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There were many more books I would have put here, but they were already on one of my other lists.
(The RC Page has more classics and history, including substitutes not on RC's list.) Be sure to take a look at the Free Books Online page for more great homeschool books, and the links section for free grammar, spelling, phonics books, etc.
Many of these books are also available in HTML with pictures and maps, but I have not marked them as I did on the RC page. Authors (in the Historical Fiction section only) marked with a * have more titles listed on the Historical Fiction page. You can use the Book Wizard or AR Book Finder to search for a book's reading level.

Please see About the Format of Online Books if you have questions about online books.
For your eBook reader, use one of Gutenberg's formats, or click on the MB links to find more formats at ManyBooks.

Note: I have tried to learn what I could about these books and select them with care, but I still haven't read most of them. So if you find any that are inappropriate, please let me know.

Biographies (and autobiographies)
Fiction / Classics
Folklore, Myths, and Fairy Tales
Geography / Social Studies
Historical Fiction
History (non-fiction)

One-syllable Books
Science (not text books)
Series Books or Dime Novels (like supplemental books on RC list)
Web Sites with More Free Books

To find more biographies at Project Gutenberg, try searching for a person's last name in the title field. You can also put their name in the "full text" field of the advanced search section. Or try their list of Historical Biographies. Also try the biography section at MB.
Abbott, JacobWrote many biographies for children. Some available at Gutenberg, many more available (in HTML) at Baldwin Project.  MBNumerous biographies for children
Abbott, John S. C.Christopher Carson, David Crockett, Daniel Boone, etc.  MBKit Carson, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and more
Bolton, Sarah K.Boys Who Became Famous, Girls Who Became Famous, Famous American Statesmen, European Artists, etc.  MBNumerous biographies per book (for children)
Bradford, Sarah H.Harriet, the Moses of Her PeopleHarriet Tubman / underground railroad
Brooks, E. S.Historic Boys: Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times  MBMarcus Aurelius, Brian Boru, Olaf II, William the Conqueror, Baldwin III, Frederick II, Henry V, Pope Leo X, King of Tezcuco, Louis XIV, Charles XII, Van Rensselaer,
Brooks, E. S.Historic Girls: Stories of Girls Who Have Influenced the History of Their Times  MBZenobia, Helena (mother of Constantine), Pulcheria Augusta, Queen Clotilda, Empress Woo, Good Queen Maud, Countess Jacqueline, Queen Catarina, St. Theresa of Avila, Elizabeth I, Christina of Sweden, Pocahontas
Brown, William WellsThe Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave  MBAutobiography - underground railroad
Browne, E. GordonQueen Victoria  MBQueen Victoria
Courtenay, Calista McCabeGeorge Washington  MB - good for younger readers.George Washington
Douglass, FrederickMy Bondage and My Freedom, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, etc.  MBAutobiographical works of an ex-slave
Eggleston, EdwardStories of Great Americans for Little Americans  MBHistorical Americans
Ellis, Edward S.Thomas Jefferson; a Character Sketch, The Life of Kit Carson, Dewey and Other Naval Commanders  MBThomas Jefferson, Kit Carson, Various Naval commanders.
Fields, AnnieAuthors and Friends  MBEmerson, Holmes, Longfellow, Stowe, Tennyson, Thaxter, Whittier
Fields, James T.Yesterdays with Authors - Contains a lot of the authors' correspondence.Thackeray, Hawthorne, Dickens, Wordsworth, Miss Mitford, etc.
Hartley, Cecil B.Life and Times of Colonel Daniel Boone  MBDaniel Boone
Horne, Charles F. (editor)Great Men and Famous Women  MB - 8 volumes containing many short biographies by various authors. (Scroll down to find.)Numerous biographies per book.
Howells, William DeanLiterary Friends and Acquaintance  MBHarte, Holmes, Longfellow, Lowell, Taylor, Twain
Hubbard, ElbertLittle Journeys to the Homes of the Great  MB - Numerous volumesNumerous biographies per book. Sorted by category (authors, statesmen, women, etc.)
Keller, HelenThe Song of the Stone Wall, The Story of My Life  MBAutobiographical works of a deaf and blind woman
Ketcham, HenryThe Life of Abraham Lincoln  MBAbraham Lincoln
Lee, Sir SidneyA Life of William Shakespeare  MBWilliam Shakespeare
Jefferson, ThomasAutobiography of Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
Nicolay, HelenThe Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln  MBAbraham Lincoln
McSpadden, J. WalkerBoys' Book of Famous Soldiers  MBWashington, Grant, Lee, Napoleon, Wellington, Gordon, Roberts, Kitchener, Haig, Joffre, Foch, Pershing
Oliphant, Mrs. MargaretJeanne d'Arc - Her Life and Death  MBJoan of Arc
Parton, James Captains of Industry  MB46 short biographies representing many interesting trades (watches, gardening, printing, cotton goods, hammers, ice)
Parton, JamesFamous Americans of Recent Times  MBClay, Webster, Calhoun, Randolph, Girard, Bennett, Goodyear, Beecher, Vanderbilt, Burr, Astor
Parton, JamesRevolutionary Heroes and Other Historical Papers  MBWarren, Hale, Washington's Spies, Soldiers at Valley Forge, Adams, Signers of Declaration of Independence, Morris, John Jay, Ames
Peters, De Witt C.The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson . . . from Facts Narrated by Himself  MBKit Carson
PlutarchPlutarch's Lives  MB (complete)
Or the Children's version.  MB
Numerous Greek and Roman historical biographies.
Stevenson, Burton EgbertAmerican Men of Action  MB - Great history and biography book. The index lists around 300 famous people. Some are only briefly mentioned, while more attention is given to others. It's not divided into sections for each person, but reads more like a story.History, character and lives of famous men.
Stratemeyer, EdwardAmerican Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt  MBTheodore Roosevelt
Sweetser, Kate DickinsonTen American Girls from History  MBPocahontas, Dorothy Quincy, Molly Pitcher, Elizabeth Van Lew, Ida Lewis, Clara Barton, Virginia Reed, Louisa Alcott, Clara Morris, Anna Dickinson
Sweetser, Kate DickinsonTen Boys from History  MBStephen and Nicholas (child crusaders--may not appeal to all families), Peter of Haarlem, David, Louis XVII, Edward Plantagenet, Tad Lincoln, Samuel Morse, David Farragut, Mozart
Sweetser, Kate DickinsonTen Girls from History  MBJeanne D'Arc, Queen Victoria, Sally Wister, Cofachiqui, Jenny Lind, Eliza Lucas, Lady Jane Grey, "Gentle Annie," Madeleine de Vercheres, Adrienne de Lafayette
