Timeless Education: Primary Year 1 Book List


This is my third post in a series that brings you classic literature choices by age/grade level. Previously I have shared with you

This literature list is intended for children ages 5 to 6 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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Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes

  • Fairy Stories and Fables, James L. Baldwin
  • Popular Tales from Norse, Dasent
  • The Violet and Yellow Fairy Books, Lang


  • The Peterkin Papers


Fantasy and Adventure

  • Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
  • St. George and the Dragon, Chenoweth
  • Adventures of a Brownie


Animal Stories & Nature

  • Jungle Book, Kipling
  • Little Folks in Feathers and Fur, O. Thorne Miller
  • Voices for the speechless, A. Firth
  • The Tree Dwellers, K. Dopp



Historical, American

  • Indian Legends, Zitkala-Sa
  • Hiawatha, Longfellow
  • Zuni Folk Tales, Cushing
  • Wigwam Stories, Judd
  • Stories of Indian Children, Husted

Geography & Culture

  • The First Thanksgiving, Wiggin
  • Christmas in England, Christmas in France, Christmas in Germany, Christmas in Italy - Scannell
  • The Fir Tree, Andersen
  • Tiny Tim, Dickens
  • Book of Christmas, T. K. Hervey
  • Herr Oster, Hase (Easter)
  • The Seven Little Sisters, Andrews

Historical, World

  • Fifty Famous Stories, Baldwin
  • Thirty More Famous Stories, Baldwin


  • The Posy Ring, Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora Archibald Smith
  • A Child’s Garden of Verse, Stevenson
  • With Trumpet and Drum, Eugene Field
  • Love Songs of Childhood, Eugene Field
  • Songs of the Tree Top and Meadow, Lida McMurry and Agnes Cook
  • The Outlook Fairy Book, Laura Wimmington
  • Child Life, Whittier

Want even more book list? Check out these (links coming soon!)

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