read 2021

May Challenge: Back from the Past

Read a book published before you were born.

The greatest stories are the ones that last and resonate with new generations of readers. While there are differing opinions about which books should be considered classics, books that were written before you were born can carry a certain nostalgia for a different time period. So, use this challenge to explore the past or share books from your childhood with your children. In May, we challenge you to read a book that was published before you were born. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children. Get more information about the Read 2021 Challenge here.

Adults

The Moonstone 
by Wilkie Collins published 1868 
book/book 
hoopla ebook 
hoopla audiobook
Freading ebook
 

The Age of Innocence 
by Edith Wharton
published 1920 
book 
book on CD 
hoopla ebook 
hoopla audiobook
Freading ebook

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
published 1943 
book 
OverDrive ebook 
hoopla ebook 
hoopla audiobook 
Freading ebook

I, Robot 
by Issac Asimov published 1950 
book 
OverDrive ebook

The Godfather 
by Mario Puzo
published 1969  
book  
large print 
book on CD
OverDrive ebook  

All the President’s Men
by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
published 1974 
book 
hoopla audiobook 

The Cider House Rules  by John Irving published 1985 
book 
OverDrive audiobook
hoopla ebook 
hoopla audiobook 
Freading ebook 

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)

Bridget Jones’s Diary  by Helen Fielding published 1996 
book/book 
OverDrive ebook 
hoopla audiobook 


Teens

I Know What You Did Last Summer
by Lois Duncan
published 1973
book 
OverDrive audiobook 

The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1)

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier
published 1974 
book 
book on CD 
hoopla audiobook 

Tiger Eyes by [Judy Blume]

Tiger Eyes
Judy Blume
published 1981 
book 
OverDrive ebook

84076

Remember Me
by Christopher Pike
published 1989 
book/book

529252

Double Love
[Plus Secrets and Playing with Fire]
by Francine Pascal published 1983 
book 

518848

Sabriel
by Garth Nix
published 1995 
book 
hoopla ebook
Freading ebook

Monster
by Walter Dean Myers
published 1999 
book 
book on CD
book on CD 
Hoopla ebook 
Freading ebook 


Tweens

975133

The Sword in the Stone
by T.H. White
published 1938 
book 
OverDrive ebook 
hoopla audiobook
hoopla audiobook 

10269348

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg
published 1967 
book/book 
OverDrive ebook 
OverDrive audiobook 

105999

Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary
published 1983 
book
hoopla ebook
hoopla audiobook
Freading ebook
Freading ebook in Spanish

Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
published 1908 
book
OverDrive ebook
hoopla ebook
hoopla audiobook
Freading ebook

125553

Welcome to Dead House
by R.L. Stine
published 1992 
book
OverDrive audiobook
hoopla audiobook 

179064. sy475

The Goose Girl
by Shannon Hale
published 2003 
book 
hoopla audiobook 

28187

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
published 2005
book
OverDrive ebook
Overdrive audiobook
hoopla ebook
hoopla comic


Children

14481

Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish published 1971 
book/book
hoopla audiobook collection 

30119. sx318

Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
published 1974 
book/book
OverDrive ebook
hoopla ebook

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
published 1985 
book
book in Spanish 

Chrysanthemum
by Kevin Henkes
published 1991 
book
hoopla audiobook
hoopla audiobook in Spanish

295665

Junie B., First Grader (at last!)
by Barbara Park
published 2001 
book
double edition book
OverDrive ebook

Max Cleans Up
by Rosemary Wells
published 2000
book

Spork
by Kyo Maclear
published 2010 
book
hoopla ebook

The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson
published 2018 
book

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