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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
G. R. Lomer, ed.  The Student’s Course in Literature.
 
A Graded List of Readings
I. Elementary and Grammar School
By Mary Varian Riblet (1878?–1947)
 
First Year or Grade

        
TITLES
AUTHORS
The Ass and the Little Dog    Æsop
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse    Æsop
The Dog and the Wolf    Æsop
The North Wind and the Sun    Babrius
The Mouse that Fell into the Pot    Babrius
Dutch Lullaby    Eugene Field
The Cat, the Weasel, and the Young Rabbit    Jean de La Fontaine
The Lark and the Farmer    Jean de La Fontaine
Little Red Riding-Hood    Charles Perrault
Toads and Diamonds    Charles Perrault
The Golden Goose    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
The Gratitude of Animals    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
The Antelope, the Woodpecker, and the Tortoise    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
The Transformed Mouse    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
Bed in Summer    Robert Louis Stevenson
The Land of Counterpane    Robert Louis Stevenson
Let Dogs Delight to Bark and Bite    Isaac Watts
How Doth the Little Busy Bee    Isaac Watts
The Night before Christmas    Clement C. Moore
The Frost    Hannah Frances Gould
  1
 
Second Year or Grade

        Robin Redbreast    William Allingham
The Fox and the Grapes    Babrius
The Young Cocks    Babrius
A Child’s Thought of God    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Robert of Lincoln    William Cullen Bryant
The Humble-Bee    Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Story of Coquerico    Édouard René Lefebvre Laboulaye
The Wolf and the Dog    Jean de La Fontaine
The Necklace of Truth    Jean Macé
The Talkative Tortoise    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
The Hare-Mark in the Moon    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
Northwest Passage    Robert Louis Stevenson
Little Bell    Thomas Westwood
The O’Lincoln Family    Wilson Flagg
  2
 
Third Year or Grade

        The Ass in the Lion’s Skin    Æsop
The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing    Æsop
The Teapot    Hans Christian Andersen
The Snow Queen    Hans Christian Andersen
The Tortoise and the Hare    Babrius
The Lamp    Babrius
The Little Black Boy    William Blake
Queen Mab’s Excursion    Michael Drayton
The Three Spinners    Grimm Brothers
A Farewell    Charles Kingsley
The Twelve Months    Édouard René Lefebvre Laboulaye
The Oak and the Reel    Jean de La Fontaine
The Grasshopper and the Ant    Jean de La Fontaine
The Village Blacksmith    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
At the Back of the North Wind    George MacDonald
The Buddhist Duty of Courtesy to Animals    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
The King and the Hawk    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
A Life Lesson    James Whitcomb Riley
Travel    Robert Louis Stevenson
The Sandpiper    Celia Thaxter
Woodman, Spare That Tree    George Pope Morris
The Apple-Tree    Julia C. R. Dorr
  3
 
Fourth Year or Grade

        The Countryman and the Snake    Æsop
The Lion and the Other Beasts    Æsop
The Widow’s Son    Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
The Carter and Hercules    Babrius
The Husbandman and the Stork    Babrius
Cradle Song    Carl Michael Bellman
The Cricket    William Cowper
The American Flag    John Rodman Drake
Old Ironsides    Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Heron    Jean de La Fontaine
Blue Beard    Charles Perrault
The Widow’s Mite    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
What’s in a Name?    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
Prince Five-Weapons    Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay)
Billy and Hans    William James Stillman
Longing    Elisabeth, Queen of Roumania (Carmen Sylva)
In Autumn    Celia Thaxter
The Blue and the Gray    Francis Miles Finch
An Order for a Picture    Alice Cary
My Country, ’Tis of Thee    Samuel Francis Smith
  4
 
Fifth Year or Grade

        The Bubble    William Allingham
How the Mountain was Clad    Björnstjerne Björnson
To the Fringed Gentian    William Cullen Bryant
My Heart’s in the Highlands    Robert Burns
Winter    Matthias Claudius
The Elfin-King    Johann Wolfgang Goethe
The Landing of the Pilgrims    Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Cradle Song    Josiah Gilbert Holland
The Rainy Day    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Arrow and the Song    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Barbarossa    Friedrich Rückert
Christmas at Sea    Robert Louis Stevenson
In School Days    John Greenleaf Whittier
The Barefoot Boy    John Greenleaf Whittier
Home, Sweet Home    John Howard Payne
Star-Spangled Banner    Francis Scott Key
  5
 
