Great Children's Literature That You Can Read for Free

I love great children's books. If you've been around the blog for any amount of time, you'll know that I often share great kids' books as well as resources for literature unit studies. And I'm often sharing links to places where you can purchase these great books. But even if you can't afford to buy all these great books and build up your library, you can have access to great literature for kids.

 Libraries can be good resources, but some are better than others at providing quality literature instead of just kids' novels based on television and movie characters.While I love building our home library (which is always threatening to take over our house!), there are places online to find excellent children's literature that is free in the public domain.

Great children's literature you can read for free


The list I've collected here contains mostly books that come from Project Gutenberg. It's a great resource for finding quality books for free. But it can be a little difficult to navigate, so I've collected some of my favorites here. Some of these books can be downloaded to a reading device or read online and some are great audio books that can be listened to for free. In this post I'm sharing a collection of children's classic literature that you can read for free.

This little library can get you started on the road to happy reading aloud of good books without requiring any of your budgeted schooling funds.

Children's Literature/Classics

children's literature free in the public domain

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Peter  Pan by J.M. Barrie 

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (They have most of the whole Oz series.)

A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (And some of the other Anne books)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell(Also the young readers edition)

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney

Heidi by Joanna Spyri

In the Court of King Arthur by Samuel E. Lowe

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry


Classic Storybooks

children's literature free in the public domain
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (They have all the other fairy books as well.)

The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbitt

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Lewis Stevenson

American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum

The Wonder Book of Bible Stories by Logan Marshall

Aesop's Fables 

Peter Rabbit by Thornton W. Burgess


Classic Biography and History for Children

children's literature free in the public domain

Ten Boys From History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser

The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln by Wayne Whipple

A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens

Strange Stories From History for Young People by George Cary Eggleston

The Beginner's American History by D.H. Montgomery

This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall

The Loss of the S.S. Titanic: Its Story and Its Lessons by Lawrence Beesley




Audio Books

children's literature free in the public domain
A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

At Agincourt- White Hoods of Paris by G.A. Henty

Beautiful Stories of Shakespeare by E. Nesbitt

The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess


Great children's literature you can read for free

Find Other Classics in the Public Domain


Project Gutenberg Children's Shelf

Children's Classics from The Library of Congress

Classics for Young People

Librivox Children's Fiction (audio)


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4 comments :

  1. What a wonderful list you put together! I will be referring to it often!

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    1. Thank you! I like having it all here easy to find. :-)

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  2. good list. Pinned it to my language arts file. :)

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