Free Online Libraries Extend Learning
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The Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project brings yesterday's classics to today's children. Established a few years ago, The Baldwin Project seeks to make available online a comprehensive collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. Our focus, initially, is on literature for children that is in the public domain in the United States. This includes all works first published before 1923. The period from 1880 or so until 1922 offers a wealth of material in all categories, including: Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities. The Project offer these resources at no charge and grant permission to individuals to print copies for personal and educational uses.
ReadPrint.com is a free online library that offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. To find the book you desire to read, start by looking through the author index. For those who don't like reading, why not get your computer to read the books aloud? I use the speech software that came with my operating system to read back what I've written as it helps to pick up grammatical errors while I'm editing. It sounds funny, but I'm sure there is much better software available that has natural sounding voices. If you don't have time to read aloud every day and you children are happy to sit and listen while doing a quiet activity you can easily set up a chapter of 'The Invisible Man' or 'Little Women'.
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