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Curl up and Read Aloud with Free Kindle Books

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a good book or Ebook-Reader and read aloud to your children.

It is never to late to read aloud. I read to all my children when they were teenagers.

You can download a 31 page list of classics by grade level (K-12) at the bottom of this post.

Did You Know You Can Get the Classics FREE?

You can get original versions of several classics on the FREE on Kindle or phone apps!

Many are also available in ebook format from Project Gutenberg. Once you get an ebook online you can usually send it to your e-reader.

A Few Free Ebooks from Kindle

You don’t have to have a Kindle to get free Kindle books. See Free Kindle Reading Apps

Kindle offers more than the classics free. See free Christian fiction here. And more free books online you can send to Kindle here.

Originals or Adaptations?

You can’t beat free books. If you have a Kindle you can get dozens of free books. The

Kindle is less than half what I paid for it at $135 it would pay for itself.

The library offers originals and condensed versions free.

However, long chapters and difficult language can overwhelm and obscure the richness of the story. i.e. my boys listen better and enjoy the story.

Literature for the masses or literature for the lazy? Does it matter?

We recently read aloud a children’s adaptation of Robinson Crusoe (apologies to Charlotte Mason– she prefers the originals).

Remember the goal is first to encourage a love of learning.

Differences in Originals and Adaptions

Let’s look at the adaptation I just read to my boys. The original Robinson Crusoe included cannibals and was a bit daunting for younger children.

But before you jump on the adaption bandwagon you should know some children’s adaptations leave out things like Crusoe’s religious experiences to meet the public school agenda.

I wanted the religious part did want the cannibalism or a super long book. So we purchased Robinson Crusoe (Scribner’s Illustrated Classics) (99 cents on Kindle and under $4 with shipping and handling used on Amazon).

Bonus: Since we purchased the paperback I put it on PaperBackSwap when finished! (Read more about PaperBackSwap here))

The Book: Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1719 . The book is a fictional autobiography of an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island and documents Crusoe’s spiritual journey as he comes to peace with God

The Author: Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets, articles, and poems. Among the most productive authors of the Augustan Age, he was the first of the great 18th-century English novelist.

Consider expanding the book with lesson plans:

Most classic have lesson plans. Look at all these for Crusoe:

Classic Literature With Similar Themes

Family Guides to Great Reading

Books with annotated lists of classics, Bible stories, biographies, and more.

My List

Free Choosing and Using Resources Booklet (31 pages PDF)
Includes Classics by Grade Level

My Favorite Christian Fiction Authors

Mostly contemporary, no Amish


Heartofwisdom teaching approach

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  1. MomOfFour

    I am trying to decide between the Nook and the Kindle. What version of the kindle do you have? I have heard the newer one is not so hot?

    Do you have to pay for an ap or something to download from Project Gutenberg on the Kindle. I would so love to have an e reader!

    Thank you

  2. No you don’t have to pay for anything . When you sign on your Kindle account you get a Kindle email address. Just email yourself any PDF or ebooks to get them on Kindle. I have the first Kindle. I love it. I work with Amazon (associate so I get credits for free books) so I prefer it but Nook is neat too.

  3. Thanks so much for that PDF file, I’ve saved it on my computer. I’m trying to keep homeschooling cheap, I will definitely be using a lot of free books : )

  4. Hi there! I have a Nook and I love it! They offer hundreds of free downloads as well (even the G A Henty collection) and the price of new books is cheap. I still love the feel of holding a real book, but for traveling or going to Dr visits etc, the Nook is great. The kids think it’s cool to read on it so that’s a big plus as well. Blessings! 🙂

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