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Do You Feel Frustrated Because Your Child Doesn't Like to Read Challenging Books?

You are not alone! Here is one of the solutions - watch Youtube (their favorite activity) and read. How do you know if they read and understand? ivyGoal created reading assessments for the books. This free learning resource will be updated WEEKLY - a book per week. Please come back weekly to obtain the new books for FREE. 

ivyGoal Logo Central Free Video Books Education & Tutoring With Exercises

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    • Please simply click on the book title, which has a link to the free course. 

ivyGoal carefully selected some of the best online video books with subtitles, watched all of them, and created exercises accordingly. These classic books are typically modified to lower grade level students and great for students to improve their English skills. ivyGoal, devoted to foster students' passion for reading, offers this free tutoring because these video books are more interesting and easier to read than the originals. Selected titles include:

  1. ivyGoal Logo Central Jane Eyre,  Grade Level 2-5th. (Join code: DNEAKX). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com/, and the descriptions are from Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Eyre

    • Jane Eyre /ɛər/ (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, published under the pen name "Currer Bell", on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London. The first American edition was published the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.[1] Jane Eyre follows the experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall.[2]

      The novel revolutionised prose fiction by being the first to focus on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are coloured by a psychological intensity. Charlotte Brontë has been called the "first historian of the private consciousness", and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce.[3]

  2. ivyGoal Logo Central Little Lord Fauntleroy 2-5th Grade Level. (Join code: AB9MBW). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com/, and the descriptions are from Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Lord_Fauntleroy

    • Little Lord Fauntleroy is a novel by the English-American writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, her first children's novel. It was published as a serial in St. Nicholas Magazine from November 1885 to October 1886, then as a book by Scribner's (the publisher of St. Nicholas) in 1886.[2] The illustrations by Reginald B. Birch set fashion trends and the novel set a precedent in copyright law when Burnett won a lawsuit in 1888 against E. V. Seebohm over the rights to theatrical adaptations of the work.[3]

  3. The Mirror of Matsuyama. 5-8th Grade Level. (Join code: F6CRL3). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com.

    • In ancient days there lived in a remote part of Japan a man and his wife, and they were blessed with a little girl, who was the pet and idol of her parents. On one occasion the man was called away on business in distant Kyoto. Before he went he told his daughter that if she were good and dutiful to her mother he would bring her back a present she would prize very highly. Then the good man took his departure, mother and daughter watching him go...

    • The story also illustrates the fact that our parents are always with us, even after they have died. The face that reflected in the mirror was the child’s own, but she could see her mother in herself. We forever carry with us our parents, grandparents, and other ancestors. Every time we look into a mirror, we see our entire family history and the influences of the people around us. Even in the most trying situations, we can see love in a mirror.

  4. Pride and Prejudice. 5-12th grade level. (Join code: L6MEHT ). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_Prejudice 
    • Mr Bennet of Longbourn estate has five daughters, but his property is entailed and can only be passed to a male heir. His wife also lacks an inheritance, so his family will be destitute upon his death. Thus it is imperative that at least one of the girls marry well to support the others, which is a motivation that drives the plot. The novel revolves around the importance of marrying for love, not for money or social prestige, despite the communal pressure to make a wealthy match.

    • Pride and Prejudice has consistently appeared near the top of lists of "most-loved books" among literary scholars and the reading public. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, with over 20 million copies sold, and has inspired many derivatives in modern literature.

  5. Peter Pan. 2-5th grade level. (Join code: 7YLYA4 ). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • Peter makes night-time calls on the Darlings' house in Bloomsbury,[4] listening in on Mrs. Mary Darling's bedtime stories by the open window. One night Peter is spotted and, while trying to escape, he loses his shadow. On returning to claim it, Peter wakes Mary's daughter, Wendy Darling. Wendy succeeds in re-attaching his shadow to him, and Peter learns that she knows lots of bedtime stories. He invites her to Neverland to be a mother to his gang, the Lost Boys, children who were lost in Kensington Gardens. Wendy agrees, and her brothers John and Michael go along.