Thayer, William M.From Boyhood to Manhood: Life of Benjamin Franklin  MB - a completed biography. (Though Franklin's autobiography is great, it doesn't include his last 30+ years.)Benjamin Franklin
Thayer, William R.George Washington  MB - a single volume biography.George Washington
VariousStories of Achievement Vol. III  MB - Orators and ReformersDesmosthenes, Douglass, Beecher, Booker Washington, Burritt, Gough, Lindsey
VariousStories of Achievement Vol. IV  MB - Authors and JournalistsRousseau, Burns, Bronte, Dickens, Keller, Greeley, Alcott, H. George, Rideing, Riis
Warner, Charles DudleyCaptain John Smith, The Story of Pocahontas, Washington Irving  MBJohn Smith, Pocahontas, Washington Irving
Watson, VirginiaThe Princess Pocahontas  MBPocahontas
Title - Many of the books listed in the other categories are also classics.Subject
Alcott, Louisa MayLittle Women, Jack and Jill, Eight Cousins, An Old-Fashioned Girl, etc.  MBClassic literature
Aldrich, Thomas BaileyThe Story of a Bad Boy  MB - similar to Huck Finn, but written earlier. Used to be quite popular with boys.Literature
Austen, JanePride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, etc.  MBClassic literature
Barrie, J. M.The Peter Pan books  MBClassic juvenile fiction
Baum, L. FrankWizard of Oz books, and more  MB - click here for Oz book orderClassic juvenile fiction
Bronte, CharlotteJane Eyre  MBClassic literature
Burnett, Frances HodgsonLittle Princess, Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Lost Prince, etc.  MBClassic literature
Dickens, CharlesA Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, The Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, etc.  MBClassic literature
Doyle, Arthur ConanNumerous Sherlock Holmes, Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lost World, etc.  MBClassic literature
Fisher, Dorothy CanfieldUnderstood Betsy  MBClassic juvenile fiction
Grahame, KennethThe Wind in the Willows, Dream Days, The Golden Age  MBClassic children's fiction
Gruelle, John B.Raggedy Ann Stories, Raggedy Andy Stories, etc.  MBClassic juvenile fiction
HomerThe Iliad (Pope's translation)  MB
Or in blank verse (Cowper's translation)  MB
Or the child's version in HTML.
Classic literature (epic poetry)
HomerThe Odyssey (Pope's translation)  MB
Or in blank verse (Cowper's translation)  MB
Or the child's version in HTML.
Classic literature (epic poetry)
Irving, WashingtonThe Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon  MB - 34 stories, including Rip Van Winkle, the stories from Old Christmas, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (which some parents may choose to skip, because it's kind of scary.)Classic short stories
Kipling, RudyardKim, Puck of Pook's Hill, Jungle Book, etc.  MBClassic literature
Lamb, Charles and MaryTales from Shakespeare  MB - adapted for childrenClassics for children
MacDonald, GeorgeThomas Wingfold, Malcom, Robert Falconer, etc. Many of his books are novels set in the Scottish countryside, and are very religious, while others are fantasy stories.  MBClassic literature
Mee, Arthur and John HammertonThe World's Greatest Books - similar to the condensed literature in the "Book of Knowledge". (Read more about it, and find other Mee books.)Classic literature (abridged)
Melville, HermanMoby Dick, Bartleby, Typee, etc.  MBClassic literature
Montgomery, L. M.The Anne of Green Gables Series, The Story Girl, The Golden Road, short story collections, etc.  MB See chronological order.Classic literature
Nesbit, EdithBeautiful Stories from Shakespeare, The Railway Children, Five Children and It, The Treasure Seekers, etc.  MB See chronological order, and which are for children.Classics for children
Orczy, Baroness EmmuskaThe Scarlet Pimpernel and some of the sequels.  MB See the series order here.Classic literature
Porter, Eleanor H.Pollyanna, Pollyanna Grows Up, Just David, etc.  MBClassic literature
Potter, BeatrixCollections of her animal stories, as well as individual tales. Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, etc.  MBClassic animal stories for young readers
Pyle, HowardRobin Hood, Men of Iron, Otto of the Silver Hand, etc. A number of his books deal with medieval folklore, while some are historical.  MBClassic literature
Sewell, AnnaBlack Beauty  MB - Or try the Young Folks' EditionJuvenile literature
Shakespeare, WilliamHis complete works.  MBClassic literature
Stevenson, R. L. Kidnapped, Treasure Island, The Black Arrow, etc.  MBClassic literature
Stratton-Porter, GeneFreckles, Girl of the Limberlost, Laddie, etc.
The author was a naturalist without being like today's environmentalists. She just loved nature. (Most of her books are about people, but a few are about animals.)  MB
Classic literature
Twain, MarkTom Sawyer, Connecticut Yankee, Innocents Abroad, The Gilded Age, etc. Humor, historical fiction, travel essays, memoirs and short stories.  MBClassic literature
Various Books from the "Every Child Should Know" library (edited by different people), including: Famous Stories, Legends, Folk Tales, Heroes, Heroines, Fairy Tales, Myths, Tales of Wonder, Poems, Pictures, Birds, Songs, Operas, etc.
To find these, search Gutenberg using the phrase "every child should know". Find more at IA, and more at Google Books, and at least one more at Baldwin.  MB
Collections for children.
VariousGreat Sea Stories - excerpts from 15 novels by Melville, Marryat, Hugo, Cooper and more.  MBSea Stories
Verne, JulesJourney to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Voyage in a Balloon, etc.  MBClassic literature
VirgilThe Aeneid (Taylor's translation)  MB
Or in prose (Mackail's translation)  MB
Or the child's version in HTML.
Classic literature (epic poetry)
Wallace, LewBen-Hur; A Tale of the Christ  MBEarly Christianity / Classic literature
Wiggin, Kate DouglasRebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Bird's Christmas Carol, Mother Carey's Chickens, etc.  MBClassic literature
Title (Sorry for so many tales of Arthur. I didn't know which was best.)Subject
Andersen, Hans ChristianAndersen's Fairy Tales (A small collection), Or Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (A large collection), plus other books.  MBFairy Tales
Berens, E. M.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome  MBGreek and Roman Mythology
Bulfinch, ThomasBulfinch's Mythology:  MB
1 - The Age of Chivalry
2 - The Age of Fable
3 - Legends of Charlemagne
Mythology of many countries
Cutler, U. WaldoStories of King Arthur and His Knights  MB - 42 chapters.Arthurian Legend retold
