First Avenue Classics™
From Austen to Wilde, Lerner Digital Has the Classics Covered

First Avenue Classics transform unabridged editions of literary staples into compelling digital layouts, making the books accessible from any digital device.

Instead of annually resupplying lost books from print collections of assigned classics, purchase a multi-user eBook once and have it for years to come. Multi-user access covers the entire school, allowing titles to be simultaneously used for classroom assignments, book club picks, and independent reading. Each school owns the eBooks forever—no hosting or subscription fees apply.

Students and educators can easily navigate the fixed-format pagination and hyperlinked table of contents. When available, original illustrations are also featured.

Lerner Publishing Group acknowledges that many classic books contain racist tropes, stereotypes, and language. Below, we’ve compiled articles from librarians and educators with recommendations for how to evaluate, discuss, or teach these classics by providing readers with context and critical analysis or pairing classics with books featuring BIPOC voices and authors.


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elementary

Elementary Collection
Grades K-5

From classic fairy stories to fantastic adventures, titles in this collection will enthrall younger readers. When possible, the books also feature illustrations from some of the earliest editions of these works.

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middle

Middle School Collection
Grades 6-8

Featuring genres from adventure stories and fantasies to thrillers and realistic fiction, this middle school multi-user eBook collection has something for every interest.

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upper

High School Collection
Grades 8-12

Whether supporting personal reading interests, classroom assignments, or college-bound reading requirements, this high school collection offers a wealth of excellent reading options.

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shakespeare

Shakespeare Collection

This grouping makes it a snap to browse all of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, tragedies, and historical plays available.

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Additional Resources

“How to Pair Classic Texts With Modern YA Novels in the Classroom” From the We Need Diverse Books Blog

#DisruptTexts: A grassroots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon and create more equitable curriculum

“Little House, Big Problem: What To Do with ‘Classic’ Books That Are Also Racist:” From School Library Journal

“The Problem with Classic Literature:” From the ALSC Blog

“Many Classic Children’s Books Have Troubling Themes or Language. Should We Read Them Anyway?:” From the Washington Post

“When Children’s Books Are Racist:” From Rebekah Gienapp

“A Social Justice Framing for the Classics:” From edutopia.org

“So Your Favorite Children’s Books Didn’t Age Well. Here’s What You Can Do About It.:” From The Huffington Post

Anti-Racist Children’s Book Resources

Resources for Anti-Racist Children’s Literature: From Philip Nel’s “Nine Kinds of Pie” blog

LernerBooks.com/DiverseBooks: Book collections and other resources


Updated August 2022. MK609-0521