Remember; Philippians 4:8 "For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]."
In book reading (and even in entertainment of all sorts) this is so important to apply.
So, as I scan over the Classics, I had to type in my search the 'Old Classics', even at that I compiled my own list including some ideas from others.
For my 5th Grader:
*Elsie Dinsmore Series by Martha Finley-we do the 'Life of Faith' version first. When my older daughter got older she read the original.
*The Little Prince by Antoine De St. Exupery
*Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
*The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
*Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
*Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (We did a unit study on this.)
*The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
*Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
*Heidi by Johanna Spyri
*American Girl Series (Though, I would suggest them for higher level readers these maybe too easy.)
*Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
*The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
*The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter
*Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris
*Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
*Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
*Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
*The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
*Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
A LINK I LIKED FOR THIS SUBJECT:
http://oldfashionededucation.com/classics.htm An Old Fashion Education