Fantastic FREE Books You Can Download Right Now

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Did you see my post last week about great reading incentive programs for kids?

Hopefully you found one that worked for your family and your children are well on their way to earning some fun rewards (and you're enjoying some much-needed relaxation time of your own!)

We're lucky to have a library just two miles down the road from us, but if yours isn't so convenient (or that great) and you're already running out of things to read around your house, then check out this list of books you can get for free over at Project Gutenberg:

In case you haven't heard of it before, Project Gutenberg is a site consisting of over 50,000 free books (including audiobooks) that you can download (epub & kindle) to your device or even read online.

How is this possible?  Well, these are books whose copyrights have expired, so now they're part of the public domain.

Yes, that means that these books are old, but you might be surprised to see what fantastic titles fall into this category:

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Little Women & Little Men
  • Peter Pan
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Uncle Remus books (if you're unsure about whether or not to read these, this blog series might help you make your decision)
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle
  • Anne of Green Gables series
  • Black Beauty
  • Heidi
  • The Bobbsey Twins series
  • The Gift of the Magi

There are so many more wonderful classics over there on the site, but that list should be pretty good to get you started.

You can also easily search through categories such as "children's myths" and "fairy tales" to find plenty of stories that you'll want your kids to hear.

Other items of interest include:
  • Tuck-Me-In Tales
  • Anything by Edward Lear, in the "children's verse" category
  • The Book of Nature Myths
  • A Primary Reader: Old-time Stories

If you're a home-schooling family, then you might luck out and find various educational books (like McGuffey's Primer) and plenty of resources for different topics of study.

Really, there is so much to explore for children on this site, you might never need to go to the library again!

(I joke, because after all, we love the library around here!)

So anytime you're scrounging around and trying to find something for your kids (or yourself) to read, stop by Project Gutenberg and get lost in a good book! 

Had you heard of this site before, and if so, have you ever downloaded books from it?  I'd love to hear what you found there, if you did!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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