How to Use
Google Books is a rich online library of public domain literature. We’ve recommended dozens of titles for each age group (and we’re hoping to hear back with user recommendations as well!), but you’re also free to use the search bar to search for other titles. Here you’ll find unabridged timeless classics including Anne of Green Gables, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Secret Garden, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Romeo & Juliet, and thousands of others. A few things you’ll want to keep in mind:
Working with credentialed teachers, expert lists, and most importantly – young readers, the Brain Chase team has carefully curated full list of classic titles for each age group. Just click the FEATURED button to see several pages of different books to choose from. Are we missing something? Tell us about a book you’re enjoying by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we might feature your title on our lists!
You can also use the built-in search feature to look for different titles, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try this advanced search option.
What You Won’t Find With Google Books on Brain Chase
Please note that Google Books is NOT the same library as Google Play. Google Play is different service that allows you to pay to download more contemporary titles. Due to complicated publisher licensing agreements, Google currently restricts Google Play titles from integrating into programs like Brain Chase.
You will also want to avoid the “preview” books, since these are only partial texts – and you may end up with an unresolved cliff-hanger. Just look out for the parentheses at the end of a title that insinuates an incomplete book, i.e., (10 chapters only).
Not finding anything you’d like to read in Google Books? Here are some suggestions:
– Give it a try! It’s a wonderful online resource of classic literature, and there’s a reason so many test prep sites advise you to read the classics! If nothing on the lists jump out at you, just send us a note and we can respond with additional recommendations.
– Would you prefer to do your reading offline? No problem. There’s an override button on the Parent Dashboard that allows parents to manually track your reading.