The Classical Reader

  • The Classical Reader

The Classical Reader


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  • This Classical Reading Guide will help you choose the best books for K–12 reading by level, genre, and much more.

    When you are choosing what books your children will read, the stakes are especially high. In this information age, it’s sometimes hard to know how to choose from the sea of options and resources that present themselves at every turn. That is why we have put years of research into The Classical Reader, collecting and analyzing the K–12 reading recommendations of classical educators from around the country, seeking those readings that have been important and pleasurable to generations of students. This pithy book includes recommendations for reading at each grade level, noting each selection’s level of difficulty and genre. This book is a valuable resource for every school and homeschool family for everything from book reports to reading for pleasure.

    Though The Classical Reader physical book provides a way to keep a record of what your student has read and help you to plan future reading, we have also created a companion website! At you can sort by level, difficulty, and genre. Each book is linked to Amazon for your convenience (and with our affiliate link so we can support the website and further development of the site).

    The Classical Reader is a veritable cave of dragon loot, an embarrassment of riches that will provide years of instruction and delight and help to instill a lifelong love of reading. —Christine Perrin, MFA, Director of Writing at Messiah College

  • Paperback

    ISBN: 9781600512810

    Pages: 64

    Dimensions: 5.5in x 8.5in

  • Christopher Perrin MDiv, PhD

    Christopher Perrin MDiv, PhD

    Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant, and speaker who specializes in classical education. He is committed to the renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He cofounded and serves full-time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher is also a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He serves on the board of the Society for Classical Learning and as the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world.

    Christopher received his BA in history from the University of South Carolina and his MDiv and PhD in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for ten years. He is the author of An Introduction to Classical Education, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and the coauthor of the Latin for Children series, all published by Classical Academic Press.

    Leslie Rayner

    Leslie Rayner

    Leslie Rayner's favorite hobby has always been reading a good book. Educated and trained as an RN, she laid that work aside while raising her three sons. She and her husband, Rich, were a founding family of Covenant Christian Academy (CCA), a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Because of her love for her boys and their school, and her passion for sharing her love of reading, she served as a curriculum committee member and helped to create CCA’s recommended reading lists. These lists eventually evolved into The Classical Reader. On a yearly basis, Leslie continues to seek out and add noteworthy books to The Classical Reader.