The Children's Library

Children's stories bless us twice. The first time they are read to us. The second time, we read them to a child we love. Enjoy Favorite Fairy Tales by Age, Pre-K Wordplay! and Lullabies.

The Velveteen Rabbit


Science Fiction

Fantastic stories about future technologies and dystopian societies, great quotes & teaching ideas.

Dystopian Stories, featuring The Time Machine

Teacher Resources

Reading links for Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School, and college level, useful Study Guides.

Teacher Resources

Books for Young Readers

Chapter books for older children or to be read by an adult, including The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, Robin Hood and many other classics to inspire the joy of reading.

Books for Young Readers

American Biographies

Learn about famous American authors and historical figures in this special collection Especially for Kids, and Biographies for All Ages

American Biographies

Foodie Stories

Pairing two things we love: great food and great literature!

Foodie Stories: Anton Chekhov, About Love

The Essayists

A collection of famous and insightful essays from Emerson, Thoreau, Frederick Douglas, John Stuart Mill, and Daniel Webster.

Famous Essays

Famous Quotations

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
-- Winston Churchill

Featuring Mark Twain & Ben Franklin

Mark Twain Quote

Aesop's Fables

Well-known fables offer short morality tales, perfect for children and English language learners.

Aesops Fables

Halloween Stories

A collection of great stories, featuring ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other supernatural phenomenon.

Halloween Ghost Stories and Scary Books

Christmas Stories

Favorite Christmas stories for you and your family during the holidays. Share Children's Christmas Stories, Carols, and vintage Christmas cards

Christmas Stories and Books

American History

Profiles of important authors, their essays, speeches, documents and literature which helped shape America and provide context for understanding.

U.S. Constitution

Civil War Stories

Stories, novels, letters, and other historic documents specific to the United States Civil War.

Civil War Battle

World War I Literature

Authors who experienced the horrors of the Great War: poems, short stories, books, and propaganda.

In Flanders Fields

Literature & History

Literature has a profound impact on culture, what better way to learn about America's history than through its authors. Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin may have hastened the arrival of the American Civl War. Henry David Thoreau's essay On Civil Disobedience inspired Ghandi, Mandela, and Martin Luther King. Literature is also a captive of history and sometimes proper appreciation is difficult to achieve without an understanding of the work's historical setting; The Scarlet Letter-- indeed much of Hawthorne's work-- is difficult to appreciate without historical education. We feature great American Biographies.

Japanese Fairy Tales

A fanciful collection of Fairy Tales collected and translated by Grace James. These imaginative and original fables are interesting reading for grown-ups rather than children. Visit our Fairy Tales Guide for more.

Book of Japenese Fairy Tales

Latin Phrases

An exhaustive compendium of Latin Phrases with a handy search function. Ipso Facto.

Dictionary of Latin Phrases

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible is primary to the culture of Western civilization and that primacy runs through its literature. This is your handy reference guide to The Bible.

Useful Idioms

Over six hundred figurative phrases English students should know.

Idioms for English Learners

Mystery Stories

Great mystery stories by Poe, Rinehart, Doyle, Christie, Glaspell and more!

Great mystery stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, R. Austin Freeman, and Richard Connell

Pulitzer Prize Winners

Pulitzer Prize winning novels, poetry, drama, and biographies in the public domain.

Pulitzer Prize novels, poetry, drama, biographies, and author profiles.

Russian Writers

Enjoy some of the best stories by great Russian writers, and author anecdotes

Russian Writers, featuring Anna Akhmatova's poetry

Women Writers

A collection of female authors whose writing let us in to their internal conflicts vs. external expectations. Visit our Feminist Lit Study Guide

Famous Women Writers

African American Library

Featuring the works of writers and activists including Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Harriet Beecher Stowe and vital documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as a range of stories that speak to African American experiences.

African American Books

Ghost, Gothic & Horror

A collection of great stories, featuring ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other supernatural phenomenon.

Horror Stories and Books

Plato's Dialogues

A collection of Plato's Dialogues

Palto's Dialogues

We also feature Aristotle's treatises

American Literature Timeline

A time line of important events in American Literature. This is very helpful visual guide that allows teachers and students to quickly understand when different works appeared in the era during which important authors were writing.

Time Line of American Literature

William Shakespeare

The Shakespeare library features his plays and sonnets.

Shakespeare Plays and Sonnets


American Literature is pleased to offer free resources to homeschool teachers and students. Homeschooling.

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