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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

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. Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by, and the descriptions are from Wikipedia -

    • 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. Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by, and the descriptions are from Wikipedia -

    • 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. Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by

    • 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. Please click on the book title to start free tutoring (video and exercises included). Please note videos are created on Youtube by and the descriptions are from Wikipedia - 
    • 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. The Princess Diaries
  6. Peter Pan
  7. White Death
  8. A Dream Come True
  9. Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
  10. A Little Princess
  11. Momotaro
  12. Goodbye, Mr Hollywood
  13. The Love of a King
  14. Anne of Green Gables
  15. Hansel & Gretel
  16. Love among the Haystacks
  17. The Tiger, The Brahman and The Jackal
  18. The Death Of Karen Silkwood
  19. The Moonlight Fable
  20. The Little Prince
  21. Time Machine
  22. Love Story
  23. The Call of The Wild
  24. Anna Karenina
  25. Ethan Frome
  26. The Woman and The Cat
  27. Abandoned
  28. Three Men in a Boat
  29. Lorna Doone
  30. The Bamboo Cutter and The Moonchild
  31. Trumpet Voluntary
  32. Sense and Sensibility
  33. Solange
  34. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  35. Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  36. Black Beauty
  37. The Haunted Orchard
  38. Northanger Abbey
  39. Wuthering Heights
  40. Madame Bovary
  41. The Riddle of the Sands
  42. Oliver Twist
  43. The Age of Innocence
  44. The Woman in White
  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