40 Free Literature Resources Students Will Flip For

Are you looking for creative ideas to help kids get more excited about reading?

Over the years we have found that kids enjoy and understand classic literature best when they can “bring their learning to life” through discussions and hands-on activities.

We have collected 40 fun FREE literature resources older kids will really FLIP (the pages) FOR!

40 FREE Literature Resources - Education Possible

Learning Activities for Classic Titles, Authors & Subjects

Hands-on learning activities are a great way to incorporate different learning styles and help children better understand setting, characters, themes, and more.

Classic Titles

Alice in Wonderland – Celebrate with a Very Merry Unbirthday

Amos Fortune – Literature Project

Anne of Green Gables – Study Guide

Around the World in 80 Days – Book Study & Activities

Hope for the FlowersA Unit Study on Faith and Butterflies

Island of the Blue Dolphin – Hands-on Learning Activities

Mary Poppins – Compare a Book and a Movie

Peter Pan – Learning Activities

Pinocchio – Make Your Own Marionettes

Pollyanna – Free eBook & Activities

Same Sun Here – A Novel in Letters: Ideas to Integrate Letter Writing in Your Curriculum

Swiss Family Robinson – Fun Family Activities

The Giver – Book Discussion & Colorless Activity

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Simple Stained Glass Activity

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Hands-on Learning Activities

The Phantom of the OperaUnit Study/Resources Guide

The Secret Garden – Make a Terrarium

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Sailing related activities

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Rainbow Crafts

Treasure Island – Learn Pirate Lingo

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – eBook, Audio, and Resources


Hans Christian Andersen – Activities & Projects

Ernest Hemingway – A High School Literature Study

H.G. Wells – Science Fiction Classics & Resources

By Subject 

5 Days of “Riverside Literature Series” eBooks

Columbus – Historical Fiction Series – Song, activities, resources, and more.

Titanic – Historical Fiction SeriesBook list, activities, vocabulary, timeline, and more.

Free Literature Resources - Hands-on Learning Activities at Education Possible


It is helpful to have printable resources to capture and document learning.

Fractured Fairy Tale Story Map & Point of View Worksheets

Literary Guides – Book and Poetry Report Printables


Ideas for Starting Book Clubs

A great way to understand a book is to discuss it with family members and friends.  Here are some easy-to-follow suggestions for starting a book club for your children.

How to Host a Book Club with book suggestions for 8-12 year olds

How to Start a Middle School Book Club

The How To’s For Book Clubs: Example of a Teen Themed Book Club

How to Start a Family Book Club


Sites with FREE Audio Books

Some children prefer to listen to books.  Many books in the public domain are available to download for free.

LibriVox – Free public domain audiobooks

Lit2Go – Free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format


Sites Offering FREE Study Guides

Study guides can offer discussion questions, writing prompts, related readings and more.

The Best Notes – Notes about literary elements and chapter summaries

Planet Book Club – Novels in the Book Club include a synopsis, further reading & links, theme questions, etc.


Sites to Download Literature for FREE

Many books in the public domain are available for free.  Kids can download books to computers and eReaders.

Kindle eBooks – FREE Classic Literature

Project Gutenberg – Offers over 46,000 free eBooks

Bartleby.com – Reference, verse, fiction, and non-fiction.

And of course, don’t forget to visit your library to find a wide variety of books and resources for kids of ALL ages!


  1. Right now we are reading Carry On Mr. Bowditch. We are all enjoying it very much. It’s one of my favorite books ever.

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