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Library of Congress Releases 100 Free Books Online

Children’s Book Week might have ended, but on May 5th, to mark of the end of its 100th anniversary, the Library of Congress released 100 British and American titles.

Thankfully, all of these books are still available for free.


Denslow's Humpty Dumpty and The Book of Cat

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The history of Children’s Book Week starts back in 1919, now a hundred years ago, as a means of celebrating childhood literacy. However, Good New Network makes note of how difficult this was.

Simply put, why print colored illustrations when printing in black and white is far cheaper?


The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
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However several literary advocates stepped forth, allowing for the last hundred years of Children’s Book Week to be a landmark in literary history. With these books, we can not only how society has evolved over the years, but also  look back at the branches of our literary evolution and see just where we came from.

Now all these books, and many more, are available on digital, bridging the gap between old and new.

Fair warning, some of these books may be considered offensive. Lee Ann Potter, the director of the learning and innovation office at the Library of Congress, made note to The New York Times that the library is “celebrating the fact that these books provide us with the opportunity to have conversations about what is appropriate or inappropriate, that they help us understand a different time.”

These education books, from very old to brand new, are a part of our history. They include the work of American illustrators such as W.W. Denslow, Peter Newell, and Howard Pyle, as well as works by renowned English illustrators Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway.Image Via Library of Congress

As the Library of Congress states on their website, “The books in this collection were published in the United States and England before 1924, are no longer under copyright, and free to read, share, and reuse however you’d like”.

Are you going to check them out?


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Children’s Book Week Kicks off April 29th for Its 100th Anniversary!

Children’s Book Week kicks off this year on April 29th! According to this article from the American Booksellers Association, the event will commence on April 29th (Monday) and continue onto May 5th. In service of the 100th anniversary of the event, the year’s theme will be “Read Now, Read Forever’, trying to encourage kids to read more while also looking to the history of children’s books as an overall experience. Bookstores around the country will be helping to host the event, with over 25,000 independent bookstores, libraries, and schools helping to promote it.

The banner for the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week

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Established in 1919, the Children’s Book Week was started by a librarian of the Boy Scouts Franklin W. Matthiews in order higher standards to child literacy and education, as well creating true engagement for literature among young people. The event has been celebrated annually every since, with in 1944 the Children’s Book Council assuming control over the event. The event will be celebrated twice this year. If you want help get involved follow this link and help out, as well as getting your child involved! Celebrate and have fun!


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