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Amazon Kindle eBook Reader

Did you know that Amazon.com offers thousands of free books for download? And you don’t even need a Kindle (pictured above)! I just figured this out last weekend, and I’m thrilled so I wanted to share all the details before I forget.

All you have to do is get an (also free) application for wherever you want to read the free ebooks — your iPhone or iPod Touch, Mac, PC, iPad, Blackberry, or Android. My husband and I both use and enjoy the iPod touch and Mac Kindle readers. One day, maybe when we’re homeschooling and future generations have come out, we’d like an iPad for more of a book-like feel.

Also, I figured out a great way to keep updated about what free books are available: there are almost 20,000 classics always available here, and limited-time newer releases can be found for free here! You can even sign-up at Change Detection to find out when new books have been added for free. Just type in the page address “http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=2245146011” and your own e-mail address, and you’ll get an email update whenever there’s something new! Update: Now I email subscribe to http://www.pixelofink.com/ which works much better. I just signed up and can’t wait to get some good, free, books! I think my first will be The Autobiography of Madame Guyon, which is an older edition of a book I had on my book wishlist. Yay for reading, and especially yay for free!

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Children's Literature

Maybe it’s hormones. Maybe it’s nesting. Maybe it was boredom since my Chinese program wasn’t working (I’m taking an online class during my queasy first trimester). Whatever the reason, I spent almost all of yesterday preparing something I’m not in any present need of. And I loved it.

The title gives it away… I’ve been pouring over children’s literature! I read curriculum lists for homeschoolers, recommendations and book reviews, and looked up my own childhood favorites. I made lists (as Paul would tell you, I’m ALWAYS researching & making lists). Lists of story collections to last from baby to kindergarten. Lists of books for toddlers. Stories for 2-year-olds. Best books for 3’s. All the best of the best, of course!

After chuckling at my organization, Paul pointed out the good in preparing this far in advance: shipping books here isn’t cheap, and good-quality English literature is one of the hardest things to find. When we’re in the U.S., we can stock up on whatever we want for our child’s first few years!

What are YOUR all-time favorite books for the little ones, baby through age 5?

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