American Literature

Just Released!

While living overseas so many of our globally mobile students miss out on great American novels being studied in classrooms across the U.S.A.  American Literature, taught from Grades 3-12 in the U.S. includes classic favorites like Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, Little House on the Prairie, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun and many, many more. These novels provide insight into the history, culture and people of the United States and form the foundation for understanding American culture today.

With our American Literature Program, teachers guide students through some of America’s greatest novels in a fun and engaging way, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the place they call ‘home’. The course structure includes:

  • One book a month – These books are pre-selected by the parents, students and teacher based on the student’s interests and reading level. The books are all mailed in advance. See our book lists below!
  • Personalized Learning Plan – Once the books are selected, our teachers create a personalized learning plan with assignments that are based on the student’s learning interests and skill level.
  • One Assignment a Month – These are identified by a certified American teacher, aligned to U.S. Education Standards and based on the book being read. The assignments are developed in accordance with each individual student’s interests and skill level to deepen comprehension and inquiry-based learning skills.
  • Live, 1:1 tutoring with a certified American teacher – The student is able to ask questions, present assignments and deepen critical thinking skills through 1:1 live interaction with a certified American teacher. One hour per month. The minutes can be split up as needed, e.g. 15 mins weekly, or 30 mins twice a month, depending on the student’s needs and structure of the assignment.
  • 3-month and 9-month Enrollment Options – Parents and students choose between a short course and longer course. We can also do 6 or 12 months. We’re flexible! 
  • Anytime, Anyplace – Our teachers are based worldwide and can work with your child in any timezone at the time that is most convenient for him/her.
  • Add a Friend! – Sometimes learning is more fun with a friend. With our American Literature course, your child can share his/her reading interest with siblings or friends near or far. You can add friends (at post or from anywhere in the world) and our teachers will create a tailor-made course for the students. Each student that enrolls will receive a FREE factbook on famous American authors.


100% Reimbursable for Many DoS and DoD Kids Living Abroad!

If you and your family are posted overseas with the Department of State or Department of Defense and your school at post does not teach American Literature, you may be reimbursed for the cost of the course. More information can be found in the DSSR 276.9 on Supplementary Instruction.




Parents and students can choose from these American titles currently being taught in schools across the U.S.A.:

Grades 3 to 5 Grades 6-9 Grades 10-12

  • Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown
  • Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker
  • Magic Treehouse, by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Cam Jansen and the Graduation Day Mystery, by David A. Adler
  • Ramona and Beezus, by Beverly Cleary
  • Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary
  • Freckle Juice, by Judy Blume
  • Stuart Little, by E.B. White
  • Island of the blue dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
  • Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
  • Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, by EL Konigsburg
  • Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C O’Brien
  • All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor 
  • Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary
  • Frindle, by Andrew Clements
  • Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey
  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald
  • My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
  • A Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden
  • Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary
  • The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume
  • Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois
  • By the Great Horn Spoon, by Sid Fleischman
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juste
  • Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
  • Half Magic, by Edward Eager
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
  • Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
  • Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
  • Wringer, by Jerry Spinelli
  • Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
  • Wonde, by R.J. Palacio
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
  • Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Sounder, by William H. Armstrong
  • Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, by Langston Hughes
  • Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare
  • Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O’Dell
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • White Fang, by Jack London
  • Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson
  • Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes
  • Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Summer of the Monkeys, by Wilson Rawls

  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  • East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  • The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck
  • The Pearl, by John Steinbeck
  • The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  • The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
  • The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
  • Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  • A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
  • Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton


  • Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury
  • Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt
  • The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
  • The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
  • Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
  • Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig
  • The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
  • Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
  • Look Homeward, Angel, by Thomas Wolfe
  • Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini


  • Autobiography of Malcom X, by Malcom X
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  • The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Warriors Don’t Cry, by Melba Pattillo Beals

  • Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt
  • My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez
  • The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
  • The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  • My Antonia, by Willa Cather
  • The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson


  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert
  • Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
  • Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
  • Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Have Space Suit – Will Travel, by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut


  • Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Big Sea, by Langston Hughes
  • Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson


  • Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
  • The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
  • Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller


  • The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
  • A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Black Boy, by Richard Wright
  • The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
  • Native Son, by Richard Wright
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neal Hurston
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  • Civil Disobedience and Other Essays, by Henry David Thoreau
  • Roots, by Alex Haley
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
  • Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  • Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Do you have an American novel or author in mind that is not on our list? Let us know and we will add it in!


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