Free Preschool Literature Book: Journey Into Mother Goose’s Nursery

I’m thrilled to announce the release of the first volume of our PK-12 Literature curriculum, which is available as both a printed book and a free PDF.

Start your child on a journey into literary greatness

Recently, we described our plans to create a full PK-12 Literature curriculum. We’ve been hard at work, and are now releasing the first full book in this curriculum: Journey Into Mother Goose’s Nursery, which is a richly illustrated collection of more than 70 nursery rhymes and more than 20 timeless stories. Containing classics like Aladdin, Jack the Giant Killer, The Three Little Pigs, and Beauty and the Beast, this collection will keep your child engaged for months.

Journey Into Mother Goose’s Nursery is intended for use as a read-aloud for pre-kindergarten students, but is also suitable for children in kindergarten or first grade.

A superior choice for Literature studies

We take Literature education seriously. Rather than using the simplistic, uninspired language of contemporary writers, Journey Into Mother Goose’s Nursery goes to great lengths to preserve the rich vocabulary and style of esteemed authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries. We do not hesitate to include words or references that may be obscure to a modern audience, but have added many footnotes to the text, ensuring that parents and children alike can enjoy it with confidence.

The skills your child will gain from this experience represent the first step towards a mastery of the great works of human literary expression. Every subsequent release in our Literature curriculum will challenge students to reach new heights, until at last they can plant their flag at the summit. From Mother Goose to Shakespeare and Paradise Lost, your child’s literary journey begins here.

How do I use this?

Read either a few dozen of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes or 1-2 of the stories every day. Explain the meanings of any words or concepts you think your child might not understand. When you are finished with the book, simply restart from the beginning. We recommend reading through the entire book at least three times.

Purchase printed copies …

Printed copies of the book are available for purchase from many online bookstores, or by clicking the “Buy Now” link below. We are only able to sell to U.S. customers at this time.

… or download a free PDF

A free, full PDF of the book is available for download at the end of this page, which you can use to either print the pages or read them on a computer. The book has been created using images and stories that are in the public domain in the United States.

If you are not located in the U.S., please consult the copyright laws that apply to you, and do not download the PDF unless all of its materials are in the public domain in your country. To assist you in determining whether all the materials used in the book are in the public domain in your country, you may check the Acknowledgements section below.

Acknowledgements

This book has been created using a variety of works that are in the public domain in the U.S., as listed here:

  • Illustrations and text for Mother Goose’s Nusery Rhymes are modified from: Mother Goose: The Volland Edition. Eulalie Osgood Grover (Ed.); Frederick Richardson (Ill.); P. F. Volland & Co. (Pub.). 1915.
  • Illustrations and text for The Little Red Hen, The House on the Hill, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, and Little Tuppins are modified from: Old, Old Tales Retold: Eight Best-Beloved Folk Stories for Children. Frederick Richardson (Ill.); P. F. Volland & Co. (Pub.). 1923.
  • Illustrations and text for The Animals’ Comic ABC are modified from: The Animals’ Comic ABC. Ernest Nister, George H. Thompson, E. P. Dutton & Co. (Pub.). 1900.
  • Illustrations and text for Dame Trot and Her Cat are modified from: Aunt Louisa’s Holiday Guest. Laura Valentine; Joseph Martin Kronheim (Ill.); Frederick Warne & Co. (Pub.). 1872.
  • Illustrations and text for Little Fables for Little Folks are modified from: Little Fables for Little Folks. Joseph Martin Kronheim (Ill.); Religious Tract Society (Pub.). 1868.
  • Illustrations and text for The Lion’s Reception are modified from: The Lion’s Reception. Catherine Ann Turner Dorset; Kronheim & Co. (Ill.); George Routledge & Sons (Pub.), 1874.
  • Illustrations and text for Jack the Giant Killer are modified from: The Pet Lamb Picture Book. Joseph Martin Kronheim (Ill.); George Routledge & Sons (Pub.). 1873.
  • Illustrations and text for The History of the Five Little Pigs are modified from: Routledge’s Picture Gift-Book. Harden Sidney Melville (Ill.); Kronheim & Co. (Ill.); George Routledge & Sons (Pub.). 1875.
  • Illustrations and text for Gulliver’s Travels are modified from: Gulliver’s Travels. Jonathan Swift; Milo Winter (Ill.); Rand McNally & Co. (Pub.). 1912.
  • Illustrations and text for Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast are modified from: The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French. Arthur Quiller-Couch; Charles Perrault; Edmund Dulac (Ill.); Hodder & Stoughton (Pub.). 1910.
  • Text for Cinderella, Princess Badoura, and The Real Princess is modified from: Edmund Dulac’s picture-book for the French Red Cross. Edmund Dulac; Hodder & Stoughton (Pub.). 1914.
  • Illustrations and text for The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Real Princess, and The Snow Queen are modified from: Stories from Hans Andersen with Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Hans Christian Andersen; Edmund Dulac (Ill.); Hodder & Stoughton (Pub.). 1911.
  • Illustrations and text for Aladdin and Sinbad are modified from: Sinbad the Sailor and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights. Anonymous; Edmund Dulac (Ill.); Hodder & Stoughton (Pub.). 1914.
  • Illustrations and text for Princess Badoura are modified from: Princess Badoura. Laurence Housman; Edmund Dulac (Ill.); Hodder & Stoughton (Pub.). 1913.
  • Illustrations and text for The Fisherman and the Genie are modified from: Stories from the Arabian Nights. Laurence Housman; Edmund Dulac (Ill.); Hodder & Stoughton (Pub.). 1907.

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