Free DIY: Beautifully Illustrated Antique Books To Read to Your Kids Today

Bed time story is a wonderful tradition. Here is a list of antique books you can read to your kids free of charge today.

Reading books with your kids is such a powerful bonding activity, it can’t possibly be overestimated. I love reading with my kids. We read as well as discuss what we’ve read almost every day, ever since they were little. They are teens now and still share with me what they’re reading, what they find interesting, make recommendation for me, and we still read together time to time.

Classics has been proved to be the better for kids development. Most books published before the 1900s were beautifully illustrated as well.


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This DIY project will enable you to enjoy wonderful classic stories with your kids and enjoy beautiful illustrations without the dust, stains, and risk of ruining a rare book. Your only cost is the cost of printing the pages of the book.


Click on the pictures to open the FREE books.



Goody Two-Shoes, published in 1888.

Such a charming story for kids through grade four. While there is rather tragic beginning, the story is about kindness, bravery, and has a heartfelt ending.

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Cinderella. Published in 1873

This addition of the classic fairy-tale was illustrated by Walter Crane (1845-1915). Walter was the second son of Thomas Crane, a portrait painter and miniaturist, who at the age of 16 joined the Royal Academy school in UK, receiving a medal for “drawings from the antique”. Thomas Crane was a very talented artist, most successful in portraits, both in oil and water-color techniques.

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Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Published in 1884.

This page-turner for kids from third grade up is filled with humor, amazing characters, and memorable adventures. The book has a lot more pages than others, you might want to print and read it by a chapter or two a day.

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A Tale Of Two Cities, By Charles Dickens

A novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. It is geared for a slightly older audience, such as teenagers and up.

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Does your kid have a favorite book? Please let me know in the comments below!


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  1. Thank you for this great idea! I love antique book myself but wouldn’t give them to kids, because like you said dusty, fragile and all. I shared your DIY project on my site

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