Monday, December 29, 2008

Golden Numbers: Poems for Children and Young People/Google Books

Daily poetry for night and day, throughout the year. Click here.

Golden Numbers: Poems for Children and Young People
By Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, Nora Archibald Smith
Compiled by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, Nora Archibald Smith
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1902
686 pages

Main page

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Books for High Schools/Google Books

Nice reference book for finding free online texts. Click here.

Books for High Schools
By Martha Wilson
Compiled by Martha Wilson
Published by American library assoc., 1914
150 pages
Main page

South America, A Geography Reader/Google Books

No grade level mentioned, but I'm guessing this is appropriate for grade five or six.

Click here.

Main page
South America: A Geography Reader
By Isaiah Bowman
Published by Rand, McNally & company, 1915
354 pages

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Young Reader/Google Books

The Young Reader By John Pierpont, published in 1839, stories to teach morals. No grade assigned but looks to be advanced third - fourth grade.

Click here.

Stepping Stones to Literature Fourth Grade/Google books

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Modern Science Reader/Google Books

Introduction mentions that this text is for "college men"; however it appears appropriate for high school students.

Click here.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The World's Story An Outline of Universal History/Google Books

Suitable for high school, or useful as a teacher's guide.

The World's Story: A History of the World in Story, Song and Art, Ed. by Eva March Tappan, published by Houghton Mifflin company, 1914

Click here.

The Birds' Christmas Carol/Google Books

By Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916
69 pages
Click here.

Positive Review.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mary of Plymouth/Google Books

Mary of Plymouth: A Story of the Pilgrim Settlement
By James Otis
Published by American Book Company, 1910
156 pages
Ages 8-12.

Click here.

Review and summary at The Lost Classics.


Pilgrim Stories/Google Books

Pilgrim Stories by Margaret Blanche Pumphrey, Lucy Fitch Perkins, Rand McNally and Company
Illustrated by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Published by Rand McNally & Company, 1910
256 pages
Ages 8-10.

Click here.

HT to Pawpaw Holler Home.


Monday, November 10, 2008

A-Z Literature & Authors

An organized website with free classic literature grouped by the origins of literature, themes, genres, and subjects. "Also, find out about periods and movements, as well as theory and criticism. Read about literature and authors from around the world." Click here.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Grammar School Algebra/Google Books

Click here.
Grammar School Algebra
By George Edward Atwood
Published by Morse Co., 1900
253 pages

Covers mathematical concepts to approximately the sixth grade.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Book of Golden Deeds of All Times and All Lands/Google Books

A Book of Golden Deeds of All Times and All Lands ...
By Charlotte Mary Yonge
Published by The Christian Herald, 1895
314 pages

An excerpt from the introduction, What is a Golden Deed?

"...the eye gleam and the heart throb, and bears
us through the details of suffering, bloodshed,
and even barbarity, — feeling our spirits
moved and elevated by contemplating the courage
and endurance that they have called forth.
Nay, such is the charm of brilliant valor, that
we often are tempted to forget the injustice of
the cause that they may have called forth the
actions that delight us. And this enthusiasm
is often united with the utmost tenderness of
heart, the very appreciation of suffering only
quickening the sense of the heroism that
risked the utmost, till the young and ardent
learn absolutely to look upon danger as
an occasion for evincing the highest qualities.

O Life, without thy checkered scene
Of right and wrong, of weal and woe,
Success and failure, could a ground
For magnanimity be found ?

The true cause of such enjoyment is perhaps
an inherent consciousness that there is nothing
so noble as forgetfulness of self. Therefore it
is that we are struck by hearing of the exposure
of life and limb to the utmost peril, in oblivion,
or recklessness of personal safety, in comparison
with a higher object."

Click here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Young People's History of the Pilgrims/Google Books

Click here.

Young People's History of the Pilgrims
By William Elliot Griffis
Published by Houghton Mifflin company, 1920
353 pages


The Book of Saints and Heroes /Google Books

The Book of Saints and Heroes
By Lang, Leonora Blanche Lang, Andrew Lang, Henry J. Ford
Published by Longmans, Green, and Co., 1912
351 pages

Click here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How to be Happy Written for Children(Christian)/Google Books

Click here.

How to be Happy: Written for the Children of Some Dear Friends
By Lydia Howard Sigourney, Lady, A Lady
Published by D.F. Robinson, 1833
128 pages

The Beautiful Land of Nod/Google Books

The Beautiful Land of Nod
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Published by W.B. Conkey, 1892
141 pages

A storybook for young children. Click here.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Book of Bravery/Google Books

The Book of Bravery: Being True Stories in an Ascending Scale of Courage
By Henry Wysham Lanier
Published by C. Scribner's Sons, 1920
429 pages

Click here.

A Book of Giants: Tales of Very Tall Men of Myth, Legends, History, and Science/Google Books

A Book of Giants: Tales of Very Tall Men of Myth, Legends, History, and Science
By Henry Wysham Lanier
Published by E.P. Dutton & company, 1922
316 pages

Click here.

