Well, this post is for you. Because, on No Twiddle Twaddle I review and recommend an entire list of free kids’ eBooks almost every day. And, that is a deal that you can’t find last I checked anywhere else on the internet.
- Have consistent bad grammar and spelling mistakes. I know that many of these authors are publishing their work without the extra eyes of an editor. BUT, misspellings in titles or frequent grammatical mistakes will often cause a book to be deleted off of my list.
- Books by authors who consistently choose quantity over quality. On Amazon, I have noticed a couple of proliferate writers who continue to write and write even though they have not fixed books that have bad ratings for grammar and punctuation.
- Books with mature themes: including sexually themed or romance novels, paranormal novels, and violent novels. My goal is that my lists would be easy for a parent (or grandparent) looking for reading materials for their kids to navigate, so I choose to focus on books appropriate for a middle-grade audience and below . Of course a lot of what to include or not include is guess work based on a cover and skimming a description, so please don’t assume that a book is okay just because I’ve listed it.
- Weird, offensive, and gross books.
- Books with formatting issues or poor quality images.
- I love classic literature: fairy tales and myths (and for myself Jane Austen)
- My favorite picture books are ones where the illustrations and writing complement each other and add to each other.
- I always enjoy finding new authors that are courageous enough to put a truly creative work forward, especially those who are talented enough to write and illustrate their own work.
My personal blah free eBook moments:
- Sing-song rhyming books (especially with predictable rhymes or words that only rhyme if you mispronounce them). But, I list them anyway because I know that they don’t bother everyone.
- Stories based off of stock photo graphics. I list them too. But, they really drive me batty when the story seems forced by the pictures or the pictures don’t really fit the story (eg. the animal rescue worker dressed like she was going to an office job a week ago.)
- Books that really aren’t amazing but have 20 5-star ratings that say they are. Often, once I look at the reviews, it becomes obvious that the author (or the author’s mom) wrote them all.
- Authors that write descriptions of their own work that say something like “Funniest book ever” or “Greatest classic since Goodnight Moon“. It’s fine to be proud of your work, but please don’t take it over the top.
- Authors that publish a new book a week (instead of fixing the mistakes in the books that they have already published.
- Picture books that include swear words, insult common mothering choices, or only choice of humor is poop and farts. Yes, these books are out there!
Do I think that eBooks (especially free ones) can replace traditional picture books?
Probably 95% of the books that I read my kids are physical books from the library not eBooks. But, eBooks are great for when you are on the go or want a quick new book to entertain a child. Usually each day, one or two books are free that are of equal quality to books that you might purchase at a store.
My goals for my free eBooks list:
I would love to see my blog develop into a community of people who love books. I hope that as my blog grows the number of people who talk back and tell me what they think of the books I feature will grow too. In any case, if my lists helps even a couple of kids develop a love for reading then I consider that success!
How can I follow your lists:
If you want to see the lists while the books are free, RSS feed or Email is the best choice. The email is sent by Feedburner everyday (Mon-Sat) around 5-7 pm.
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Want to see my latest list? Check out: Free Kindle Books for Kids
Thanks for reading! Now it’s your turn. What do you think of my lists and how can I improve them?