Plaza Voices: I’m An Adult Learning English - What Should I Read?

By Nicolás Cabrera

Checking out a book to read when you're learning English as an adult can be challenging and overwhelming. Suggested reading lists are a good place to start when you're not sure what to read. Staff members at the Denver Public Library have drafted the following list of books. They have been reviewed to reflect a variety of genres and reading levels.

Staff members have chosen different types of books -- novels, poetry, how-to books, graphic novels, and more. The authors and characters are diverse and reflect different experiences, along with some recognizable classics.

All the books on this list are digital books available from the Denver Public Library catalog. You will need a library card to check them out. If you don't have one, you can sign up for an eCard right now. Enjoy and happy reading!


Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll (Fiction)
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein (Poetry)
This One Summer, by Gillian and Mariko Tamaki (Fiction/Graphic Novel)
Hate That Cat, by Sharon Creech (Fiction/Poetry)
New Kid, by Jerry Craft (Fiction)


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Fiction)
The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps, by Stephen Krensky (Fiction)
Illegal, by Eoin Colfer (Fiction/Graphic Novel)
Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, Dawud Anyabwile (Fiction/Graphic Novel)


Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed (Fiction)
Brazen, by Pénélope Bagieu (Non-fiction)
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros (Fiction)
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Fiction )
A Game for Swallows, by Zeina Abirached (Non-fiction)

Plazas are an open community space where migrants from all over the world connect with people, information, and resources, building Denver’s global community. To ensure the health and safety of our community, all Denver Public Library locations and Plaza programs are currently closed. We are still offering online English conversation groups, citizenship study, and appointment services. Please see our web page for more information.

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