Gilbert, HenryKing Arthur's Knights: The Tales Re-told for Boys & Girls  MB - 13 chaptersArthurian Legend retold for children
Grimm, The BrothersHousehold Tales by Brothers Grimm - includes all the Grimm's fairy tales  MBFairy Tales
MacDonald, GeorgeThe Light Princess, At the Back of the North Wind, Phantastes, etc. Many of his books are fairy tales or fantasy, while others are regular novels.  MBFairy Tales / Fantasy
Lang, AndrewThe Fairy Books  MB - 12 volumes of classic fairy tales from around the world.
Warning: These fairy tales are not the watered-down versions, and some are too scary for smaller children. (Learn more about the books, and their order.)
Classic fairy tales
Mathews, CorneliusThe Indian Fairy Book  MBNative American legends
Radford, Maude L.King Arthur and His Knights  MB - of all the Arthurian stories listed here, this one seems to be for the youngest readers. (See Cutler , Gilbert, and Tennyson in this section)Arthurian legend for younger readers
Stockton, Frank R.The Lady or the Tiger, The Bee Man of Orn, Ting-a-ling, etc. Fairy tales with a moral, written in the 1800s.  MBVictorian Era Fairy Tales
Tennyson, Alfred LordIdylls of the King  MBArthurian legend in Poetry
If you have a particular place in mind you'd like to study, just use the search engine at Project Gutenberg. Or try Explorion for free geography / travel texts. Also try the travel section at MB.
Amundsen, RoaldThe South Pole  MB1st expedition to reach the South Pole
Andrews, JaneThe Seven Little Sisters Who Live on the Round Ball That Floats in the Air  MBWorld geography for young readers
Bird, IsabellaAmong the Tibetans, The Hawaiian Archipelago, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, etc.  MBHer travels in Japan, Tibet, Malay Peninsula, Hawaii, Rocky Mountains, parts of U.S.
Brooks, NoahFirst Across the Continent  MBLewis and Clark
Cooke, Captain JamesCaptain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World, A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World  MBCircumnavigating the globe
De Windt, HarryFrom Paris to New York by Land  MBAdventurous travels through Siberia, Canada, and U.S.
Der Ling, PrincessTwo Years in the Forbidden City  MBLife in the old Chinese court
Eastman, CharlesIndian Boyhood, Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains, Old Indian Days. Autobiographical and biographical works, as well as historical fiction, about Native American life.  MBNative American life
Fairbanks, Harold W.The Western United States A Geographical Reader - Covers geography, geology, and history of the area.  MBGeography of Western U.S.
Jacobs, JosephStory of Geographical Discovery  MBGeneral history of explorers and discovery, in one volume.
Lewis, Meriwether / Clark, WilliamThe Journals of Lewis and Clark, etc.  MBAccounts of their travels.
Park, MungoTravels in the Interior of Africa, Life and Travels of Mungo Park in Central Africa, etc.  MBExploration of Central Africa
Peary, Robert E.The North Pole  MB1st expedition of reach the North Pole
Perkins, Lucy FitchThe Twins Books - Each story is about a set of twins (usually a boy and a girl) from another country. Some have pictures, some don't. There are more pictures available here, and some more here. Note - You may want to avoid "The Spartan Twins" (which focuses on their pagan beliefs) and "The Cave Twins" (if your views of creation don't include tree-dwelling, hairy "monkey people".)  MBLife of children in other lands
Polo, MarcoThe Travels of Marco Polo  MB Vol. 1 and Vol. 2Worldwide travels
Shaw, Edward R.Discoverers and Explorers  MBHistory of exploration and discovery
Stuck, HudsonTen Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled  MBTravels in Alaska
Synge, M. B.A Book of Discovery  MBExplorers and their journeys
Various"Our Little Cousin" books. Includes titles like "Bertha (Our Little German Cousin)," and "Our Little Dutch Cousin". Find a few more at Kellscraft in HTML. (Scroll down to the "O" titles.) More than 20 books available.Life of children in other lands
Yonge, Charlotte M.Little Lucy's Wonderful Globe  MBFiction about children in many lands
There are many more suitable books to choose from by most of the authors listed in this section. (In many cases, the author only wrote historical fiction.) *Also see the Historical Fiction page for more.
Adams, AndyThe Log of a Cowboy, Cattle Brands, etc.  MBAmerican West; Cowboy stories
Altsheler, JosephThe Forest of Swords, The Guns of Shiloh, The Scouts of Stonewall, etc. He wrote specifically for young people. Click here for series order.  MBHistorical series
Ballantyne, R. M.The Coral Island, The Lighthouse, The Young Fur Traders, etc. This boys' author was very religious, and his books reflect that. His books focus more on geography than Henty's.  MBHistorical adventures.
*Barr, AmeliaRemember the Alamo, The Bow of Orange Ribbon, The Hallam Succession, etc. Her novels were well researched, and full of wholesome characters.  MBHistorical Fiction
*Chambers, Robert W.Ailsa Paige  MB (This author has the same name, but is not the evolutionist.)NY during firing on Fort Sumter
*Chambers, Robert W.The Maid-at-Arms  MB (This author has the same name, but is NOT the evolutionist.)American Revolution
*Churchill, WinstonRichard Carvel, The Crossing, The Celebrity, etc. This is referring to the American novelist, not the politician. (Though his are fine, too.)  MBHistorical Fiction
Connor, RalphThe Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail, The Prospector, The Sky Pilot, etc. His stories are said to be very moral as well as historical.  MBCanadian frontier
*Cooper, James FenimoreThe Last of the Mohicans, The Pilot, The Spy, etc. Read a short description of each book.  MBHistorical Fiction
Cox, Stephen AngusThe Dare Boys of 1776  MB - sort of like a historical Rover Boys. (Similar reading level.)American Revolution
Curtis, Alice TurnerThe Little Maid of Old Maine, Yankee Girl at Fort Sumter, A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia, etc.  MBAmerican History
Douglas, Amanda M.A Little Girl in Old Salem, A Little Girl in New York, A Little Girl in Philadelphia, etc. She wrote historical fiction for girls.  MBHistory (North America)
*Doyle, Arthur ConanThe Exploits of Brigadier Gerard  MB
and The Adventures of Gerard  MB
Napoleonic Wars
*Doyle, Arthur ConanSir Nigel  MB (prequel to "White Company")Hundred Years War
*Dumas, Alexandre (pere)The Three Musketeers, Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge, etc. Most of his works of fiction were historical. You could probably choose any.  MBHistorical (Mostly French)
