Where To Find Classic Children’s Books For Free

Books are expensive, good books even more so.

But the wonderful thing about the Internet is that it has made some books accessible that would otherwise be out of reach.

Some months ago, I discovered the Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project. This site has free, printable e-texts of children’s classics. Because the books are public domain (i.e. old), the language is occasionally antiquated. But the site is extremely flexible – the modularised format means you can print just the stories you like rather than the whole book, and customise your printout in several ways. If you’re not sure where to start, the website features two homeschooling curricula on the left navigation menu so you can match the age of your kids to the books they might like. Overall, it is an absolutely fabulous website and I highly recommend it.

The website appears to be a labour of love rather than lucre, so do consider making a donation as you download.

And while we’re on the subject of books, may I once again plug NLB’s eBooks service. Athos and Porthos just had a half-hour on Tumblebooks a few nights ago – I continue to be thoroughly impressed by just how well done it is.

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3 responses to “Where To Find Classic Children’s Books For Free

  1. here’s another website you might like to check out: http://www.childrenslibrary.org. Features literature of different languages as well. There’s actually a book on S’pore currently on feature.

  2. Wow! Such wonderful information! Thanks, Pilgrim Parent and Mustard Seed Mum!

  3. Glad you like it. The Baldwin site was too wonderful to keep to myself. 🙂

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