- Little Friend Lydia by Ethel Calvert Phillips
A young orphaned Quaker girl finds a new home — and lots of adventures. Also available in other formats.
- Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Well-known story of a little girl who goes to live with her grandfather and warms his heart. Also available in PDF and other formats. This version is illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A pampered little girl learns what it means to be a servant — and a real princess. Also available in PDF and other formats.
- Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
A sheltered young girl grows to enjoy the freedom that taking responsibility brings.
- Lisbeth Longfrock by Hans Aanrud
An orphan girl grows into her long frock among the Norwegian mountains. Available in PDF and other formats.
- Henrietta’s Wish by Charlotte M. Yonge
A young lady learns to see “having her own way” for what it is. Available in PDF and other formats.
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A few of our favorite reading lists.
7 Places to Find Children’s Books in the Public Domain
Collections of children’s books.
Books About Books
Two book-reading guides in the public domain.
Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children’s Literature by Elizabeth Wilson
A well-loved guide with a Charlotte Mason flavor. Read our full review.