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My new homeschooling friend–Google Books

January 12, 2011

I have a new helper in my homeschool–Google eBooks!

I’m not looking forward to the coming age of electronic books (Long Live Books!) but I do see the appeal.  Now, I have one foot over the fence with some recent finds on Google Books and the ability to save them in a personal library through my Google account so I can access them anywhere. I don’t have an e-reader but you can download them to your device if you do.

They have both paid options (much like Amazon’s Kindle e-readers) and FREE classics that have entered the public domain (think Bronte, Austen, Dickens, etc). They also have some Ambleside Online favorites and other treasures.

Here is a list of some of the FREE books I am using in our homeschool now or in the future:

Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Mabie


Wonderful Stories for Children by Hans Christian Anderson

The Fables of Aesop


The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (they have others as well)


An Island Story: a child’s history of England by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall


Geographical readers for elementary schools by Charlotte Mason


Birds that Every Child Should Know by Neltje Blanchen


Mother West Wind “When” Stories by Thornton Burgess


Lives by Plutarch or The Children’s Plutarch by Gould


Natural History  In Stories for Little Children by Mary S. Claude


A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb


50 Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin




And oh so many more! If you find a little treasure in Google Books, add a comment and let us know!




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