A Short History of Science/Google Books

A Short History of Science
By W. T. Sedgwick, H. W. Tyler
Published by The Macmillan company, 1917
474 pages

Click here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Guyot Geographical Reader and Primer/Google Books

Geographical regions are covered(for the most part) rather than specific countries. Appears to be appropriate for fourth-fifth grade.

Click here.

The Guyot geographical reader and primer: a series of journeys round the world
By Mary Howe Smith, Mary Howe Smith Pratt
Published by American Book Company, 1898
282 pages

Introductory [Science Primer]/Google Books

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Introductory [Science Primer]
By Thomas Henry Huxley
Published by American book company, 1880
94 pages

Inorganic Chemistry for Beginners/Google Books

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Inorganic Chemistry for Beginners
By Henry Enfield Roscoe, Joseph Lunt
Published by Macmillan, 1897
245 pages

Lessons in Elementary Chemistry/Google Books

Click here.
Lessons in elementary chemistry: Inorganic and Organic
By Henry Enfield Roscoe
Published by Macmillan, 1893
503 pages

Chemistry for Secondary Schools/Google Books

By Henry Enfield Roscoe, Balfour Stewart
Published by Macmillan, 1883
132 pages

Click here.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Well-Known Piano Solos, How to Play Them /Google Books

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Well-Known Piano Solos, How to Play Them: How to Play Them
By Charles W. Wilkinson, Edward Ellsworth Hipsher
Published by Best Books, 1915
284 pages

The New McGuffey Fifth Reader/Google Books

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The New McGuffey Fifth Reader.
By William Holmes McGuffey
Published by American Book Co., 1901
Original from Harvard University
352 pages

Monday, September 29, 2008

The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin/Project Gutenberg

Click here. Easy to download via HTML, just "select all" and "save".

According to Yesterday's Classics which has republished this classic:

"A fairy tale of what happened to two men who tried to get rich in evil ways and of how the fortune they sought came to their younger brother, whose kind and loving heart prompted him to right action. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of 19th century stories for children. Includes four black and white illustrations by Maria L. Kirk. Ages 8-10, 41 pages."

Detailed description of plot, characters, and story analysis at Wikipedia.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Teaching Literature in the Grammar Grades and High School /Google Books

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Teaching Literature in the Grammar Grades and High School
By Emma Miller Bolenius
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915
Original from the New York Public Library
337 pages

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cathcart's Literary Reader (Survey of English Literature) /Google books

Begins with Elizabethan literature. Click here.

Type Lessons for Primary Teachers in the Study of Nature, Literature and Art Grades 1-4/Google Books

Click here.

Type Lessons for Primary Teachers in the Study of Nature, Literature and Art, arranged by seasons for the first four grades.
By Anna E. McGovern
Published by A. Flanagan company, 1905
Original from Harvard University
315 pages

Shakspere(Shakespeare): A Critical Study of His Mind and Art/Google Books

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Shakspere: A Critical Study of His Mind and Art
By Edward Dowden, Will David Howe
Published by Harper, 1918
Original from Harvard University
386 pages

Intermediate Language Lessons for Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade By Emma Serl/Google Books

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Intermediate Language Lessons
By Emma Serl
Published by American book company, 1914
324 pages

Teacher's copies and reprints of this book are available for sale. Check Google Search, or use my Amazon search engine on the side bar.

Everyday Classics Eighth Grade/Google Books

Click here.

Everyday Classics: Primer-eighth Reader
By Franklin Thomas Baker, Ashley Horace Thorndike, Fannie Wyche Dunn, Mildred Batchelder
Published by Macmillan, 1918

Everyday Classics Seventh Grade/Google Books

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Everyday Classics: First [-eighth] Reader
By Franklin Thomas Baker, Ashley Horace Thorndike, Fannie Wyche Dunn, Mildred Batchelder
Published by Macmillan, 1918
Original from the New York Public Library

Classics Old and New Fourth Grade/ Google Reader

Classics Old and New: A Series of School Readers
By Edwin Anderson Alderman
Published by University publishing company, 1906
Click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

An American Book of Golden Deeds(Hero Stories) By James Baldwin/Google Books

An American Book of Golden Deeds
By James Baldwin
Published by Dodo Press, 1907
Original from Harvard University
200 pages

Probably geared toward fourth or fifth grade readers.

Click here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Book of Battles; or, Daring Deeds by Land and Sea/ Google Books

This is not an academic book, but interesting for older teens and adults.

The book of battles; or, Daring deeds by land and sea [ed. by E. Shelton and C. Jones], By Book, Edward Shelton
Published by , 1867
Original from Oxford University

From the Prospectus:

"The Editor, however, will exercise great caution to avoid errors into
which he might easily fall. First, the Narratives will be strictly true,
so that the reader may have before him the actions of men like himself —
not creations of an author's brain. Then, the details of most Exciting
Adventures will not be overcharged for the mere purpose of producing
a morbid sensation. Over sufferings incidental to War the veil will be
gently drawn, and at heroic deeds involving often the rise of One Man
upon the sacrifice of Thousands there will only be expressed the admiration
of a rational observer in a Christian country."

