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Free Classic eBooks for Kids

Free Classic eBooks for Kids

Classic /ˈklasik/ Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. Ex. “a classic novel”

If you were alive in 1917 when Central Library was built, this is what one of the bookcases in the children’s section might have looked like.

Listed below are 50 books for kids published before 1917 that were on the shelves back then. These books are classics, having stood the test of time. They have been favorites for more than 100 years! Click on any book jacket to read the book right now! You don’t even need to wait to check it out. These books are part of the public domain. Public domain means that since these books were published before 1923, they are not subject to copyright. That means you can read them for free! You can find even MORE classic books for kids to read for free at Read.gov: Classic Books and at The International Children’s Digital Library.


The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Tom SawyerAesop's FablesAlice's Adventures in WonderlandAnne of Green GablesThe Arabian NightsBlack BeautyThe Blue Fairy BookThe Call of the WildA Christmas CarolCinderellaGrimm's Fairy TalesGulliver's TravelsHans BrinkerHans Christian Andersen StoriesHeidiJack and the BeanstackThe Journey to the Centre of the EarthThe Jungle BookKidnappedThe Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Little PrincessLittle WomenThe Merry Adventures of Robin HoodNights with Uncle RemusOliver TwistPeter and WendyPeter RabbitThe Pied Piper of HamlinPinocchioPollyanna width=The Princess and the GoblinRebecca of Sunnybrook FarmRip Van WinkleRobinson CrusoeThe Secret GardenSnow WhiteThe Story of the Champions of the Round TableThe Story of the Three PigsThe Swiss Family RobinsonThe Tales of Mother GooseThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingThe Three MusketeersThrough the Looking GlassTreasure IslandTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaA Visit from Saint NicholasWhite FangThe Wind in the WillowsThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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Author Spotlight: Beverly Cleary

Author Spotlight: Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary has been a presence in children’s literature since her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950, more than 65 years ago! Although her last book, Ramona’s World, was published in 1999 long before any of her current readers like you were born, she has continued to inspire generations of us to fall in love with Ramona, Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

During her long career, she has been honored with a Newbery Medal (Dear Mr. Henshaw, 1984), 2 Newbery honors (Ramona and Her Father, 1978; Ramona Quimby, Age 8, 1982), the National Book Award (Ramona and Her Mother, 1981), among many accolades, and was recognized with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (1975) for “a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

Her birthday, April 12, is recognized as National Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R). So on this day give Beverly the gift she wants for her birthday, a gift that is for you too! Drop everything and READ!

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Favorite Series from Beverly Clearly:

Henry Huggins 1. Henry Huggins
2. Henry & Beezus
3. Henry & Ribsy
4. Henry & the Paper Route
5. Henry & the Clubhouse
6. Ribsy
Beezus and Ramona 1. Beezus & Ramona
2. Ramona the Pest
3. Ramona the Brave
4. Ramona & Her Father
5. Ramona & Her Mother
6. Ramona Quimby, Age 8
7. Ramona Forever
8. Ramona’s World
The Mouse and the Motorcycle 1. The Mouse & the Motorcycle
2. Runaway Ralph
3. Ralph S. Mouse
Dear Mr Henshaw 1. Dear Mr. Henshaw
2. Strider
Ellen Tebbits 1. Ellen Tebbits
2. Otis Spofford
Emilys Runaway Imagination 1. Emily’s Runaway Imagination
2. Mitch & Amy
3. Socks
4. Muggie Maggie
FIfteen 1. Fifteen
2. The Luckiest Girl
3. Jean & Johnny
4. Sister of the Bride

One Rainy Sunday Beverly Cleary Quote

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Mirror, Mirror A Book of Reversible Verse

Mirror, Mirror A Book of Reversible Verse

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror Mirror is a book of poems about classic fairy tales. You read each poem and then you read each poem again backwards, reading each line in reverse order. It’s amazing and hard to believe, but both poems work. This seems unbelievably difficult to me. To make it even more complicated, when you read the poem in one direction, it is from one character’s point of view and when you read the poem backwards it is from a different character’s point of view. I have no idea how the author managed to do this. It’s word brilliant! THEN, to make the poems even more amazing, the illustrator, Josée Masse, made the pictures the same way!

The author and illustrator also teamed up for a second book of mirror poetry called Echo, Echo. The theme in this one is Greek myths.

To test just how hard writing a poem like this might be I gave it a try using Grover and Tyson from the Percy Jackson books. It’s lame, four lines, but hey, I’m a beginner!