*Ebers, GeorgHomo Sum, Cleopatra, In the Blue Pike, etc. Ebers was an Egyptologist who also wrote historical fiction. At first his novels were only about Egypt, but later he also covered other historical subjects.  MBHistorical Fiction
*Ellis, Edward S.The Huge Hunter, Brave Tom, The Daughter of the Chieftain, etc. Mostly historical fiction, but also some historical non-fiction. Great books for youth.  MBHistory, mostly American
Fox, John Jr.The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come  MBAmerican Civil War
*Frederic, HaroldIn the Valley  MBAmerican Revolution
*Johnston, Mary1492, Lewis Rand, Sir Mortimer, etc. Her books are supposed to contain a bit of romance, so girls may particularly like them.  MBHistorical Fiction
King, CharlesA Daughter of the Sioux, Sunset Pass, Warrior Gap, etc. This Civil War General put his war and frontier experiences into his novels. These books may appeal to girls as well as boys, because they are said to contain a bit of romance.  MBHistorical Fiction, mainly American
*Lang, AndrewPickle the Spy, or, The Incognito of Prince Charles  MBCharles E. Stuart
*Muhlbach, LouiseThe Daughter of an Empress, Marie Antoinette and Her Son, Prince Eugene and His Times, etc.  MBHistorical Fiction
Otis, JamesRichard of Jamestown, The Minute Boys of Mohawk Valley, Neal the Miller, etc.  MBAmerican History
*Parker, GilbertWhen Valmond came to Pontiac, Donovan Pasha and Some People of Egypt, Pierre and His People, etc.  MBHistorical Fiction (mostly Canadian, but some others as well)
Parrish, RandallMolly McDonald: A Tale of the Old Frontier, When Wilderness Was King: A Tale of the Illinois Country, Wolves of the Sea, etc.  MBHistorical Fiction
Sabatini, RafaelScaramouche, The Lion's Skin, The Snare, etc. These historical novels are often referred to as "swashbuckling" adventures.  MBHistorical Fiction
*Stowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom's Cabin  MB - Or try the Young Folks' Edition Or there's also The Juvenile Uncle Tom's Cabin (at Google Books), which is more difficult than the other kid's one.
Later she wrote a defense of this book (showing the facts behind it) called The Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin
Slavery in America
Watson, Henry C.The Old Bell of Independence, or Philadelphia in 1776  MBAmerican independence
Watson, Henry C.The Yankee Tea-party, or Boston in 1773  MBBoston Tea Party
Watson, VirginiaThe Princess Pocahontas  MBEarly American History (Jamestown)
Webb, Mrs. J. B.The Pilgrims of New England  MBPilgrims in America
*Yonge, CharlotteThe Dove in the Eagles Nest, The Lances of Lynwood, Unknown to History, etc.  MB
Choose any of her books. See a list and summary of all her works, and links to all known e-texts (besides just at PG) at Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship.
Historical Fiction - girls may particularly like her work. Said to be the lady equivalent of Henty.
Title - Be sure to see the Biographical Section above, for more great books about history.Subject
Baldwin, JamesFifty Famous People, Fifty Famous Stories Retold (and Thirty More...), Four Great Americans, Old Greek Stories, etc.  MB
Find more at Baldwin Project in HTML.
History for Children (worldwide)
Bailey, W. F.The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad  MBFirst trans-continental railroad
Bradford, WilliamBradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'  MB - written by the leader of the Plymouth ColonyPilgrims and Plymouth Colony
Bradley, Glenn D.The Story of the Pony Express  MBThe Pony Express
Carpenter, John A.The Star Spangled Banner  MBFrancis Scott Key and the writing of the song.
Channing, EdwardA Short History of the United States  MB - a basic history text, intended for school use, written by the award-winning historian.American History for children
Davis, William StearnsA Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life  MB - illustrates what day-to-day life may have been like. Interesting details, clear down to the furniture.Life in ancient Athens
Der Ling, PrincessTwo Years in the Forbidden City  MBLife in the old Chinese court
Dickens, CharlesA Child's History of England  MBHistory of England for children
Drake, Francis S.Tea Leaves - Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the shipment of Tea to the American Colonies in the year 1773, by the East India Tea Company. (With an introduction, notes, and biographical notices of the Boston Tea Party).  MBBoston Tea Party
Earle, Alice MorseHome Life in Colonial Days  MBColonial Life in America
Eggleston, EdwardStories of Great Americans for Little Americans  MBHistorical Americans
Eggleston, George C.Strange Stories from History for Young People  MB - Strange meaning less familiar, or uncommon.History for children (worldwide)
Ferris, W. A.Life in the Rocky Mountains - HTML or PDF. Written by a fur trapper. Tells of life with Native Americans, trapping, clothing, food and cooking, tools and weapons, travel and geography, daily life, health, etc.Life of a fur trapper
Fisher, George ParkOutline of Universal History  MB - "Designed as a Text-book and for Private Reading." A great overview, and reference tool.History (worldwide)
Gordy, Wilbur FiskStories of Later American History  MB - elementary school level.American History for children
Hall, Mrs. Cecil (Mary)A Lady's Life on a Farm in Manitoba  MB - this books is a series of letters she wrote after leaving England, that tell about adjusting to her new life.Pioneer life
Henry, PatrickGive me Liberty or Give Me Death  MBHistoric Speech
Higginson, Thomas W.Army Life in a Black Regiment  MB - written by a white commander. This is supposed to be one of the best Civil War narratives written from the Union point of view.Civil War (Union)
Larcom, LucyA New England Girlhood  MBChildhood in Early America
Hurlbut, Jesse LymanThe Story of Our Country Every Child Can Read  MBAmerican History for children
Lord, JohnBeacon Lights of History  MB
(14 volumes) - written from a religious perspective.
Ancient to modern times
Marshall, LoganThe World War: A History of The Nations and Empires Involved and a Study of the Events Culminating in The Great Conflict  MBWorld War I
Morris, CharlesHistorical Tales - The Romance of Reality  MB - 15 volumes in all. These books include historical events as well as legends.Each volume is devoted to a different world region
Paine, ThomasCommon Sense  MBPamphlet written during American Revolution
Pratt, Mara L.American History Stories - Multiple volumes in HTML at Baldwin Project. Or visit my free files page to get them in Text Format.American History for children
