Friday, June 24, 2011

Classic Reading Adventures on Read.Gov

Currently Featured: The Rocket Book

Awaiting readers of all ages on Read.Gov is a treasure trove of classic books scanned from their original pages into a reader-friendly, electronic format. This virtual book reader enables you to "turn" each page with the click of a button. Also included is the capability to look closely at all  pages of the book, including the book cover and the original illustrations, by zooming in and out.

This month's featured book is The Rocket Book by Peter Newell, published by Harper & Brothers in 1912. The Rocket Book tells the story of the upward progress of a rocket, lit in the basement by the janitor's son, which causes some strange situations as it passes through 20 floors of apartments! Read it now.

Be sure to check out the complete list of classic books on Read.Gov. Available books are organized into groups of books aimed at kids, teens, and adults. Fun for kids are Denslow's Mother Goose and The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Teens will enjoy the sumptuously illustrated The Arabian Nights published in 1909.