    • Their magical flight to Neverland is followed by many adventures. The children are blown out of the air by a cannon and Wendy is nearly killed by the Lost Boy Tootles. Peter and the Lost Boys build a little house for Wendy to live in while she recuperates (a type of structure that to this day is called a Wendy house). Soon John and Michael adopt the ways of the Lost Boys.

  6. The Moonlight Fable. 4-6th grade level (Join code: 7CNEXD). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • "A Moonlight Fable" is a short story by H. G. Wells, in the April 10, 1909, number of Collier's Weekly. Written in the manner of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, the story features but two characters: an unnamed "little man", and his mother. The mother has made "a beautiful suit of clothes" for the man, who takes inordinate delight in this possession.
    • Though he longs to "wear it everywhere", the little man's mother insists that he may wear his suit only on rare and great occasions.  The little man wears it as such to church, but he is full of the wild desire to wear it free of all these restrictions his mother set. One evening the uncommon quality of the moonlight inspires him, terribly afraid, but glad, glad, to put on his suit without any of its protections. He opens his bedroom window and climbs down to the garden path below. There, in a night warmer than any night had ever been ...The next morning the little man is found dead, with his neck broken, in the bottom of the stone pit, but wearing a face of such happiness that, had you seen it, you would have understood indeed how that he had died happy.

  7. The Princess Diaries. 1-3rd grade level (Join code: T9LNLB). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • The Princess Diaries is a series of epistolary young adult novels written by Meg Cabot, and is also the title of the first volume, published in 2000.

    • The series revolves around Amelia 'Mia' Thermopolis, a teenager in New York who discovers that she is the princess of a small European principality called Genovia. Mia begins a comical journey toward the throne when her strict and formidable grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi, shows up to give her "princess lessons."

  8. The Woman in White. 7-9th grade level (Join code: NXJ7RJ). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • The Woman in White is Wilkie Collins's fifth published novel, written in 1859. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of "sensation novels".

    • In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer listed The Woman in White number 23 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time",[3] and the novel was listed at number 77 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

  9. White Death  2-4th grade level (Join code: D9EPHP). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • "White Death" is written for Learners of English by Tim Vicary. 

    • A mother from England came to see her daughter Sarah Harland who arrested at the airport in another country. During their meeting the mother learnt the police had found some drugs in her daughter's toothpaste. The daughter swore that it wasn’t hers and she was innocent. But if she did not, who did? Only two people can help Sarah: her mother, and an old boyfriend who doesn't love her now. Can they work together? Can they find the real criminal before it is too late?

  10. The Little Princess 4-6th grade level (Join code: 9CGCME). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • "The Little Prince" is the most successful work on French aristocrat, writer, and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Selling an estimated 140 million copies worldwide makes it one of the best-selling and most translated books ever published.It has been translated into 301 languages and dialects.

    • The story follows a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Despite its style as a children's book, The Little Prince makes observations about life and human nature.

  11. The Haunted Orchard 7-9th grade level (Join code: HAGXJJ). Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • Richard Le Gallienne (1866 – 1947) was an English author and poet. “The Haunted Orchard” is considered to be the best mystery short story in the literary experience of Richard Le Gallienne. The majority of his stories amaze the mind though not a very long but very intriguing story.

    • This little tale begins with spring coming to the city. People want to leave and spend the afternoon at the countryside. The narrator sees the house. It has a neglected apple orchard and a veranda “festooned with wisteria.” 

    • He rents the house for the summer. One day while he’s sitting in the neglected orchard, reading a book, he thinks he hears—faintly—someone singing a sad little song in French…The plot of this yarn is unremarkable, but it is nice and atmospheric, almost nostalgic, making for a pleasant read.

  12. A Dream Come True 2-4th grade level (Join code: ND3N99).Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • The Author is Andrea M. Hutchinson

    • Ellie is mad about music: she dreams of becoming a singer and she desperately wants to go to the Glastonbury Festival, where her favourite singer, Murphy, will be playing. But with an overprotective Dad and important exams to take, it seems that Ellie’s dreams will have to remain just that, dreams. But one day she sees a competition in a music magazine.