Roosevelt, Theodore and Henry Cabot LodgeHero Tales from American History  MBTales of American heroes and historical events.
Stevens, William O. and Allan WestcottA History of Sea Power  MB - from ancient times through World War I.Naval History - Worldwide
Stevenson, Burton EgbertAmerican Men of Action  MB - Great history and biography book. The index lists around 300 famous people. Some are only briefly mentioned, while more attention is given to others. It's not divided into sections for each person, but reads more like a story.History, character and lives of famous men.
Still, WilliamThe Underground Railroad  MBThe underground railroad
U. S. Army Corps of EngineersThe Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki  MBWWII
U. S. PresidentsVarious works of the Presidents. Some include their speeches, or writings. See the 2 listings below for speeches collected into one file.Inaugural addresses, State of the Union, etc.
U. S. PresidentsComplete State of the Union Addresses, from 1790 to ___  MB - The file at PG is periodically updated, whereas MB's probably isn't.State of the Union Addresses
U. S. PresidentsU. S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses  MB - The file at PG appears to be updated every four years, so it's always up-to-date. But the file at MB probably isn't.Inaugural addresses
VariousChronicles of America - Fifty volume history series. This list was big enough I had to put it on another page. These are more along the lines of text-books.American History
Work Projects AdministrationSlave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States  MBFrom interviews with former slaves
Yonge, CharlotteYoung Folks' History of England  MBHistory of England
Alcott, Louisa MayAn Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving  MBThanksgiving - short story
Brown, Abbie FarwellThe Christmas Angel  MBChristmas - short story
Crawford, F. MarionThe Little City of Hope  MBChristmas - short story
Dalrymple, LeonaWhen the Yule Log Burns  MBChristmas - short story
Dickens, CharlesA Christmas Carol, "Some Christmas Stories", The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, Seven Poor Travellers, Going Into Society, The Holly-Tree, Wreck of the Golden Mary, Perils of Certain English Prisoners, A Message from the Sea, Tom Tiddler's Ground, Somebody's Luggage  MBChristmas - short stories
Dickinson, Asa Don and Ada M. SkinnerThe Children's Book of Christmas Stories  MBChristmas - short stories
Dickinson, Asa DonThe Children's Book of Thanksgiving Stories  MB (Sometimes labeled as "Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know," but is the same as the Thanksgiving book.)Thanksgiving - short stories
Gale, ZonaChristmas: A Story  MBChristmas story
Hanson, GlennThe Frontier Holiday: being a collection of writings by Minnesota pioneers who recorded their divers ways of observing Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's - in HTMLThanksgiving, Christmas, New Year - short stories
Henry, O.The Gift of the Magi  MBChristmas - short story
Howells, W. D.Christmas Every Day and Other Stories; told for children  MBSilly, short Christmas stories
Irving, WashingtonOld Christmas  MBChristmas - short stories
Moore, Clement C.The Night Before Christmas - there are two versions available here, both in text or HTML with pics.  MBChristmas poem
Olcott, Frances JenkinsGood Stories for Great Holidays  MB - This book covers just about every holiday, and was written for children.Year-round holiday stories
Pringle, Mary Poague and Clara A. UrannYule-Tide in Many Lands  MBHistory and description of Christmas celebrations around the world
Stowe, Harriet BeecherBetty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and The First Christmas of New England  MB - The second story is the Thanksgiving one. The other two are for Christmas, the last being the story of the Pilgrim's first Christmas in America.Thanksgiving and Christmas - short stories
Van Dyke, HenryThe First Christmas Tree, The Lost Word (Christmas Stories), The Spirit of Christmas, The Sad Shepherd, The Story of the Other Wise Man  MBChristmas - short stories
VariousChristmas Sunshine  MBChristmas poems
VariousOur Holidays (from the St. Nicholas Magazine)History of various holidays
VariousProject Gutenberg's "Christmas Bookshelf"  MBChristmas stories
Wiggin, Kate DouglasThe Birds' Christmas Carol  MB - about people named Bird, not actual birds.Christmas - short story
Wiggin, Kate DouglasThe Romance of a Christmas Card  MBChristmas - short story
Burgess, GelettThe Goop DirectoryHumorous book of manners - poetry.
Burgess, GelettGoops and How to Be Them - at Google Books. Or visit my free files page to get it in Text Format.Humorous book of manners - poetry.
Burgess, GelettMore Goops and How Not to Be ThemHumorous book of manners - poetry.
Washington, GeorgeGeorge Washington's Rules of Civility  MBManners
Lyng, Mary EllaHistory Plays for the Grammar Grades  MBPlays about history
McBrien, Jasper L.America First  MB - Collection of patriotic readings (from speeches, addresses, etc.), poems, and even a short play.Oral reading - Patriotic
Stevenson, AugustaChildren's Classics in Dramatic Form  MB - can be used for oral readings, or small plays. Great for home because most of them don't have very many characters.Oral reading or Short plays
VariousFamiliar Quotations  MB (Bartlett's Quotations)Quotations
VariousGraded Memory Selections  MBPieces for recitation
VariousHandy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations  MB - short selections which may be appropriate for copyworkQuotations from poetry
VariousMany Thoughts of Many Minds  MB - A Treasury of Quotations from the Literature of Every Land and Every AgeQuotations from Literature
VariousStandard Selections  MB - contains poetry as well as selections from novels, speeches, etc.Pieces for recitation
Title - This section is small, because many of the biographies of musicians are not very wholesome. Those listed here were written with young readers in mind.Subject
Brower, HarrietteThe World's Great Men of Music  MB - for young people.25 biographies
Rowbotham, Francis J.Story-Lives of Great Musicians  MB - for young-ish readers.Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert
Scobey, Kathrine Louis and Olive Brown HorneStories of Great Musicians - written for school use.Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner
Bakewell, EstherThe Book of One Syllable  MB - collection of short stories.Told in one-syllable words (short words)
