Friday, November 22, 2013

Online Book Library

One of the purposes of this blog is to give you access to free, full-text books online that you can use in your Storybook projects. There are over 700 books on these lists - all full-text and all free! Here is an overview of the pages with the book lists:

Native America. This list is organized regionally and by tribe: Northwestern (Tsimshian, Tlingit, etc.), Inuit, Northeastern (Iroquois, Seneca, etc.), Southeastern (Cherokee, Creek, etc.), Plains (Sioux, Blackfeet, etc.), Southwestern (Hopi, Navajo, etc.), Californian (Miwok, Yana, etc.), and also Central and South America.

Other Americas. This list includes books about United States regional folklore, along with story collections from Jamaica and from Brazil.

England. This list includes English fairy tales, folktales, ballads and rhymes, along with books about Beowulf, King Arthur, and Robin Hood.

Celtic Lands. This list contains many books of Irish myths and folktales, Scottish folktales, and also stories from Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Brittany.

Western Europe. In this list you will find story collections from France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece.

Northern Europe. This list contains story collections from Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia, along with Norse mythology and legends.

Eastern EuropeIn this book list you will find Russian folktales and fairy tales, along with Czech, Polish, Silesian, Hungarian, Romanian and Serbian stories.

Greece & Rome: This list contains both primary and secondary resources about Greek and Roman mythology, along with a list of Aesop's fables, including the fables as retold by later authors, such as La Fontaine.

AfricaThe African section contains story collections from the different regions of Africa, with West Africa and South Africa being best represented.

Middle East. Here you will find stories from ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East (including Gilgamesh), along with Arabic, Persian, and Turkish story collections.

India. On this list, you will find book about ancient India and the epic traditions, along with classical Indian stories, plus modern folktales and fairy tales; the Buddhist jataka tales are also found on this page.

East Asia. In this list you will find books with stories from China, Japan (including Ainu stories), Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, along with Eskimo stories from Sibera.

Pacific. Here you will find stories from Hawaii and Polynesia, as well as stories from Newland and Australia, plus stories from the Philippines.

Religious Books. This list contains different books from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, including extra-canonical books of the Bible.

History Books. These history books about the different countries of the world contain many stories that can be considered legend as well as history, which means they make perfect material to use in a Storybook project.

Literary BooksYou will find medieval literary sources here (Chaucer and Dante), along with Renaissance works (Shakespeare, Spenser, etc.), plus many modern literary authors such as Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, H. P. Lovecraft, and Oscar Wilde.

Miscellaneous: This list contain anthologies of stories from many different regions and traditions, plus collections of stories about animals (real and mythological), holidays, and utopias (Atlantis, etc.).

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