ICSE Class 10 English Books

The best way to prepare for the English exam is to study from the prescribed ICSE Class 10 English Book. The prescribed books help in covering the entire syllabus, as stated by the CISCE. Moreover, students find it easier to understand the context/theme of the chapters/poems by studying from the authentic ICSE Class 10 English Book. Here, students will find the list of recommended ICSE Books for Class 10 English.

ICSE Books for Class 10 English

There are two papers in English. Paper 1 is the English Language, and there is no specific book recommended for background reading. Whereas for Paper 2 – Literature in English, there are recommended books along with the topics which are to be covered. Students can have a look at them below.

ICSE Class 10 Literature in English Books

DRAMA: The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s unabridged play by A.W. Verity).


The Mousetrap – Agatha Christie

TREASURE TROVE – A collection of ICSE Poems & Short Stories (Evergreen Publications (India) Ltd. New Delhi).

POETRY: (All poems to be studied)

  • Heart of a Tree – Henry Cuyler Bunner
  • The Cold Within–James Patrick Kinney
  • Bangle sellers – Sarojini Naidu
  • After Blenheim – Robert Southey
  • Television – Roald Dahl
  • Daffodils – William Wordsworth
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • The Patriot – Robert Browning
  • Abu Ben Adheim – Leigh Hunt
  • Nine Gold Medals – David Roth

PROSE: ONLY one of the following:

1. Short Stories: (All short stories to be studied)

(i) Chief Seattle’s Speech

(ii) The Old Man at the Bridge–Earnest Hemmingway

(iii) A Horse and Two Goats–R.K. Narayan

(iv) Hearts and Hands – O’ Henry

(v) A Face in the Dark – Ruskin Bond

(vi) Angel in Disguise– T.S. Arthur

(vii) The Little Match Girl-Hans Christian Andersen

(viii) The Blue Bead – Norah Burke

(ix) My Greatest Olympic Prize – Jesse Owens

(x) All Summer in a Day – Ray Bradbury

2. Animal Farm: George Orwell

3. Call of the Wild – Jack London

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