Alice, In Wunderland

 

Alice has despaired of finding anything worth investigating since trying to read her sister's book; it has no pictures or conversations, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"

Ready to lie down in boredom and let the world drift away, Alice has one eye already closed when a large White Rabbit comes hopping by. 

There was nothing remarkable in the way the rabbit had happened along at just that moment. Alice just barely nodded her head until she heard the Rabbit say to itself, "Oh dear!
“Oh dear! I shall be too late!"

Too late, asks the child?  How would a rabbit know it was too late?  The answer comes when the Rabbit actually takes a large, gold watch out of its waistcoat-pocket and glances at it with a big worried frown before it hurries on. 

Her eyes flash open and Alice leaps to her feet, because for as far back as she could remember, Alice had never, ever before seen a rabbit with a waistcoat-pocket – or a watch to take out of its waistcoat-pocket either.

Lewis Carroll could speak for hours on various subjects, but he was not primarily an author, or even a writer.  The original format of Alice in Wonderland came forth in the format where Lewis Carroll was a genius, in telling stories.  No, that isn't the same thing; It's as different as night and day actually.

People that need to read their stories need to be entertained differently from those that listen to their stories being told, or watching their stories being told.  Sure, most of us love to watch a good movie occasionally, but for READERS? There ain't nothing like a book.

The slant and appeal of this version of Alice in Wonderland is the Table of Contents that reminds previous readers of the wonderful nonsensical, sentitious and yet outlandish windows of perception that Lewis Carroll opened for the human race.  A slider on the right will let you zip down to the page where this quotation is taken from.

We have the tormented French Mouse that falls asleep so fast he doesn't even snore.  The genius of Carroll is that HE didn't explain why the French Mouse SHOULD fall asleep.  People that were wise beyond their tears would chuckle at your cupidity and explain that dorme in French MEANS "SLEEP" 

In other words, once you knew why the door mouse was always sleeping then YOU could chuckle and explain this great SECRET hidden from the general, word-glancing public.

P.T. Barnum lived in this same era and he was quite an expert at giving a knowing genius a chance to press his supernal wisdom.  In an enclosure of many animals there was a sign that read "This Way To The Egress."

Now you've already seen the Tigress, Naturally you are primed to see the Egress.  But when you step through the door you find yourself on the outside, looking in.  "Hey," you think.. "I'm going to get Alfred and pull this Egress on him."

With Wunderland YOU will have the opportunity to explain all this arcane knowledge to you children as you read to them.  "Gee," they will say, and maybe even think,, "My Daddy's a rip-snorting, real, live genius.

I have given you larger fonts to make the reading much easier, and put extra space between the lines so there will be less chance of losing your scan as you peer just ahead of your listeners and smile delightedly into their fascinated gazes.

RIGHT Click HERE to download the whole book and begin reading

Go ahead.  Gather your children around you, get down to their level, Flash these pages up on your wall and start reading. Or, you can grab your laptop and gather a young child on each shoulder and lead them through the book.  You'll find that the Egress is right over this way

To the world, Lewis Carroll was principally known as a tutor in mathematics at Oxford, the Reverend Charles L. Dodgson -- or the other way around perhaps, though both men always declined to admit they were the other one.

According to Edward Bok, Charles was known as a kindly, friendly, but shy gentleman with a studied reserve that frequently had no intention of being "delightful" with strangers and particularly, editors. His typical soft, but nonetheless firm, response to requests for official information regarding Lewis Carroll was, "You are not speaking to the person you think you are addressing."

In fact, when Queen Victoria wrote to him at 29, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London and asked for a copy of "his book," Charles produced a copy of "HIS" book. It was entitled, An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, and the author, of course, was C. L. Dodgson.

Charles Dodgson could speak non-stop for 2 hours about the wonders of Oxford and moved in many high-class social circles, but his speech skidded to a stop as soon as the subject of Lewis Carroll came up. "I am sorry that you should be disappointed. I only regret that I cannot remove the disappointment."

