Timeless Education: Primary Year 2 Book List

This is my fourth post in a series sharing suggested literature based on the book Fingerpost to Children's Reading. Previously I have shared with you

This literature list is intended for children ages 7 to 8 years of age and is meant to be read aloud. Because children didn't begin formal studies in history, geography or science until year three or later in the early 1900's, quality literature chosen to build a foundation of information in the subject areas. I have done my best to divide the literature based on genre for you.


Many of these books can be found in reprint. Simply use the list as a guide to help you decide on books that are suitable for each age range. 


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Historical, American

  • Hiawatha - Longfellow
  • Paul Revere's Ride - Longfellow
  • Pilgrims Progress (read for the story only, no theological discussion) -
  • Old Indian Legends - Zitkala-Sa
  • Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Historical, World

  • Old Greek Stories, Baldwin
  • Stories of Old Greece, Firth
  • Gods and Heroes, Francillon
  • Stories of Long Ago, Kupfer
  • The Wonderbook, Hawthorne
  • Tanglewood Tales, Hawthorne

Geography & Culture

  • Heidi - Joanna Spyri
  • Jackanapes - Juliana Ewing
  • Seven Little Sisters Each and All - Jane Andrews
  • The Snow Baby - Josephine Peary

Folklore & Fairy Tales

  • Nights with Uncle Remus - Joel Chandler Harris
  • At the Back of the North Wind - George MacDonald
  • Celtic Fairy Tales - Joseph Jacobs
  • Blue Fairy Book, Lang
  • Grimm: Tales, Translated by Luca

Myths and Legends

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving

Adventure & Fantasy

  • Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
  • Swiss Family Robinson - J.R. Wyss
  • Arabian Nights
  • Rip Van Winkle, Irving
  • The Little Lame Prince

Science & Nature

  • Black Beauty (horses) - Anna Sewell
  • The Early Cave-Men, Dopp
  • The Later Cave-Men, Dopp
  • Stories Mother Nature Told her Children
  • Wild Animals I Have Known


  • The Posy Ring, Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith
  • Songs of the Tree Top and Meadow, Lida McMurray and Agnes Cook
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses, Stevenson
  • Love Songs of Childhood, Eugene Field
  • The Rainbow, Wordsworth
  • The Sweet Peas, Keats
  • He Prayeth Best, Coleridge - Ancient Mariner
  • The Year’s at the Spring, Browning - Pippa Passes

And there you have it, a collection of fantastic classic literature to read aloud to your 7 to 8 year old child throughout the year.

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