Recommended Reading for English Learners
Books made into Movies
Some people prefer to read the original story in a book before watching the film adaptation. Other people watch the film and never read the book. Some English learners prefer to watch a movie first before reading the book. If readers are familiar with the characters and plot, they may understand the book more easily.
- Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The personal diary of an English woman who is tired of single life.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (for all ages)
A small group of children win an adventure into the mysterious chocolate factory. Their chaperones are shocked by the eccentric tour guide.
- Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (for all ages)
A young girl adopts a baby pig and becomes attached to her barnyard friends.
- Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Fantasy novels about a young wizard and his friends who take part in several quests to destroy a dark wizard.
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
A vampire tells his 200-year-life to a reporter.
- Jaws by Peter Benchley
A giant shark attacks beachgoers in a fictional resort town.
- My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
A 13-year-old is expected to donate a kidney to her dying sister.
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (for all ages)
A nine-year-old with super strength does not want to grow up.
- Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
A banker is charged with the murder of his wife and her lover. He attempts to adapt to prison life. An inmate named Red takes him on a journey.
- Star Wars by George Lucas
A series consisting of two trilogies based on a fictional galaxy far, far away where a battle between good and evil takes place.
- The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum
A spy series featuring the fictional spy Jason Bourne.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
A story about female black women in the American South in the 1930s.
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
A mystery novel about a murder at the Louvre Museum. Explores the history of Christianity.
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
A young nurse looks after a badly wounded pilot from World War II.
- The Firm by John Grisham
A lawyer discovers the dark side of a law firm.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
A fantasy trilogy. A creature called a hobbit is sent on an important mission to save Middle Earth. His fellowship of friends helps him on his long journey.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A science fiction series about a future nation where kids are forced to enter into an annual battle.
- The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende (for all ages)
A shy boy who loves reading hides from real life and finds himself inside a fantasy story.
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
A love story about a poor man who falls in love with a rich woman.
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (for all ages)
Two children are bored in the house and find their world turned upside down by an uninvited guest.
- Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
A teenage girl falls in love with a vampire.
- White Fang by Jack London
A story of a wolf's domestication in the Yukon. Told by the wolf itself.