  13. The Time Machine 4-6th grade level  (Join code: 6KNBYT).Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by https://english7levels.com and the descriptions are from Wikipedia。
    • The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 and written as a frame narrative. The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle or device to travel purposely and selectively forward or backward through time. The Time Machine has been adapted into three feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions and many comic book adaptations. It has also indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in many media productions.

    • Scientist H. George Wells builds a time machine, and despite the warning from his friend David against "tempting the laws of providence," decides to visit the future. Jumping ahead 14 years, he observes changes in women's fashion. Jumping ahead 40, he meets David's son amid a terrible war. Finally, he travels thousands of years ahead to discover a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by humanoid Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks that feed on them.

  14. Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
  15. Momotaro
  16. Goodbye, Mr Hollywood
  17. The Love of a King
  18. Anne of Green Gables
  19. Hansel & Gretel
  20. Love among the Haystacks
  21. The Tiger, The Brahman and The Jackal
  22. The Death Of Karen Silkwood
  23. The Little Prince
  24. Love Story
  25. The Call of The Wild
  26. Anna Karenina
  27. Ethan Frome
  28. The Woman and The Cat
  29. Abandoned
  30. Three Men in a Boat
  31. Lorna Doone
  32. The Bamboo Cutter and The Moonchild
  33. Trumpet Voluntary
  34. Sense and Sensibility
  35. Solange
  36. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  37. Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  38. Black Beauty
  39. Northanger Abbey
  40. Wuthering Heights
  41. Madame Bovary
  42. The Riddle of the Sands
  43. Oliver Twist
  44. The Age of Innocence
  45. The Citadel
  46. Robinson Crusoe
  47. The Mass of Shadows
  48. Uncle Tom's Cabin
  49. Red Lights and Warm Nights
  50. The Empty House
  51. A Tale of Two Cities
  52. The Elixir of Life
  53. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  54. The Story of William Wilson

ivyGoal Logo Central Recommended Good Books

For parents who are looking for a good list of books to read, here is our recommendation. To determine the right levels, please use the vocabulary list as a reference. 


ivyGoal Logo Central K Grade
Vocab: said, take, some, other, any, much, many, new, which, just

  1. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo
  2. Eating the Alphabet
  3. Freight Train
  4. Froggy Gets Dressed
  5. I Am Not Going to Get up Today!
  6. In the Tall, Tall Grass
  7. Leo the Late Bloomer
  8. The Giving Tree
  9. The Lady With the Alligator Purse
  10. Yo! Yes?

ivyGoal Logo Central 1st Grade
Vocab: drawing, leader, trip, story, cub, kind, toy, replied, climb, wooden

  1. Arthur's Reading Race
  2. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business
  3. Chomp! : A Book About Sharks
  4. Digging Up Dinosaurs
  5. Doctor De Soto
  6. Don't Laugh, Joe
  7. Dr. White
  8. Hoodwinked
  9. How Do You Know It's Spring
  10. I Love Going Through This Book
  11. Iris and Walter
  12. Sleep Tight, Ginger Kitten
  13. Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles
  14. Spike in the Kennel
  15. Widget


ivyGoal Logo Central 2nd Grade
Vocab: popcorn, steam, treat, remember, first, peek, heated, inside, moment, discover

  1. A Plump and Perky Turkey
  2. Amelia Bedelia
  3. Brave as a Bunny Can Be
  4. Even Steven and Odd Todd
  5. I am not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed
  6. Katy No-Pocket
  7. Mummies Made in Egypt
  8. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  9. The Berenstain Bears and the Truth
  10. The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
  11. The Moon Book
  12. The Salamander Room
  13. The Schoolyard Mystery
  14. Wait! No Paint!


ivyGoal Logo Central 3rd Grade
Vocab: melt, wreck, damaged, received, speckled, swiftly, ditches, glides, gulps, territory

