By: Herbert Escott Inman (1860-1915)
One-Eyed Griffin and Other Tales
collection of children's fairytales including the tale of how the griffin lost one eye and Can't Shan't and Don't Care came to be giants.
By: H. A. Guerber (1859-1929)
Story of the Romans
A collection of short stories and histories of Rome, from its beginning to its end. (Ann Boulais)
By: Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade (1860-1936)
Our Little German Cousin
This book is part of the "Our Little Cousin" series, written for North American children to tell them about their 'cousins' from other parts of the world. Embark on a journey to 19th Century Germany with Bertha, Gretchen and Hans. They live in a toy-making village in the Black Forest. Learn about their work and customs; get to know facts and lore, hear about architecture, music and more. ( Claudia Salto)
By: Edith Horton
The Frozen North offers short sketches of the first men who bravely took great risks to explore the unknown polar regions and unlock the mysteries held there.
By: Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)
Stories from the Faerie Queen
A major work by Spenser, The Faerie Queen, was published between 1590 and 1596. As an allegorical work, it can be read on many levels. According to Jeanie Lang, Spenser always looked for the beautiful and the good when he wrote. Lang said, "There are many stories in The Faerie Queen, and out of these all I have told you only eight." The eight are "Una and the Lion," "St. Gergoe and the Dragon," "Britomart and the Magic Mirror," "The Quest of Sir Gregory," "Pastorella," "Cambell and Triamond," "Marinell the Sea-Nymph's Son," and "Flormell and the Witch."
By: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Christmas Carol - Condensed by the Author for his Dramatic Readings
This very special abridged version was written and performed by Dickens himself during his American Tour of 1862. Without the more terrifying and dark elements of the full length novel, its hour and a half length, and its lighter, comedic style makes this a family listening experience suited for all ages. ( Michael Armenta)
By: Eulalie Osgood Grover (1873-1958)
Kittens and Cats: A Book of Tales
This book consists of fifty-two very short fictitious stories about cats and kittens, which have been written for children. Many of the stories have been written by cats and address the queen, many of them are commentaries on well known nursery rhymes, and many of them are both.
By: Jean M. Thompson (1865-?)
Three Bears of Porcupine Ridge
Twenty-four delightful tales for children. Meet Timothy Mouse, Little Red Doe, Dame Woodchuck, King Moose and Unk-Wunk the Porcupine with their friends. Adventure and humor are skillfully wrapped around these lovable characters.
By: Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965)
Adventures of Sammy Jay
There's nothing that sly troublemaker Sammy Jay likes better than stealing corn - unless it's playing tricks on the other animals in the forest. Yet Chatterer the Red Squirrel would like to keep his corn, thank you very much, and while he's at it prove he is just as smart as Sammy Jay! Thornton Burgess takes us once again into the charming world of the Green Forest and Green Meadows in this delightful story.
By: Eva Katherine Gibson (1857-1916)
Zauberlinda, the Wise Witch
Annie Elfrida McLane lives in a little brown house of the South Dakota prairie, within sight of the Black Hills. Her father is a widower and prospects for gold there; Annie lives at home with her grandmother and the servants, Marthy Stubbs and Pete Pumpernickle. Annie has no neighbours, no other children to play with, and no school to attend; she is sometimes lonely and despondent. She is dependent for company on her black cat Silvertip, the farm animals around her, and creatures of the surrounding fields and meadows that she sometimes makes her pets...
By: Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and Short Stories Volume 3, 1848 to 1853
A collection of some of Hans Christian Andersen's works. He is a Danish author and poet most famous for his fairy tales.
Cocoa Break Collection, Vol. 02
This is a collection of international fairy tales clocking in at 5-15 minutes apiece, suitable for childrens' winter cocoa breaks, or other times when quality entertainment is needed.
By: J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)
Two Bears, and Other Sermons for Children
”Let no one make you think that you are too young to serve God. That is not true. As soon as you know right from wrong, you are old enough to begin taking the right way. As soon as you are old enough to be punished for doing wrong, you are old enough to give your heart to God, and to follow Christ.” So Rev. Ryle speaks to children of all ages. He does not speak down to children, for even the littlest ones can understand great spiritual truths. Instead, he teaches them in simple language what it means to be a true follower of Jesus and challenges them to live a better life whatever their age by following Jesus’ example – messages we adults could profit from as well...
