In an effort to honor National Read Across America Day, I was charged with the responsibility of compiling a list of recommended books for children and adults.
This proved to be a daunting task. Consider, for example, the choices available. Were we talking modern or classical literature? How about genre? Was it to be adventure, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, romance, mystery, etc.?
Nevertheless, after having consulted a number of sources far more expert than me, I submit the following list of arguably best books for your consideration.
A final caveat: The task of narrowing down the list adult books to just five proved to be impossible, and arbitrary, so I’ll present, in alphabetical order, the whole list.
Nearly all of the books are available at the C.H. Booth Library. Clicking on the title will take you to the library's catalog, which will tell you whether the book is available for check out.
Children’s Books (Adults would enjoy these too)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twan
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Roots by Alex Haley
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee