FREE Kindle Books-Children’s (Wednesday, June 26)

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [illustrated]

Lewis Carroll

Price: FREE

In some ways, it’s like reading a familiar story but in others it’s amazing how much can be lost or glossed over in the pop-cultural offerings that sprang from it. Reading this piece of classic literature gives you some insight not only into the time it came from, but also into the heart of childhood that is timeless and can be recaptured at least in part, if we’ll pause and exercise our imagination.

B. Breen

Includes Sir John Tenniel’s classic illustrations, along with a gallery of art from six different artists’ interpretations!

Mix equal parts creativity, bewilderment, and complete nonsense and you have Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. On a day that begins like any other, Alice notices a rabbit—a rabbit with a pocket watch. She chases after it and stumbles down a hole… and keeps falling and falling and falling. That’s when things start to get weird. She encounters a bizarre cast of characters — the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, a pipe-smoking caterpillar, the Pigeon, a Duchess, the Cook, and the decapitation-happy Queen of Hearts. It’s an adventure of completely intolerable logic, as witty as it is completely insane.

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KIKI AND THE CUCKOO Competition Children’s Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version)

Elizabeth Happy

Price: FREE

This is a delightful children’s book and the pictures are fantastic. I downloaded it to read to a visiting child and they delighted at the story. The drawings held my attention as much as the child’s. Can’t recommend it enough. It really is a five star book.

Julianna Doerres

KIKI AND THE CUCKOO

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Fully Illustrated Version

Picture Book for reading with the younger child – ages 3-6

This version of KIKI AND THE CUCKOO includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.

If the text-only version is better for your needs, then please click on KIKI AND THE CUCKOO in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader – ages 6-9.

Happy reading in either Version.

KIKI AND THE CUCKOO will help young readers explore the positive and negative aspects of competition. It also presents the biology and behavior of the Meadowlark.

COPING WITH COMPETITION AND ANGER

A lesson in peaceful co-existence unfolds on the Kansas prairie.

When Kiki sees the green and brown Kansas meadow laid out below him like a welcome mat, he knows just what to do-claim the meadow as his own, sing a beautiful meadowlark song, and attract a lovely meadowlark wife.

What could go wrong with such a simple plan for happiness?

Kiki quickly finds out, for no sooner has he rid his field of the troublesome Pekeat than another voice intrudes upon his territory: “Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!” And this challenger won’t go away!

“I’m ruined!” wails Kiki. “That bird sings in MY meadow!”

So begins Kiki’s rivalry with the mechanical inhabitant of a clock-a rivalry that threatens Kiki’s fondest dreams.

Kiki scolds the cuckoo. Kiki battles the cuckoo. Kiki even impersonates the cuckoo!

The story of how Kiki finally reclaims his meadow will delight children and at the same time teach a valuable lesson about competition and about the importance of choosing our contests with care.

Author Elizabeth Happy knows the meadowlarks. Every spring, she looks out the window of her Kansas home and sees the yellow flash of their returning and hears them staking claims to the meadows around her house. Her witty story of one meadowlark’s ordeal is gloriously enriched by illustrator Andra Chase’s vibrant watercolors, detailing the grasses, the wildflowers, and the creeping, crawling, and feathered creatures of the Kansas prairie.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the “Enrichment Information” which includes lots of facts about the life and habits of Meadowlarks including dangers, hiding, traveling, schooling, bathing, nestlings and fledglings, singing and calling, raising a family, nesting, a summer home, a typical year, and…best of all…learning to sing. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in colorful descriptions of bird life on the Kansas prairie…and the interesting correlation with human behavior.

A second big plus is the “Letter to Parents and Educators” which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the story…coping with competition! So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.

MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION

If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…

If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…

If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…

Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.

Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…

and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.

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Horatio’s One Wish

Joshua Kriesberg

Price: FREE

Get ready to laugh, cry, and bite your nails! This is an adventure full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A must-read for any person, young or old, with vivid illustrations which bring the characters to life. A great book to read to your children or grandchildren. Horatio is a gentle, wonderful, brave character who will be loved by everyone.

