10.01.2015

Classic books to read online free

I recently asked friends of the Childhood 101 Facebook page to share the titles of the books they most enjoyed as children. Remember picture books are not just for tiny tots, some of these stories are much more suited to children in the early and even middle years of primary (elementary) school.
This well loved favourite features a caterpillar who eats its way through a wide variety of foodstuffs before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. Harold, is a curious four-year-old boy who, with the help of his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it.
In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny who poetically wishes goodnight, one by one, to everything he sees. The story of Ferdinand, a bull who would much rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights!
In this fun, repetitive story a peddler sits down under a tree to take a nap, with all his wares still on his head.
This curious little puppy was the star of the single all-time best-selling hardcover children’s book in the US, having sold nearly 15 million copies by 2011. Grug is a curious fictional character, fascinated by the world around him he solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.
When the Little Red Hen asks her farmyard friends to help her make the bread, they all refuse!
A tiger with a voracious appetite arrives unexpectedly to join Sophie and her mum for afternoon tea. In many ways a sad story, this parable of love and giving tells the story of a tree that keeps giving and a boy that keeps taking. The adventures of a small, soft toy bear who, after being left on the shelf by a discerning buyer, decides to search the store to find his missing button once all of the customers have gone for the day. When Max is sent to his bed without supper for wreaking havoc at home a forest grows in his room and he continues his wild rumpus accompanied by the Wild Things! The first of the Mr Men and Little Miss series of over 90 books; when Mr Tickle decides it is a tickling kind of day, you never know who he might tickle next.
Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair – from the moment he wakes up EVERYTHING goes wrong for Alexander and he may just pack up and move to Australia! Five brothers, each with a special and unique power, rescue the First Brother from being unfairly put to death.
In classic Richard Scarry style, we are introduced to the citizens of BusyTown, their occupations and daily activities. Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team but the introduction of gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels means big trouble for Mike and Mary Anne. In the original book about the curious monkey, George is taken from the jungle by the man in the yellow hat to live in a new home, but oh no, what happened! A lost baby bird asks cows, planes, and steam shovels the Big Question – are you my mother?
Sal and her mother set off in search of blueberries for the winter at the same time as a mother bear and her cub. Familiar animals, bold colors and a rhyming question-and-response text delight young readers and listeners to participate actively in this fun book. Sesame Street favourite, Grover will do whatever he can to stop the reader from discovering the monster at the end of the book, begging the reader not to finish it so as to avoid the monster! How dull, to be one hippo all alone… until the one calls two other hippos on the phone. Swimmy, one tiny fish, teaches his friends that together they needn’t be afraid of the dangers in the sea.
Christie Burnett is an early childhood teacher, presenter, writer and the editor of Childhood 101. Interesting how many of these older books are being reissued now( often in s slightly larger size), as parents (and grandparents) have such wonderful memories of them.
Easy Slow Cooker Mini Meatballs RecipeThis easy meatball recipe has three things going for it (well, probably more but three that I am going to talk about!).
The inspirational author Og Mandino, a former World War II US Army fighter pilot and insurance salesman, overcame alcoholism, wrote 19 books and headed Success Magazine. This book is a collection of tips for people who wish to start businesses, or even, as author Guy Kawasaki claims, other sorts of projects, including nonprofit organizations.
This book presents the results of a research project that authors Tom Peters and Robert Waterman conducted from 1979 to 1980.
In the book that gave birth to the self-help genre, writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie spells out his plan for getting what you want from other people by changing your behavior. This book is a wonderful collection of tips that range from the practical (how to prepare a resume) to surprisingly New Age-like mystical talk about the infinite powers of the universe. If you haven’t read any of the books below, be sure to check them out for yourself, and if you have children then you should absolutely introduce them to these timeless classics!
Chrissi Reads recently posted…Top Ten Books From My Childhood (or teen years) that I’d love to revisit!


