Reading List

The diverse selection of folktales, stories, and poetry in the Junior Great Books® Read-Aloud program captivates young students and helps them develop the skills they need to become good readers.

Sailing Ship Series (K-1) ISBN# 0-945159-43-9

Sailing Ship Series Grades K-1

Volume 1

The Shoemaker and the Elves Brothers Grimm as told by Wanda Gág

The Frog Went A-Traveling Russian folktale as told by Vsevolod Garshin

"Night into Dawn" Poetry by Robert Hillyer and John Ciardi, and a Mescalero Apache song

Volume 2

The Tale of Two Bad Mice Beatrix Potter

Bouki Cuts Wood Haitian folktale as told by Harold Courlander

"Fantasy" Poetry by Sylvia Plath, Edward Lear, and Lewis Carroll

Volume 3

Lion at School Philippa Pearce

Coyote Rides the Sun Native American folktale as told by Jane Louise Curry

"Seasons" Poetry by Nikki Giovanni, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Langston Hughes

Dragon Series Grades K-1

Volume 1

The Frog Prince Brothers Grimm as told by Wanda Gág

Guinea Fowl and Rabbit Get Justice African folktale as told by Harold Courlander and George Herzog

"Nature Speaks" Poetry by Carl Sandburg, James Reeves, and Federico García Lorca

Volume 2

Feraj and the Magic Lute Arabian folktale as told by Jean Russell Larson

The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse Beatrix Potter

"Companions" Poetry by A. A. Milne, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Louis Stevenson

Volume 3

Buya Marries the Tortoise African folktale as told by W. F. P. Burton
The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Pop Corn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back
 Carl Sandburg
"Magical Places" Poetry by Byrd Baylor, William Shakespeare, and Martin Brennan

Sun Series Grade 1

Volume 1

The Black Hen's Egg French folktale as told by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Mouse and the Wizard Hindu fable as told by Lucia Turnbull

"Imagination" Poetry by Leslie Norris, Mark Van Doren, and Robert Louis Stevenson

Volume 2

Rumpelstiltskin Brothers Grimm, translated by Ralph Manheim

Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents A. A. Milne

"When I Grow Up" Poetry by Rabindranath Tagore and X. J. Kennedy, and a Chippewa song

Volume 3

The King of the Frogs African folktale as told by Humphrey Harman

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs Brothers Grimm, translated by Randall Jarrell

"Mysterious Animals" Poetry by T. S. Eliot, Jenifer Kelly, and Robert Graves


Pegasus Series Grade 1

Volume 1

Chestnut Pudding Iroquois folktale as told by John Bierhorst

The Pied Piper English folktale as told by Joseph Jacobs

"Fanciful Animals" Poetry by Edward Lear and A. A. Milne

Volume 2

The Mermaid Who Lost Her Comb Scottish folktale as told by Winifred Finlay

Hansel and Gretel Brothers Grimm, translated by Randall Jarrell

"Special Places" Poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost, and a Navajo poem

Volume 3

Mother of the Waters Haitian folktale as told by Diane Wolkstein

Zlateh the Goat Isaac Bashevis Singer

"Secret Messages" Poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson, Barbara Juster Esbensen, and Emily Dickinson