Thursday, July 24, 2008
Find Books Online for Free
To Further cultivate your child's reading habits especially this holiday/summer season.Visit the recommended sites listed below for free books online and engage both yourself and them.
You can find just about anything on the Internet, but did you know that you can get entire books online for free? My favorites are the books for children, but there is something out there for everyone. Enjoy!
1. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is an online collection of more than 25,000 public domain books. Started in 1971 with the Declaration of Independence, Project Gutenberg now offers some titles in audio format as well as a limited selection of videos and music. You won't find the most current hits here, but there are plenty of favorite family classics including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Lookybook is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to buy a quality children's book, but feels overwhelmed by the options at the bookstore. You can actually read the entire book, illustrations and all. No more buying a book and realizing that the ending isn't exactly the message you wanted for your child. And, although it can't replace the real thing, you can visit this site in a pinch if you find yourself in a place with - gasp! - no books for kids available. If you fall in love with one, you can buy it right then and there.
3. International Children's Digital Library
The International Children's Library aims to capture children's literature from around the world so that displaced families can still access stories from their own culture and language. They also want to expose children everywhere to quality stories from various cultures. The books are available in their entirety, many in more than one language. According to the library statistics, they have more than 2600 books in 48 languages. This is a must-visit site for true multi-cultural stories with beautiful illustrations.
4. Rosetta Project
Children's Books Online aims to create "largest collection of illustrated antique books online" through the Rosetta Project. This is a fun site to browse, but you should remember that some of these books are out of print for a reason. Many of them would be considered sexist, racist or otherwise offensive by today's standards, so I'd suggest a preview before sharing them with younger kids. Still, you'll want to stop by for some precious illustrations and old-fashioned readers and stories. There a books in a variety of languages including Maori, Spanish, Chinese and Farsi.
5. Library of Congress Digital Collection
For something a little different, visit the Library of Congress Digital Collection. This multi-media collection includes interviews, photographs, essays and scans of original books and documents. It's not the easiest site to navigate (online results mingle with those only viewable in person at the Library), but it's worthwhile, especially if you're interested in American history.
TumbleBooks has a number of eBooks for kids. The books are designed for reading, not just browsing, and the ebook reader is easy for kids to use.
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