Aww I have so many sweet memories of the books on your list, especially Corduroy and Are You My Mother.
May 3, 2013 By fourformom Kindergarten is such a magical time in your child’s school career.
Here are 20 books perfect for Kindergartners The Napping House by Audrey Wood – Charming story that is perfect for teaching kindergarteners predictability, while still being enjoyable for a bedtime story. Subscribe to Untrained Housewife's Newsletter for your free copy of The Seven Principles of Intentional and Self-Sufficient Living book. With literally hundreds of suggestions, I have begun compiling them into collections that I will be sharing over the next few weeks, starting today with 50 very popular classic picture books to read with children. The books we remember fondly from our own childhoods and look forward to sharing with our children and grandchildren. The Big Honey Hunt -the first in the series of over 300 titles in The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick, in fact, to Madeline a trip to the hospital is a grand adventure. Then one cold winter day the pet man comes again and this time the only pet left is an elephant.
The old man sets off to find the most beautiful cat of all but when he cannot choose from the millions of cats he finds he decides to bring them all home. The air is filled with the aroma of gingerbread cookies, minty candy canes, the piney Christmas tree, and yummy hot apple pie. Rogers leaves Amelia Bedelia alone in the house on her first day of work, anything can happen. When Meg flies off to meet her witch friends for some spell-making at a Halloween Party her spell does not go exactly to plan. No one wants an old-fashioned steam shovel like Mary Anne when a modern shovel can do the digging in half the time! She can turn policemen into apple trees or bananas into mice and she is the wickedest witch in all the world! Only the youngest bunnies know of the surprise, but when the sunset comes, all the bunnies are comforted. A quiet comedy of errors ensues when the young ones wander off and absentmindedly trail the wrong mothers. More importantly, she is a Mum who believes wholeheartedly in the value of children learning through play, the importance of quality early education, and the togetherness of family. If you are new here, you might like to subscribe to the RSS feed or receive updates direct to your email. Its a quick 5 minute read and one that is sure to entertain with it’s imaginative storytelling. The Greatest Salesman in the World is a story about an ancient merchant and his 10 mystical scrolls, each bearing a spiritual precept that is applicable to sales success. Kawasaki got his start in marketing at Apple Computer and went on to found several high tech businesses. The authors began each interview with an open-ended question designed to provoke an unstructured conversation about the meaning of success.
His classic text on strategy survived through the centuries and is still as applicable to war, politics and economics today as it was when Sun Tzu first drafted it. Author Hill was a former newspaper reporter, and he studied law and worked for Andrew Carnegie, whose ideas are reflected in Think and Grow Rich.
There are SO many amazing books for children that were published forty, fifty, sixty…even seventy years ago, that are so visually stunning and filled with wonder and whimsy.
The time I spend reading with my kids will always remain high on the list of my favorite moments as a parent.
The cats are asked to choose the most worthy amongst themselves and a huge cat fight erupts.
Celebrate the holiday season with this classic Golden storybook which includes six scratch-and-sniff scents. Before the night is through, a houseful of hippos has joined the one hippo for a boisterous bash. Personally I could never see what was so special about grug or the Mr Men series but I know that others loved them.
After selecting a sample of 43 companies from six major industries, they examined the firms’ practices closely.
The authors drew from these highly personalized revelations to extrapolate the qualities that high achievers share, particularly a driving desire to have meaningful impact. Many translations of Sun Tzu’s manuscript are available, but this one is both attractive and focused. His book is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published more than a quarter-century ago. Carnegie developed these principles by drawing from examples of persuasive people in history, such as Abraham Lincoln, and from his own experiences.


Covey managed to repackage an ethical and moral tradition thousands of years in development and make it meaningful to a late twentieth century, secular audience. Recognized as the father of modern management, Drucker forecast numerous pivotal trends, including decentralization, privatization and the development of the information society. All of the books featured below were part of my childhood library, as they were generously donated to my father by some kind person who had been holding on to them since their own children had grown! Children will undoubtedly be introduced to a wealth of new books, and I know my kids always love heading to the library to check out the same books they read in school.
And while some may be considered controversial, and others not seen as conforming with our changing social values, they each certainly provide us with a platform for enjoying the process of reading with our children, and for opening discussion about life and the many issues we face as inhabitants of the world we live in. For when Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes and dresses a chicken, the results are hilariously different than might be expected! You never know what.” When the boy ignores these instructions out of compassion for his new fish, Otto begins to outgrow his fishbowl with humorous results!
Or is it because it has become such a reference that other authors use it as a pillar to build and develop their own theory. Although they did this study more than 20 years ago, their results provide a model of eight core principles for excellence that are still true for companies today.
Most of what you find in this book you will find in Aristotle, Cicero, Benedict, Tillotson and their heirs. He introduced the concept of the “knowledge worker,” a term he employs widely in this fascinating book. Out of all the books I had, and I had a couple hundred at the very least, the two that still stick out in my mind as favorites were The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. Rooster’s Off To See The World by Eric Carle – Aside from being a classic Eric Carle book with eye-catching illustrations, it’s also a great tool for working on numbers, addition and subtraction. Since there are many great business books which already stood the test of time, picking only 10 books for our list isn’t an easy task, so forgive us if your favorite business book didn’t make the cut.
Covey adds a few references to psychology, a twentieth century science, and many to Viktor Frankl, a sage of the Holocaust.
Both are Caldecott Medal winners, which automatically gives them the prestige of some of the best picture books for children, and to this day I can totally see why. All For Pie, Pie For All by Molly Bang – Perfect book for introducing fractions, working on math concepts like joining and separating and making you think you want to eat a delicious pie prepared by a charming grandmother. The Twelve Days of Springtime by Deborah Lee Rose – All the wonders of spring and some counting as a bonus.
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin – Never before has a worm been so adorable, especially in his little red baseball cap.
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss – A book that has been around for over 60 years but is still a fabulous story for young readers and a great lesson in patience, faith and perseverance. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes – This book works very well for helping young children understand about bullies and how their words can hurt others. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – A fun story that begs to be read in a sing song voice.
Virginia Silverstein – While a non-fiction book about germs may not be on the top of your kindergartner’s book wish list, this book does an excellent job of explaining what germs are and how they can makes us sick (which will inevitably happen during the school year and beyond). Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt – Scaredy Squirrel is adorable and would prefer to stay in the safety of his own home than venture out into the world. This is one of those books where your children will want to analyze the pictures on each page.
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper – I love this classic tale that serves as a gentle reminder, to believe in yourself, try your hardest and never give up. Seuss – Chances are your children have seen the movie, but the book is still just as fabulous. This book naturally ties in well to Earth Day and a discussion about our impact on the environment. Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff – Beatrice is a child that is not a big fan of books (gasp!) until the magic of the library changes her mind.
20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris – Consider this an extended of the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy,” with hilarious pictures and even an appearance by the Big Bad Wolf. Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure by Doreen Cronin – I love all the stories of Duck and Farmer Brown and this story with filled with number-based shenanigans is no exception!
Franklins’ Bad Day by Paulette Bourgeois – I am a big fan of this little turtle and the story of Franklin’s Bad Day, which deals with the emotions he has as a result of his friend moving away. Natalie Lubrano is a 35-year-old mother of four children that are slowly trying to take over her house.



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