Children's Literature Reading Lists

MA Reading List for Children’s & Young Adult Literature

Reading List for Part 1 of the Exam

Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen, “The Little Mermaid”

Charles Perrault, “Cinderella”

Grimm Brothers, “Little Red Cap”



Isaac Watts, Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children

Anna Latecia Barbauld, Hymns in Prose for Children

Edward Lear, “The Owl and the Pussycat,” *selected Limericks

Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhymes

Shel Silverstein, selected poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends


Early Children’s Literature

John Newbery, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, intended for the Amusement of Little Master Tommy and Pretty Miss Polly with Two Letters from Jack the Giant Killer

Sarah Trimmer, Fabulous Histories and excerpts from The Guardian of Education

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit & The Tale of Mr. Tod

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web


Young Adult Novels

Walter Dean Myers, Monster or Fallen Angels

Judy Blume, Forever

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Lois Lowry, The Giver

Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X



Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Mo Williems, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Emily Gravett, Again! OR Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, The Day the Crayons Quit

Shaun Tan, The Red Tree

Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax,

John Steptoe, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Francesca Sanna, The Journey

Patricia McKissack & Jerry Pinkney, Mirandy and Brother Wind

Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, And Tango Makes Three


Exam Part 2

The next time the MA Exam is given in Children’s Literature, the text used for Part 2 will be The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.