Sixth Year or Grade

        The Fairies    William Allingham
The Steadfast Tin Soldier    Hans Christian Andersen
The Ugly Duckling    Hans Christian Andersen
The Snow Queen    Hans Christian Andersen
The Merman    Jón Árnason
The Fisherman of Götur    Jón Árnason
The Magic Scythe    Jón Árnason
Words for the ‘Hallelujah Chorus    Henry Howard Brownell
The Death of the Flowers    William Cullen Bryant
Robert of Lincoln    William Cullen Bryant
Bruce to his Men at Bannockburn    Robert Burns
Lord Ullin’s Daughter    Thomas Campbell
Ye Mariners of England    Thomas Campbell
Hohenlinden    Thomas Campbell
March    Madison Julius Cawein
How Sleep the Brave    William Collins
The Noble Nature    Ben Jonson
Paul Revere’s Ride    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Haroun Al Raschid    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Young Hiawatha    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Sea    Bryan Waller and Adelaide Procter
Sheridan’s Ride    Thomas Buchanan Read
Uncle Tom’s Cabin    Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Watch of Boon Island    Celia Thaxter
The Tree    Jones Very
O Captain! My Captain!    Walt Whitman
Barbara Frietchie    John Greenleaf Whittier
Irish Lullaby    Alfred Perceval Graves
The Earth and Man    Stopford A. Brooke
The Wearing of the Green    Dion Boucicault
A Life on the Ocean Wave    Epes Sargent
The Old Oaken Bucket    Samuel Woodworth
The Brave Old Oak    Henry Fothergill Chorley
Differences    Charles Mackay
The King of Denmark’s Ride    Caroline Elizabeth Norton
Christmas Night in the Quarters    Irwin Russell
The Song of the Forge    Anonymous
Hail, Columbia    Joseph Hopkinson
  6
 
Seventh Year or Grade

        Elmwood    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Gudbrand of the Mountain-side    Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
The Tiger    William Blake
The Sleep    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Fight with Apollyon    John Bunyan
The Delectable Mountains    John Bunyan
Christiana and her Companions    John Bunyan
William and Helen    Gottfried August Bürger
Sharp Eyes    John Burroughs
Alice, the Pig-Baby and the Cheshire Cat    Lewis Carroll
The Mock-Turtle    Lewis Carroll
The Walrus and the Carpenter    Lewis Carroll
You are Old, Father William    Lewis Carroll
The Horse-Shoe    Hendrik Conscience
The Lost Glove    Hendrik Conscience
From ‘Robinson Crusoe    Daniel Defoe
Content    Thomas Dekker
The Race    Mary Mapes Dodge
The Bowman’s Song    Arthur Conan Doyle
The American Flag    Joseph Drake
The Ballad of Agincourt    Michael Drayton
White Ants    Henry Drummond
Concord Hymn    Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Way to Wealth    Benjamin Franklin
Little Briar-Rose    Grimm Brothers
The Lorelei    Heinrich Heine
Pine and Palm    Heinrich Heine
The Deacon’s Masterpiece    Oliver Wendell Holmes
Battle Hymn of the Republic    Julia Ward Howe
Ode to Fuji-Yama    Japanese Literature
Hester    Charles Lamb
The Gettysburg Address    Abraham Lincoln
The Skeleton in Armor    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Serenade    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wreck of the Hesperus    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Bridge    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Prelude to ‘Evangeline    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Peace in Acadia    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
She Came and Went    James Russell Lowell
The Mirror    Catulle Mendès
Oft, in the Stilly Night    Thomas Moore
Battle of the Plains of Abraham    Francis Parkman
Knee-Deep in June    James Whitcomb Riley
No Boy Knows    James Whitcomb Riley
Little Orphant Annie    James Whitcomb Riley
Told by a Brahmin    Friedrich Rückert
The First American    Carl Schurz
The Hand of Lincoln    Edmund Clarence Stedman
The True Prince and the Feigned One    Mark Twain
The Mountain Boy    Johann Ludwig Uhland
Habits of the Tortoise    Gilbert White
The House-Swallow    Gilbert White
Maud Muller    John Greenleaf Whittier
The Farewell    John Greenleaf Whittier
From ‘Snow-Bound    John Greenleaf Whittier
Patrick Henry    William Wirt
Abraham Lincoln    Tom Taylor
Pack, Clouds, Away    Thomas Heywood
Annie Laurie    William Douglas of Kirkcudbright
The Burial of Sir John Moore    Charles Wolfe
The Marseillaise    Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
The Watch on the Rhine    Max Schneckenburger
Are the Children at Home?    Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
With a Nantucket Shell    Charles Henry Webb
Sally in Our Alley    Henry Carey
A King in Egypt    Helen Thayer Hutcheson
  7
 
