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Children's Literature Collection (2,461 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 Princess of Mars

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excerpt: To the Reader of this Work. In submitting Captain Carter's strange manuscript to you in book form, I believe that a few words relative to this remarkable personality will be of interest. My first recollection of Captain Carter is of the few months he spent at my father's home in Virginia, just prior to the opening of the civil war. I was then a child of but five years, yet I well remember the tall, dark, smooth-faced, athletic man whom I called Uncle Jack.

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A Summer in a Canyon

By: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Excerpt: PREPARATION AND DEPARTURE. 'One to make ready, and two to prepare.' It was nine o'clock one sunny California morning, and Geoffrey Strong stood under the live oak trees in Las Flores Canyon, with a pot of black paint in one hand and a huge brush in the other. He could have handled these implements to better purpose and with better grace had not his arms been firmly held by three laughing girls, who pulled not wisely, but too well. He was further incommoded by th...

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A Village Stradivarius

By: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Excerpt: Goodfellow, Puck and goblins, Know more than any book. Down with your doleful problems, And court the sunny brook. The south winds are quick witted, The schools are sad and slow, The masters quite omitted The lore we care to know. EMERSON'S April. Find the three hundred and seventeenth pages, Davy, and begin at the top of the right hand column. The boy turned the leaves of the old instruction book obediently, and then began to read in a sing song, monotonous tone...

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A Visit from Santa Claus

Excerpt: Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse, The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that...

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A Visit to Three Fronts

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excerpt: In the course of May 1916, the Italian authorities expressed a desire that some independent observer from Great Britain should visit their lines and report his impressions. It was at the time when our brave and capable allies had sustained a set-back in the Trentino owing to a sudden concentration of the Austrians, supported by very heavy artillery. I was asked to undertake this mission. In order to carry it out properly, I stipulated that I should be allowed to...

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A Voyage in a Balloon

By: Jules Verne

Excerpt: In the month of September, 1850, I arrived at Frankfort-on-the-Maine. My passage through the principal cities of Germany, had been brilliantly marked by aerostatic ascensions; but, up to this day, no inhabitant of the Confederation had accompanied me, and the successful experiments at Paris of Messrs. Green, Godard, and Poitevin, had failed to induce the grave Germans to attempt aerial voyages.

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A Warrior's Daughter

By: Zitkala Sa

Excerpt: IN the afternoon shadow of a large teepee, with red-painted smoke lapels, sat a warrior father with crossed shins. His head was so poised that his eye swept easily the vast level land to the eastern horizon line. He was the chieftain's bravest warrior. He had won by heroic deeds the privilege of staking his wigwam within the great circle of teepees. He was also one of the most generous gift givers to the toothless old people. For this he was entitled to the red-...

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Abc Bicycle Book

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Abducted to Oz

By: Bob Evans

Excerpt: THE ABDUCTION. The boy was doing his homework. His parents had taken his little brother to see Return to Oz at the movie theater. He had seen it when it first came out and, although he enjoyed it at the time; he felt he was getting too old for that sort of stuff. Besides, he had too much work to do. It seemed to him that each teacher allocated enough work to practically take up a fellow's entire evening--as if their class was the only one. So Graham, for that wa...

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Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance

By: Frances Cavanah

Excerpt: In writing this story of Abraham Lincoln, the author depended primarily on Lincoln's own statements and on the statements of his family and friends who had firsthand knowledge of his everyday life. In instances when dialogue had to be imagined, the conversation might logically have taken place in the light of known circumstances. Such descriptive details as were necessarily added were based on authentic accounts of pioneer times.

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About Bunnies

By: Gladys Nelson Muter

Excerpt: About Bunnies A hungry bunny once found the vegetable garden of a rich man who never, never, never ate vegetables. So the hungry bunny ate a cabbage, two heads of lettuce and three carrots. Then he went hop-hippity-hop right home.

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Across the Plains

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: MONDAY. It was, if I remember rightly, five o'clock when we were all signaled to be present at the Ferry Depot of the railroad. An emigrant ship had arrived at New York on the Saturday night, another on the Sunday morning, our own on Sunday afternoon, a fourth early on Monday; and as there is no emigrant train on Sunday a great part of the passengers from these four ships was concentrated on the train by which I was to travel. There was babel of bewildered men, ...

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The Adventure of Walter and the Rabbit

By: Milton Goldsmith

Excerpt: Walter's family had just moved into the country, and everything was so new to him. You see, he had been living in the crowded city all his life,...

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Adventures of Captain Bonneville

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt: CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE, French-born American, was a ?rover-by instinct? but had to postpone his own free roving for a long time, going where the war department told him to go and staying where it told him to stay until he was thirty-five years old. After graduating from the Military Academy in 1815, he spent eight years at frontier army posts, four years at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and four years at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. While at the latter place he slowly made up his...

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Adventures of Gerard

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excerpt: I hope that some readers may possibly be interested in these little tales of the Napoleonic soldiers to the extent of following them up to the springs from which they flow. The age was rich in military material, some of it the most human and the most picturesque that I have ever read. Setting aside historical works or the biographies of the leaders, there is a mass of evidence written by the actual fighting men themselves, which describes their feelings and thei...

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By: Mark Twain

Chapter 1: YOU don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There were things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly Tom's Aunt Polly, she is and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told...

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The Adventures of Mr. Mocker

By: Thornton W. Burgess

Excerpt: The Lone Traveler. When Mistress Spring starts from way down South to bring joy and gladness to the Green Meadows and the Green Forest, the Laughing Brook and the Smiling Pool, a great many travelers start with her or follow him.

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Adventures of Sonny Bear

By: Frances Margaret Fox

Excerpt: One time Little Bear came near being carried away to town. It was when he was a weensy baby, before he was big enough to have a porridge bowl of his own, or a tiny chair, or a wee bed upstairs.

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The Adventures of Squirrel Fluffytail

By: Dolores Mckenna

Excerpt: Once upon a time, on a beautiful island that stood in the center of a great big lake, there lived in the heart of a kindly old oak tree a dear little squirrel family.

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Aeroplanes

By: J.S. Zerbe

Excerpt: AUTOMOBILES. This is a subject in which every boy is interested. While few mechanics have the opportunity to actually build an automobile, it is the knowledge which he must acquire about every particular device used, that enables him to repair and put such machines in order. The aim of this book is to make the boy acquainted with each element, so that he may understand why it is made in that special way, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of the diffe...

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