By: L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
Dot and Tot of Merryland
Dot and Tot of Merryland is a 1901 novel by L. Frank Baum. After Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he wrote this story about the adventures of a little girl named Dot and a little boy named Tot in a land reached by floating on a river that flowed through a tunnel. The land was called Merryland and was split into seven valleys.
By: Johanna Spyri (1827-1901)
The story of a little girl in the village of Wildbach, who loved the roses, and how spreading both her roses and her love touched the hearts of the villagers.
By: Harriet Lummis Smith
Girls of Friendly Terrace (or Peggy Raymond's Success)
Peggy Raymond and her friends, Amy, Priscilla and Ruth, encounter a new neighbour, Elaine, and her family. While Peggy, in her usual cheerful and practical manner, welcomes them into the neighbourhood of Friendly Terrace, a variety of mysteries slowly unfold about them and why they ended up moving there. (Harriet Lummis Smith later went on to write four sequels to Eleanor H. Porter's "Pollyanna" books.)
By: Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (1864-1922)
Our Little Canadian Cousin
In " Our Little Canadian Cousin," the author's intention is to tell, in a general way and in one defined local setting, the story of Canadian home life in the late 19th century. To Canadians, home life means not merely sitting at a huge fire-place, or brewing and baking in a wide country kitchen, or dancing of an evening, or teaching, or sewing ; but it means the great outdoor life — sleighing, skating, snow-shoeing, hunting, canoeing, and, above all, " camping out " — the joys that belong to a vast, uncrowded country, where there is " room to play."
By: Henry Lee Mitchell Pike (1865-?)
Our Little Korean Cousin
This book is one of a series that aims at describing other cultures to children in an entertaining way that honors the culture, educates the child and keeps their minds open to the possibility of other people living wonderful lives in far off places. "Until very recently little has been known of the strange land in which the subject of this tale lives. Recent events have done much to introduce Korea and its people to the world at large. For this reason the story of Yung Pak's youthful days may be the more interesting to his Western cousins...
By: Homer Greene (1853-1940)
This is the first book written by Homer Greene, whose primary occupation was lawyer. It tells of 14-year-old Tom Taylor, and his 12-year-old blind brother Bennie, who work in the Pennsylvania coal mines in the late 1800s, earning money for an operation for the younger lad. A story of strikes and mine "falls" (cave-ins) along the way.
By: Edward L. Wheeler (1855-1885)
Deadwood Dick Jr. Branded
"Deadwood Dick", the straight shooting, hard riding hero of the dime novel series "Deadwood Dick" takes on train robbers and other villans in this rip-snotrin', tale of the old west. Deadwood Dick has made his way through many dangerous escades before his, but has he met his match this time? Why is there a horseshoe brand burned into this chest? Will he save the heroine? Listen to this dashing story as our hero puts himself in danger to protect the innocent and right wrongs in each exciting chapter.
By: Joaquin Miller (1837-1913)
True Bear Stories
Joaquin Miller dedicated this book to "my dear little daughter...for whose pleasure and instruction I have many times dug up the most of these stories from out the days of my boyhood." In his preface he claims to prefer true stories to made-up ones. And he always defends bears, which he thinks have gotten an undeserved bad reputation from the general populous. Miller strives here to pass on a respect for the variety and wisdom in the lives of real bears. But perhaps we should offer one caution: throughout his life Joaquin Miller gained a reputation for being a supreme liar!
By: Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
Tales Of King Arthur And The Round Table
The tales of King Arthur and his Knights are of Celtic origin. The Celts were the people who occupied Britain at the time when the history of the country opens… It is believed that King Arthur lived in the sixth century, just after the Romans withdrew from Britain… the stories came to be handed down from father to son, in Brittany (whose people are of the same family as the Welsh) as well as in Wales and England… [story-tellers altered the stories to suit their times down through the centuries] …and so in their altered and historically inaccurate form they have reached us at the present day...
By: E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822)
Nutcracker and Mouse King
The original story of the Nutcracker, weird and wonderful by one of the masters of horror and weirdness.
By: Lester Chadwick
Baseball Joe on the School Nine
"Baseball Joe" Matson's great ambition is to go to boarding school and play on the school team, in this second volume of the Baseball Joe series. Joe is a wide-awake country boy who enjoys playing baseball. We follow his career in the series, and his adventures, as he and hometown chum Tom Davis enroll in Excelsior Hall and join the school nine, are recounted here. When not on the diamond, Joe is saving lives and assisting his father against foes who are once again trying to steal Mr. Matson's machinery patents...
