SMA’s Literature Curriculum Inculcates Virtue

“You are what you read.” Why? Beloved characters become your models for moral choices. The literature curricula across the 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