100+ great books that teach

character and coping skills!

Once we’ve held an experiential workshop, we create a LitWits Kit to help YOU teach that book in sensory ways. You can see one here!

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We’ve made LitWits Kits for the titles in bold, and are working on more. Clicking on them takes you to the kit page in our store, where there’s also a link to buy the book. 

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court  (Mark Twain)
A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) – here’s the BBC dramatization
A Wizard of Earthsea  (Ursula LeGuin) – teens*
A Wrinkle in Time  (Madeleine L’Engle)
Adam of the Road (Elizabeth Janet Gray)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  (Lewis Carroll)
All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)
All-of-a-Kind Family (Sydney Taylor)
All Quiet on the Western Front  (Erich Maria Remarque) – teens*
Animal Farm (George Orwell) – teens*
Anne of Green Gables  (L.M. Montgomery)
Around the World in Eighty Days  (Jules Verne)
Black Beauty  (Anna Sewell)
Blue Willow  (Doris Gates)
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch  (Jean Lee Latham)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  (Roald Dahl)

Charlotte’s Web  (E.B. White)
Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury) – teens*
Dragonwings  (Laurence Yep)
Eight Cousins  (Louisa May Alcott)
Emma (Jane Austen) – teens*
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) – teens*
Fantastic Voyage  (Isaac Asimov)
Farewell to Manzanar (Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston)
Follow My Leader (James B. Garfield)
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  (E.L. Konigsburg)
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates  (Mary Mapes Dodge)
Heidi (Johanna Spyri)
I Am David  (Anne Holm)
Island of the Blue Dolphins  (Scott O’Dell)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) – teens*
James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl) – here’s the audio version
Johnny Tremain  (Esther Forbes)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne)
Julius Caesar  (William Shakespeare) – teens*
Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson)
King Solomon’s Mines (H. Rider Haggard)
Little Britches:  Father and I Were Ranchers  (Ralph Moody)
Little House in the Big Woods  (Laura Ingalls Wilder) – Click to see the whole kit, for free, instantly, no sign-in or address required!
Little Women  (Louisa May Alcott)
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (C.S. Forester) – teens*
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien)
My Side of the Mountain  (Jean Craighead George)
Oliver Twist  (Charles Dickens)
Our Town  (play by Thornton Wilder) – teens*
Pinocchio (Carlo Collodi)
Pollyanna  (Eleanor Porter)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  (Mildred D. Taylor)
Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare) – teens*
Stuart Little (E.B. White) – here’s the audio version
Summer of the Monkeys (Wilson Rawls)
Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
The Best of Poe (Edgar Allan Poe) – teens* – here’s the audio version
The Big Wave (Pearl S. Buck)
The Birchbark House  (Louise Erdrich)
The Book of Three (Lloyd Alexander)
The Borrowers  (Mary Norton)
The Call of the Wild  (Jack London) – teens*
The Cay  (Theodore Taylor)
The Circuit  (Francisco Jiménez)
The Cricket in Times Square  (George Selden)
The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank) – teens*
The Enchanted Castle  (E. Nesbit)
The Giver  (Lois Lowry) – teens*
The Golden Goblet (Eloise Jarvis McGraw) – here’s the audio version
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) – teens*
The Good Master (Kate Seredy)
The Hobbit  (J.R.R. Tolkien) –  here’s the annotated hardback version
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Coyle) – teens*
The House of Sixty Fathers  (Meindert DeJong)
The Incredible Journey  (Sheila Burnford)
The Invisible Man  (H.G. Wells) – teens*
The Old Man and the Sea  (Ernest Hemingway) – teens*
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood  (Howard Pyle) – teens*
The Miracle Worker (play by William Gibson) – teens*
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
The Princess and the Goblin  (George MacDonald)
The Princess Bride (William Goldman) – teens*
The Railway Children (E. Nesbit)
The Red Pony  (John Steinbeck) – teens*
The Secret Garden  (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
The Tempest  (William Shakespeare)
The Trumpet of the Swan  (E.B. White)
The Trumpeter of Krakow  (Eric P. Kelly)
The Twenty-One Balloons  (William Pène du Bois)
The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells) – teens*
The Wheel on the School  (Meindert DeJong)
The Wind in the Willows  (Kenneth Grahame)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond  (Elizabeth Speare)
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet  (Eleanor Cameron)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  (L. Frank Baum)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – teens* – here’s the audio version
Treasure Island  (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Tuck Everlasting  (Natalie Babbitt)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin  (Harriet Beecher Stowe) – teens*
Wonder (R.J. Palacio) – we custom-designed this kit on request; it’s the one book on this list that we haven’t taught yet. But we LOVED it!


September 2019:  A Single Shard  (Linda Sue Park)
October 2019:  Caddie Woodlawn  (Carol Ryrie Brink)
Oct/November 2019:  Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November 2019:  Gentle Ben (Walt Morey)
December 2019:  The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
January 2020:  Freedom Train:  The Story of Harriet Tubman (Dorothy Sterling)
February 2020:  Snow Treasure (Marie McSwigan)
March 2020:  Along Came A Dog (Meindert DeJong)
April 2020: The Boxcar Children No. 1  (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
May 2020:  Misty of Chincoteague (Marguerite Henry)


*We taught these books just to teens in our Master Classes, but many titles might also be enjoyed by younger kids.