Magdalena Bassett

“Gently inspiring narrative…in the style of Charlotte’s Web,” says The Midwest Book Review, which calls Horatio’s One Wish “delightful,” “unforgettable,” and “a must” read.

“All the right elements for an epic summer read-aloud,” writes Seattle’s Child Magazine, which selected Horatio’s One Wish as one of their five recommended summer reads. “Perfect for third graders or older, or to read aloud to younger children.”

This is a story that touches your funny-bone and your heart. It is suspenseful from the opening sentence and humorous throughout, but most of all, the characters in the story endear themselves to you. What makes Horatio’s One Wish so memorable is how much you care about Horatio and his band of friends and how moved you are when you finish the book.

Horatio has lived alone as long as he can remember. His only friend is a river otter named Rollic, who visits him nearly every day. But when Rollic goes missing, Horatio knows he must try to find him. With the help of hamster twins, Whisklet and Whimser, Horatio embarks on an adventure beyond anything he could have dreamed. Along the way, Horatio meets Leala, a champion archer from the hedgehog village–a village Horatio never knew existed. Leala opens a door to a home Horatio has yearned for all his life. Will Horatio continue on and risk his life to rescue his friend or will he follow Leala back to his long-lost home?

Horatio’s One Wish takes you on a journey full of magic and mystery, into a world of woodland creatures and strange beasts. A summer-time adventure story that shows what true loyalty means.

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HANA’S YEAR Peer Pressure Children’s Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version)

Carol Talley

Price: FREE

Hana’s Year is a wonderful story about a little monkey who follows her other monkey friends and they all end up getting into trouble. Does Hana learn her lesson? Read this book with lovely illustrations to find out! I will definitely be reading this book over and over to my 5-year-old while hoping to encourage her not to fall into peer pressure.

Gillybean

HANA’S YEAR

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Fully Illustrated Version

Picture Book for reading with the younger child – ages 3-6

This version of HANA’S YEAR includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.

If the text-only version is better for your needs, then please click on HANA’S YEAR in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader – ages 6-9.

Happy reading in either Version.

RESISTING PEER PRESSURE

In a timeless corner of Japan, a monkey learns to accept responsibility for her actions.

Hana is one year old-old enough to get into plenty of trouble. Especially when she falls under the bad influence of the mischief-maker Tampopo, whose favorite words are “Follow me!”

Hana follows this rascally leader and her band of little monkeys into one misadventure after another. But when Tampopo leads Hana to betray her new friend, the boy Kenji, Hana decides that she had better learn to rely on her own judgment-even if it means being alone.

Illustrator Itoko Maeno returned to her native Japan to study its remarkable macaque monkeys and to visit its rice fields and rustic farmhouses. She has depicted in brilliant watercolor the peaceful valley where Kenji and his grandmother live and create traditional indigo-dyed kimono cloth and the wild mountainside where Hana plays and learns.

Author Carol Talley’s charming and sensitive story begins on this mountainside among the hopeful cherry blossoms of spring and moves through the rambunctious days of summer’s bounty and the wistful loneliness of autumn. It ends in the glistening snow with Hana’s triumph, when it is her turn to say “Follow me!”

As Hana’s seasons unfold, young people learn a valuable lesson about resisting peer pressure and taking responsibility for their own actions. They learn with Hana that everyone makes mistakes and even a monkey may sometimes fall from a tree, but a wise little monkey learns when to say “No!”

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the “Enrichment Information” which includes lots of facts about Japanese Folk Textiles on such topics as weaving, hemp spinning, dyeing, stenciling, indigo dye and kimono making. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in colorful descriptions of Japanese culture and daily life.

A second big plus is the “Letter to Parents and Educators” which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the story – resisting peer pressure. So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.

MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION

If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…

If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…

If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…

Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.

Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…

and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.