The Oxford don that often acted as intermediary to Charles L. Dodgson said, "That is his attitude toward all, even toward me. He is not 'Lewis Carfroll' to anyone, is extremely sensitive on the point, and will not acknowledge his identity. That is why he lives so much to himself. He is in daily dread that someone will mention Alice in his presence. Curious, but there it is."

Let's make no mistake here; Charles L. Dodgson loved children. Unlike some of our modern entertainers for children, there were no slips of the tongue there. He quite simply was NOT Lewis Carroll.

Charles L. Dodgson was also quite well known for using photography as a means of artistic expression. His scientific mastery of proper exposure, and sure knowledge of the complex chemistry of the "wet process" was typical of everything he attempted. He used the "wet process" of developing film to concentrate on portraiture, specializing in studies of children.

"When photographing children he brings his camera down to their level where its presence becomes less commanding, and one can readily picture him kneeling to tell some wonderful nonsensical story to put his sitter at ease before making the exposure. It was a talent that few adults possessed and is indicative of Dodgson's belief that children were a gift from God whose presence gave meaning to his life as reverend gentleman, academic, children's author, and photographer." Source of last paragraph, Wikipedia.

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UNIQUE Books

Geronimo's Adventures features 9 good size books on the adventures of Geronimo the teddy bear for online viewing.

The Literature for Children Collection a resource from the University of Florida (USA) featuring children books published from before 1850 to beyond 1950.  These are JPG scans visible in their viewer.  Warning that some of these books have racist language.

FloridaDisaster.org  offers three books on hazardous weather for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade readers in download in PDF.

Foboko has 12 free unique ebooks in their children's ebook section.  These are all available for free reading online without registration. Free registration is required to download in a variety of formats.  There is a limit of 5 free downloads per month.

The Pomple mousse has three original stories about the adventures of Pomplemousse, intended for children and adults.

TheManorSchool offers a collection of Greek myths and legends for online viewing.  Featured within the stories is the artwork of children of the school.

TheMoonlitRoad has 11 stories for children for online reading.  A mix of ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends from the American South.

CyberKids  offers free books, written by children, for online viewing.  Unique collection divided into several genre categories.  Also offers some interactive stories, music and activites.

East of the Web  offers 23 free short stories for children for free online reading.  This is a mix of classic and original modern works.

e-booksDirectory has some classic children's books available for online viewing and some for download.  Some are the usual classics, but also some unusual entries here.   Additional free childfren's books are available here at this pageeduplace  offers 14 "leveled" books for online reading or printing.

Animated Tall Tales uses flash to tell semi-animated story of Paul Bunyan, Jerry Muskrat and many other tales. Turn your sound down before volunteering to listen. free reading online.

British Council has flash animated song and audio read-a-long stories.  

EasyMediaBroadcast   has a nice little collection of classic children's books with many of Beatrix Potter's works.  The works are available for download in TK3 and as .exe.

eBookJunkie has about 65 free ebooks for children available for free download in PDF without registration.  These are unique entries not found elsewhere.

Building Rainbows is a site where children may post reviews of books they have read. They also have 15 free classic novels available for free reading online.

Children's Bedtime Stories offer 20 free stories for free reading online.  These are original stories by Gordon Dioxide.

All Books Free a website dedicated to the premise of giving away free novels, children's books, short story collections, and poetry books. All books are provided courtesy of their authors and/or publishers. Many of these are titles that are not available elsewhere.

Thunderbolt Kids Siyavula presents free illustrated workbooks and comic books for grades 4 through 6 for free download in PDF.  These are natural science and technology related works.  Free teacher guides are also available.

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Books For Toddlers

ToddlerSchool has a small collection of illustrated books to read and listen to online. Also has educational games for younger children.  Suggested by Sefi

Baby School   has a small collection of online flash books for toddlers and young children.

B For Ball offers books geared to preschoolers.