By: Covington Clarke
A crack American flying troop has been sent to France, where they await further instructions. They are concerned that their extensive talents will not be put to good use in the war. Major Cowan introduces Lt. McGee as the British instructor for the crew. It turns out the Brit is actually an American, born in the U.S., even though his parents were British. McGee and Larkin are flying partners. Out on a mission, McGee spots a small enemy plane in a searchlight, probably intent on dropping flares to mark targets for bombers...
By: Sæmund Sigfusson (1056-1133)
Elder Edda (Bray Translation)
The Elder or Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems dating from the thirteenth century CE. Though no two translators or editors seem to agree on precisely which poems should be included in this collection, the Elder Edda is the most important source for Norse mythology and legends of northern European heroes. The later "Younger" or Prose Edda, gathered or transcribed by Snorri Sturluson in about 1220 CE, is the other such source, largely drawing on and even directly quoting from the poetic material of the Elder Edda...
By: Lester Chadwick
Baseball Joe at Yale
"Baseball Joe" Matson's great ambition is to become a professional baseball pitcher. The Baseball Joe series follows his career as he seeks to attain his goal. In this volume, Joe follows the wishes of his parents and attends college, and seeks to join the Yale University varsity baseball nine. Much to his disappointment, he finds that he cannot immediately do so, due to a Yale rule barring Freshmen from placement on the varsity. We follow his college adventures through his first and second years, with emphasis on his trials in making the team in year two, including the attempts of a rival pitcher to keep him off the team...
By: Jessie Graham Flower (1883-1931)
Grace Harlowe with the U.S. Troops in the Argonne
Grace Harlowe continues her adventures in Europe, during World War I. She faces many perils and suffers heart ache, but still puts all of her effort into the war, driving her ambulance to help the injured American soldiers.
By: Roy Rockwood
Dave Dashaway, Air Champion, or Wizard Work in the Clouds
Never was there a more clever young aviator than Dave Dashaway, and all up-to-date youths will be will surely wish to hear about about him. In this, the last volume of the Dave Dashaway adventure series, Dave, with the assistance of his loyal chum Hiram Dobbs, makes several daring trips, and then enters a contest for a big prize. An aviation tale thrilling in the extreme. Written by Weldon J. Cobb under the Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym "Roy Rockwood."
By: Homer Greene (1853-1940)
A tale of the Riverpark Academy for cadets, in which there is growing discontent leading to a revolt against the academy's leaders. The rebellion takes the form of an unauthorized "holiday" in which a number of cadets leave the grounds for a some fun, including attending a circus. The story follows one cadet's descent into dishonor and disgrace, and how he strives to become an honorable boy again. - Summary by Donald Cummings
By: Ann Hawkshaw (1812-1885)
Cecil's Own Book
Ann Hawkshaw's fourth and final collection was published privately and named for her young grandson, Cecil Wedgwood. Written for children, the volume alternates prose with poetry and is lighter in tone than her earlier work, although poems such as 'The Discontented Stream' and 'The Ambitious Water-Lily' are tinged with a sense of waste. The final piece in the collection, 'In Memoriam', is a moving elegy on childhood death, which alludes to Hawkshaw's loss of three children including Cecil's mother who died shortly after his birth. - Summary by Phil Benson
By: Jessie Graham Flower (1883-1931)
Grace Harlowe with the Yankee Shock Boys at St. Quentin
Grace Harlowe with the Yankee Shock Boys at St. Quentin finds Grace an active participant in that most brilliant single achievement of the war, the breaking of the Hindenburg Line.
By: James Baldwin (1841-1925)
Stories of Don Quixote : written anew for young people
The romance entitled "The Achievements of the Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote de la Mancha," was originally written in Spanish by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in the 17th century. It has been read and enjoyed by men and women of the most diverse tastes and conditions. The story is so simple that every one can understand it, and yet it has in it so much wisdom that the wisest may derive pleasure from it. It touches the sense of humor in every heart. It moves to pity rather than ridicule, and to tears as well as laughter...
