Over 20 Modern Classics (7-11 year olds)

As 2019 gets underway, I’ve put together some of the ‘modern classics’ that my older two children (aged 9 and 7) enjoyed reading in 2018. They read these independently but that is not to say they would not make wonderful family read alouds as well.

Maybe there is something here your family would enjoy.

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Happy reading!

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Stand in the snow!

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The Harvest Moon

It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
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Deserted, on the curtained window-panes
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!
Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,
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Of Nature have their image in the mind,
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The song-birds leave us at the summer’s close,
Only the empty nests are left behind,
And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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