20 Children's Classics That Are Free For Kindle

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The Kindle is by far the most popular e-reader in the UK, and the selection of books available for it is massive. Best of all there are a huge number of classic books, now out of copyright, which have been transcribed for the Kindle and can now be downloaded for free.

Amongst these are some of the greatest classics of English and American Literature, as well as many books that have been loved by generations of readers.

If you don't have a Kindle you can still download these e-books, for free for iOS, Android, PC or Mac by downloading the free Kindle app for your device.

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Here are our selection of 20 of the world's best-loved classics - books every child should read. And they're all available for free as e-books on your Kindle.

  1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Lewis Carroll 's much loved classic is a must read. Some of literature's most enduring characters can be found here - The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, The White and Red Queens and the White Rabbit as well as Alice herself.
  2. Grimm's Fairy Stories
    Read the original versions of many much-loved fairy tales. They don't all have the happy ending that Disney gives them and some are downright grisly.
  3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    An American classic from Mark Twain is about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg.
  4. The Jungle Book
    There's more to the Jungle book that just Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo the bear. The five stories are fables and have a strong moral tone.
  5. Black Beauty
    Written to teach sympathy and respect for both horses and humans, Anna Sewell's only book was a huge bestseller.
  6. The Secret Garden
    The story of Mary Lennox and how she is helped to recover from her parent's death with a love of nature is as popular today as when it was published. Frances Hodgeson Burnett's book is still studied in school's today and has inspired both film and televsion adaptions.
  7. The Wind in the Willows
    Catch up with more of literature's best know characters as you read the adventures of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger. A political allegory cleverly wrapped up in a story that appeals to young and old alike.
  8. Little Women
    Louisa M. Alcott's tale has also been adapted for the screen several times, and it's feisty heroines still resonate with children today.
  9. Treasure Island
    A rip-roaring adventure on the high seas that will encourage boys to read, by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  10. The Ugly Duckling
    Hans Christian Anderson's simple tale of a little brown duckling that grows up into a swan.
  11. A Christmas Carol
    Meet the original Scrooge, Marley's Ghost and Tiny Tim. A wonderful introduction to the works of Charles Dickens.
  12. The Thirty-Nine Steps
    This exciting tale of derring-do by John Buchan as protagonist Richard Hanney is forced to go on the run when he is the most likley suspect for a murder he did not commit.
  13. Five Children and It
    E. Nesbit's tale of five children who find a Psammead, a sand fairy who grants them a wish each day. Each wish goes wrong but will disappear at sundown.
  14. The Railway Children
    Another popular story by E. Nesbit which was made into a much-loved film. Three children move to the country when their father is falsely accused of spying. They make friends with their new neighbours and eventually prove their father's innocence.
  15. Little Lord Fauntleroy
    Frances Hodgson Burnett's tale is of an American boy sent to live in England with his grandfather when he inherits a title. The book promoted the fashion for Fauntleroy Suits for boys and is still popular today.
  16. Kidnapped
    Another of Robert Louis Stevenson's most popular tales, about a boy who is put aboard a ship by his uncle when he realises that the boy may be the rightful heir to the family fortune.
  17. The Swiss Family Robinson
    Originally in German, this is the story of a resourceful Swiss family who are shipwrecked on an island in the East Indies.
  18. Heidi
    Johanna Spyri's popular novel, written originally in German as well, is the story of orphan Heidi who is sent to live in the mountains with her reclusive grandfather and manages to persuade him to come out of his seclusion.
  19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    A sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, it tells the further adventures of Huck Finn with an anti-slavery message.
  20. What Katy Did
    Twelve-year-old Katy Carr becomes responsible for her family when her mother dies. After an accident leaves her an invalid she learns to become patient, wise and kind.

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

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