Expanding the Classics

A Europe of Tales
This is a web site of European myths and legends for children. The site is available in eight different languages, including English and French.

Bartleby.com: Great Books Online
A growing collection of full text reference works including dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, and style manuals in addition to works of poetry, folk and fairy tales, essays, and classic fiction.

Invisible Ink: Books on Ghosts & Hauntings.
Read reviews and excerpts of more than 500 ghostly titles from around the world. Learn how to write your own ghost book. Educator pages feature activities using ghost books, where to find ghost stories, and a bibliography.

Jane Austen Information Page.
An electronic text of Pride and Prejudice is available, as is information and links to other sites with details on Jane Austen.

Julius Caesar.
This paraphrase of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar is intended as a supplement to the original work. Read it along with the original as an aid to comprehension. This includes a number of links to relevant materials.

Opportunity to read poetry from Ogden Nash and other famous poets. Contributions from young readers, too!

Mark Twain and His Times.
This site focuses on how “Mark Twain” and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated. The goal is to allow readers, scholars, students, and teachers to see what Mark Twain and others from his times said about each other, in ways that can speak to us today.

Mark Twain from about.com.
A thoroughly long list of links to Twain and more Twain.

No Flying, No Tights
A graphic novel review site for teens, plus Sidekicks (for kids), and the Lair, for older teens and adults. Superheroes, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, crime and suspense, and just plain realism.

Orchard House – Home of the Alcotts
Who was born on the 333rd day of the year, has had books on the bestseller list more than 100 years after her death, and has a crater on Venus named after her? Excellent collection of resources on this treasured author of Little Women.

Shakespeare for Kids: Activities for Children and Families.
While working puzzles, answering quizzes, and learning new words, the user is learning about Shakespeare, his plays, and Elizabethan England.

Shakespeare: Subject to Change.
A look at how words were developed, used, and changed during the printing process of Shakespeare’s time. In later years, the advent of film allowed for further changes through interpretation of different actors.

Snow White.
This site examines the Snow White story in text and images over the last 100 years.

Short stories that concentrate on a vowel or blend sound. By clicking on a word, help is given. Primarily designed for first grade, also useful for pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and second grade.

The Brontë Web Site.
This site is from Japan, and offers excellent photographs and links to all kinds of resources on the Brontë family.

The Charles Dickens Information Page.
A very complete site from Japan on Charles Dickens, including links to a large number of additional resources.

The Many Faces of Alice.
A fully illustrated (by students at the Dalton School in New York), full-text version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, accompanied by student essays and teaching packet.

Timeless Hemingway.
This site offers photos, FAQ’s, a family tree, trivia, and links related to this famous American author.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Then and Now.
A site on this work of Harper Lee created by students for a ThinkQuest Project. Most useful for the study of the novel and the film.

Young Adult (& Kids) Books Central
Book reviews by teens, author information, news releases about YA books and writers, blogs about books, and more. If you’re looking for a good book to read, you’re sure to find one here!