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Children's Literature Collection


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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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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The Bee Who Would Not Work

By: Charlotte B. Herr

Excerpt: There was once a sunny summer morning when the breeze blew the little white clouds high in the blue sky, and the meadows were golden with buttercups.

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Belle River Friends in Wings and Feathers

By: Bertha Clark

Excerpt: TO the Boys and Girls This page is for the boys and girls who will read the Belle River Stories. Belle River was not too large. It was not too small.

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Betty, Bobby, And Bubbles

By: Edith Mitchell

Excerpt: To one little maid and two little boys this book t dedicate. To betty and bobby and bubbles, Who sit by the garden gate,...

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Betty June and Her Friends

By: Lena B. Ellingwood

Excerpt: The Little House Once there was a little Gray Rabbit. He lived all alone in a little gray house in the woods.

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Beyond the City

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excerpt: THE NEW-COMERS. If you please, mum, said the voice of a domestic from somewhere round the angle of the door, number three is moving in. Two little old ladies, who were sitting at either side of a table, sprang to their feet with ejaculations of interest, and rushed to the window of the sitting-room. Take care, Monica dear, said one, shrouding herself in the lace curtain; don't let them see us.?.

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Billy Whiskers the Autobiography of a Goat

By: Frances Trego Montgomery

Excerpt: Mr. Wagner lived about two miles form a small town, and he thought it would be nice for his boys to have a little goat cart, so they could drive into town for mail and do errands for the family.

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Bird Children

By: Elizabeth Gordon

Excerpt: Birds are only another expression of God's love, and we are told that not even a sparrow shall fall to the ground without the notice of the Father. Birds are poetry come to life and set to music.

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Bitty and the Bears

By: Elizabeth Gorell

Excerpt: So Early in the Morning Being the story of Jujunes and Castavairs. (was wastrallorn by Ruth jervis). ?A picture of all that is best and wisest in English family life, Audrey Lucas in Country life.

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Black Beauty : The Autobiography of a Horse

By: Anna Sewell

Excerpt: The first place that I can well remember was a large, pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end.

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Blue Beard

Excerpt: A noblemen lived in the long ago times, Much famed for his riches, and more for his crimes. He was served by a faithful, but villainous crew, His heart was flint, and his beard a sky-blue!

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The Blue Fairy Book

By: Andrew Lang

Excerpt: THE BRONZE RING. ONCE upon a time in a certain country there lived a king whose palace was surrounded by a spacious garden. But, though the gardeners were many and the soil was good, this garden yielded neither flowers nor fruits, not even grass or shady trees. The King was in despair about it, when a wise old man said to him: Your gardeners do not understand their business: but what can you expect of men whose fathers were cobblers and carpenters? How should th...

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Bobbie Bubbles

By: E. Hugh Sherwood

Excerpt: Bobbie Bubbles was the most wonderful bubble blower that ever lived. No, his father?s name wasn't Bubbles, and bubble blowing wasn't the family trade.

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Bo-Bo the Pig Is Good and Bad

By: Samuel E. Lowe

Excerpt: The Bedtime Stories. In this Book Bo-Bo the Pig Makes Trouble The Hornets' Nest A moyor for zoo-zoo Land Bo-Bo eats too much Uncle tusker has his picture painted Bo Bo the pig is helpful Billie the Turk visits jocko Bo Bo?s birthday party...

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Bonny Bairns

By: Ida Waugh

Excerpt: Por all bonny barns, little boys, little girls, With blue eyes or brown eyes, with tangles or curls, Here are pictures and stories, whatever your mood, to help you all smile and to make you all good, to put you to sleep; to make you forget...

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The Boston Tea Party

By: H. W. McVickar

Excerpt: King George the Third sent out a decree, in Seventeen hundred and seventy three, that three pence on every pound of tea the very moderate tax should be for the infant American colony.

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Bound to Rise

By: Horatio Alger, Jr.

Excerpt: We print the following story from Horatio Alger, Jr., ``Bound to Rise,'' hoping it will reach as many boys of the present day as it did those of the past, and inspire them to work for success, as did the hero of this story. And notice that honesty is always the key to any endeavor. Harry Walton and Luke Harrison were two country boys who had the same opportunities to achieve success. Harry Walton by his efforts succeeded, and Luke Harrison's life was a failure. ...

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Boyhood in Norway

By: Hjalmar Hjorth Oyesen

Excerpt: THE ORIGIN OF THE WAR. A DEADLY feud was raging among the boys of Numedale. The East-Siders hated the West-Siders, and thrashed them when they got a chance; and the West-Siders, when fortune favored them, returned the compliment with interest. It required considerable courage for a boy to venture, unattended by comrades, into the territory of the enemy; and no one took the risk unless dire necessity compelled him. The hostile parties had played at war so long th...

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Boys and Girls from Storyland

Excerpt: The Two Friends Diamond's father was a coachman, and named his little boy after a favorite horse. Big Diamond slept in his stall in the stable, and little Diamond had a comfortable bed in the hay loft overhead.

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Bracebridge Hall

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt: The success of OLD CHRISTMAS has suggested the re-publication of its sequel BRACEBRIDGE HALL, illustrated by the same able pencil, but condensed so as to bring it within reasonable size and price.

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