Billy Bear 4 Kids offers story books and coloring books

Book Box has 20 free books.

Amazing Adventure Series  "June the Prune" is available for your free reading online. The key to getting ahead with this book is to hover near the top right corner of the book cover picture.  The story can also be heard by pressing the audio button at the top of the page.

Your Bedtime Story you can personalize.  Coloring pages go along with the stories.

Antique Books hearkens back to the day of Little Golden books that could be bought for 39 cents. Thus site maintains 20 of the classic Golden Books for free online viewing. No registration is required, but, boy could I have used some help in the navigation..

Childrenstory offers a smaller collection of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and holiday stories.  There is also a story that was written and illustrated by 2d grader children.  Caution that many of the other links lead to items for sale.

ChildStoryHour offers a good number of stories for free reading online.  Included are Beatrix Potter, Andersen Fairy Tales, Native American folklore as well as other stories and poems.  There are also other activities at the site

ChildStoryTeller has a good number of short stories and nursery rhymes for reading online.  No illustrations to speak of and most of the stories are classics that can be found elsewhere, but there are a few unique entires here.

Cindi In Education  offers 2 free educational comic books for middle school and high school children.

Cinnamon Bear Free stories and other activites about Paddy O'Cinnamon, the bear.

Clarkness xhas a large collection of free ebooks for kindergarden and first grade children.  These are available in PDF for free download.

Disney.Go offers the free picture book, Lady and the Tramp, for free reading online in their flash player.  No registration needed.

DLTK-Teach   offers free printable children's books.  Most are geared towards pre-schoolers, including a set on the alphabet, but there are some stories for older children also.    Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd. 

Don't Spank Hank  David Peters offers this picture ebook for download

Hiyah offers some reading skills software for children 18 months to 6 years of age, which may also be used online without download.   

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Bookie Jar has almost 2,000 free ebooks in its Children's Books Free Classics category.

Young Peoples Zone classic literature for children.

Classic Literature Library (Fairy Tales) Small collection, but a nice collection of the Oz and Peter Pan books along with Lewis Carroll's children's books available for online viewing.

Classicly has a nice collection of free books for children and young readers.  Most are available for download in pdf, kindle or MP3 (audiobook).

eBook Takeaway has 226 free classic ebooks in their Fiction-Children/Juvenile category available for free download in PDF, TEXT and HTML without registration.

ClassicReader (Young Readers) Several hundred classic books for young readers available for online viewing.

Classics For Young People an alphabetical listing of authors of classic novels for young readers with links to online versions of appropriate works by each author.

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Aaron Shephard's World of Stories folktales, fairy tales, tall tales, myths, legends, magical tales, and sacred stories, plus original fables, humor, and historical fiction—all from award-winning author Aaron Shepard. Most of the stories have been published in top children’s magazines like Cricket and Australia’s School Magazine, while some are from Aaron’s picture books and early readers. The listings give the appropriate age for reading, length of the story and origin.

Arthur's Classic Novels has a large and impressive collection of free classics for children, as sorted out by Arthur.

Bedtime-Story has a large collection of illustrated books for online viewing.

eBooks@Adelaide has a large listing of free classic children's novels in chronological order.

Electric Scotland has over 800 free children's books, for children of all ages, available for free reading online.  These are unique and original stories and many are illustrated.

ePubBooks has an interesting collection of classic fairy tale books, with some unique entries.  These are available for free download in EPUB.

ETextCenter the electronic text center of the University of Virginia has a large collection of works for children and young adults available for online viewing.  These are classic works and many are availble elsewhere, but there are some unique ones.  Books are sorted by author name.

FableLibrary has an interesting and unique collection of childrens works.  Most are available for viewing online, including some flash versions.  But a few are available for download.  Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd.

FarmhouseFables offers 5 short story books about the little creatures that have made their home in the meadow next to the old farmhouse.

Feedbooks (Fairy Tales) has a small but unique collection of fairy tale books from around the globe available for download in Kindle, ePub and PDF.

