If you walked into Central Library in 1917 when it was built, this is what one of the bookcases in the children's section might have looked like. Listed below 50 classic books published before 1917 that were on the shelves back then. These books are classics, having stood the test of time. Both kids and adults still enjoy them. They have been favorites for more than 100 years!
Click on any book jacket to read the book right now! You don't need to wait to check it out. Each one has passed into the public domain. Public domain means that a book was published before 1923 and is no longer subject to copyright rules. To read them online, you don't need to buy them or check them out from a library, although you still can if your favorite way to read is holding the book in your hands! You can find even MORE classic books to read online at Read.gov: Classic Books and at The International Children's Digital Library.