Together til the end
Percy is my friend
And now
Brothers in arms

Echo, Echo

See, if you read it from top to bottom it’s about Grover. Percy is his friend at school before Percy knows he’s a demi-god, but then they become brothers in arms in the war against Kronos. If you read the lines in reverse it’s about Tyson. Tyson and Percy are Brothers in arms first fighting their way back into to camp half-blood. It’s only later that they become friends.

My poem kind of works. Trying it showed me that I was right – writing like this is incredibly difficult! You have to consider each line and how it will work for the two different points of view and mine doesn’t even rhyme or anything. Marilyn Singer’s poems have everything: the poems flow right, the rhyming is right and the poems make total sense read both ways. Really. How in the world did she do this? Amazing! These are two amazing books to celebrate April, National Poetry Month.

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Andrew Luck Book Club

Andrew Luck Book Club

I often get recognized by my teammates and the media for my passion for Andrew Luck Book Club 150reading. And it’s no secret that I enjoy sharing suggestions for books with my teammates, family and friends. So starting this online book club felt like a natural and really fun opportunity. AndrewLuckBookClub.com will be a platform for me to share my love of reading with an even larger audience. By using #ALBookClub on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, let’s build a community of readers. ~ Andrew Luck

New for Spring 2017: Andrew Luck Takes Book Club to Airwaves – The Andrew Luck Book Club will air monthly on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on 90.1 FM, and listeners can also access the show via podcast.

 


Andrew’s Picks So Far:

George and the Unbreakable CodeApril 2018 Pick: George and the Unbreakable Code by Lucy & Stephen Hawking Print

George and Annie must travel further into space than ever before in order to prevent all computers from being hacked.

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RedwallRedwall by Brian Jacques Print, eBook, eAuidio, CD

The hero of this enthralling tale is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey.

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The Trumpet of the SwanThe Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White Print, eBook, eAuidio, CD

Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.

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The Autobiography of Santa ClausThe Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff GuinnPrint

This story of St. Nicholas is based on historical facts and laced with the magic of legend told from the perspective of Santa himself. It is filled with details of Nicholas’s life, the beginnings of his gift giving, the expansion of his holiday calling, and more.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Phantom TollboothThe Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester Print, eBook,
CD

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


ReunionReunion by Fred Uhlman Print

The story of two teenagers, Hans and Conrad, whose profound friendship is pulled apart by the Nazi regime and its toxic ideas.

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Despite the HeightDespite the Height by Ivory Latta

The true story of Ivory Latta, one of the smallest women to play for the WNBA. Follow young Ivory as she learns to play basketball, perfect her game, and outplay her big brothers – all despite her height.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio Print, eBook

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Black BeautyBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell Print, eBook, eAudio

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Where the Sidewalk EndsWhere the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein Print

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author’s own drawings.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Lost Years of MerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Zen ShortsZen Shorts by Jon J. Muth Print
When Stillwater, a giant panda, moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. To Addie he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal winner, 1990.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Little House on the PrairieLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Pa’s homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen Print, CD, eBook
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. Newbery Medal winner, 1991

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

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If You Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

If You Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

If you like reading Greg Heffley’s diary, you might like some of these books that are also about kids trying to make their way in Middle School. Some of these kids are also irreverent (that means disrespectful!) and lazy…just like Greg!  Some of them write in a diary and some don’t, but ALL of them are funny. We highly recommend Big Nate, Timothy Failure, Origami Yoda, Amelia Rules & Dear Dumb Diary!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series:
1: Diary of a Wimpy Kid on CD, eBook
2: Rodrick Rules on CD, eBook
3: The Last Straw on CD, eBook
4: Dog Days on CD, eBook
5: The Ugly Truth on CD, eBook
6: Cabin Fever on CD, eBook
7: The Third Wheel on CD, eBook
8: Hard Luck on CD, eBook
9: The Long Haul on CD, eBook
10: Old School on CD, eBook
11: Double Down on CD, eBook
12: The Getaway on CD, eBook


