Please leave a comment if you can place any of these books in one of the history or science categories on the right (as specifically as possible).

This book list is taken from the Robinson Curriculum. It is written in basically the order of easiest to hardest and I’ve taken someone’s markings for the level of the books. Here’s where I’m getting the list from.

There are a few of the required books that I haven’t been able to find online. I wrote them in the list, but there is no link.  This is to show you what you are missing (just a few!)  Books which also have an audio version are marked with ***.

This is an actual curriculum. They have you read these in order (except that  most in the series are considered optional). For math they have you do just flash cards until your child knows the basic facts cold. Then they say start with Saxon 5/4 and do every problem up through Calculus. When you finish with the math, then you do the science books at the end of the list. The only other things they provide for you is a vocabulary drill, vocabulary worksheets, and some tests to go along with some of the books.

  • Level 1

McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader

Nursery Rhymes (Altemus’ Wee Books)

  • Level 2

McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader

The Tale of Jolly Robin Bailey

The Tale of Solomon Owl Bailey

The Tale of Reddy Wood Pecker Bailey

The Tale of Chirpy Cricket Bailey

The Tale of Paddy Muskrat  Bailey

The Bobbsey Twins at School Hope

The Bobbsey Twins in the Country Hope

The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore Hope

The Bobbsey Twins at Snow Lodge Hope

The Bobbsey Twins at Meadow Brook Hope

The Bobbsey Twins at Home Hope

The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West Hope

Little Prudy’s Dotty Dimple May

Little Prudy’s Sister Susy May

Childhood’s Happy Hours

***Fifty Famous Stories James Baldwin   Audio Book

  • Level 3

***Aesop’s Fables Aesop  Audio Book (I’m not sure if the audio matches the book but it would seem they should contain the same stories. The audio says it’s fables 1-25. How many are there? If you want more, google it.) (Someone sent this link with the same version as on the Robinson Disks,)

Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle Appleton

Tom Swift and His Airship Appleton

Tom Swift and His Air Scout Appleton

Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat Appleton

Tom Swift and His Wireless Message Appleton

Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera Appleton

***The Adventures of Pinocchio Collodi  Audio Book

Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill Emerson

Ruth Fielding of Briarwood Hall Emerson

Ruth Fielding at Snow Camp Emerson

Ruth Fielding at Sunrise Farm Emerson

Ruth Fielding in the Red Cross Emerson

Ruth Fielding on the War Front Emerson

Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Emerson

***Five Little Peppers and How They Grew Sidney  Audio Book

***Five Little Peppers Midway Sidney  Audio Book

The Adventures of Joel Pepper Sidney

***Heidi Spyri   Audio Book

The Rover Boys on the Great Lakes Winfield

The Rover Boys on the River Winfield

The Rover Boys at College Winfield

The Rover Boys on the Ocean Winfield

The Rover Boys on a Tour Winfield

The Rover Boys on Land and Sea Winfield

The Rover Boys in Southern Waters Winfield

The Rover Boys in the Air Winfield

Young Folks’ Bible Pollard

Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of the New World  Pollard

The Life of George Washington (book written in syllables)   Pollard  (Am. His.)

Four American Naval Heroes Beebe

Our Hero General Grant (book written in syllables) Pollard  (Am. His.)

  • Level 4

Uncle Remus Harris

McGuffey’s Third Reader McGuffey

***The Swiss Family Robinson Wyss    Audio Book

  • Level 5

***Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Wiggins   Audio Book

Do and Dare Alger

***Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass Carroll    Audio Book

Uncle Remus Returns Harris

Jack’s Ward Alger

***Just So Stories Kipling   Audio Book

***Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates Dodge   Audio Book   (Geography, Holland)

The Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades Henty  (World History — Middle Ages)

***Little Women Alcott   Audio Book  (American History — Civil War Era)

Bob, Son of Battle Ollivant

Little Men Alcott   Audio Book

McGuffey’s Fourth Reader McGuffey

***The Pied Piper Browning    Audio Book

The Life of Lafayette   Watson

Brave and Bold Alger

Facing the World Alger

Young Salesman Alger

Strive and Succeed Alger

Slow and Sure Alger

Phil, the Fiddler Alger

Erie Train Boy Alger

Young Acrobat Alger

Making His Way Alger

Only an Irish Boy Alger

Sam’s Chance Alger

Andy Gordon Alger

Paul, the Peddler Alger

Charlie Codman’s Cruise Alger

Joe’s Luck Alger

Frank’s Campaign Alger

Andy Grant’s Pluck Alger

Hector’s Inheritance Alger

The Cash Boy Alger

Luke Walton Alger

Walter Sherwood’s Probation Alger

Bound to Rise Alger

Jed, the Poor House Boy  Alger

Risen from the Ranks Alger

Mildred and Elsie Finley

***Elsie Dinsmore Finley   Audio Book

Elsie’s Girlhood Finley

Elsie’s Children Finley

  • Level 6

Davy Crockett, Scout   Allen

(see A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by Davy Crockkett on the “Books to Read” page)

Up from Slavery Booker T. Washington  (American history-slavery)

