From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 6, 1927

Forty books for boys and girls

The United States Bureau of Education has recently compiled Home Reading Course No. 30, which is of great interest to those people under 16 who wish to consider themselves well read.

That course consists of the 40 books which the Children’s Librarians’ Section of the American Library Association, the dean of the School of Education of the University of Chicago, the Massachusetts Department of Education, the National Committee for Study of Education, librarians, educators, and school children themselves agree that 16-year-old pupils should have read.

The titles, all familiar, will demand more than a casual acquaintance, and the pupils, eager to slight none, will start at once to enlarge his circle of intimates to include the whole number. As a reward, the Bureau of Education will give one of its home reading certificates, signed by the Commissioner of Education, to each one who shows satisfactory evidence of having finished the course.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; Robinson Cruso by Daniel Defoe; Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris; Uncle Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen; Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling; Arabian Nights; Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling; Heidi by Johanna Spyri; Adventures of Odysseus by Padraic P. Colum; Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman; Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dogde; Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Davis Wyss; Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle; Captian Courageous by Rudyard Kipling; The Boy’s King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory; Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott; Aesop’s Fables; Water Babies by Charles Kingsley; Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson; Master Skylark by John Bennett; Little Men by Louisa May Alcott; Little Lame Prince by Dinah Craig Mullock; Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift; The Boy’s Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay; Story of a Bad Boy by Thomas Bailey Aldrich; Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain; Grimm’s Fairy Tales; The Story of Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting; Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlof; Joan of Arc by L.M. Boutet de Monval; Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin; Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale; Men of Iron by Howard Pyle; Understood Betsey by Dorothy Canfield; A Dog of Flanders by Ouida