Fiction eBooks (Children's Illustrated) 8 of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit books very nicely illustrated.

FictionPress has 2695 free works in its Kids Fiction Archive.  These appear to be original and unpublished works and most are short stories.  These are available for free reading online.

FreeChildrenStories offers 17 free stories for online reading.  Stories may be sorted by difficulty or age.  For children aged 1 to 10.

FreeKidsBooks has a nice collection of original children's books available for free download in PDF.  Age range is from toddlers to young adults.

GailSpencerLamm  offers her illustrated ebook, Emily's Patience, for free online viewing or download.

Giggle Poetry a large collection of funny poetry for children available for free reading online.  Also, a poetry class for children to learn to write poetry and other activites are available for free.

Gilead.org  provides many of the fairy tales and stories of Hans Christian Andersen.  These are available for free reading online without registration.

Giraffian offers a nice collection of books for pre-schoolers, covering the alphabet, numbers colors and other topics.  Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd.

GoldenGems   a collection of little golden books and other illustrated books for children for online viewing and saving as jpg.

Google Book Search (Fairy Tales) 578 works for online viewing, from the 1850s-1920s.

Grammaropolis has a book, video, songs and games to help children learn proper grammar. 

GrimmFairyTales has a small collection of The Grimm's fairy tales for free reading online in a flash player.  Also available are some associated activities.

InklessTales  offers 15 stories for online viewing as well as games, poems and activities.

International Children's Digital Library nice collection of children's books from around the world in a variety of languages and nicely categorized, available for online viewing.

IPL2 has 10 free stories for free reading online without registration.

JesusandKidz offers a good number of illustrated bible stories for free reading online.  Also available are coloring pages, puzzles and songs.

Joggoon has 30 classic children novels available for free reading online.   There are some unique listings here.

Kellscraft (Children's Books) nice collection (100) of childrens books from the 1890s-1920s.

Kids Learning Centre Free books and other activites for children. 

KidsKnowIt  is not a book site, but it does have a lot of reading for children, along with educational puzzles and games.

KidsNurseryRhymes a British site featuring over 1200 nursery rhymes for online viewing.  Also has sing along rhymes (must have midi player-available there) and some nursery rhyme disco recordings available for download in MP3.

Kidspace A small collection of childrens books, available for online viewing, from the Internet Public Library.

KidsPages offers free illustrated ebooks for reading online as well as other learning activities for younger children.  These stories are generally classic children stories.

KidStoriesOnline offers free stories online (with optional audio), free ebooks, audio books and videos.  Some require providing an email, but most are available to all.

Kids World Fun has 81 free ebooks for children available for free reading online or free download in PDF without registration.  There are also 21 animated read-a-long stories available for free viewing online.  There are also free poems and short stories as well as games at the site.

Kindersay is a site for free preschool learning activities.  ABCs. short stories and sign language subjects available in a free flash player presentation.  Free registration is available for extra features, but not necessary to access subjects.

Kindersite offer a good number of stories in flash for reading and listening online as well as lullabies, music and games for younger children.

Knowledgerush has a small, but interesting, collection with a good listing of Oz and Tom Swift books, along with some other classics for viewing online.  Also a young adults section.

KOL Jr has 44 free picture ebooks for free reading online in a flash player.  These all come with audio for read-a-long.  No registration needed.

Land of Magic has a large collection of free books.  Many are available for free reading online and some for free download in PDF.  Also, a large amount of audio books and other activities.

Land of Nursery Rhymes large collection of nursery rhymes for free reading and listening online.  Other activities available.

LearningPage  has a series (38) of printable "Tommy" story books suitable for about 8-10-year-olds, plus some other printable books, for free.  Requires free registration.  Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd.

LibraryofCongress  maintains a nice collection of classic children's books in its Childrens Literature collection of its Rare Book section.  these are available for online reading and download in pdf.  These are illustrated copies and are a nice mix of well known and unusual.

