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8 Classic Children’s Books You Can Read for Free

8 Classic Children’s Books You Can Read for Free

Head to your local library or bookstore, and it’s obvious that there is no shortage of children’s books to enjoy with your family. But in the sea of new releases and emerging children’s authors, it’s easy to overlook some of the most beloved classic children’s stories in American history. Here is a list of beloved tales you can access for free courtesy of the Library of Congress — read them for free via your home computer or mobile device (links included).

A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway

First published in 1886, this book features nursery rhymes, children’s poetry and more. Click here to read A Apple Pie.

Peter Rabbit by Thornton W. Burgess

First published by Little, Brown, and Company in 1919, this beloved story about a mischievous bunny has been enjoyed by generations of children. Click here to read Peter Rabbit.

The Story of the Three Little Pigs by Leonard Leslie

There are plenty of opportunities to get animated as you read about how the big bad wolf will HUFF! and PUFF! and BLOOOOWWWWW the pigs’ houses down. Click here to read this classic tale.

Denslow’s Three Bears by W.W. Denslow

Another beloved storybook trio, the Three Bears — and Goldilocks, of course — have been entertaining young readers for ages. Enjoy classic illustrations from this adaptation, which was first published in 1903. Click here to read Denslow’s Three Bears for free.

Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

Imaginations will run wild as you settle into this classic tale of children who explore Never-Never Land with Peter Pan. Click here to read this beloved children’s story.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Your family may tune into the annual airing of the film version of this tale, but there’s no substitute for reading the story with your children and letting their minds illustrate as you read. Click here to read this story.

Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories

Enjoy a vast collection of children’s stories in one volume. The book begins with the ever-popular Jack and the Beanstalk and also includes other intriguing tales like “Bruce the Humane Dog,” “The Cookie Boys” and more. Click here to explore this collection of stories.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Little minds get lost in the wonder of this perennial favorite, which follows along on Anne’s adventures on Prince Edward Island. Click here to read this story, which was originally published in 1908.

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