Classic Books for Children

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be—
I had a mother who read to me.
                            —Strickland Gillilan

Introducing Yesterday's Classics Ebook Treasury, Volume 2

A whole new set of Yesterday's Classics ebooks is now available for your reading pleasure. Included among the 106 titles are the 13 sections of the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock and 6 fairy tale anthologies in the Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss series, one for each age from 5 to 10. With fifteen genres represented in the collection, there is something for everyone. Click here for more information about this new collection, as well as a list of the titles included.


Your headquarters for the best classic literature for children, Yesterday's Classics offers a rich collection of books from a wide variety of genres, with special emphasis on history, literature, and natural history. While used extensively as school reading, Yesterday's Classics titles work equally well as independent reading, and family read-alouds.

High standards govern everything Yesterday's Classics does, from selection of books to attractive presentation of texts in whatever form you choose to read them. Yesterday's Classics makes titles available as printed books, as ebooks in both Kindle and EPUB format, and as online texts through its new Gateway to the Classics.

Careful Selection Criteria

Since 1999 Yesterday's Classics has been carefully selecting for republication the best of the children's books first published a century ago when a Christian worldview and high standards of literary excellence were the norm. Only books that

  • incorporate text of high literary quality,
  • use story to engage the reader,
  • cultivate the moral imagination,
  • awaken an interest in the out of doors,
  • furnish heroes worthy of emulation, and
  • stimulate powers of observation

meet our standards for selection.

Print editions

Yesterday's Classics offers 225 titles in high-quality paperback editions, with text pleasingly formatted in modern easy-to-read type. Illustrations from the original volumes are included, rendered in black and white in these editions. Dozens of Yesterday's Classics titles have been adopted by top curriculum developers and providers including Ambleside Online, Heart of Dakota, Living Books Curriculum, Milestones Academy, Tapestry of Grace, and Rainbow Resource Center.

Many of the titles we offer have been out of print for decades and so have been hard to find. Now your children can enjoy these books that delighted generations of children a century ago.

Ebooks in Kindle and EPUB Format

All of Yesterday's Classics ebooks are crafted with the same care and attention as our print editions. Each ebook includes a clickable table of contents, and clean text, carefully proofread, and attractively formatted. Illustrations from original books, many in color, are included. In 2011 Yesterday's Classics Ebook Package of 225 Titles won the Blue Ribbon Award for "Best Homeschool Resource" from TOS Homeschool Crew 2010-2011.

New ebooks are published regularly.

Innovative Platform for Mobile Devices

In step with the move to mobile devices, Yesterday's Classics is now introducing its Gateway to the Classics. On this platform the individual can customize content for each member of his family, arrange the elements he selects into an attractive display, and tailor its presentation.

Getting started with this custom curriculum builder is straightforward for those who select from the 300 blocks currently available in a wide variety of genres. Combining a few of these blocks (each of which has a full school year's worth of readings set out week by week) results in a curriculum plan customized for a particular child.

Users who want to exercise more control can create their own blocks, drawing on the thousands of stories and poems from Gateway to the Classics' ever-growing collection of online texts. Other elements support grouping of books into virtual bookshelves, daily practice of memory work, and integration of text and audio. New content from a variety of genres is added regularly.

Free Online Texts

Since 1999 Yesterday's Classics has been offering free online texts through the Baldwin Project at While this site will continue to be supported, no new texts will be added. All new development will be at Gateway to the Classics. Take a look at this comparison between the sites to learn about the differences between them.

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