Light Up Your Brain is primarily known as an children's audio book site, but they also provide a copy of the stories for free reading online.  No registration needed.

LilFingers Storybooks Small collection of books for very young children for reading and being read to.

Little Critters A dozen free stories in their interactive read and play section presented in a flash player.  Other activities also available.  The library section is just a listing of books that are for sale.

LiverpoolMuseum offers the stories of 4 children taken into slavery on their trip from Africa to the Americas in 1780.  The stories start with their life in Africa and continue until the Americas.  Some make the trip alive and some do not.  Each is from a different tribe in Africa.

LongLongTimeAgo is a large collection of fables, myths, folk tales, fairy tales and more from around the world.  These are available for reading online. 

Loyal Books has a 7,000 array of Childrens and Fairy Tales books available for download in plain text format. Graphics are magical.

Magickeys small, but interesting and unusual, collection for online viewing

ManyBooks (Young Readers)  2390 books available for online viewing or download in an extremely large variety of formats.

MegaMouseBooks offers two dozen books by Emma Laybourn for free reading online or free download in ePub or Mobi formats.  Age range is from 5 to 12.  Associated crossword puzzles are also available.

MemoWare (Children's eBooks) 686 books available for download in varying formats

MerpyStories offers several animated flash stories, with accompanying music, for online viewing.  The unique stories of Merpy, Jeremy Dragonfly and Rufus the Firefly available in English and Spanish.  Other activities available.

Michael Hardgrove  offers his illustrated book, "The Echo and the Pixie" for free reading online.

Mother Goose Club  a collection of nursery rhymes available for free reading online without registration.  Also, some songs, videos and coloring pages.

MrsPStorytime reads a few classic stories, some childen written stories and animal stories read by Mrs P in a youtube video, with readalong capttions.

Munsey's (Children Books) 2283 free books available in HTML or a good variety of downloads.

Munsey'sMobile has over 2000 free books in its Children's category.  These are all available for free viewing online and are also available for download in PDF, PRC and ePUB.  These appear to be different works than those available on the regular Munsey's site, above.

MuseumofUnnaturalHistory has a small collection of illustrated childrens' stories for online viewing. these are unique stories not found elsewhere.

MyKidsCorner offers a good number of stories, interactive stories, rhymes, alphabet, games and puzzles and pictures for children aged 3 to 7.  All are available for free online reading.

MysteryNetKids has a good size collection of mysteries for children to solve.  There are 28 "Solve-It" stories, 29 "Chiller" stories from the Darkmaster,  28 "Quick Solve" stories, 28 Magic Tricks and 21 mystery stories written by children that won the mystery writing contest at the site.

MyYoungChild has a good variety of free stories designed for value building in children aged 3 to 7.  Some are read only, presented as images and some are listen alongs, presented in videos.

Neverpedia  has a complete listing of the Peter Pan novels available for free reading online.

OxfordOwl has over 250 free ebooks for free reading online in a flash player.  Age range is from 3 to 11.  Audio and associated activites are also available for most, if not all, the free ebooks.  Thanks to Katharine for this nice link.

PBSKids has a few read along stories as well as several short educational videos for young children.

Most people think there is only the one Wizard of Oz book, but actually there are 40 "official" books in the Oz series and several more "unofficial" Oz books.  The official series started in 1900 and actually continued until 1963.  

PlanetOzKids has an interesting collection of stories relating to myths about animals.  Also available are detective stories to work along with.  All available for online viewing.

Popular Children's Stories  a nice collection of stories for children available for free reading online without registration.  Most are short stories, with some longer ones.

Professor Garfield  Garfield the cat hosts a website with a good collection of original and unique stories for younger readers (press the Read button on the home page).  Most of the content is available for free reading online in a flash viewer without registration.  There are also some books available for free download in PDF without registration.

