10 Useful Public Domain Books for Homeschool

I love our library but there are times when I really need to have my own copy of a book, particularly if it’s recommended by someone I trust but happens to be out of print. So, here are a few of the public domain books that I use in our homeschool (and keep on my Nook & Kindle!):


Everyday Number Stories
by George Baker Longan

Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini

For the Children’s Hour by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mother’s Story of the Bible by Rev. Jesse Lyman Hurlbut

Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning and illustrated by Hope Dunlap

The Story Book of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre

The Secret of Everyday Things by Jean-Henri Fabre

Reading-Literature: First Reader by Harriette Taylor Treadwell and Margaret Free

If you are looking for a complete history book from a Christian perspective (and that’s free), you may want to review A Complete History of Mankind compiled and edited by J. Parnell McCarter (PDF) and found on puritan.net. Be aware that he has adapted this version from Hendrick Van Loon’s “The Story of Mankind,” which has little to no mention of the Creator.

You can find more public domain books at Open Library, Books at Google.com, Project Gutenburg, and the Baldwin Project.

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