Looking for a new book to teach next semester? Having trouble find what book you should teach next? Need some ideas on how to teach that next book you’re about to start? Click below for our guides to some of the most popular books being taught today.

Each guide includes:

  • A basic synopsis of the plot
  • Key educational objectives for the book
  • Content warnings on violence, alcohol and drug use, and sexual content
  • Literary elements and techniques to address
  • Important Themes and Motifs
  • Related works to pair with the book
  • Descriptions of film versions
  • Useful external resources
  • Elements your students may love or hate

Title Author
1984 George Orwell
Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, The Sherman Alexie
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Mark Twain
Alchemist, The Paulo Coelho
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
Animal Farm George Orwell
Antigone Sophocles
Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Alex Haley and Malcolm X
Awakening, The Kate Chopin
Beowulf Unknown
Best of Poe, The Edgar Allan Poe
Black Boy Richard Wright
Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
Bluest Eye, The Toni Morrison
Book Thief, The Markus Zusak
Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The John Boyne
Brave New Word Aldous Huxley
Call of the Wild, The Jack London
Catcher in the Rye, The J.D. Salinger
Chocolate War, The Robert Cormier
Christmas Carol, A Charles Dickens
Classic American Short Stories Various
Crucible, The Arthur Miller
Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Mark Haddon
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller
Devil in the White City, The Erik Larson
Divergent Veronica Roth
Doll's House, A Henrik Ibsen
Dracula Bram Stoker
Edith Hamilton's Mythology Edith Hamilton
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Farewell to Manzanar Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James Houston
Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser
Fault in Our Stars, The John Green
Fences August Wilson
Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson
Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Mitch Albom
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Freedom Writers Diary, The Erin Gruwell
Friday Night Lights H.G. Bissinger
Giver, The Lois Lowry
Glass Castle, The Jeannette Walls
Glass Menagerie, The Tennessee Williams
Grapes of Wrath, The John Steinbeck
Graveyard Book, The Neil Gaiman
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Great Gatsby, The F. Scott Fitzgerald
Grendel John Gardner
Hamlet William Shakespeare
Handmaids Tale, The Margaret Atwood
Hatchet Gary Paulsen
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Help, The Kathryn Stockett
Hiroshima John Hersey
Hobbit, The J.R.R. Tolkien
House of the Scorpion, The Nancy Farmer
House on Mango Street, The Sandra Cisneros
Hunger Games, The Suzanne Collins
I am Malala Malala Yousafzai
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Rebecca Skloot
Importance of Being Earnest, The Oscar Wilde
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Joy Luck Club, The Amy Tan
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
King Lear William Shakespeare
Kite Runner, The Khaled Hosseini
Last Lecture, The Randy Pausch
Lesson Before Dying, A Ernest J. Gaines
Life of Pi Yann Martel
Lightning Thief, The Rick Riordan
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The C.S. Lewis
Little Bee Chris Cleave
Long Walk to Water, A Linda Sue Park
Long Way Gone, A Ishmael Beah
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Lovely Bones, The Alice Sebold
Macbeth William Shakespeare
Maus I Art Spiegelman
Maze Runner James Dashner
Me Before You Jojo Moyes
Metamorphosis, The Franz Kafka
Midsummer Night's Dream, A William Shakespeare
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
Night Elie Wiesel
Number the Stars Lois Lowry
Odyssey, The Homer
Oedipus Rex Sophocles
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Old Man and the Sea, The Ernest Hemingway
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
Orphan Train Chrstina Baker Kline
Othello William Shakespeare
Other Wes Moore, The Wes Moore
Our Town Thornton Wilder
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
Outsiders, The S.E. Hinton
Pearl, The John Steinbeck
Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Stephen Chbosky
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi
Picture of Dorian Gray, The Oscar Wilde
Poisonwood Bible, The Barbara Kingsolver
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw
Raisin in the Sun, A Lorraine Hansberry
Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
Road, The Cormac McCarthy
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
Scarlet Letter, The Nathaniel Hawthorne
Secret Life of Bees, The Sue Monk Kidd
Separate Peace, A John Knowles
Siddhartha Herman Hesse
Slaugherhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
The Stranger Albert Camus
Streetcar Named Desire, A Tennessee Williams
Sun Also Rises, The Ernest Hemingway
Tale of Two Cities, A Charles Dickens
Taming of the Shrew, The William Shakespeare
Tangerine Edward Bloor
Tears of a Tiger Sharon M. Draper
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
There Are No Children Here Alex Kotlowitz
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Things They Carried, The Tim O'Brien
Thousand Splendid Suns, A Khaled Hosseini
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom
Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose
Warriors Don't Cry Melba Pattillo Beals
Wonderstruck Brian Selznick
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë