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Children's Literature Collection (1,569 Books)


Compiled from scans of original children's books. The World Public Library Children's eBook Collection is a selected list of the most popular children's books, "My First Book Collection." Many of these titles are considered all time classics. We hope you and your family enjoy the collection.

 
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A Cathedral Courtship

By: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Excerpt: We are doing the English cathedral towns, aunt Celia and I. Aunt Celia has an intense desire to improve my mind. Papa told her, when we were leaving Cedarhurst, that he wouldn't for the world have it too much improved, and aunt Celia remarked that, so far as she could judge, there was no immediate danger; with which exchange of hostilities they parted. We are traveling under the yoke of an iron itinerary, warranted neither to bend nor break. It was made out by a...

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A Child's Garden of Verses

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Introduction: Nothing has ever been written that appeals to a child's nature more than A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. It is written in a simple verse that a child can readily understand. It was one of the earlier efforts of the author, Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scotchman by birth, who, owing to ill-health, became a world traveler. During his travels he visited the United States, spending a year among our famous resorts. Later he visited Australia and the South Sea Islands, ...

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A Child's Garden of Verses

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson, or Robert Louis Stevenson, as the world knows him, was still a boy when he published this rare volume of A Child's Garden of Verses,?.

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A Child's Garden of Verses

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: For and watched for my unworthy sake: for your most comfortable hand that led me through the uneven land: for all the story books you read: for all the pains you comforted: for all you pitied, all you bore, in sad and happy days of yore: my second mother, my first wife, the angel of my infant life from the sick child, now well and old, take, nurse, the little book you hold!

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A Child's Garden of Verses

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: For the long nights you lay awake and watched for my unworthy sake: for your most comfortable hand that led me through the uneven land: for all the story books you read: for all the pains you comforted: for all you pitied, all you bore, in sad and happy days of yore:- my second mother, my first wife, the angel of my infant life- from the sick child, now well and old, take, nurse, the little book you hold!

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A Child's Garden of Verses

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: IN winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I hare to go to bed and see The birds still hopping on the tree, Or hear the grown-up people's feet Still going past me in the street.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Chapter 1: Stave 1, MARLEY'S GHOST. Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might h...

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

By: Mark Twain

Excerpt: THE ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical. It is not pretended that these laws and customs existed in England in the sixth century; no, it is only pretended that inasmuch as they existed in the English and other civilizations of far later times, it is safe to consider that it is no libel upon the sixth century to suppose them to have been in practice in that day ...

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A Dog of Flanders

By: Maria Louise Rame Ouida

Excerpt: They were friends in a friendship closer than brotherhood. Nello was a little Ardennois. Patrasche was a big Fleming. They were both of the same age by length of years, yet one was still young, and the other was already old. They had dwelt together almost all their days: both were orphaned and destitute, and owed their lives to the same hand. It had been the beginning of the tie between them, their first bond of sympathy; and it had strengthened day by day, and ...

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A Duet : With an Occasional Chorus

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excerpt: Dear Maude, all the little two-oared boats which put out into the great ocean hare need of some chart which will show them how to set their course. Each starts full of happiness and confidence, and yet we know how many founder, for it is no easy voyage, and there are rocks and sand banks upon the way. So I give a few pages of your own private log, which tell of days of peace and days of storm such storms as seem very petty from the deck of a high ship, but are s...

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A Duet : With an Occasional Chorus

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excerpt: TO MRS. MAUDE CROSSE. Dear Maude, all the little two-oared boats which put out into the great ocean have need of some chart which will show them how to lay their course. Each starts full of happiness and confidence, and yet we know how many founder, for it is no easy voyage, and there are rocks and sandbanks upon the way. So I give a few pages of your own private log, which tell of days of peace, and days of storm - such storms as seem very petty from the deck o...

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A Girl of the Limberlost

By: Gene Stratton Porter

Excerpt: ELNORA COMSTOCK, have you lost your senses? demanded the angry voice of Katharine Comstock while she glared at her daughter. Why mother! faltered the girl. Don't you 'why mother' me! cried Mrs. Comstock. You know very well what I mean. You've given me no peace until you've had your way about this going to school business; I've fixed you good enough and you're ready to start. But no child of mine walks the streets of Onabasha looking like a play-actress woman. Yo...

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A Great Joke on Jimmy Skunk

By: Thornton W. Burgess

Excerpt: Lipperty-lip away we go! Away we go! Away we go! Lipperty-lip away we go across the white and shining snow!

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A History of Animals

Excerpt: This animal has a large head, a very short neck, and prodigious long legs. He is the largest animal of the deer kind. In summer the flies bite him, and make him very uncomfortable.

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A History of New York

By: Diedrich Kickerbocker

Excerpt: Left his lodgings, some time since, and has not since been heard of, a small elderly gentleman, dressed in an old black coat and cocked hat, by the name of Knickerbocker. As there are some reasons for believing he is not entirely in his right mind, and as great anxiety is entertained about him, any information concerning him left either at the Columbian Hotel, Mulberry Street, or at the office of this paper, will be thankfully received. P. S. Printers of newspap...

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A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

By: Jules Verne

Chapter 1: MY UNCLE MAKES A GREAT DISCOVERY. Looking back to all that has occurred to me since that eventful day, I am scarcely able to believe in the reality of my adventures. They were truly so wonderful that even now I am bewildered when I think of them. My uncle was a German, having married my mother's sister, an Englishwoman. Being very much attached to his fatherless nephew, he invited me to study under him in his home in the fatherland. This home was in a large to...

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A Journey into the Interior of the Earth

By: Jules Verne

Excerpt: THE Voyages Extraordinaires of M. Jules Verne deserve to be made widely known in English-speaking countries by means of carefully prepared translations. Witty and ingenious adaptations of the researches and discoveries of modern science to the popular taste, which demands that these should be presented to ordinary readers in the lighter form of cleverly, mingled truth and fiction, these books, will assuredly be read with profit and delight, especially by English...

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A Kidnapped Santa Claus

By: L. Frank Baum

Excerpt: Santa Claus lives in the Laughing Valley, where stands the big, rambling castle in which his toys are manufactured. His workmen, selected from the ryls, knooks, pixies and fairies, live with him, and every one is as busy as can be from one year's end to another. It is called the Laughing Valley because everything there is happy and gay. The brook chuckles to itself as it leaps rollicking between its green banks; the wind whistles merrily in the trees; the sunbea...

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A Kidnapped Santa Claus

By: L. Frank Baum

Excerpt: Santa Claus lives in the Laughing Valley, where stands the big, rambling castle in which his toys are manufactured. His workmen, selected from the ryls, knooks, pixies and fairies, live with him, and every one is as busy as can be from one year's end to another. It is called the Laughing Valley because everything there is happy and gay. The brook chuckles to itself as it leaps rollicking between its green banks; the wind whistles merrily in the trees; the sunbea...

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A Little Princess

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Chapter 1: Sara Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father and was driven rather slowly through the big thoroughfares. She sat with her feet tucked under her, and leaned against her father, who held her in his arm, as she stared out of the window at the passing people with a qu...

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