Eighth Year or Grade

        A Dangerous Adventure    John James Audubon
King Philip’s War    George Bancroft
Wolfe on the Plains of Abraham    George Bancroft
George Washington    George Bancroft
A Norwegian Dance    Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
The Advent of the ‘Hirelings    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
A Court Lady    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Romance of the Swan’s Nest    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Thanatopsis    William Cullen Bryant
Is There for Honest Poverty    Robert Burns
Tam o’Shanter    Robert Burns
Letters to his Son    Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield
The Bison Stampede    James Fenimore Cooper
On the Loss of the Royal George    William Cowper
Imaginary Verses of Alexander Selkirk    William Cowper
Death of the Dauphin    Alphonse Daudet
Jack    Alphonse Daudet
The One Thing Needful    Charles Dickens
On a Nankin Plate    Henry Austin Dobson
The Wreck of the Julie Plante    William Henry Drummond
Barty Josselin at School    George du Maurier
Each and All    Ralph Waldo Emerson
Captain Reece    William Schwenck Gilbert
Yarn of the Nancy Bell    William Schwenck Gilbert
Gentle Alice Brown    William Schwenck Gilbert
Early Life    Ulysses Simpson Grant
Why Brother Wolf Didn’t Eat the Little Rabbit    Joel Chandler Harris
Brother Mud-Turtle’s Trickery    Joel Chandler Harris
Uncle Remus at the Telephone    Joel Chandler Harris
Plain Language from Truthful James    Bret Harte
The Chambered Nautilus    Oliver Wendell Holmes
Dorothy Q.    Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Charge of the Light Brigade    Alexander William Kinglake
Waiting for the Armada    Charles Kingsley
Mandalay    Rudyard Kipling
A Christmas Guest    Selma Lagerlöf
My Lost Youth    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Foolish Wish    Catulle Mendès
Elegy on Franklin    Mirabeau
Lincoln    Silas Weir Mitchell
Tis the Last Rose of Summer    Thomas Moore
A Wind-Storm in the Forests    John Muir
From ‘Farthest North    Fridtjof Nansen
Ensign Epps, the Color-Bearer    John Boyle O’Reilly
The Burial of the Guns    Thomas Nelson Page
The Hero of Hayti    Wendell Phillips
The Raven    Edgar Allan Poe
The Bells    Edgar Allan Poe
Annabel Lee    Edgar Allan Poe
The Capture of the Inca    William Hickling Prescott
The Winning of the West    Theodore Roosevelt
Lochinvar    Sir Walter Scott
The Doom of Occonestoga    William Gilmore Simms
Charge of the Light Brigade    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
An Angler’s Wish    Henry van Dyke
The Malay Archipelago    Alfred Russell Wallace
From ‘Ben-Hur    Lewis Wallace
Farewell Address    George Washington
The House-Cricket    Gilbert White
Song of the Open Road    Walt Whitman
The Eternal Goodness    John Greenleaf Whittier
Centennial Hymn    John Greenleaf Whittier
Angels of Buena Vista    John Greenleaf Whittier
The West in American History    Woodrow Wilson
The Sparrow’s Nest    William Wordsworth
To the Small Celandine    William Wordsworth
The Old Continentals    Guy Humphrey McMaster
On a Quiet Life    Avienus
Lament of the Irish Emigrant    Helen Selina, Lady Dufferin Sheridan
The Mistletoe Bough    Thomas Haynes Bayly
Arnold Winkelried    James Montgomery
Ben Bolt    Thomas Dunn English
Tubal Cain    Charles Mackay
Recessional    Rudyard Kipling
It’s Hame, and It’s Hame    Allan Cunningham
My Maryland    James Ryder Randall
Curfew Must Not Ring To-night    Rose Hartwick Thorpe
Kathleen Mavourneen    Louisa McCartney Crawford
The Vagabonds    John Townsend Trowbridge
Character of a Happy Life    Sir Henry Wotton
Young and Old    Henry Allsopp
Kitchener’s March    Amelia Josephine Burr
Form Fours    Frank Sidgwick
A Letter    Miriam Teichner
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