  1. A Bear Called Paddington
  2. A Child's Garden of Verses
  3. Baloney (Henry P.)
  4. Clarice Bean Guess Who's Babysitting
  5. Ice Cream Treats: The Inside Scoop
  6. If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
  7. Judy Moody Gets Famous
  8. The Gadget War
  9. The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me
  10. The Reasons for Seasons
  11. The Tarantula Scientist
  12. The Trail of Tears
  13. The Wartville Wizard
  14. Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear


ivyGoal Logo Central 4th Grade
Vocab:  stout, fright, roamed, competitions, memorial, chiseled, trace, sculptures, arena, glaciers

  1. A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840
  2. Be Careful What You Wish For...
  3. Danny Champion of the World
  4. El Nino: Stormy Weather for People and Wildlife
  5. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
  6. Favorite Greek Myths
  7. Horses
  8. How Animals Saved the People: Animal Tales From the South
  9. Little Pet Werewolf
  10. Makeup Mess
  11. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  12. Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes
  13. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  14. The Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery
  15. The Devil's Storybook
  16. The Kid Who Ran for President


ivyGoal Logo Central 5th Grade
Vocab:  translations, reservation, announces, transmitted, figures, whirring, glinting, trend, absorb, propelled

  1. Bud, Not Buddy
  2. Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  4. Crash
  5. Half Moon Investigations
  6. Hannah
  7. Here and Then
  8. How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark
  9. Mountain Dance
  10. Shane
  11. The Cricket in Times Square
  12. The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
  13. The Great Gilly Hopkins
  14. Wrapped in a Riddle
  15. Zlata's Diary


ivyGoal Logo Central 6th Grade
Vocab: decomposing, hibernate, compost, decays, microorganisms, humus, landfills, nutritious, mimic, simulate

  1. Banner in the Sky
  2. Experiments in Science: How Does it Work?
  3. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  4. Growing up Chicana/o
  5. Hoot
  6. Maniac Magee
  7. Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
  8. The Bad Beginning
  9. The Illustrated World of Space
  10. The Other Side of Truth
  11. The Phantom Tollbooth
  12. The Reptile Room
  13. The Wide Window
  14. Under the Blood Red Sun
  15. Where the Red Fern Grows


ivyGoal Logo Central 7th Grade
Vocab: affluence, cascade, cringe, crotchety, jovial, manacle, martial, nimble, onset, partition

  1. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  2. Black Star, Bright Dawn
  3. Esperanza Rising
  4. Fire from Heaven
  5. Freak the Mighty
  6. Letters From a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs
  7. Life and Death of Crazy Horse
  8. Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom
  9. Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy
  10. Smart Girl's Guide to Boys
  11. Squashed
  12. Terror in the Stadium
  13. The Two Princesses of Bamarre


ivyGoal Logo Central 8th Grade
Vocab: capsize, catastrophe, disputatious, flourish, incentive, insubordinate, nub, onslaught, ordain, prudent

  1. A Christmas Carol
  2. Alice Alone
  3. All Creatures Great and Small
  4. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
  5. Bronx Masquerade
  6. Dawn of Fear
  7. Death Be Not Proud
  8. Ender's Game
  9. Flipped
  10. House of the Scorpion
  11. Money Hungry
  12. Shadowmaker
  13. To Be A Slave
  14. Witch Hill
  15. You Don't Know Me


ivyGoal Logo Central High School Easy
Vocab: abut, attire, crony, cryptic, divergent, enmity, fervent, gaunt, infiltrate, nullify

  1. Hatchet
  2. The Hero and the Crown
  3. Whirligig
 

ivyGoal Logo Central High School Medium
Vocab  asylum, dilate, dross, flippant, immunity, preposterous, pugnacious, realm, rejuvenate, remunerate

  1. At Risk
  2. Forbidden City: A Novel of Modern China
  3. Forged by Fire
  4. Julius Caeser
  5. Pygmalion
  6. She Stoops to Conquer
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  8. The Catcher in the Rye
  9. The Great Gatsby
  10. The Samurai's Garden
  11. The Taming of the Shrew
 

ivyGoal Logo Central High School Difficult
Vocab: animosity, apathy, condolence, consecrate, decrepit, deride, ingenious, multifarious, obsolete, omnivorous

  1. Fields of Fire
  2. On the Beach
  3. The Crucible
  4. The Death of Ivan Illyich