Monday, May 25, 2020

~ MMGM SUMMER READING FOR KIDS PART 3 ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY SUMMER READING
FOR KIDS FEATURE, PART THREE ~









This is the wrap-up post in my 'Summer Reading for Kids' series. 

If you missed either or both of the first two posts, here are the links:

PART ONE OF 'SUMMER READING FOR KIDS' 

PART TWO OF 'SUMMER READING FOR KIDS'

**In this third post, I share a link pack of free online treasures for kids, educators, parents/grandparents, and other fans of children's literature. I hope you find something worthwhile here for yourself and your loved ones. Have fun! **

📗 -- When I original saw the link to 'Open Culture' in an author's group on Facebook, I thought it was an archive of free, digitized historical children's books. When I went to the site, I was pleasantly surprised -- astounded really -- at the breadth of free materials available here! As you scroll down the first page of this link, you will see a plethora of resources available for free. These include:
  • Free Language Lessons;
  • Free E-books;
  • Great Lectures;
  • Great Recordings;
  • Free Textbooks;
  • Free K-12 Resources;
  • Free Art & Images;
  • Free Music; and
  • Writing Tips . . .
The list goes on and on. If I ever have any spare time after all of my writing, sewing designing, sewing, reading, blogging, family time, and home responsibilities, I keep promising myself I will spend more time on this site. Check it out at:
OPEN CULTURE WEBSITE

📗  --  The Library of Congress has a treasure trove of materials posted on their site, too! I'm providing a link to the 'Classic Books' page for children, but there is much exploring to do on this website, too. Free classic books have been digitized and are available for reading. I perused the titles on this page and found several that I loved as a girl or used in my classroom as a teacher:  'Anne of Green Gables', 'Peter Rabbit', 'The Ugly Duckling', 'The Secret Garden', and 'A Christmas Carol' to name but a few. There are other links here to more resources. Find it all at:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- CLASSIC BOOKS 

📗 --  One of our other MMGM bloggers, Ms. Yingling, shared this next link with me on a blog post comment recently. The Project Gutenberg Library is a library filled with over 60,000 free e-books! It is posted on the main page that these books are not protected by copyright in the United States, usually because their copyrights have expired. There are instructions on how to search for e-books. Can't wait to spend some time on this site in the future! Thank you for the tip, Ms. Yingling!  Here's the link to the main page:

THE PROJECT GUTENBERG LIBRARY 

📗 --  The Internet Archive Open Library is an archive of books for every age group that a patron can 'borrow' for free. The link below is for a search I did for the K-12 Student Library. There you can browse through books by reading level or grade level and access student guides designed for student use. This site struck me as a great resource for educators and parents/grandparents/caregivers who are working with their students at home while the schools are closed or even during summer break. Find these valuable resources at:

INTERNET ARCHIVE OPEN LIBRARY  

📗 --  The Oxford Owl Project sponsored by Oxford University has a free e-book collection targeting children ages 3 years to 11 years.  There are resources available to parents, also, to assist them in supporting their child's reading. There is a lot to enjoy about this colorful website, which I feel children will find engaging and appealing. The Oxford Owl Project page may be found at:

THE OXFORD OWL PROJECT FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY

 📕 📗 📘 📙 📚   ~ I have enjoyed researching, composing, and posting this series on my blog. I truly appreciate the many positive comments you all have posted and the email messages you have sent to me with positive feedback. Please share these links with your friends, family, colleagues, readers, and followers so that we can assure the youth of our nation do not miss out on great literature and reading experiences because of this pandemic. Take care, stay healthy, and be safe. And read, read, read to your heart's content this summer and always. 💝 ~

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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.
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  Find the links to more great 'It's Monday! What Are You Reading?' (#IMWAYR) posts for children's and Young Adult books over at the Unleashing Readers website.  
 
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11 comments:

  1. Wow—I didn't realize so many resources like this were out there! Thanks for sharing all of these sites over the last few weeks!

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  2. Thanks for sharing these! I saw a site that went and proofed classics and posted ebooks for free. That way, the transition to digital was smooth. Minor typos were fixed. And then I forgot to bookmark and it's lost forever... sigh...

    I'm bookmarking these NOW!

    Here's my Monday post for the week.

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  3. Another great post about summer resources! Have enjoyed this series! Now I only need to look back to your posts, to find what I'm looking for! Have a great Memorial Day!

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  4. What a wonderful list of free resources, June! Thank you for sharing this as everyone is clamoring for good free/cheap reading materials. Our public library is allowing check outs, but only 8 people can come to the library per day (by appointment) and they can only check out three books for their whole family. For a larger family, like mine, this doesn't work very well. I've been very relieved to find much of my material through Overdrive/Libby. Hope you have a fantastic reading week!

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  5. If I didn't have so many new books to read, I would certainly spend a lot of time on Project Gutenberg. Glad you found it helpful.

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  6. This is awesome! I know about the others, but not the Project Owl. Thank you so much!

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  7. Great resources, maybe your best set yet! My bookmark menu has grown significantly the past three weeks. Thanks once again for your stellar detective work at finding these sites.

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  8. I've used Project Gutenberg and Library of Congress, but I haven't heard of the others. My other favorite is Librivox recordings of audio books. I have the app on my phone, and my boys and I love to listen to a little classic lit when we have long drives.

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  9. Wow! Thanks for sharing this comprehensive list of resources.

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  10. Thanks for all the links. Great stuff!

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