“Read Across America” with Real Reads & Classics Illustrated!

Celebrate #ReadAcrossAmerica Day with your young readers through these fantastic titles from Real Reads and Classics Illustrated. Both publishers aim to make the classics more accessible to young, learning, and reluctant readers. Keep reading to see a selection of titles from both series!


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Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. The books can be enjoyed by able readers in middle primary, and allow older children with literacy difficulties to engage with great stories. The books are also useful in the teaching of English as an additional language. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world’s greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions. These works are not lightly called ‘classics’, nor does Real Reads shy away from ‘difficult’ texts and strange foreign works. They make the world’s greatest literature, from William Shakespeare to Mark Twain, from Jane Austen to the Ramayana, from the New Testament to the Chinese classic Journey to the West, readily accessible through masterful retellings.
Find our entire selection of Real Reads books here.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9781906230746Nick Carraway’s mysterious neighbour Gatsby gazes across the dark bay at a distant green light. As the summer unfolds, Nick is drawn into Gatsby’s world of luxury cars, speedboats and extravagant parties. But the more he hears about Gatsby – even from what Gatsby himself tells him – the less he is sure of the truth. Did Gatsby really go to Oxford University? Was he a hero in the war? Did he once kill a man? Nick recalls how he came to know Gatsby. He recounts how he enters the world of his cousin Daisy and her wealthy husband Tom. But does their money make them any happier? How do everybody’s stories connect? Will you come to know the real Gatsby after reading Nick’s account of that fateful summer?
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The Call of the Wild by Jack London
9781906230777Buck recognized the wild brother. He was whining softly, and they touched noses. A second wolf, old and battle-scarred, came forward and sniffed noses with him; he sat down, pointed his nose at the moon, and broke out in a long wolf howl. Buck, too, sat down and howled. Buck, a big, powerful dog, is kidnapped from his California home and sold as a sled dog in the Arctic. In his new environment he must learn quickly how to deal with man’s club and dog’s fang, or he will not be able to survive. He is transformed by two opposing forces – his love for John Thornton who saved his life, and the memories that awaken within him of the ways of his ancestors, both dogs and wolves.
How will Buck survive, and not just survive, but become a leader of dogs and eventually a leader of wolves?
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
9781906230821I believe the only way to live, is to be true to oneself. The only way to get rid of temptation is to give into it.’ Young, rich and handsome, Dorian Gray seems to have it all. So why do people who were once his friends leave the room when he enters? Can there really be any truth in the dark tales that are told about him? And why does he keep his portrait locked away in an attic room? Two men hold the answer to Dorian’s secret. One is the artist, Basil Hallward, who paints Dorian’s portrait. The other is Lord Henry Wotton, who convinces the impressionable Dorian that youth and pleasure are the only things worth living for.
Is Dorian Gray really as innocent as he seems? Can love and friendship save him from himself? Or will the secret of the picture of Dorian Gray be a secret he takes to his grave?
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Jesus of Nazareth
9781906230241After encountering John the Baptist, Jesus’s work begins. He will meet many people; some will help him, many will need his help, and some will become his enemies. Jesus challenges the way people live, the way they relate to God, and the way Jewish law is enforced. Although he is a man of peace, he is not afraid to challenge authority, no matter where this might lead.
What exactly are Jesus’s responsibilities as God’s son? How will he lead people towards a new relationship with God? How much can a man achieve in one short lifetime? How much more can he achieve by his death?
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CILogoClassics Illustrated Comics
Classics Illustrated is a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. They bring stories by the world’s greatest authors to life in beautifully illustrated comic book form. These reprints make the comics available once again in paperback and even some hardback book editions! George R.R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, praised Classics Illustrated Comics in the preface to his A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, stating “For many, Classics Illustrated comics were the gateway drug, and led us on to the hard stuff – the original novels.”
Find our entire selection of Classics Illustrated comics here.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
9781906814489On an ordinary summer’s afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins.
Experience Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts in full-color comic book format.
Jump down the rabbit hole and attend a tea party with the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse, play croquet with the Queen, and get lost in the nonsensical and wonderful world that is Wonderland.
Will Alice ever find her way home?
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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
9781906814199For more than century, The Jungle Book has enchanted young readers with its tales of Mowgli, the man-cub raised by wolves in the jungles of India, and the many animal acquaintances who populate his wild world: Akela, the wolf; Bagheera, the panther; Kaa, the python; Hathi, the elephant; Kotick, the white seal; Shere Khan, the tiger, and, of course, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the valorous mongoose. Kipling drew on ancient beast fables, Buddhist philosophy, and memories of his Anglo-Indian youth to create a rich, symbolic portrait of man and nature, and an eternal classic of childhood. Read his classic story of Mowgli, the boy who was raised by wolves in the Indian Jungle, in full-color, beautifully illustrated comic book format.
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare
9781906814663Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Throughout the tale, there are many uncertainties.
Among them: What is the Ghost—Hamlet’s father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder?
Experience Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy in full-color, beautifully illustreated comic book format.
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Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte
9781906814236Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past. Immerse yourself in the world of this classic tale with this beautifully illustrated comic book version.
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