St. Monica Academy’s Literature Curriculum Inculcates Virtue

“You are what you read.” Why? Beloved characters become your models for moral choices. The literature curricula across St. Monica Academy’s elementary grades include classic novels through which students grow in virtue, imitating the good to which they are exposed. Not only do time-tested narratives engage students’ emotions and intellect; they guide them to an understanding and recognition of the true, the good, and the beautiful.

St. Monica Academy students will be able to reference characters from the following canon of classic literature:

Little House in the Big Woods,
One Morning in Maine, McCloskey
The House at Pooh Corner, Milne
Best Loved Fairy Tales
Aesop’s Fables
Little Bear
Herriot’s Stories for Children
Children’s Book of Virtues
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Atwater
Charlotte’s Web, White
Stuart Little, White
Just So Stories, Kipling
Little House on the Prairie, Wilder
Island of the Blue Dolphins, O’Dell
Stowaway to California! Hernandez
The Stories of Juana Briones, Richter
Patty Reed’s Doll, Laurgaard
By the Great Horn Spoon, Fleischman
The California Gold Rush, McNeer
The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps, Krensky
Blue Willow, Gates
Little House in the Big Woods, Wilder
Mary’s Little Donkey, Sehlin
The Secret Garden, Burnett
The Hobbit, Tolkien
Journey to Topaz, Uchida
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Latham
Banner in the Sky, Ullmann
Call It Courage, Sperry
The Princess and the Goblin, MacDonald
Escape From Warsaw, Serraillier
Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawlings
Stories of 1001 Arabian Nights, Selections
The Golden Goblet, McGraw
Book of Greek Myths, D’Aulaire
The Children’s Homer, Colum
The Bronze Bow, Speare
Beowulf, Serraillier
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas
“The Sword and the Stone” (from The Once and Future King), White

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