10 Must Read Classics for Early Elementary Aged Kids

There's only so much time that we have in each homeschooling day. I'm always thinking that there are things I wish we could have one: science experiments that would have been cool to try, art projects I wish we'd had time to make, hands-on activities that would have been lots of fun, and so many books I wish we'd had time to read. If you're trying to choose books that you don't want to miss reading with your early elementary aged kids, this post has ten classics you don't want to miss.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

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Here they are- ten classics to share with your early elementary kids.


I love author Beverly Cleary for this age group. She's the author of such classics as Ramona Quimby, Age 8; Runaway Ralph, and Henry Huggins, among many others. Socks is one of my very favorite Quimby books to read aloud. It's the story of a loved and adored cat who is displaced by the new baby.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


Pippi is every kids' hero. She lives alone and has outrageous adventures. But kids also learn the importance of relationships from Pippi who misses her father, makes friends with the neighbors, and relies on the companionship of her horse and monkey.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald


When parents face behavioral problems with their children, they call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She has some truly inventive solutions. And all of the children love her. They like to visit her unique house, eat her yummy cookies, and hear stories about her time as a pirate's wife.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater


Mr. Popper loves his wife and family, but he's always wished he could travel and explore. He's especially interested in exploration of the Poles. When he writes a fan letter to Admiral Drake- the famous Antartica explorer- he never expects to get a penguin as a gift in return.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo


Despereaux is a young mouse with big dreams. He loves to read fairy tales with brave knights. When he allows the princess if the castle where he lives to see him, though, he's violated one of the most important rules of mice, and he'll be sent to the dungeon with the rats. Little does he know that he'll have to be brave and valiant, as one of the heroes he's read about.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

26 Fairmont Avenue by Tomie DePaola


Tomie DePaola is one of my all time favorite children's authors. In fact, I have a whole unit study featuring him and his books. Although I love his picture books, this chapter book for young elementary kids is great too. It's a glimpse of the everyday life of a young boy, taken from stories from the real Tomie's life.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh


This is historical fiction for young readers. Set in the early 1700s, the book is all about young Sarah's journey through the wilderness with her father. She and her father are going to build and prepare a house for the rest of the family. Through the adventures that Sarah faces, she comes to realize that being courageous isn't the same as never being afraid.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

The Magic, Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton


I discovered Enid Blyton by chance when my children were young when I stumbled upon some of her books on CD. I hadn't heard of her growing up as she's a British author and not as often mentioned in the US as an awesome classic children's author. All of us fell in love with Blyton's books, and this one is especially wonderful for the young elementary set. When Joe, Beth, and Fannie climb to the top of the Faraway Tree, they meet magical characters and are taken to new worlds and have fun adventures.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

Poppy by Avi


Poppy is actually the second book in the Dimwood Forest series by Avi. We read this one first, however, and it ended up becoming a fast favorite. Poppy is a brave little mouse who stands by her friend Ragweed even when he takes a risk. When he's eaten by the cruel owl Mr. Orcax, Poppy is devastated and terrified. Then her family pick her to go talk to Mr. Orcax an get permission for the mice to move to a new place for more food.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


Everybody loves this classic with Wilbur the pig and his amazing spider friend, Charlotte. Wilbur is terrified that the farmers are going to fatten him up and kill him for food. But Charlotte goes all out to save him. If you're looking to do a full study of Charlotte's Web, don't forget to check out my Literature Notebooking Unit for it here.

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids


Which of these must-read books have you read with your kids?

Classic kids books for elementary aged kids

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