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
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:
- Alice in Wonderland 150: Lesson Plan and Resources – Part 1
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 150: Lesson Plan and Resources – Part 2
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.