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

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 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 over 260 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 for the most part. Dozens of Yesterday's Classics titles have been adopted by top curriculum developers and providers including the Alveary, Ambleside Online, A Gentle Feast, Heart of Dakota, Wildwood Curriculum, 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 our first ebook package, Treasury 1, won the Blue Ribbon Award for "Best Homeschool Resource" from TOS Homeschool Crew 2010-2011.

Free Online Texts

Beginning in 1999 Yesterday's Classics offered free online texts for two decades through the Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project at Now we offer those free online texts and many more at Gateway to the Classics.

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