Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level 4


1. The Secret Garden book by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden (1909) is one of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s most popular novels. The book tells the story of Mary Lennox, a spoiled, contrary, solitary child raised in India but sent to live in her uncle’s manor in Yorkshire after her parents' death. She is left to herself by her uncle, Mr. Craven, who travels often to escape the memory of his deceased wife. The only person who has time for Mary is her chambermaid, Martha. It is Martha who tells Mary about Mrs. Craven's walled garden, which has been closed and locked since her death. Mary becomes intrigued by the prospect of the forgotten garden, and her quest to find out the garden's secrets leads her to discover other secrets hidden in the manor. These discoveries combined with the unlikely friendships she makes along the way help Mary come out of her shell and find new fascination with the world around her.
2. The Tale of Tommy Fox book by Arthur Scott Bailey The Tale of Tommy Fox is a story about the adventures of the mischievous Tommy Fox and his escapades with the Farmer, his dog, and his boy.
3. Black Beauty book by Anna Sewell Black Beauty is a novel told in the first person (or "first horse") as an autobiographical memoir told by a highbred horse named Black Beauty-beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country.
4. The Story of Doctor Dolittle book by Hugh Lofting The Story of Doctor Dolittle is the first of his Doctor Dolittle books, a series of children's novels about a man who learns to talk to animals and becomes their champion around the world.
5. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle book by Hugh Lofting The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was the second of Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle books to be published, coming out in 1922. It is nearly four times longer than its predecessor and the writing style is pitched at a more mature audience. The scope of the novel is vast; it is divided into six parts and the illustrations are also more sophisticated. It won the Newbery Medal for 1923.
6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer book by Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is set in the 1840's in the fictitious town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, where Tom lives with his deceased mother's sister, Aunt Polly, and his half-brother, Sid. After Tom plays hooky from school, he is made to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence as punishment, but persuades his friends to do it for him. Tom's real trouble begins when he and Huck Finn witness a murder committed by Injun Joe. They swear to never tell, and the wrong man, Muff Potter, is accused of the crime. Tom, Huck, and a friend run away to be pirates, but become aware that the whole town is searching for their bodies. Each of the boys make an appearance at their own funerals, where they are greeted with open arms. As Muff Potter's trial begins, Tom is overcome with guilt and testifies against Injun Joe, who quickly flees the courtroom. Later, on a class field trip to a cave, Tom and his love interest, Becky Thatcher, get lost. As they run out of food and candles searching for a way out, Tom and Becky come upon Injun Joe, who is using the cave as a hideout. Tom finds a way out just as the search party is giving up. The town rejoices and Judge Thatcher, Becky's father, has the cave sealed, unknowingly trapping Injun Joe inside where he starves to death.
7. Whitefoot the Woodmouse book by Thornton W. Burgess An introduction to Whitefoot, who is a very optimistic mouse. Even humans have something to learn from his happy way of life and his various adventures.
8. Curly and Floppy Twistytail, the Funny Piggie Boys book by Howard R. Garis Curly and Floppy Twistytail is about the adventures of the two Twistytail pig brothers.
9. “The Ant and the Grasshopper” Aesop's Fables by Aesop The ants have plenty. The grasshopper is starving. He begs for food. The ants point out that he could have stored up food for winter.
10. “The Bald Man and the Fly” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A fly torments a bald man who slaps his head trying to kill the fly. The fly escapes the slap and once again torments him. This time feeling wiser the man does not slap his head.
11. “The Bat and the Weasels” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A bat uses whatever best choice he has at the time to save himself from predators.
12. “The Bats, the Birds, and the Beasts” Aesop's Fables by Aesop The beasts and the birds are preparing for a conflict. Each group invites the bat to join with them. After the conflict is settled the bat wishes to be friends but neither group will have him.
13. “The Bear and the Fox” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A bear and a fox have different views of the bear’s attitude towards what he eats.
14. “The Boy Hunting Locusts” Aesop's Fables by Aesop It’s the intention rather than the action that makes a good choice.
15. “The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller” Aesop's Fables by Aesop Two friends decide not to move in together because of their very opposite professions.
16. “The Dog and the Shadow” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A fable about a dog who attacks his own shadow to get a larger piece of meat
17. The Dog in the Manger Aesop's Fables by Aesop A dog won’t allow oxen to eat the hay upon which the dog is resting.
18. “The Donkey and the Grasshopper” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A donkey wishing to sing like the grasshoppers inquires about their diet. To sing like them he changes his diet to theirs and perishes.
19. “The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion” Aesop's Fables by Aesop When a lion threatens to eat the fox and the donkey, the fox betrays his companion in an effort to rescue himself. In the end, the one who tried to keep himself out of danger was the first to be eaten.
20. “The Farmer and the Cranes” Aesop's Fables by Aesop First a farmer chases cranes out of his field. When they keep returning he shoots rocks at them with a sling shot. If words don’t work you must fight.
