Ways to Get Involved
We welcome your involvement!
It takes a substantial amount of time to prepare a single
online book, about 40 hours on the average.
Since starting this project in April 1999, I
have been able to complete about a book a month. There
are hundreds of wonderful children's books that I would like to
include. Take a look in the following categories for a
sampling of what might be offered:
Adding a book to this site does more than adding a single book.
If the book is a collection of stories that can stand alone,
it adds to the number of stories that can be included in anthologies.
Once there is a critical mass of stories, it will be possible to
develop anthologies on all sorts of themes: stories to read to
a six year old, stories for a beginning reader to read to himself,
stories about frogs, stories from China, stories of courage, stories
for autumn, stories for holidays, and so forth.
At the rate I can add books myself, it would take
decades to get the books I already have on my shelves
online. If this project appeals to you, consider
offering your services in one or more of the
- Prepare a whole book from start to finish.
- Scan the text of a book using your own scanner.
- Edit text scanned by you or someone else to correct
- Prepare text using our
- Proofread a draft version of a text.
- Prepare images for inclusion in illustrated books.
- Convert a text already in electronic form into
our format using our
has a number of texts
that would be wonderful additions, including a number
of books in Andrew Lang's series of color fairy books.
- Offer suggestions on appropriate age ranges for the
stories in books already available. Occasionally, all
the stories in a book are suitable for the same age,
but typically, there is a mix, with some stories
suitable for the younger children and others for the
- Point out errors in books already available.
- Write annotations for books and stories already
- Research and write articles about the authors, including
a list of their books for children.
I can forward you the information I have from
Twentieth Century Children's Writers and
The Junior Book of Authors. The St. Nicholas
magazine, that was published for decades at the end of the 19th century
and the beginning of the 20th, regularly included feature stories
Another good source of information about authors of books for children
is Who Should We Then Read? by Jan Bloom, 1999.
- Group stories into categories, for example, all the versions
of "The Three Little Pigs," so it will be easy to compare them and
choose one for a particular purpose.
- In the books that list stories (when some are available),
add hypertext links to the
stories where they are mentioned.
- Provide information about printers. We think we would like to upgrade from
a slow-speed inkjet color printer to a color laser printer with
capabilities for duplexing and automatic document feeding. But we are
also interested in learning about offset printing and wonder how electronic
texts may be used in offset printing.
- If you would like to support this work
by offering a donation of money
in addition to, or instead of a donation of time, we would gladly accept
your contribution. Since we do not have legal status as a tax-exempt
non-profit corporation at this time, your contribution would not be tax-deductible.
Any money you donate will go toward the purchase of books and equipment for
scanning and printing text.
- Tell others about us!
To get involved, send e-mail to me at
telling me how you would like to participate.
I look forward to hearing from you!