This is a list of sixty modern and traditional classics. This list covers multiple reading levels, however, each book is age-appropriate and high-interest in nature. All books cover deeper themes and open the door for great discussions if students are set up in reading groups or theme groups.
I use this list to encourage my students to develop their reading skills. Each marking period, students are required to do free reading in my class. They must choose one from a list that I give them but are welcome to do both books from the list if they so choose.