By: Marion St. John Webb (1888-1930)
House with the Twisting Passage (Version 2)
When her parents go to India for two years, 9 year old Jenny is cared for by her aunts. Aunt Abby is caretaker in a large many-roomed house, where Jenny meets and hears the stories of many interesting occupants. The owner of the house is remote in both location and character. She visits only occasionally, but what was her story, and how will she react to Jenny's presence? - Summary by Carod
By: Margaret Sidney (1844-1924)
Stories Polly Pepper Told to the Five Little Peppers in the Little Brown House
Polly Pepper loves to tell stories, but there just isn't enough room in the other books to include her stories! So, since "the author has received from mothers and other persons interested in the Pepper Family, so many requests for the Stories told by Polly Pepper ... this initial volume of Polly’s earlier stories has been prepared in obedience to these requests" . So curl up at Polly's feet, in front of the warm fire, and enjoy the Stories Polly Pepper Told to the Five Little Peppers in the Little Brown House! - Summary by Rachel
By: Gertrude Chandler Warner (1890-1979)
Star Stories for Little Folks
Gertrude Chandler Warner, known mainly for her "Boxcar Children" series of mystery books, published this small book of Astronomy, Constellations, and the stories behind them in 1918. It follows the story of a little girl named Helen, and her friend Dr. Lorry as she learns about stars through stories, games, and more.
By: Richard Mace Elam (1920-2013)
Young Readers Science Fiction Stories
This 1957 book contains thirteen pre-space-exploration stories for young readers. Some of the details show their dated composition but the sense of adventure will still hold attention for the young. - Summary by david wales
By: Mildred A. Wirt Benson (1905-2002)
Hoofbeats on the Turnpike
Penny Parker is a teen-aged sleuth and amateur reporter with an uncanny knack for uncovering and solving unusual, sometimes bizarre mysteries. The only daughter of widower Anthony Parker, publisher of the "Riverview Star," Penny has been raised to be self-sufficient, outspoken, innovative, and extraordinarily tenacious. Her cheerful, chatty manner belies a shrewd and keenly observant mind. Penny was the creation of Mildred A. Wirt, who was also the author of the original Nancy Drew series . Wirt became frustrated when she was pushed to "tone down" Nancy Drew and make her less independent and daring...
By: Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)
Little Pillows, or Good-Night Thoughts for Little Ones
Thirty-one little evening devotionals, simple enough for the child audience for which they were written, but also inspiring for adults needing spiritual refreshment.
By: Amanda Minnie Douglas (1831-1916)
This is a volume of five short stories for Children. Each of them contains a cute little learning experience and a happy end. - Summary by Carolin
By: Charles Henry Wharton Meehan (1817-1872)
Laws and Practice of the Game of Euchre. As Adopted by the Washington, D.C. Euchre Club
Sprinkled with literary quotes and little jests, this is a history of and guide to playing Euchre, with a short portion on playing 5-card draw poker. Some of the major differences between the described game and modern Euchre include the following: Today, a game is generally played to 10 points, rather than 5 . This will also change the "playing to the Bridge" discussion in this work. Today, only the 9, 10, J , Q, K, and A cards are used . Today, when a player announces they are playing alone, their partner cannot take the privilege of playing alone away from them...
By: Edward Anthony (1895-1971)
This pussycat is out to have some adventurous fun in this enjoyable fairy tale for boys, girls and parents. Summary by Lynda Marie Neilson
By: Frank G. Carpenter (1855-1924)
Carpenter's Geographical Reader: Asia
Through travelogues, lifestyle descriptions and cultural notes the reader will visit China, Japan, India, Korea, parts of the Holy Land and Turkey as they were in the early 20th century. Summary by BettyB
By: Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899)
Mark the Match Boy or Richard Hunter's Ward
In this third installment from the “Ragged Dick” series by Horatio Algers, Jr., the reader is reacquainted with some old friends and meets young Mark Manton. Mark is a match boy plagued by bad luck and an even worse guardian. But, with new friends, hard work, and smart choices, Mark may just find his luck taking a turn for the better. summary by tfaulder
By: Harry Thurston Peck (1856-1914)
Adventures of Mabel
This is a fantasy story about a little girl, 5-years old, who is the given the ability to converse with animals. - Summary by april6090
By: Frank G. Carpenter (1855-1924)
Carpenter's World Travels: Holy Land and Syria
Join a journey through the Holy Land and Syria as it existed in the early 20th century. Visiting and learning of Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Palestine and other fascinating and sacred spots of this truly historic region. Summary by BettyB.
