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Old 03-28-2010, 11:42 AM   #1
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Illustrated books for toddlers...

Has anyone compiled a "top ten" of illustrated (free) books for small children. I figured someone would've compiled a list of public domain, or just free, ebooks for smaller kids (with pictures), but I can't seem to find anything online that's not some bogus infomercial site using those search terms.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Unfortunately, my only knowledge of top ten children books list is a list of the ten worst children books out there, made by Cracked. And they are not even free!

10 great children's books for people who hate their children.

On the plus side, the Internet Archive has some illustrated children books, including the Alice in Wonderland series and some old fairy tales. They are old enough to be in the public domain. But they may be too hard for toddlers unless you are planning on reading them out loud to them...

http://www.archive.org/details/alicesadventures00carr
http://www.archive.org/details/tures...dven00carrrich
http://www.archive.org/details/throughlookinggl00carr2
http://www.archive.org/details/grimmshouseholdt00grim
http://www.archive.org/details/fairytales00hauf
http://www.archive.org/details/fairytales00ande

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An interesting book is _Bembo's Zoo_ --- but the web site is _much_ better (and free) --- simply wonderful for a young child on a pen computer (with Flash):

http://www.bemboszoo.com

Mute speakers if viewing the site at work where animal noises are inappropriate.

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The Bembo flash site is really cool; however I was thinking more along the line of what Jaime was talking about, I thought someone might have highlighted some older public domain heavily illustrated "gems" that are available from Project Gutenberg, Google, Amazon, etc.

My idea was to find some free illustrated (or with a little text) books to read to my two year old from my Kindle 2.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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I'd like to know that as well. So far I have been buying Curious George books from the Amazon Kindle store. They aren't too expensive, but I have only bought a few so far.
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Say, so long as your toddler is hearing rather than reading, are you interested in audio books at all? Because I happen to know of a great site where this woman reads fairy tales and children's books, and she makes her downloads available for free in mp3 format.
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The Bembo flash site is really cool; however I was thinking more along the line of what Jaime was talking about, I thought someone might have highlighted some older public domain heavily illustrated "gems" that are available from Project Gutenberg, Google, Amazon, etc.

My idea was to find some free illustrated (or with a little text) books to read to my two year old from my Kindle 2.

Thanks for your suggestions!
I think you're better off with real books for a toddler. A kindle screen is boring if you aren't into text and the illustrations are shrunk down and B&W. My 1.5yo loves books -- looking at the pictures, turning the pages, taking them on and off the shelf and occasionally nibbling them. You lose much of that with an e-reader.

He even loves playing with electronic devices -- my cell phone, the TV remote, etc. -- but has no interest in my e-readers. They just don't do stuff to catch his attention.

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I agree, at that age my daughter would have never been interested in my Kindle. She absolutely loved her little books and still does. We read her books every day and I have no intention of stopping that activity or no longer supplying her with real paper books. At her age, they are crucial for her reading development and a life long love of reading in and of itself.

But at 3 1/2 she is fascinated by anything mommy is doing. So I downloaded a few Curious George books, she loves to climb in my lap and read Curious George with me, she even gets to push the button to turn the page. I see no harm in showing her that there are many ways to enjoy a book.
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Ok, my thought was to supplement traditional books, which my daughter has so many of that she's in constant danger of getting swept away in a book avalanche, with some digital books on my Kindle; she too likes to see what's on "daddy's white book".

"We read her books every day and I have no intention of stopping that activity or no longer supplying her with real paper books."

I didn't say anything about stopping traditional books or not reading them to her, this response was a little melodramatic.

Again, my question was about a "top ten", or similar list of illustrated public domain books for toddlers. Anybody got one? Seen one posted anywhere, etc.?
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aug_aug,

I have looked everywhere. Most public domain books seem to be straight text. And even most of the children's books at the Amazon Kindle store seem to be straight text as well. (I have downloaded numerous samples looking for books my 3 year old would enjoy.)

So far the only ones I have found with images are the Curious George Series. But of course I am still looking. If I find any, I will be sure to post them here so you can get them too.
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Ok, great -thanks! I'll continue to search as well, if I find anything new I'll post here as well...one thing I did find interesting, although I haven't searched through it thoroughly, is the Internet Archive Children's Library, it looks promising.
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