***Captains Courageous Kipling  Audio Book   (America, turn of the 20th century)

Told By Uncle Remus Harris

***The Hound of Baskervilles Coyle  Audio Book (Sherlock Holmes)

Uncle Remus and His Friends Harris

McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader McGuffey

Picturesque America Volume 1 Bryant   (Geography — US)

***Gulliver’s Travels Swift  Audio Book Animated Film (see study guide on “Books” page)

***The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Clemens (Mark Twain)  Audio Book

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Vol. 1 Grant  (American History–I think this pertains to the Mexican war in 1846-1848)

The Jungle Book Kipling    Audio Book  (geography and culture, India)

The Second Jungle Book Kipling   Audio Book

***The Pathfinder Cooper  Audio Book (American History-1750)

The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant Vol. 2 Grant

***Life of George Washington Irwing   Audio Book

***The Song of Hiawatha Longfellow  Audio Book (American History, Native Americans)

The Prince and The Pauper Twain  Audio Book (World History 1547 England)

  • Level 7

***The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Defoe    Audio Book

***Pilgrim’s Progress Book 1 Book II Bunyan   Audio Book (both books)

Life of Washington Vol. 2 Irving  (American history)

Poems of Kipling Kipling

McGuffey’s Sixth Reader McGuffey

Life of Washington Vol. 3 Irving   (American history)

***The Spy Cooper   Audio Book (American history–Revolution)

Picturesque America Volume 2 Bryant  (Geography — US)

President Washington’s Diaries  1732-1799 (American History–Washington)

***The Law Bastiat   Audio Book Part 1 Part 2

***Treasure Island Stevenson   Audio Book

***The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Audio Book (American History)

***The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson Clemens (Twain)  Audio Book

Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes Holmes

Afloat and Ashore  Copper Cooper (American History–Revolution)

Narrative of the Life of David Crockett Crockett

Not Yours to Give Crockett  (story of about a speech given by Crockett on the House floor, American History, government)

The Border Boys Across the Frontier Deering  (supplemental reading)

(see The Border Boys on the Trail on the “Books to Read” page)

Dick Hamilton’s Fortune Garis    (supplemental reading)

Dick Hamilton’s Cadet Days Garis   (supplemental reading)

I don’t know if the following would be good for geography or not. There are more from this series on the Books to Read page.

The Pony Rider Boys in the Rockies Patchin   (supplemental reading)

The Pony Rider Boys in Montana Patchin   (supplemental reading)

The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico Patchin   (supplemental reading)

The Wonder Island Boys Capture and Pursuit Finlay  (supplemental reading)

  • Level 8

The Vicar of Wakefield Goldsmith

***Economic Sophisms Bastiat   Audio Book (Economics–free trade)

The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln Brockett  (American — Lincoln)

The Friendly Arctic Stefansson  (Geography — arctic)

***What Has Government Done to Our Money? Rothbard   Audio Book (economics)

***The Song of Roland (world history — France 778)  Audio Book

Economics in One Lesson  Hazlitt  Read OnlineDownload (Economics)

On That Day Began Lies Read  (government — political science)

***The Holy War Bunyan  Audio Book (spiritual warfare in an allegorical style)

The Soldier in our Civil War Vol 1 Frank Leslie

I can’t find something with the above title, but I found the following Civil War volume by the same author.

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated History of the Civil War (American — Civil War)

Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood MacDonald

***Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Verne  Audio Book

  • Level 9

Heather and Snow: a story MacDonald

The Life of Stonewall Jackson Dubney  (American history, civil war)

***The Mysterious Island Verne   Audio Book

***The White Company: A Novel Doyle  Audio Book

Environmental Overkill  Ray

The Heart of the Antarctic Volume 1  Shackleton  This is the only place I found this online. (geography, Antarctica)

***Tom Sawyer: Abroad, Detective Clemens (Twain)  Audio Book

The Soldier from Our Civil War Volume 2  Leslie

***The Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt  Audio Book (American history, 1900)

***Oliver Twist Dickens  Audio Book (see “Books” page for study guide)

***The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain  Audio Book (See “Books” page for study guide)

Memoirs of William T. Sherman Sherman  (American history, civil war)

***Don Quixote Cervantes  Audio Books  Volume 1 Volume 2 Film (this is a comic tale of the end of chivalry–see “Books” page for study guide)

***Life on the Mississippi (Twain)  Audio Book (American history, 1882)

  • Level 10

Cicero’s Orations Cicero  (world history, Romans)

***The Federalist Papers Hamilton  Audio Book

The Heart of the Antarctic Volume 2  Shackleton  This is the only place I found this online. (geography, Antarctica)

***Julius Caesar Shakespeare  Audio Book

Of the motion of the heart and blood in animals Harvey  (Zoology)

United States Historical Documents  I don’t know what the specific book is. Here is one called A Pamphlet of Original Documents of United States History. Also, see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution on the “Government” page.