Galactic Hot Dog Cosmo's Wiener GetawayGalactic Hot Dogs Cosmo’s Wiener Getaway or eAudio by Max Braillier
When Michael G (yes, “G” is his whole last name, and that’s why everyone calls him G-Man) has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario’s class at school, naturally he writes about his ambition to have superpowers and join the superheroes of his city (like Captain Thunderman) in the fight for justice. After all, his friend Billy Demon just got an awesome winged flying suit and superpowers of his own, and now he’s the most popular kid in school! Mikey would just love to have superpowers too, but how will he get them? And if he does get them, what will he do with them?
The G-Man Super JournalThe G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins or eBook by Chris Giarrusso
Meet Cosmoe, the Earth-Boy. He’s captain of the Neon Weiner, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with his bud, Big Humphree, he spends his days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not ReadingCharlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading or eBook by Tommy Greenwald
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
1: Guide to Not Reading
2: Guide to Extra Credit
3: Guide to Summer Vacation
4: Guide to Making Money
5: Guide to Planet Girl
6: Guide to Not Growing Up
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were MadeTimmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, eleven-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise “Total Failure, Inc.” challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge.
1: Mistakes Were Made, eBook
2: Now Look What You’ve Done, eBook, eAudio
3: We Meet Again, eBook
4: Sanitized for Your Protection, eBook
5: The Book You’re Not Supposed to Have, eBook
6: The Cat Stole My Pants, eBook
The 13-Story TreehouseThe 13-Story Treehouse or eBook by Terry Denton
Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse, it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.
DoodlebugDoodlebug by Karen Young
Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.
1: Doodlebug
2: Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)
Big Nate in a Class by HimselfBig Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
1: Big Nate in a Class By Himself, eBook, eAudio
2: Big Nate Strikes Again, eBook, eAudio
3: Big Nate On a Roll, eBook, eAudio
4: Big Nate Goes for Broke, eBook, eAudio
5: Big Nate Flips Out, eBook, eAudio
6. Big Nate In the Zone, eBook, eAudio
7. Big Nate Lives It Up, eBook, eAudio
8. Big Nate Blasts Off, eBook, eAudio
The Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
1: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, eBook
2: Darth Paper Strikes Back, eBook
3: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, eBook
4: The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, eBook
5: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue, eBook
6: Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, eBook
The Whole World's CrazyThe Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley
In this first book of Amelia’s adventures, Amelia and her friends take on bullies (and Santa!), barely survive gym class, and receive a disgustingly detailed explanation of the infamous Sneeze Barf.
1: The Whole World’s Crazy
2: What Makes You Happy
3: Superheroes
4: When the Past is a Present
5: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Popular
6: True Things Adults Don’t Want Kids to Know
7: The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff
8: Her Permanent Record
Let's Pretend This Never HappenedLet’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
In her diary, middle school student Jamie Kelly describes her life at home and at school, including her attempts to triumph over her nemesis, the beautiful and popular Angeline.
1: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, eBook
2: My Pants Are Haunted, eBook
3: Am I the Princess or the Frog?, eBook
4: Never Do Anything Ever, eBook
5: Can Adults Become Human?, eBook
6: The Problem With Here is That it’s Where I’m From
7: Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
8: It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything, eBook
9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For
10: The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free
11: OK, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
12: Me! (Just Like You Only Better)
The Homework MachineThe Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Four fifth-grade students–a geek, a class clown, a teacher’s pet, and a slacker–as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.
Lunch Walks Among UsLunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.
1: Lunch Walks Among Us
2: Attack of the 50-Foot Cupid
3: The Invisible Fran
4: The Fran That Time Forgot
5: Frantastic Voyage
6: The Fran With Four Brains
7: The Frandidate
Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous LifeTales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.
1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, eBook, eAudio
2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl, eBook, eAudio
3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star, eBook, eAudio
4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess, eBook, eAudio
5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All, eBook, eAudio
6: Tales form a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker, eBook, eAudio
7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star, eBook, eAudio
8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After, eBook, eAudio
9: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen, eBook, eAudio
10: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter, eBook, eAudio
11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy, eBook, eAudio
12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe, eBook, eAudio
The Adventures of Captain UnderpantsThe Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
1: The Adventures of Captain Underpants, eBook
2: The Attack of the Talking Toilets, eBook
3: The Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies…, eBook
4: The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants, eBook
5: TheWrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, eBook
6: The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1, eBook
7: The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2, eBook
8: The Revenge of the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People, eBook
9: The Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers, eBook
10: The Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, eBook
11: The Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000, eBook
12: The Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot, eBook
The Adventures of Captain UnderpantsMiddle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, report cards, bottle caps, and a vast array of other items, this hilarious story follows Ginny, who is having the worst school year ever, as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.
The Adventures of Captain UnderpantsSchooled by Gordon Korman
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Secret IdentitySecret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity–Shredderman!
1: Secret Identity, eBook, eAudio
2: Attack of the Tagger, eBook, eAudio
3: Meet the Gecko, eBook, eAudio
4: Enemy Spy, eBook
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