(signed) The Thoughtful Parent

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Thomas and the Lily Pond

Jane Whiteoak

Price: FREE

I read Thomas and the Lily Pond to my 4 yr old boy and he really enjoyed it. It was a nice and easy way to introduce some tough concepts at an early age. Each of the animals have their own personality which was really fun to read about and discover with my child. The illustrations are top notch and bring to life each of the animals and key scenes in the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has young kids.

Jim Loftus

Prevent Bullying and Encourage Good Character

If you are a parent or teacher concerned about your children and the effects of bullying, you will want to read Thomas and the Lily Pond.

Bullying has an enormous negative impact on our society. It can strike unexpectedly and it leaves millions of innocent victims completely bewildered and often ostracized through no fault of their own. The earlier we can alert our children to this unfortunate reality the better. It requires reaching out to them as soon as they can comprehend the meaning of the word bullying.

Perfect for Children Four to Six Years Old

Thomas and the Lily Pond is a book written for children from ages four to six years old. It specifically describes this issue, the signs leading up to it and the full impact bullying can have on the recipient. It is a fully illustrated story set in a forest, revolving around a very contented group of animals working and interacting together very amiably, until their world is quite literally turned upside down.

The cause of this upset is due to the arrival of an enormous frog who is decidedly devoid of any social mores. His primary target is the poor, hapless turtle named Thomas, a hard worker and also a very popular and valued member of the community, until he has the great misfortune of being confronted by this large, green, uninvited interloper.

Trust, betrayal, loyalty and manipulation are demonstrated and brought into question in Thomas and the Lily Pond. Friends of the docile turtle now turn on him. Included in this melange is a feisty skunk named Spike, who values his role as fierce protector of the forest, a vain blue jay, a chatterbox chickadee, a bounding rabbit with large, droopy ears and a very prickly porcupine, named Princeton. A deceitful plan is hatched and most of the trusting group forget about their true and loyal friend as they are all consumed by greed.

The whole scene is observed by Winston, the wise owl who sits and surveys all from his perch high up in the old oak tree. After a raging storm erupts and a potential disaster in very wild and rough water, the group is rescued by the least strident and innocent one of all.

Wisdom, Positive Influences and Pitfalls to Avoid

There are many pearls of wisdom and many pitfalls to enlighten your child within this creatively illustrated and easy to understand story. By the conclusion, many questions will be up for discussion as to why some people do not have our best interests in mind, but rather, their motives are often driven by a self serving agenda. Children will recognize how easy it can be to lose sight of their own values and fall prey to others through great temptation and the influence and pressure of others.

In Thomas and the Lily Pond your child will see many examples of unacceptable behaviour that unfortunately and increasingly pervade our society. Through this recognition and understanding your child may be able to make a difference in the world.

This is a book parents can easily read to their child in its entirety, or enjoy and savour chapter by chapter as a bedtime story over the course of several evenings.

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The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza

Steven Stickler

Price: FREE

From the first chapter, I was instantly in love with this book! The writing is solid, and very relatable for children without talking down to them. The concept is original, and adventurous, while encouraging children to use their minds to solve problems instead of violence. The details of history shine through, and the characters are very believable.

I would recommend this book for any child seeking adventure, but adults may enjoy it as well. It would be the perfect story to read together!

Stephanie O.

An Amazon TOP 20 bestseller (Children’s Mystery and Spy Stories, Jan. 2013)

Warning: if you enjoy romantic tales about princesses dressed in pink, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!

Auggie Spinoza is a ten-year-old boy with a secret: he is a special agent who can travel through time. Now, he finds himself locked in a desperate battle against evil forces trying to change the course of history. To defeat them, Auggie must pursue a dangerous quest to find a set of mysterious clues hidden in the past.

With the help of a clever new friend and advice from a cast of famous characters with names like Jefferson, Darwin, and Plato, Auggie fights to fulfill his destiny and save his world from ruin. Along the way, he learns the importance of thinking clearly and shows the awesome power of a code-breaking, book-loving, time-traveling ten-year-old with a talent for being in the right place at the right time (and doing the right thing).

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