Click here.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fifty Famous Rides and Riders By James Baldwin/Google Books

Click here. Appears appropriate for fourth to fifth grade students.

Published by American Book Company, 1916
Original from the New York Public Library
303 pages

Barnes's Elementary History of the United States by James Baldwin/Google Books

Click here. About fourth grade level. Beginner's history in the form of biographies.

Published by American Book Company, 1918
400 pages

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race/Project Gutenburg


Introduction xvii
I. Beowulf 1
II. The Dream of Maxen Wledig 42
III. The Story of Constantine and Elene 50
IV. The Compassion of Constantine 63
V. Havelok the Dane 73
VI. Howard the Halt 95
VII. Roland, the Hero of Early France 119
VIII. The Countess Cathleen 156
IX. Cuchulain, the Champion of Ireland 184
X. The Tale of Gamelyn 204
XI. William of Cloudeslee 225
XII. Black Colin of Loch Awe 248
XIII. The Marriage of Sir Gawayne 265
XIV. King Horn 286
XV. Robin Hood 314
XVI. Hereward the Wake

Click here.

Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light/Project Gutenburg

Click on title.

King Arthur's Knights The Tales Re-told for Boys & Girls/Project Gutenburg

Then a cry came from among the common people, and so strong was it that the nobles looked as if they hated to hear it.

'Let Arthur draw the sword!' was the call from a thousand throats.

The venerable archbishop came and took Arthur by the hand, and led him towards the sword. Again the young man held the rich pommel with his single hand, and that which none of the forty-nine great men could do, he did as easily as if he but plucked a flower.

A fierce cry leaped from among the thousands of the common people.

'Arthur shall be our King!' they cried. 'Arthur is our King! We will no longer deny him!'

A wonderful read-aloud or story for older children to read. It is a bit difficult with the old English, so I'm guessing age 12 and up for readability. Click here.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

In God's Garden by Amy Steedman/Librivox

Audio book here, and readable online text here.

Stories for children of Saints Ursula, Benedict, Christopher, Catherine of Siena, Augustine of Hippo, Augustine of Canterbury, Cecilia, Giles, Nicholas, Faith, Cosmo and Damian, Martin, George, and Francis of Assisi. Ages 6-10

Friday, August 29, 2008

The American Normal Readers Fifth Grade/Google Books

Click here

Excerpt from Introduction:
Thou hast made us for Thyself, and we cannot find rest until we find it in Thee. — ST. AUGUSTINE. These familiar words, which show the purpose of our creation and the true goal of life, also point to the end and aim of all sound education. Education is complete and ideal only as it trains and develops the whole being in the manner intended by the Creator. True education will embrace instruction and guidance in Religion, Science, History, Literature and Art, for these represent the child's entire nature and so cover the full range of his possibilities.
The American Normal Readers: Fifth Book
By May Louise Harvey
Published by Silver, Burdett and Co., 1912
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Mar 30, 2007

The American Normal Readers Third Grade/Google Books

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The American Normal Readers: Third Book
By May Louise Harvey
Published by Silver, Burdett and Co., 1908
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Mar 28, 2007
352 pages

Primary Method in the Church School(Lessons Plans)/Google Books

Lesson plans and teacher's instructional for primary grade, ages six though eight, although some skills covered look appropriate for younger ages. Click here.

Primary Method in the Church School: By Alberta Munkres
By Alberta Munkres
Published by The Abingdon Press, 1921
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Jan 8, 2008
242 pages

Language Work By Grade(Lesson Plans)/Project Gutenberg

For grades one through eight. Click here.

Language Work in Elementary Schools
By Macon Anderson Leiper
Published by Ginn, 1916
Original from the University of California
Digitized Oct 29, 2007
333 pages

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8 & Great Events by Famous Historians, Volumes 1-21./Project Gutenberg

Horne, Charles F. (Charles Francis), 1870-1942:

Friday, August 22, 2008

A First Manual of Composition/Google Books

A First Manual of Composition: Designed for Use in the Highest Grammar Grade and the Lower High-school Grades
By Edwin Herbert Lewis
Published by Macmillan & co., ltd., 1899
Original from Harvard University

Click here.

Junior High School Mathematics/Google Books

Click here.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines/Project Gutenberg

Interesting short biographical stories from 500 B.C. through 1920 of famous men and women for elementary school children. Click here. Unusual in that it includes Buddha and Muhammed.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Vintage Catholic Comic Books

"The Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact was a Catholic comic book published by George A. Pflaum of Dayton, Ohio, and provided to Catholic parochial school students between 1946 and 1972. The digital collection is a project that includes the first eighteen volumes running from 1946 to 1963. (Some issues in Volume 4 are missing.)"

Click here.

HT to Soutenus

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Fourth of July Stories, Independence Day (USA)

A few Fourth of July stories from Good Stories for Great Holidays. See Table of Contents here, and then "page forward" at link.