What Books Does Matilda Read?

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

In the novel, ''Matilda,'' by Roald Dahl, Matilda Wormwood just loves to read! Read on to explore a list of books that Matilda read and their importance to her.

Matilda the Bibliophile

Matilda Wormwood is a bibliophile, which is a person who really loves books! As the main character in the Roald Dahl book, Matilda, she has read many classics, which are books that have been read by many people over a long period of time. They may not be new books, but they are ones that people still enjoy today because they are well-written and tell timeless stories that are still meaningful many years after they were first published. Classic books are enjoyed over and over again by new generations of readers, who still find the books to be interesting and meaningful.

Even though Matilda's family only owned one book, Matilda learned to read at the age of three. The first adult book Matilda read was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Mrs. Phelps, the librarian suggested this book when Matilda said she wanted to read ''a really good one that grown-ups read. A famous one.''

Because Matilda does not have a happy life at home, she uses reading and books as a way to escape from her parents and from her loneliness; the books take her to imaginary or far away places and long ago times. Matilda also does not have a very fun time at school, so reading helps take her to places and worlds in which she can have a wonderful time. The characters in the books she reads become her friends, and through the stories, she learns about life beyond the walls of her family's home.

Libraries are wonderful places to find awesome books!

Matilda's Book Shelf

The librarian, Mrs. Phelps, recognizes that Matilda is special and guides her to read some excellent, classic books. Here is a list of books that Matilda read, their authors, and the dates of publication. How many of these books will you read?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (1837)

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (1839)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene (1938)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (1902)

Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1901)

Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

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