A Word about Free Children’s Books

The following children’s books are free and available through Amazon for the Kindle. I downloaded them because of the beautiful illustrations that are included in the public domain book. Be careful, though; not all books that are in public domain include the illustrations, as I found out with a few children’s books I downloaded and then deleted.

I took a class many years ago at the University of Pittsburgh from M. E. David, a well-known scholar in children’s literature. We used one of her books, issued by a publisher that accompanied her text with line drawings, that were not very interesting. This set her on a tirade about how children love color and beautiful illustrations and how good children’s books always have beautiful, colorful illustrations for children to see. Adults, too, like illustrations, but most adult books don’t have illustrations.

Enjoy these free books with the marvelous illustrations.

(2013-10-25 105Title: Beauty and the Beast

Author: Andrew Lang; illustrations by Walter Crane

Publication Information: Published by the Planet, 2011 (originally published in 1889)

ISBN: 978-1-908478-58-0

Library of Congress Classification: PZ8

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Daughters–Juvenile fiction
Animals–Juvenile fiction
Princes–Juvenile fiction
Magic–Juvenile fiction

(2013-10-25 097Title: Snow White

Author: Brothers Grimm; illustrations by Franz Jüttner

Publication Information: Published by the Planet, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-908478-35-1

Library of Congress Classification: PZ8

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Princesses–Juvenile fiction
Dwarves–Juvenile fiction
Queens–Juvenile fiction
Witches–Juvenile fiction
Apples–Juvenile fiction
Magic–Juvenile fiction

(2013-10-25 031)Title: Russian Fairy Tales

Author: Alexander Afanasyev; illustrations by Ivan Bilibin; translated by Post Wheeler (1912)

Publication Information: Published by the Planet, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-908478-55-9

Library of Congress Classification: PZ8

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Princes–Juvenile fiction
Emperors–Juvenile fiction
Empresses–Juvenile fiction
Vasilisa (Legendary character)–Juvenile fiction
Baba Yaga (Legendary character)–Juvenile fiction
Frogs–Juvenile fiction
Magic–Juvenile fiction

(2013-10-25 098Title: The Swineherd

Author: Hans Christian Andersen; illustrations by Heinrich Lefler (1897); translation by H. B. Paul (1872)

Publication Information: Published by the Planet, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-908478-39-9

Library of Congress Classification: PZ8

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Swine breeders–Juvenile fiction
Princesses–Juvenile fiction
Magic–Juvenile fiction

(2013-10-19 012)Title: East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North

Author: Illustrated by Kay Nielsen

Publication Information: Published by the Planet, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-908478-67-2

Library of Congress Classification: PZ8

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Girls–Juvenile fiction
Boys–Juvenile fiction
Princes–Juvenile fiction
Princesses–Juvenile fiction
Mothers and sons–Juvenile fiction
Cats–Juvenile fiction
Magic–Juvenile fiction

(2013-10-25 069Title: The Nightingale

Author: Hans Christian Andersen; illustrations by Edmund Dulac (1911); translation by H. B. Paul (1872)

Publication Information: Published by the Planet, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-908478-65-8

Library of Congress Classification: PZ8

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
China–Juvenile fiction
Emperors–China–Juvenile fiction
Nightingale–Juvenile fiction
Magic–Juvenile fiction

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