ProfessorGarfield offers 11 free books for beginner readers.  These are nicely illustrated and are read in their "toon reader".  There is an option to have the book read aloud using human voices as the child reads.  Interesting and unique collection.  Available in several languages.  Other activities also available at the site.

Read.Gov offers 23 classic illustrated books for children for free reading online or free download in PDF.

Reading Bear A phonics learning site for begining readers.  Free audio and visual presentations.

Read Free Book  links to several free children's ebooks at Smashwords, which means they are available for free reading online or free download in several formats.  Half of the books listed are no longer free and half are still free.

Reading Games has 6 free classic illustrated stories for younger children available for free reading (and read-a-long) online without registration.  There are also some reading and vocabulary games for readers at the site.

ReadingHawk has a large collection of Dolch Sight Word stories available for free reading online and some are also available for free download in PDF.  These are intended for begining readers.

ReadingIsFundamental offers a variety of free reading and listening activities for toddlers and preschoolers in flash presentations.

RIF Reading Planet  has an interesting collection of books for online viewing that changes monthly.  Also has activities and games as well as Asian/Pacific, Caribbean, Hispanic and native American sections with books and activities.

Robert Munsch has about 60 books by Robert Munsch for reading online and read by him available for download in MP3 format.

RodCockle offers a nice collection of illustrated books for online viewing, as well as games and puzzles for 4-8 year olds. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd.

RobTowner has about 15 original stories of his own available for free reading online.  These are in a flash player.  There are also a few available for free download in PDF.  Separated into baby, kids, teens and young adult categories.  He will also write stories upon request.

Room108KidsStories offers about 25 animated stories, with accompanying music, for reading online.  These are unique stories not found elsewhere. 

Scholastic Small collection of children's books available for online viewing (or read to you).  Featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog, Alice in Wonderland and a couple of others.

Scholastic Mini-books has a good selection of stories available to read or print, many of which are free. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd.

SebastianSwan  a collection of Sebastian Swan stories for online viewing.

Sesame Street has 5 free Sesame Street picture ebooks for free reading online.  Looks like the free books are changed weekly and email updates are available.

Shay's Imagination  offers the unique stories and poems of Shay for online reading or download in pdf.

Short Stories Free has 5 free short stories for children available for free reading online.

SillyBooks has a number of free books available for online reading.  There are also puzzles, games and contests.

Smashwords has over 300 free ebooks for free online viewing or download in a variety of formats.  These are generally unpublished works and unique to this site.  The site does also offer books for purchase, but all the works in this list are available for free.

Snapdragon  the BBC of Wales presents the story of Goldilocks for free reading online in their flash player as well as other early learning reading activities.

Between the Lions has video books with words for younger readers to follow along.

Starfall  has online flash presentations designed for first graders to entertain and educate.

StoriesForChildren has 8 Christmas stories by Carolyn Rogers for online viewing and apparently some woodland creature stories soon to come.

StoriesForMyLittleSister is a collection of original stories written by a big sister for her little sister.  Interesting collection of illustrated stories and also other activites.

StoriestoGrowBy  has a large collection of folk and fairy tales for children from around the world for online viewing.

StoryTimeForMe a nice site with unique entries aimed for toddlers through 2d grade.  Interesting combination of old fashioned animated book and flash video.

Stuart Stories has 9 free books for begining readers and about 30 free books for older children.  All are available for free reading online and most are also available for free download in PDF.

SurLaLuneFairyTales offers a very nice and large collection of fairy tales from around the world for online reading.

The Birmingham Grid For Learning  presents The Tooth Fairy, a story written and illustrated by a 4th grade class for free reading online without registration.

The Lancashire Grid For Learning titles for free reading online without registration.  

Tonight'sBedtimeStory offers 79 classic fairy tales for download or online viewing in PDF.

Topmarks  an UK learning site.  This link is to their English section, which has reading materials for children aged 5 to 18.  All are available for free reading online without registration.

Toy Box Productions  offers over 20 original works for free reading online in their flash viewer.  This is split between historical works and Bible stories. 