Fanny, AuntThe First Little Pet Book with Ten Short Stories in Words of Three and Four LettersTold in one-syllable words (short words)
Godolphin, MaryThe Pilgrim's Progress in Words of One Syllable  MBRewritten in one-syllable words (short words)
Godolphin, MaryRobinson Crusoe in Words of One Syllable  MBRewritten in one-syllable words (short words)
Godolphin, MarySwiss Family Robinson in Words of One Syllable  MBRewritten in one-syllable words (short words)
Gorham, J. C.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Retold in Words of One Syllable  MBRewritten in one-syllable words (hyphenated)
Putnam, HarrietThe Life of Abraham Lincoln for Young People: Told in Words of One Syllable - Uncorrected OCR text or PDF of scanned book at GB.Told in one-syllable words (hyphenated)
Remy, Jean S.Lives of the Presidents Told in Words of One Syllable  MBTold in one-syllable words (hyphenated)
I've mostly listed anthologies, for the sake of being well-rounded, and because they were often for students, therefore less likely to contain inappropriate material. For more poetry, search Gutenberg for your favorite author, or use the advanced search, and type "poetry" into the "subject" field (and select "English" in language). Also try the poetry section at MB.
Field, EugeneLove-Songs of Childhood  MB - The Duel, The Ride to Bumpville, Picnic-Time, etc.Poetry, childhood
Frost, RobertNorth of Boston  MB - Mending Wall, After Apple-Picking, The Wood Pile, etc.Poetry
Paterson, A. B. "Banjo"The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses  MB - The Man from Snowy River, Clancy of the Overflow, A Bunch of Roses, A Bushman's Song, etc.Poetry, Australian frontier life.
Stevenson, R. L.A Child's Garden of Verses  MBPoetry
UnknownThe Real Mother GooseThe classic rhymes
VariousThe Best Nonsense Verses - includes poems by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Gelett Burgess, etc.Poetry, humorous
VariousThe Book of Humorous Verse  MB - The Chemist to His Love, The Ballad of Bouillabaisse, Lay of the Deserted Influenzaed, etc.Poetry, humorous
VariousHandy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations  MB - short selections which may be appropriate for copyworkQuotations from poetry
VariousIt Can Be Done; Poems of Inspiration  MB - The Gifts of God, Gladness, The Daffodils, etc.Poetry, motivational
VariousPoems Every Child Should Know  MB - Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, Charge of the Light Brigade, Lochinvar, etc. (Arranged by difficulty.)Poetry
VariousPoems of American Patriotism  MB - Paul Revere's Ride, O Captain! My Captain!, The Unknown Soldier, etc.Poetry, Patriotic
VariousPoems Teachers Ask For  MB - The Brook, The First Snowfall, Landing of the Pilgrims, etc.Poetry
VariousPoems Teachers Ask For, Book Two  MB - Annabel Lee, The Legend Beautiful, Our Presidents, etc.Poetry
VariousThe Posy Ring; A Book of Verse for Children  MB - O Lady Moon, Violets, The Fairy Folk, etc.Poetry
VariousSongs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp  MB - The Legend of Boastful Bill, A Cowboy's Love Song, The Gila Monster Route, etc.Cowboy Verses
Wheatley, PhillisPoems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral  MB - On Virtue, On Being Brought from Africa, On Imagination, An Hymn to Humanity, etc.Poetry, moral
Bailey, Arthur ScottThe Animal Tale books such as The tale of: Betsy Butterfly, Old Mr. Crow, Nimble Deer, Timothy Turtle, and many more. These books teach about wildlife in a fun story format for children. (Some prefer these over the Burgess books.) They also teach great vocabulary.  MBWildlife
Ball, Robert S.Great Astronomers  MBBiographies and discoveries of 18 astronomers.
Bassett, Sara WareThe Story of Glass, The Story of Sugar, The Story of Wool, Ted and the Telephone, etc.  MBFiction that teaches about science.
Bolton, Sarah K.Famous Men of Science  MBBiographies and accomplishments of Galileo, Newton, Linnaeus, Cuvier, Herschel, Von Humboldt, Davy, Audubon, Morse, Lyell, Henry, Agassiz, Darwin [can skip, or discuss], Buckland
Brewster, Sir DavidThe Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler  MBLives and accomplishments of Galileo, Brahe, and Kepler
Burgess, ThorntonBurgess Bird Book for Children, Burgess Animal Book for Children, Bowser the Hound, etc. These books teach a great deal while still being in an entertaining story format for children.
(Similar to the fun Arthur Scott Bailey stories.)
Buckley, Arabella B.The Fairy-Land of Science  MBScience for children
Burroughs, JohnSquirrels and Other Fur-Bearers, Birds and Bees, Wake-Robin, etc.  MBNature and Wildlife
Casson, Herbert NewtonThe History of the Telephone  MBBell and the telephone
Chambers, Robert and WilliamChambers's Elementary Science Readers  MBEarly Science / Early Reader
Doubleday, RussellStories of Inventors - the enthusiastic author called these "stories of adventure in invention" and hoped the reader would feel the thrill of inventing.  MBSteamboats, trains, cars, dirigibles, radios, movies, bridges, submarines, telephones, adding machines, ice-makers, etc.
Dyer, Frank LewisEdison, His Life And Inventions  MBEdison's inventions
Fabre, Jean-HenriLife of the Spider, Life of the Fly, Bramble-Bees, etc.  MBNature (bugs)
Fabre, Jean-HenriThe Story Book of Science, and the second book The Secret of Everyday Things - both in HTML.Many nature topics
Fairbanks, Harold W.The Western United States A Geographical Reader Covers geology, geography, and history of the area.  MBGeology in Western U.S.
Forbes, GeorgeHistory of Astronomy  MBHistory of astronomy and astronomers.
Galbreath, C. B.Story of the Aeroplane  MBHistory of aeronautics
Gibson, Charles R.War Inventions and How They Were Invented - HTMLShells, submarines, guns, etc.
Haseman, LeonardAn Elementary Study of Insects - This book was intended for school use.  MBInsects
Holland, Rupert S.Historic Inventions Printing, steam power, transportation, communication, electricity, machinery, etc.
Kingsley, CharlesMadam How and Lady Why  MBEarly geology
Leathley, Mary Elizabeth S. D.Mamma's Stories about Birds  MBBirds
Lewis, Meriwether / Clark, WilliamJournals  MBTheir observations of nature.
Matthew, William DillerDinosaurs  MBDinosaurs
Munro, JohnHeroes of the Telegraph  MBHistory of the telegraph
Munro, JohnThe Story of Electricity  MBElectricity (and its part in history)
Paley, WilliamNatural Theology - scanned book at GB. Uses evidence from the natural world as proof that God exists.
Parton, James Captains of Industry  MB46 short biographies, many representing inventors and their inventions. (Clocks, hammers, wire, printing, foundry, textiles, engines, etc. )
Runciman, Walter C.Gas and Oil Engines, Simply ExplainedInternal combustion engines
Seton, Ernest ThompsonWild Animals I Have Known, Woodland Tales, Johnny Bear, etc.  MBNature and animal stories taken from his experiences.
Smiles, SamuelMen of Invention and Industry, Industrial Biography, Lives of the Engineers, etc.  MBEach book covers many inventors and their inventions.
Towers, Walter KelloggMasters of Space: Morse, Thompson, Bell, Marconi, Carty  MBHistory of communication, going clear back to ancient times.
United States F. B. I.The Science of Fingerprints; Classification and Uses  MBFingerprints
United States Rubber CompanyThe Romance of Rubber  MBHistory of rubber, vulcanization. Includes study questions and review.
UnknownThe History of Insects - You may want to print the pictures from the HTML version. There is at least one picture per insect mentioned. (It's not a long book.)Bugs
Vivian, Evelyn Charles The History of Aeronautics  MBAeronautics
These are listed for boys or girls based on who they were written for, but can be enjoyed by either.
See my series books page for more books like this. Also see Project Gutenberg's Children's Series Bookshelf, and the series section at MB. Or try searching at either place for the words boy, girl, or chums.
Aldridge, JanetThe Meadow-Brook Girls  MBGirls Outdoor Series
Alger, Horatio"Rags to riches" stories for boys. The boys achieve success due mainly to hard work and determination.  MBBoys Dime Novels
Allen, Capt. QuincyThe Outdoor Chums - four boys have adventures and teach how to camp, hunt, fish, canoe, etc.  MBBoys Outdoor Series
Appleton, VictorMoving Picture Boys, Tom Swift  MBBoys Series
Baker, WillardThe Boy Ranchers Each story is based on a historical or scientific fact.  MBBoys Ranch Series
Beach, Charles A.Air Service Boys  MBBoys Military Series
Bonehill, Ralph (aka Edward Stratemeyer)Frontier, Outdoor, and Hunter books  MBBoys Hunter Series
Brooks, AmyDorothy Dainty, Princess Polly, etc. For younger readers. These girls are supposed to be good examples to readers.  MBGirls Series
Bruce, Mary GrantBush Maid and Billabong books  MBAustralian Series
Burnham, MargaretThe Girl Aviators  MBGirls Series
Carr, Annie RoeNan Sherwood books - about high school girls.  MBGirls Series
Castlemon, HarryThe Frank Nelson books (The Rocky Mountain Series)  MBBoys Series
Chapman, AllenBart Stirling, Frank Roscoe, etc. - These look similar to Alger books.  MBBoys Series
Coolidge, Susan"What Katy Did" books - about a girl who learns to deal with the trial of a spinal injury.  MBGirls Series
Durham, Victor G.The Submarine Boys  MBBoys Series
Emerson, AliceBetty Gordon books, and Ruth Fielding books. - Betty Gordon, orphaned at age 12, begins a new life with her uncle at Bramble Farm. Orphaned Ruth Fielding goes to live with her uncle, a miserly miller. Both girls went on to travel and have many adventures.  MBGirls Series
Ferguson, DonaldThe Chums of Scranton High  MBBoys Series
Fitzhugh, PercyThe Pee-Wee Harris, Roy Blakeley, and Tom Slade books. - His books have a Boy Scouting theme. See series order here. (Author listed as both Percy K. and Percy Keese at Gutenberg, so search for both.)  MBBoys Series
Flower, Jessie G. (aka Josephine Chase)The Grace Harlowe books - They may not all be online yet, but originally there were 4 series. High school, College, Overseas (serving in the Red Cross), and Overland Riders (outdoor adventures).  MBGirls Series
Garis, HowardUncle Wiggily, some animal stories, and more. (He also wrote under the pseudonym of Laura Lee Hope.)  MBDifferent serial books, some great for younger children.
Goldfrap, John H.The Boy Aviators  MBBoys Series
Hancock, H. IrvingDave Darrin, Dick Prescott, High School Boys, Uncle Sam's Boys, Young Engineers, etc.  MBBoys Series
Hayes, Clair W.The Boy Allies MBBoys Military Series
Hope, Laura LeeBobbsey Twins, Bunny Brown (about children), Six Little Bunkers, Outdoor Girls, etc.  MBDifferent serial books, great for younger children.
Johnston, Annie FellowsThe Little Colonel - About a little girl, and Kentucky life, during Victorian times. Based on real events. Click here for series order (scroll down) and more titles, with illustrations.  MBGirls Series
Judson, Clara IngramThe Mary Jane Books - about a good-natured little girl and her adventures. For younger readers.  MBGirls Series
Langworthy, JohnAeroplane Boys  MBBoys Series
Leslie, Lawrence J.At Whispering Pine Lodge, In Camp on the Big Sunflower, With Trapper Jim in the North Woods, etc. Wholesome, outdoor stories for boys.  MBBoys Outdoor Series
May, SophieDotty Dimple, Little Prudy, and Little Folks books, etc. For younger readers.  MBGirls Series
Optic, OliverAcross India, Fighting for the Right, Poor and Proud (the fortunes of Katy Redburn). - Most of his books were written with boys in mind, but the last one I listed may be of interest to girls.  MB(Mainly) Boys Adventure
Penrose, MargaretDorothy Dale and Motor Girls Dorothy Dale lives in a small town with her father, a Civil War vet, who is running a weekly newspaper.  MBGirls Series
Rockwood, RoyDave Dashaway, Five Thousand Miles Underground, Lost on the Moon, etc. Boys adventure stories, and some early sci-fi type stories.  MBBoys Adventure and Sci-Fi
Smith, MabellThe Ethel Morton books  MBGirls Series
Stratemeyer, Edward (aka Arthur Winfield)Rover Boys, Dave Porter, Putnam Hall, Richard Dare, etc.  MBBoys Series
VariousBoy Scouts Series, by numerous authors, also being more than one series.  MB (scroll down). Click here for more about these series, including the order. (Scroll down to find.)Boys Series
VariousThe Camp Fire Girls, by numerous authors, also being more than one series. (Listed under both "Camp Fire" and "Campfire.")  MB (scroll down). Click here for more about these series, including the order. (Scroll down to find.)Girls Series
VariousGirl Scouts Series, by numerous authors, also being more than one series.  MB (scroll down). Click here for more about these series, including the order. (Scroll down to find.)Girls Series
VariousRadio Boys, by numerous authors, also being more than one series.  MB (scroll down). Click here for more about these series, including the order. (Scroll down to find.) Besides being adventure stories, at least one of these series also tells how to make and operate radios.Boys Series
Webster, FrankComrades of the Saddle, Jack of the Pony Express, The Young Firemen of Lakeville, etc. - Similar to Alger's works, but newer.  MBNovels About Boys
Wells, CarolynPatty, Marjorie, and more - fun stories about the lives of these likeable girls.  MBGirls Series

