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Free Classic e-Books for Kids and Adults


03/12/2020 | e-materials

Old-BookcaseClassic /ˈklasik/ Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. Ex. "a classic novel"

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 are 50 books for kids 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.


The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Tom SawyerAesop's FablesAlice's Adventures in WonderlandAnne of Green GablesThe Arabian NightsBlack BeautyThe Blue Fairy BookThe Call of the WildA Christmas CarolCinderellaGrimm's Fairy TalesGulliver's TravelsHans BrinkerHans Christian Andersen StoriesHeidiJack and the BeanstackThe Journey to the Centre of the EarthThe Jungle BookKidnappedThe Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Little PrincessLittle WomenThe Merry Adventures of Robin HoodNights with Uncle RemusOliver TwistPeter and WendyPeter RabbitThe Pied Piper of HamlinPinocchioPollyanna width=The Princess and the GoblinRebecca of Sunnybrook FarmRip Van WinkleRobinson CrusoeThe Secret GardenSnow WhiteThe Story of the Champions of the Round TableThe Story of the Three PigsThe Swiss Family RobinsonThe Tales of Mother GooseThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingThe Three MusketeersThrough the Looking GlassTreasure IslandTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaA Visit from Saint NicholasWhite FangThe Wind in the WillowsThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz