20 Classic Books for Children That You Can Download For Free Today

20 Heart-Warming Children's Classics That You Can Download For Free

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Is your kid a voracious reader? Are you looking for something new to read to your children?

You can't go wrong with one of these twenty best-loved and heart-warming children's classics.

Amongst these are some of the greatest classics of English and American Literature, as well as many books that have been loved by generations of readers.

They can all be downloaded for a Kindle, or you can download these e-books, for free for iOS, Android, PC or Mac by downloading the free Kindle app for your device.

Note: All books were available in free editions at time of writing.

  1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  2. Lewis Carroll's much loved classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a must read. Some of literature's most enduring characters can be found here - The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, The White and Red Queens and the White Rabbit as well as Alice herself.

  3. Grimm's Fairy Stories
  4. In The Complete Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm you can read the original versions of many much-loved fairy tales. Your kids may be shocked - they don't all have the happy ending that Disney gives them and some are downright grisly.

  5. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  6. Regarded as one of the greatest American classics, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is about a lively and adventurous young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg in Missouri.

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  7. The Jungle Book
  8. There's more to The Jungle Book that just Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo the bear. The five stories are fables and have a strong moral tone.

  9. Black Beauty
  10. Black Beauty, written to teach sympathy and respect for both horses and humans, was Anna Sewell's only book and was a huge bestselle and has inspired film and television adaptations.

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  11. The Secret Garden
  12. The story of Mary Lennox and how she is helped to recover from her parent's death with a love of nature is as popular today as when it was published. Frances Hodgeson Burnett's book The Secret Garden is still read today.

  13. The Wind in the Willows
  14. Catch up with more of literature's best know characters as you read the adventures of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger in Wind in the Willows. A political allegory cleverly wrapped up in a story that appeals to young and old alike.

  15. Little Women
  16. Louisa M. Alcott's tale Little Women has also been adapted for the screen several times, and it's feisty heroines still resonate with children today.

  17. Treasure Island
  18. Treasure Island is a rip-roaring adventure on the high seas that will encourage boys to read, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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  19. The Ugly Duckling
  20. Hans Christian Anderson's simple tale of a little brown duckling that grows up into a swan. The Ugly Duckling has been loved by genraations of children.

  21. A Christmas Carol
  22. Meet the original Scrooge, Marley's Ghost and Tiny Tim. A Christmas Carol is a wonderful introduction to the works of Charles Dickens.

  23. The Thirty-Nine Steps
  24. This exciting tale of derring-do The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan has protagonist Richard Hanney is forced to go on the run when he is the most likley suspect for a murder he did not commit.

  25. Five Children and It
  26. Five Children and It is E. Nesbit's tale of five children who find a Psammead, a sand fairy who grants them a wish each day. Each wish goes wrong but will disappear at sundown.

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  27. The Railway Children
  28. The Railway Children is another popular story by E. Nesbit which was made into a much-loved film. Three children move to the country when their father is falsely accused of spying. They make friends with their new neighbours and eventually prove their father's innocence.

  29. Little Lord Fauntleroy
  30. Frances Hodgson Burnett's tale Little Lord Fauntleroy tells of an American boy sent to live in England with his grandfather when he inherits an English aristocratic title. The book promoted the fashion for Fauntleroy Suits for boys and is still popular today.

  31. Kidnapped
  32. Another of Robert Louis Stevenson's most popular tales, Kidnapped is the story of a boy who is put aboard a ship by his uncle when he realises that the boy may be the rightful heir to the family fortune.

  33. The Swiss Family Robinson
  34. Originally in German, this is the story of a resourceful The Swiss Family Robinson who are shipwrecked on an island in the East Indies.

  35. Heidi
  36. Johanna Spyri's popular novel, written originally in German as well, is the story of orphan Heidi who is sent to live in the mountains with her reclusive grandfather and manages to persuade him to come out of his seclusion.

  37. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  38. A sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the further adventures of Huck Finn with a strong anti-slavery message and satire of strongly entrenched predjudices.

  39. What Katy Did
  40. Twelve-year-old Katy Carr becomes responsible for her family when her mother dies. After an accident leaves her an invalid she learns to become patient, wise and kind. What Katy Did has been loved by generations of readers.

20 Classic Books for Children That You Can Download For Free Today





About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!






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