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Compiled from scans of original children's books. The World Public Library Children's eBook Collection is a selected list of the most popular children's books, "My First Book Collection." Many of these titles are considered all time classics. We hope you and your family enjoy the collection.

 
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Around the World in Eighty Days

By: Jules Verne

Chapter 1: In Which Phileas Fogg And Passepartout Accept Each Other, The One As Master, The Other As Man Mr. Phileas. Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world. People said that he resembled B...

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Astoria : Or, Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt: Author?s Introduction. In the course of occasional visits to Canada many years since, I became intimately acquainted with some of the principal partners of the great Northwest Fur Company, who at that time lived in genial style at Montreal, and kept almost open house for the stranger. At their hospitable boards I occasionally met with partners, and clerks, and hardy fur traders from the interior posts; men who had passed years remote from civilized society, amon...

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Astoria Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains Volume 1

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: IN the course of occasional visits to Canada many years since,, I became intimately acquainted with some of the principal partners of the great North-West Fur Company, who at that time lived in genial style at Montreal, and kept almost open house for the stranger. At their hospitable boards I occasionally met with partners, and clerks, and hardy fur traders from the interior posts; men who had passed years remote from civilized society, among distant and savage ...

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Astoria Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains Volume 2

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt: On the banks of Mad River Mr. Hunt held a consultation with the other partners as to their future movements. The wild and impetuous current of the river rendered him doubtful whether it might not abound with impediments lower down, sufficient to render the navigation of it slow and perilous, if not impracticable. The hunters, who had acted as guides, knew nothing of the character of the river below; what rocks, and shoals, and rapids might obstruct it, or through what mountains...

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Astoria Volume I

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt: In the course of occasional visits to Canada many years since, I became intimately acquainted with some of the principal partners of the great Northwest Fur Company, who at that time lived in genial style at Mont real, and kept almost open house for the stranger. At their hospitable boards I occasionally met with partners, and clerks, and hardy fur traders from the interior posts; men who had passed years remote from civilized society, among distant and savage t...

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Astoria Volume Ii

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt: ON the banks of Mad River Mr. Hunt held a consultation with the other partners as to their future movements. The wild and impetuous current of the river rendered him doubtful whether it might not abound with impediments lower down, sufficient to render the navigation of it slow and perilous, if not impracticable. The hunters, who had acted as guides, knew nothing of the character of the river below; what rocks, and shoals, and rapids might obstruct it, or through what mountains...

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At the Back of the North Wind

By: George MacDonald

Chapter 1: THE HAY-LOFT. I have been asked to tell you about the back of the north wind. An old Greek writer mentions a people who lived there, and were so comfortable that they could not bear it any longer, and drowned themselves. My story is not the same as his. I do not think Herodotus had got the right account of the place. I am going to tell you how it fared with a boy who went there. He lived in a low room over a coach-house; and that was not by any means at the ba...

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Aunt Jane's Nieces

By: Edith Van Dyne

Excerpt: BETH RECEIVES AN INVITATION. Professor De Graf was sorting the mail at the breakfast table. Here's a letter for you, Beth, said he, and tossed it across the cloth to where his daughter sat. The girl raised her eyebrows, expressing surprise. It was something unusual for her to receive a letter. She picked up the square envelope between a finger and thumb and carefully read the inscription, Miss Elizabeth De Graf, Cloverton. Ohio. Turning the envelope she found on...

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Aunt Louisa's Child's Delight

By: George p. Webster

Excerpt: Near to the town, in a cottage small, lived rip Van Winkle, known to all As a harmless, drinking, shiftless lout, who never would work, but roamed about,...

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Aunt Louisa's Wee Wee Stories

Excerpt: A stands for Arabian, with Neptune to guard; All saddled and bridled, the pet of our yard. B for the Bees, that flies out here and there, and brings to the hives the sweet honey with care.

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Babyland

Excerpt: This is Hans, the Eskimo, Drest in Furs from top to toe; In a hood of bear-skin white see his face so jolly-bright.

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Baby's Abc Book

Excerpt: A is the Anvil on which the blacksmith does pound, While the bright shining sparks fly all around. B is for bat and also for ball, when Edwin plays He always gets a hard fall.

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Ballads

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: THE SLAYING OF TAMATEA. It fell in the days of old, as the men of Taiarapu tell, A youth went forth to the fishing, and fortune favored him well. Tamatea his name: gullible, simple, and kind, Comely of countenance, nimble of body, empty of mind, and His mother ruled him and loved him beyond the wont of a wife, Serving the lad for eyes and living herself in his life. Alone from the sea and the fishing came Tamatea the fair, Urging his boat to the beach, and the m...

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Bambi

By: Felix Salten

Excerpt: Bambi is a delicious book. For delicacy of perception and essential truth I hardly know any story of animals that can stand beside this life study of a forest deer. Felix Salten is a Poet.

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The Bashful Earthquake

By: Oliver Herford

Excerpt: The earthquake rumbled and mumbled and grumbled and then he bumped, and everything tumbled Bumpyty-thump! Thumpyty-bump!

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The Bear Who Never Was Cross

By: Charlotte B. Herr

Excerpt: There was once a big brown bear, and he lived in a hollow tree on the edge of a wood. The bog bear was very fond of his house, for it was a nice big hollow,...

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The Beautiful Book of Nursery Rhymes

By: Frank Adams

Excerpt: She went to the Barer's to bay him some bread; when she came back the poor dog was dead.

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Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

By: Edith Nesbit

Excerpt: The writings of Shakespeare have been justly termed the richest, the purest, the fairest, that genius uninspired ever penned. Shakespeare instructed by delighting. His plays alone (leaving mere science out of the question), contain more actual wisdom than the whole body of English learning. He is the teacher of all good pity, generosity, true courage, love. His bright wit is cut out into little stars. His solid masses of knowledge are meted out in morsels and pr...

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Beauty and the Beast and Other Stories

Excerpt: Beauty and the beast Once upon a time there was a very rich merchant who had six children three boys and three girls. As he was kind father, he spared no pains in bringing them up, and had they taught everything that was good.

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Beauty and the Beast : And Tales of Home

By: Bayard Taylor

Excerpt: We are about to relate a story of mingled fact and fancy. The facts are borrowed from the Russian author, Petjerski; the fancy is our own. Our task will chiefly be to soften the outlines of incidents almost too sharp and rugged for literary use, to supply them with the necessary coloring and sentiment, and to give a coherent and proportioned shape to the irregular fragments of an old chronicle. We know something, from other sources, of the customs described, som...

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