By: Edith Henrietta Fowler (1865-1944)
Delightful and touching this wonderful little story should appeal to both the young and young at heart. Having lived happily with their grandmother in a large country home all of their young lives Babs 5, and Teddy 7, suddenly find themselves uprooted to become the temporary charges of an uncle and rather selfish 'society' aunt as they await the return of their parents from INJA. Babs is fearless and her pranks, her embarrassing frankness and many complaints about what she claims are unnecessary rebukes from the adults in her life will make you smile and sometimes break your heart. Enjoy! - Summary by Celine Major
By: Jane Eayre Fryer
Mary Frances Cook Book
Another of the charming Mary Frances books, this one 'Among the Kitchen People', where young girls are encouraged to be mother's helper's in the kitchen, as Mary Frances wants nothing more than to be useful. She learns how to make tea, toast and boiled eggs, among other things, as she enjoys adventures with her many friends, including Mantel Clock, Auntie Rolling Pin and Yellow Bowl. - Summary by Lynne Thompson
By: Lester Chadwick
Baseball Joe in the Central League
"Baseball Joe" Matson's great ambition is to become a professional baseball pitcher. The Baseball Joe series follows his career as he seeks to attain his goal. In this fourth volume, Joe accepts a contract to play baseball professionally, and leaves Yale to play on the Pittston team for the Central League, a "bush league" in the professional baseball hierarchy. Joe's career is helped by "Pop" Dutton, a famous pitcher now down on his luck, and hindered by a rival pitcher on the team, while at home, Joe's father is blinded by a chemical accident, and requires an expensive operation, which, if successful, will regain his sight...
Christmas Miscellany 2018
Sixteen Christmas stories or essays.
By: Elizabeth Rhodes Jackson
It's Your Fairy Tale, You Know
The book is about a typical boy named Wendell, who lives in Boston and likes fairy stories and baseball MUCH more than fractions. Any more than this would be a spoiler! - Summary by Nan Dodge
Travel Stories Retold From St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas was a popular magazine aimed at young folks in the late nineteenth – early twentieth century. Its articles were usually well-written and often by authors who became famous later on. This collection of articles published in 1920, aimed at the youth market, can be easily enjoyed by adults as well. - Summary by David Wales
By: Hezekiah Butterworth (1839-1905)
For many kids, Christmas time is the most exciting time of the year. Reading stories such as these can help making this season extra special and exciting. Or they can bring a little Christmas spirit into a different time of the year if they are read and listened to in spring or summer. In any case, children and grown-ups will find them enjoyable. - Summary by Carolin
By: Tudor Jenks (1857-1922)
Book of Famous Sieges
History is dominated by war, battles, and sieges. Our history books are full of these. But history books usually don't explain sieges in such an accessible and at times entertaining way as Tudor Jenks manages in this 1909 volume. The text and explanations are directed at children, but interested adults will profit from them in the same way. - Summary by Carolin
By: Ethel Dow
Diary of a Birthday Doll
A doll, given to a young girl for her birthday, goes through adventures and faults to get her new mother to love her. - Summary by Emma Hatton
By: Tom Hood (1835-1874)
A bunch of keys, where they were found and what they might have unlocked - A Christmas book
This is a little collection of short stories, written by different authors and published in 1865. It is a Christmas book, and the stories will make you feel an old-fashioned Christmas spirit. All stories relate to a key that opens something, be it a door, a box, or a heart. - Summary by Carolin
By: Laura Lee Hope
Bobbsey Twins on the Deep Blue Sea
This is the 11th in the original series of books about the Bobbseys -- two sets of twins in one family, solving mysteries and having adventures. Bert and Nan are 12, Flossie and Freddie are six. There is a father who works, a mother who stays home, a cook, a handyman, and an assortment of animals. - Summary by Nan Dodge
By: Edmund Selous (1857-1934)
In this volume, Edmund Selous explains the beauty of birds to children. We meet some of the most beautiful birds in the world, and learn about their lives. We also learn what to do when our mothers decide to wear hats with stuffed birds on them! - Summary by Carolin
By: Clara Dillingham Pierson (1868-1952)
This book tells of the important role of the plow, starting from its humble beginnings and how the plow has changed over time. This is achieved through a series of small stories set during different time periods in history. The introduction of the book encourages us to, "learn all you can about plows, even if you live in a great city. City people would soon starve if there were no plows and plowmen at work to raise food for them. Not even the strongest locomotives or the most wonderful printing-presses are so necessary to us as plows. Learn all you can about them!" - Summary by SweetHome
Animal Story Book
Edited by Andrew Lang, this book is an anthology of interesting stories about a wide variety of diffferent animals collected from numerous sources. - Summary by Elsie Selwyn