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Five classic authors to read in January

January 05, 2017 by Nora Nagy

January is full of great author birthdays, both classic and contemporary. The best way to celebrate our favourite authors is reading their works, and this month we have five classic authors to celebrate in the Helbling Readers Catalogue. These readers are perfect for teens and adults alike, and we recommend them from elementary (Alice in Wonderland) up to intermediate (CEFR A2 to B1+).

Jack London: 12 January 1876

Read White Fang and The Call of the Wild: both stories have been adapted for language learners by David A. Hill, with illustrations by Stefano Fabbri.

We have project ideas for your classroom discussions.


Edgar Allan Poe: 19 January 1809

Read three short stories in our volume of Poe's classics in Tales of Mystery adapted by Janet Olearski with illustrations by Giuseppe Palumbo.

Use this lesson plan which can be built on the illustrations of the tales:


Virginia Woolf: 25 January 1882

Read To the Lighthouse adapted by Elspeth Rawstron with the illustrations of Francesca Protopapa.

We have a lesson dedicated to Virginia Woolf:


Lewis Carroll: 27 January 1832

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an all-time favourite of younger and older readers. The Helbling edition was adapted by Jennifer Gascoigne and illustrated by Roberto Tomei.

Choose one of these fascinating projects for your classes:


Edith Wharton: 24 January 1862

The Age of Innocence is a story about life and love in New York society in the second half of the 19th century, and it invites your students to learn about the most famous families and customs of the age, and explore topics related to history, economics, architecture and fashion. The Helbling edition was adapted by Nora Nagy and illustrated by Simone Manfrini.

We have a project lesson dedicated to the novel:


This post was updated with information about The Age of Innocence on 7 January 2020.

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