The Enterprising Americans  Chamberlain  Read OnlineDownload (Economics–business)

My African Journey  Churchill

The War Between the States Stephens  (American history, Civil War)

***Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott  Audio Book (world history, middle ages–takes place after the Crusades)

***A Tale of Two Cities Dickens  Audio Book (see “Books” page for study guide)

The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government Vol 1 Davis  (American history, Civil War)

Faraday’s Lectures  —  I don’t see something simply called this. Here are some collections of his lectures:  Forces of Matter —  Non-Metallic ElementsChemical History of a Candle (physics, chemistry)

Fiat Money Inflation in France White  (Economics–inflation)

Caesar’s Gallic War Caesar   (world history, Romans)

  • Level 11

Lincoln’s Speeches and Letters Lincoln  (American history, Lincoln)

The World Crisis Churchill  (not available online for free, it’s about WWI)

Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government Vol 2.  Davis  (American history, Civil War)

Fifty Years in the Royal Navy Admiral Scott  (world history, 1853-1924)

King Henry V Shakespeare  (see “Books” page for study guide) (world history, England around 1400)

Two Years Before the Mast Dana  (world history, 1815-1882)

Common Sense of the Exact Sciences Clifford

***Paradise Lost Milton  Audio Book (see “Books” page for study guide)

***The Wealth of Nations Smith (Economics)  Audio for Wealth of Nations book 1

***Paradise Regained Milton  Audio Book

***Institutes of Christian Religion Calvin  Audio Book Audio Book 2

***The Prince Machiavelli  Audio Book (Government, political science)  (see “Books” page for study guide)

***Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Shakespeare  Audio Book (world history) (see “Books” page for study guide)

The Ultimate Resource II Robinson  (population economics)

Access to Energy  Robinson  Audio Book

  • Level 12

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Volume 1  Locke

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Volume 2  Locke

Observations on Daniel and St. John Issac Newton  Google Book Preview

Bellum Civile Caesar  (This translates to Civil War)

De Bello Gallico Caesar  (Just Volume 1 is the Gallic Wars)


The Mechanical Universe Olenick

Solutions Manuel  for The Mechanical Universe

Beyond the Mechanical Universe

Solutions for Beyond the Mechanical Universe (download from here, look for “solutions”)

Statistical Mechanics Davidson

Chemical Principles Dickerson

Thermodynamics  Lewis  (I haven’t found this one. Here is another text on thermodynamics.)

Nuclear War Survival Skills Kearny


15 Responses to “Robinson Booklist”

  1. Alexandra Says:

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for all your work.

  2. Jen Says:

    Thank you!!!! This will save me so much time. :)

  3. Marjorie Says:

    Thank you so much! This helps a ton! Marjorie

  4. N Says:

    Robinson is a fabulous curriculum that teaches the student to work independantly. I bought this curriculum 8 years ago and I continue to use it with all 5 of my children. Mr Robinson methods are tough, but worth it. The 12 disc set comes with all of the books Mr Robinson says to read PLUS dictionary, encyclopedias, grammar pages, puzzles, reading comprehension worksheets for stories, spelling words and quizes, vocab quizes and MORE. With purchase of the discs I now own these literary classics and am free to reproduce for my household any of the pages I desire from the set. This set was well worth the cost. I bought it for $80. Many of the classic literature books listed by Robinson can be pruchased at garage sales, estate sales, etc for $1 or less. I purchased some of the books so my children didn’t spend too many hours at the computer. I do however require essay writing from my children upon completeion of the books read.

  5. Jerry Says:

    Just a note:
    I found the following as volumes in the Harvard Classics

    “American Historical Documents”
    “On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals”, and others
    Faraday’s Lectures
    See the list of their contents at this Wikipedia link:

    Download individual volumes from :

  6. Sharon Says:

    Thanks so much for these great links. What a time saver!

  7. Shaie Says:

    Thank you so much for the time & effort you put into making this list with links! This is great. I was wondering if you have (or willing to provide) a list of the vocab words he uses for the books? Thank you again!

    • The vocab worksheets come with the curriculum; you’d have to buy the curriculum to get them. The book list is online though, and I linked to where I got the list from. I have never searched for vocab lists. I think you might be able to find some of the tests for the books online as parents make some of them.

      • Shaie Says:

        Thank you. I wasn’t looking for worksheets or tests made for the vocab, but just a list of the vocab words he had chosen for each book. Just as you and others have posted a list of the books he suggests, I thought perhaps there was a list of the suggested vocab as well. Thanks anyway.

  8. Anna Says:

    These are great thanks

  9. Christine Says:

    This is the a link to a free version of the actual Aesop’s Fables that is on the Robinson Curriculum disks. I have the disks so I took a look and then looked around to see if there was a free version online.

  10. ummabdullah Says:

    Hi. Can you tell me the difference between the Eclectic Primer and the First Reader? They look similar. And is there some teaching I need to do before these or just jump right in? Thanks so much!

    • The Primer is first. The first reader picks up where the primer leaves off. It looks easy on the first few pages, but it quickly gets into longer readings. It’s best to know the alphabet phonics sounds first, but not necessary. They will learn the words for each lesson by sight, and then read that lesson.

      I have the words on power point if you want to use the lessons. The book lessons start on Day 172. Before that is learning the alphabet.

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