21. “The Farmer and the Snake” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A fable about a farmer who cares for a snake that then turns to bite him
22. “The Father and His Sons” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A fable about a father whose sons were not able to get along.
23. “The Fawn and His Mother” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A young fawn asks his mother why she is afraid of barking hounds. He points out how much faster, larger, and well armed with horns she is. Her answer shows her lack of courage.
24. “The Flies and the Honeypot” Aesop's Fables by Aesop Flies are drawn to spilled honey. After over-eating they find they cannot pull their feet out of the honey and fly away. When you are greedy, you may not know when you have enough and pay a very high price.
25. “Hercules and the Wagoner” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A carter prayed for help when his wagon became stuck. Hercules gave him some advice about helping himself and praying.
26. “The Herdsman and the Lost Bull” Aesop's Fables by Aesop A herdsman loses a calf. He bargains with the deities. He will sacrifice a lamb if they will help him find the calf. Next he discovers a lion eating his calf and adds a full-grow bull to the sacrifice just to escape the lion with his own life.
27. “The Miser and His Gold” Aesop's Fables by Aesop Once a Miser hid his gold at the foot of a tree. Every week he would dig it up and delight in how much was there. A robber noticed, dug up the gold, and took it away. When the Miser discovered his gold was gone a neighbor told him to come look at the hole in the ground as it would do just as much good as looking at the gold.
28. North-West Passage A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson A child trudges up to bed.
29. “Epaminondas” Fairy Tales and Other Traditional Stories by FCIT Epaminondas has a difficult time knowing how to carry his grammy’s gifts home to his mammy. Each time he tries what his mammy told him, but things keep turning out wrong for him.
30. Orange Song Florida: Essays and Poems by Clinton Scollard A poem about the orange tree.
31. Waiting at Live Oak Florida: Essays and Poems by John Willis Menard A poem about waiting for a train at the Live Oak, Florida Junction written in the 1800s.
32. Cannetella The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang Cannetella doesn’t wish to be married, but agrees to do so if her father finds a man to fit her outrageous demands. Her insistence leads her to trouble, when her husband treats her poorly. She manages an escape, but her husband pursues her, using magic to try to capture her once more.
33. The Daughter of Buk Ettemsuch The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang One of seven daughters is the only to obey her father’s orders. She is left alive to escape, but finds herself living as the daughter of an ogre. A prince asks for her hand, but the ogre forbids her to speak unless he addresses her with the special words.
34. A Fairy’s Blunder The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang A thoughtless fairy enchants a fountain without considering the effects of the enchantment. Beyond destroying the town, the mistake takes effect against the young wards of another fairy. The fairies try to discover a way to undo the mistake and reunite the young lovers.
35. Long, Broad, and Quickeye The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang A young prince is offered whatever he likes best, but to his father’s dismay, he chooses a princess who is trapped by an enchantment. On his way to reach her he meets with three men, each with a special skill. Together the four men are able to work together against the magician’s spell.
36. The Ogre The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang A simple boy is driven into the world by his mother’s treatment of him. He meets with an ogre, who treats him well and assists him. The ogre allows him to visit his family, but his ignorance leads him into trouble twice. The third visit brings more wisdom, and the rewards that come with his new knowledge.
37. The Twin Brothers The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang A fisherman and his wife wish for sons. An old woman tells the wife how to get the sons she wishes for. When the twins grow, they wish to go into the world. The first brother goes on adventures, until the signs of distress bring his brother to his aid.
38. The Unlooked-For Prince The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang A king who has not been able to have children makes a promise, only to find that he has given up his only child. The prince determines to find a way out of the promise, and completes several tasks with the help of the princess.
39. “When Little Bear Would Not Work” Little Bear at Work and at Play by Frances Margaret Fox Little Bear learns to do his work.
40. “How Little Bear Learned To Swim” Little Bear at Work and at Play by Frances Margaret Fox Little Bear learns to overcome his fear of water.
41. “Little Bear and the Lost Otter Baby” Little Bear at Work and at Play by Frances Margaret Fox Little Bear helps an otter baby find his family.
42. “When Little Bear Visited School” Little Bear at Work and at Play by Frances Margaret Fox Little Bear looks in a schoolhouse window and scares the children.
43. “Little Bear Gets His Wish” Little Bear at Work and at Play by Frances Margaret Fox Little Bear causes his father to lose a fish.
44. “Little Bear’s Promise” Little Bear at Work and at Play by Frances Margaret Fox Little Bear wants to be rid of caterpillars.
45. “Little Bear’s Surprise Party” Little Bear at Work and at Play by Frances Margaret Fox A little bear is so happy about his surprise party that he goes into hibernation sleep early, but happy.
46. “Prince Wicked and the Grateful Animals” More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt A poor man’s good heart wins him power and riches over Prince Wicked.
47. “The Stupid Monkeys” More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt Monkeys are unable to discern how much to water trees.
48. Little Robin Redbreast Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Poems by Traditional A nursery rhyme about the stereotypical relationship between cats and birds.