Children's Books

A Collection of Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
A collection of short stories by the master of macabre introduces young readers to Poe's classic visions of torture, madness, and being buried alive. If you're not familiar with Poe, you can read some of his works for free here.

Books by Dr. Seuss
Writer and illustrator of 44 fun books, including Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hatches the Egg, and The Cat in the Hat.

Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

Beauty by Robin McKinley (Ages 9-12)

Retelling of the classic French tale Beauty and the Beast elicits the familiar magical charm, but is more believable and complex than the traditional story. In this version, Beauty is not as beautiful as her older sisters, who are both lovely and kind. Here, in fact, Beauty has no confidence in her appearance but takes pride in her own intelligence, her love of learning and books, and her talent in riding. She is the most competent of the three sisters, which proves essential when they are forced to retire to the country because of their father's financial ruin. Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life.

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley (Ages 9-12)

This is not a sequel, but a new novelization of the Beauty and the Beast tale that is fuller bodied, with richer characterizations and a more mystical, darker edge.

The Dark is Rising (Ages 9-12)

"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone."

With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.

Where the Wild Things Are (Ages 4-8)

Little House on the Prairie (Ages 8-12)

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