Along with all the Young Adult novels there are for teens to read and enjoy, there are also a lot of classics that should be read as well. There are a lot of messages and helpful experiences that can be gained from a good classic book (or play, in Shakespeare's case). A lot of the time teachers and parents have a hard time getting their teens to read classic novels because they are too "boring" or "pointless," but there is a way around this. There are plenty of teen books that can help build a sort of bridge between the books they love and enjoy, and those classics that we want them to love and enjoy.
This month, each of these articles will focus on a different "classic bridge" in the hopes that you can use them as a guideline for introducing classic literature to your own kids. Below is a list of several classics that all teens should read at some point in their lives. Though some of them will be covered in high school classes, others may not be. Not all of the books listed below will be included in the bridges, but some of them will.
We want our kids to learn from the classic literature of our country and our world. There is so much to learn from these great stories. Shakespeare is one of the most important playwrights in history because there is something more than entertainment in his plays. The list below includes him and many other amazing authors.
All of Shakespeare's works (particularly the tragedies and history plays)
The Odyssey by Homer
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Miracle Worker by William Gibson
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Old Fairy Tales: Grimm, Jacobs, Asbjornsen and Moe, Perrault, and Andersen
These are only a few of the many classics that kids should read. Others novels such as The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and short stories and poems by Edgar Alan Poe (like The Raven) and other authors are also good sources. There are lists of great literature all over the internet that you can go to in order to find exactly what story your child needs to read.