There are 4 sites marked with *. Between these sites you can find just about any online book there is.

The Baldwin Project - Great place to find public domain texts for children (in HTML format). You could probably use any book on this site for homeschool. (Some are classic literature, many are educational.) - a wonderful HTML library, including fiction and non fiction, The Harvard Classics, and many useful reference materials.

Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project - Beautiful children's books reproduced on the web. They say that "Creating a copy strictly for your own personal use is considered 'fair use'." So fire up that printer!

Explorion - Free e-texts about explorers and travel (many by the explorers themselves.)

* Google Book Search - scans of many public domain books, in PDF format. You can load 1 page at a time to preview (works fine with slow connections) or download the entire book. (They also have uncorrected OCR text, but text takes long to load, and seems less accurate than others I've seen.) For easier searching, try the advanced search.

* Internet Archive - scans of many public domain books, in PDF format. Some are yellowed (how to fix that), but now more black and white are being offered. Enter what you are searching for, and select "Texts" from the drop down menu. For slower connections, save the PDF rather than trying to load it in your browser. (They also offer uncorrected OCR text. If you use that, be sure to copy and paste because using "save link target" causes errors in the text files. [But it works fine for saving PDFs.] )

Kellscraft - HTML books, a fair number of classics and children's books not found elsewhere.

* The Online Books Page - at the University of Pennsylvania. If you can't find something at PG, try here. Though it's not always up to date with what's available at PG (so look at both places), it does have links to books at other sites where you may not think to look.

* Project Gutenberg - More books than you could ever read. My favorite place for books.

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