NOTA BENE: This page describes the novels themselves that are available. For information on HOW TO USE NOVELS, please visit THIS PAGE
Simple novels are now becoming available for Latin teachers to use with their students, and can serve as a great alternative or supplement to traditional textbooks. Most are under 50 pages in length, and restrict vocabulary to 150-300 words. Here is a list of currently available novels, with links to previews and purchase information, and an estimated/recommended minimum level. Note that it can also be very helpful to read one of these books in a year 3-4 AP class, either for beginning of the year review, as a confidence booster, or to fuel content-based discussion and writing, etc.
Pluto: Fabula Amoris, by Rachel Ash and Miriam Patrick (year 1-2)
[coming soon] Eurydice, a companion to Pluto. Also by Ash and Patrick
Brando Brown Canem Vult, by Carol Gaab, translated into Latin by Justin Slocum Bailey (year 1-2)
Here is an example of a unit plan for Brando Brown. For additional tips and strategies, visit Keith Toda’s blog
Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae, By Christopher Buczek (year 1-2)
Marcus et Imagines Suae Bonae. Lance Piantaggini and John Bracey collaborated on this translation of a beginners Spanish novel. (year 1-2)
Piso, Ille Poetulus, by Lance Piantaggini (year 1-3)
Cloelia, Puella Romana, by Ellie Arnold (year 2-3)
Itinera Petri, by Bob Patrick (year 3)
Older Latin novels:
Teachers have been writing these as supplements to textbook courses for some time. Because of the expectations that they be used in a similar way as textbook stories (=intensive reading), these books tend to be advertised to a lower level than is reasonable for students. As a result, most of these novels should not be attempted until late in year 2, or even year 3.
Julia: A Latin Reading Book, by Maude Reed. MacMillan, 1924. Available free online, link available with others here:
Daimon: An Adventure Story, by Richard D. Case et al. Longman, 1971 (out of print, still available on Amazon. Contact me for a preview)
CAVETE: Mere use of novels does not guarantee more engaged classes. Even modern language teachers who use novels have warned against simply reading a novel as if it were a textbook. These resources are meant to support a varied, interactive, and student-centered approach to teaching. Mike Coxon, Susan Gross, Carol Gaab, Mira Canion, Cynthia Hitz, Martina Bex, Blaine Ray, and Carrie Toth are a few teachers who have shared their insights and experience teaching with novels.
For more information on why and how to use novels in your Latin classroom, please visit this page