TumbleBook Cloud Collections the Huntley Library offers free acces to the excellent collections of TumbleBooks.  The TumbleBook Library and TumbleBook Jr., collections are the best selections for youn ger readers.  There are read-a-longs and other reading learning features available.  All are available for free reading online.

uMassAmherstAesop'sFables offers a collection of Aesop's fables, with illustrations from students in the Computing in the Fine Arts course for online viewing.

UPenn Digital Library has within its A Celebration of Women Writers collection a section for Newberry honor books written by women (Newberry is an award for children books given out by the Library Association) spanning from 1922 to 1964.  These are available for free reading online without registration.

Vintage Cookbooks includes in their collection of vintage cookbooks a collection of vintage cookbooks from the late 1800s to 1950s for children.  These will popup in an online reader, but if you look on the upper left of the reader, there is a link to OPen Library where the book may be downloaded in a wide variety of ebook formats.  No registration needed.

WackyWebTales offers a good size collection of short tales for 3rd graders and above. Geared to help with parts of speech.

Walking By The Way has an impressive listing of free classic books for children.  It is called a list for Kindle ebooks, but most are available in many ebook formats.

WeGiveBooks has 198 books available for online reading in a flash player.  Reading the books helps to distribute books to children around the world.  Over 1 million books have been read and given away.  Age range is from newborn to teens.

WikiJunior  age-appropriate non-fiction ebooks for children aged birth to 12 years old available for free reading online without registration.

Archive.org (Children's Library) large collection of children's original books available for online viewing and download

Armenian Story Teller has a few Armenian stories and poems available for free reading online.

Wired For Books has a nice collection of Beatrix Potter books as well as a few others for online reading and also available in audio.

Woodlands Junior School  presents a 7 chapter interactive Pokemon story to aid in developing reading skills and apprehension.   This is a UK site with British spelling.

World of Tales  a collection of folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world available for online viewing.

ZiggityZoom has 17 free online stories available for reading and listening.  These all are displayed in a flash player.  Geared to younger children.

Bibliotastic has 15 free ebooks.

by Gosh has about 20 illustrated classics for younger children, as well as 9 classics for older children.  All are available for free reading online.

Candlelight Stories has stories from the Arabian nights collection as well as other story books available for online reading.

C Beebies is a BBC site that offers a good number of free stories, in flash, for online reading and listening.  Also, has games, music and coloring books.

American Literature  has a collection of free stories for children -- like Aesop's Fables, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wind in the Willows, The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen, Peter Rabbit and other stories by Beatrix Potter, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, The Pumpkin-Glory by William Dean Howells,  The Walrus and The Carpenter (an illustrated poem), and good old Cinderella!, all available for free reading online.

The Online Books Page  provides links to free books that have either won the Newberry award for outstainding children's books or have recieved an "Honor" and are in the public domain.  Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite.

The University of Southern Mississippi  presents The Cinderella Project, which is a compilation of a dozen variations of the classic fairy tale (press on the Archives link).  Also available are the Little Red Riding Hood Project and the Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant-Killer project.

Allen Morgan The Kids From B.A.D. (detective stories) Search For The New-Moon Stones (fantasy novel) Celebrate The Season: Fall (seasonal stories) Celebrate The Season: Winter (seasonal stories) Beautiful Dreamer (novel)stories and novels for children for free reading online, without registration.

Alvie The Little Brown Burro  You can enjoy this fun and entertaining collection of free children's stories about a small, brown, toy burro named Alvie. Just click this link to see the entire collection of stories. Children of all ages will enjoy the stories about Alvie but they are specifically designed for preschoolers. There are seven Alvie stories to read online or download in MP3.

ABC Fast Phonics  is a free tutorial that uses cartoons and sounds with audio narration and clickable words to teach phonics. This method teaches just basic phonics concepts without struggle or frustration and includes rules for vowels, consonants, and blends along with practice pages.  No registration needed.