peter Pan By James M. Barrie

The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle By Hugh Lofting

The Indian in the Cupboard By Lynne Reid Banks

Where the Red Fern Grows By Wilson Rawls

Island of the Blue Dolphins By Scott O'Dell

The Cricket in Times Square By George Seldon

Abe Lincoln Grows Up By Carl Sandburg

Julie of the Wolves By Jean C. George

Esperanza Rising By Pam Munoz Ryan

A Bear Called Paddington By Michael Bond

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow By Allen French

The Door in the Wall By Marguerite de Angeli

Otto of the Silver Hand By Howard Pyle

Old Yeller By Fred Gipson

Twenty-One Balloons By William Pene du Bois

Bambi—A Life in the Woods By Felix Salten

Trumpet of the Swan By E.B. White

The Great Brain By John Fitzgerald

Freedom Train By Dorothy Sterling

Daniel Boone By James Daugherty

Mary Poppins By Pamela Travers

Gentle Ben By Walt Morey

The Golden Goblet By Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Eagle of the Ninth By Rosemary Sutcliff

Wind in the Willows By Kenneth Grahame


High School to Adult

Standing for Something By Gordon B. Hinckley
Way to Be! By Gordon B. Hinckley

Jesus the Christ By James E. Talmage

The Miracle of Forgiveness By Spencer W. Kimball

Believing Christ By Stephen E. Robinson

Doctrines of Salvation, Vols. 1-3 By Joseph Fielding Smith

Lehi in the Desert & the World of the Jaredites By Hugh Nibley

The Other Side of Heaven By John H. Groberg

Children of the Promise By Dean Hughes

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith By Joseph Fielding Smith

The Pilgrim's Progress By John Bunyan

Mere Christianity By C. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters By C. S. Lewis

The Gift of the Magi By O. Henry

The Book of Virtues By William J. Bennett

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey

First Things First By Stephen R. Covey

How To Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie

Pygmalion By George Bernard Shaw

Treasure Island By Stevenson, Robert

The Call of the Wild By Jack London

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte

Tales from Watership Down By Richard Adams

Ivanhoe By Sir Walter Scott

Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

The Yearling By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Giver By Lois Lowry

The Constitution of the United States of America
Enemy Hath Done This By Ezra Taft Benson

The Proper Role of Government By Ezra Taft Benson

The Federalist Papers By Alexander Hamilton

Democracy in America By Alexis de Tocqueville

Humanist Manifestos I and II
Seven Men Who Rule the World From the Grave By Dave Breese

What's So Great About America By Dinesh D'Souza

Alliance By Gerald N. Lund

The Freedom Factor By Gerald N. Lund

The Other Eminent Men of Wilford Woodruff By Vicki Jo Anderson

The Hiding Place By Corrie ten Boom

The Diary of a Young Girl By Anne Frank

Man's Search for Meaning By Viktor E. Frankl

Les Miserables By Victor Hugo

The Agony and the Ecstasy By Irving Stone

Helen Keller: The Story of My Life By Helen Keller

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea By Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth By Jules Verne

The Making of America By Cleon Skousen

The Majesty of God's Law By Cleon Skousen

Soldiers, Statesmen, and Heroes By Jay A. Parry

The Real Thomas Jefferson By Andrew M. Allison

The Real George Washington By Jay A. Parry

The Real Benjamin Franklin By Andrew M. Allison

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? By Richard J. Maybury

Whatever Happened to Justice? By Richard J. Maybury

Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today By Richard J. Maybury

Man: His Origin and Destiny By Joseph Fielding Smith

The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil By H. Verlan Anderson

The Book of Mormon and the Constitution By H. Verlan Anderson

Christopher Columbus: A Latter-Day Saint Perspective By Arnold K. Garr

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