RWM: Free poetry books for children

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You may already know that I loved being read to when I was a child. My mother, an English teaching major, shared all kind of delicious words with me via poetry. My father also cherished reading aloud from stories such as “Uncle Remus” and “The Laughin’ Place.” And so naturally I love reading poetry to children. This book, given to our family by my dad, is a great collection.

But it’s not free.

If you want to share some good poetry with your children that is available online, here’s a treat! I was delighted to find some sources for free poetry books for children last week on a website filled with early education ideas. The author compiled a list of links to some notable titles now available on the Project Gutenberg website.

Don’t know what the Project Gutenberg is? Here’s some info from their website?

“Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

“We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

“No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, we kindly ask you to donate a small amount so we can buy and digitize more books. Other ways to help include digitizing more booksrecording audio books, or reporting errors.

“Over 100,000 free ebooks are available through our Partners, Affiliates and Resources.”

I have used downloads from this website for years, including audio books that I have listened to while running. I loved getting to know Louisa May Alcott’s touching Civil War story Hospital Sketches this way.

Reading aloud to children is one of the great desserts of life!

Happy Tasting,

Liz 🙂



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