History, Living Books

Richard of Jamestown

Richard of Jamestown by James Otis (PDF ebook) – A wonderful, highly readable chapter book by James Otis, chronicling the adventures of Richard, a young boy who sails to the new world with the colonists who founded Jamestown. His stories of the hardships and adventures faced by the Jamestown settlers, told from the viewpoint of a young boy, make this great reading for the Fall season. Don’t miss this!

from the foreword:

The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or for gain.

That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories—although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation—and only such incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.

Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!

Audio, Living Books

The Railway Children – New Audiobook Version

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit – Read by Kara Shallenberg

When their father mysteriously goes away, three children and their story-writing mother leave their comfortable life in London and move to a little house, Three Chimneys, in the country. Free to roam the countryside, Peter, Bobbie, and Phil make friends and enjoy adventures in and around the nearby railway station, and wave to the passing train each day, asking it to send their love to Father. There are no magical adventures in this Nesbit story, but as usual her child characters are so realistic that you feel they are your friends!
This brand new audio reading of E. Nesbit’s heartwarming classic story by one of our favorite readers, Kara Shallenberg, is absolutely wonderful and highly recommended by us. Don’t miss it.
CLICK HERE to go to the download page!
History, Holidays, Living Books

The First New England Christmas

“The First New England Christmas: A Story of Life in the Colonies” by Stone & Frickett (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this excellent short story of the first Christmas in New England, in the year 1620. If you’ve been curious as to how the early Pilgrims celebrated Christmas, read this – you may be surprised at what you discover!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Living Books, Nature Studies

The Mary Frances Garden Book, PART THREE

The Mary Frances Garden Book, or Adventures Among the Garden People (PDF ebooks) PART THREE

Have you checked this great book out yet? Don’t let its age fool you. This is great fun and very educational gardening instruction for anyone who is young at heart!

Today we have Part Three of this great gardening / story book. Part One from Monday and Part Two from Tuessday are still available too, so if you haven’t gotten them already, you can still get them now. This is delightful, fun, educational stuff — don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)

Living Books, Nature Studies

The Mary Frances Garden Book, PART TWO

The Mary Frances Garden Book, or Adventures Among the Garden People (PDF ebooks) PART TWO

One of our all-time favorite literary characters, Mary Frances, is back again in this delightfully illustrated story book adventure in the garden!

Today we have Part Two of this great gardening / story book. Part One from yesterday is still available too, if you haven’t gotten it already. Part Three comes tomorrow! This is delightful, fun, educational stuff — and full of great illustrations. Don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)

Living Books, Nature Studies

The Mary Frances Garden Book, PART ONE

The Mary Frances Garden Book, or Adventures Among the Garden People (PDF ebooks)

One of our all-time favorite literary characters, Mary Frances, is back again in this delightfully illustrated story book adventure in the garden!

Mary Frances and Billy have been growing up, and with their growing, they have learned to love the great out-of-doors. In this great book, they meet all sorts of fanciful characters, and learn a lot of very real garden lore & “how to” information especially for young gardeners. Highly recommended!

This is such a large ebook file, we’ve broken it down into three parts to make it downloadable for all, and will be serializing this book over three days. This is delightful, fun, educational stuff — don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)

Living Books

Rolf and the King’s Bow

THE STORY OF ROLF AND THE VIKING BOW (multiformat ebook)

Set in Iceland in the middle ages, this great historic adventure story by Allen French (a friend of C. S. Lewis & Tolkien) is about  young Rolf’s adventures both as a Viking and a slave, during a period when the new teachings of Christianity were still mixed with the old customs of his land. Lots of adventure &  interesting twists in a story that also portrays betrayal & forgiveness, honor & virtue, and how to face adversity and the danger of pride. Highly recommended!

To download the scanned PDF of this book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.

To download the kindle version of this book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.

To download the epub version if this book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Classic Picture books, Critical Thinking, Lesson Plans, Living Books, Math, Physics, Science

Using Children’s Literature to Teach Science

Using Children’s Literature to Teach Science by Patricia Bishop McKean (PDF ebook with multiple PDF files)

Patricia Bishop McKean compiled this wonderful ebook that pairs great picture books / young reader books (including such classics as Stellaluna, Follow the Drinking Court, Swimmy, Curious George, Morris’s Disappearing Bag and many more) with hands-on activities that demonstrate basic science concepts to young students. Subjects covered in the activities include earth science, astronomy, math, ecology, physics, chemistry, and process skills. It’s a great approach that makes both the stories AND the science lessons much more memorable.

From her introduction:

Each children’s picture book is linked to a simple, basic science activity. By showing teachers how to “hook” their students by reading a familiar or new story and then doing a related hands-on, minds-on science activity, I have helped teachers feel more comfortable with teaching science.  Sometimes the story comes before the activity, and sometimes it comes after the activity. The activity will stand alone, as will the reading of the story, but if the hook captivates the mind of the student, the memory of the science concept should last in the student’s mind.

About the format:

Each book & accompanying science activity has its own PDF file, so there’s lots of PDFs to download here, making it a little more complicated than just downloading a single PDF file. But it is worth the effort. Check it out and see if you don’t agree. Use the menu on the site to navigate between sections of the collection.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Audio, Living Books

The Long Winter

“The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (MP3 audio dramatization)

Every couple of years we bring back this fine audio dramatization of one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best “Little House” books, “The Long Winter”. This Ingalls family is quite different than the one you saw on TV, but it is a very faithful adaptation of the book, and is quite entertaining. It is the one and ONLY “old time radio” adaptation of any of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, and if you love those stories, you’ll treasure this half hour audio dramatization. We’ve also included a PDF “Listening Guide” to accompany this program.

To download this MP3 audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

To download the PDF Listening Guide for this program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Literature, Living Books

Winter “Why” Tales

Here’s a lovely little children’s storybook featuring two fanciful wintertime stories: “Why the Bear Sleeps All Winter”, and “Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves”. Great “fairy tale” style read alouds for younger listeners on a chilly winter day!

To download this pdf ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users: Press the “control” key and then click the link and save to your mac.