Free online books for kids

8 Apr

Since I have been working with my son on writing, and it is impossible to separate reading with writing.  I have found some great resources of free reading materials for kids.

The first one is Free Kids Books.  It offers children’s books for purchase.  Some books are free, but all books are available for free in PDF format.  You can print out the PDF and put them in binders.  The benefit of that is you can have your child draw or write on these pages, and it become the child’s creation too.

Read to Me is a website where kids can listen to books read by the authors.  A nice feature is for some books they have lesson plans that provide talking point and activity ideas.  It is a great help for parents.

Storyline Online is another site offers free books.  It is run by Screen Actors Guild Foundation, all books are read aloud by some very famous actors and actresses.  In addition to books, they also offer book related activities, which is always a welcoming feature for the busy parents who have no time to come up fun activity ideas for the kids.

Update: Now I find some more resources, and some are from comments.

Wegivebooks: is another great site for free children’s books.  Seems they have a very large selections.

Memetales: not completely free, but when you sign up, you get 15 books for free, and each week you get a new free book.  You can read it online, or on your iPhone/iPAD, or Android tablets, including Kindle.

Gutenberg project: it is a site with more than 30,000 free eBooks, either via Kindle or iBook.  Although they are not all for kids, but there are a lot kids books, including picture books.

Do you use any online resources for reading?  Would mind sharing with everyone?


73 Responses to “Free online books for kids”

  1. Betty Jo April 8, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    I am going to check out your links. Thanks for sharing them. I have gotten several free reads for both my kids and myself, and many are antiques at this site

  2. mumsthewordintheuk April 8, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    Hi I keep meaning to stop by and thank you for your support. Are you aware of the BBC schools website? the school where I work uses the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. This link takes you to the Magic Key page. I love the ORT with Biff and Chip. Ask any teenager around here about Biff and Chip and the come over all warm and fuzzy.

    • iGameMom April 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      thanks for sharing. This is very cool. Although not books, but are reading games.

  3. carla April 8, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    I also would suggest the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. This is what my son is learning with at school and you can get a lot of the books online! It is also what I first started learning from and I must admit I did get a bit excited when I realised that my boy would be reading the same books!

  4. mummyshymz April 8, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    This post and the comments following provided lots of resources. Thank you!

  5. salemsalmeen April 8, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Reblogged this on The Experience .

  6. kdwright416 April 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    This is awesome! Going to reblog!

  7. rkpsmith12 April 8, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Wow! These are great resources! Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. Carrie Rubin April 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Love that Read to Me website. What a great idea.

  9. vickiemckeehan April 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Tweeted and shared. Great resource. Reading to kids is one of my passions. Start them out reading early and they’ll be a reader for liffe.

  10. jackgoldberg April 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Wish I had known about these when I was a kid!

  11. walter bright April 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    great post… awesome links… thank you for sharing these awsome resources…

  12. Amanda Hart Miller April 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Thanks for the links! is free and awesome, too. Lots of short, interactive stories that progress along with your child. My 5 and 7 year old boys love it.

  13. jamiemaecollins April 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Thanks also for these great suggestions. I look forward to looking into these for my daughter.

  14. beckyhall80 April 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    These are great resources. Most of our reading has been offline, but can’t wait to try these out! Thanks!

  15. ceciliawyu April 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Thank you for liking my article about creative muse and Nick Cave’s interviews at . I totally agree with your ethos about free e-books at any age and try to include free e-books from the gutenberg project in the last 2 years in my blog. Good one, well done you!

  16. ceciliawyu April 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on Sustain-Able 余 : Arts & Culture ♥Cecilia and commented:
    I have so little “parental” bones in my body…possibly because I need parenting regularly from my own artistic tantrums…But I love what is doing with promoting free kids e-books. So wanted to show my support! So if you popped out one, maybe you can start worrying more about what you put in “its” brains…because I can’t stand people that decide to POP ONE OUT and then LEAVE IT to go FERAL and ILLITERATE! Then you might as well be pro-choice with stop messing up someone’s life!

    Yes, it is your duty to read with your kids, here are FREE e-books to do it! The only people who don’t do that are evil morons like my ex neighbor, the feral, loser meth-lab dealer arsehole and my ex-landlord his best friend and best customer! Seriously! Is this the type of parent you want to be? 🙂 (No guilt trips or anything…but if it works….stuff if I care what you think! haha! READ WITH YOUR FREAKING KIDS SO THEY DON’T INFLICT THAT ILLITERACY TO ANNOY CECILIA! xxoo Thank you!)

  17. James J. Jurovic April 10, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Reblogged this on nationeducation.

  18. Matthew Curry April 10, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    “Read to Me” sounds really sweet. I like that idea. I would do that myself, but my book is aimed at older kids. Little children would probably have nightmares after hearing me read it to them. 😦

    By the way, I love your blog. What you’re doing is great! And thank you for visiting mine!

  19. evmamas April 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Thank you so much for checking out my blog at! I really enjoyed reading your blog. Very interesting.

  20. domesticallyuseless April 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Thanks for these great online resources. I’ll be sure to check them out soon.

  21. Alexander Debkaliuk April 11, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    AppsGoneFree iOS app often features free iPad books for kids as well as some software

    • iGameMom April 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      I have been using it. it is great. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Dr Michaela Baulderstone April 11, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Reblogged this on Dr Michaela Baulderstone, GP and commented:
    Something to check out! Great when you kids grow out of books almost as fast as they grow out of their shoes!

  23. kerrichronicles April 11, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Love this post and the idea of printing out the PDFs and putting them in binders so they can color\write on them. I will try this tomorrow with my grandson.

  24. chachalouise April 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Ii am just starting to look for downloadable audio books for my preschooler. She is hard of hearing, so with headphones it will be good audio training for her. Any suggestions??

  25. ioniamartin April 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    We use tumblebooks. I’m not sure if it free for everyone, but we got the link from my kids’ homeschool and they love it. There are hundreds of audio books with pictures for all age groups.

    • iGameMom April 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      We get that from school too. I think you need a login to access that.

  26. saffronmarker April 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    I love this I always feel like my generation don’t read enough so it’s great to see that you making a difference.

  27. teacherspet678 April 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these ideas. As I run a tutoring business, I am always looking for great new ideas!

  28. garageknitstudio April 13, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    FYI is offering some free apps for Autism Awareness month. They have all kinds of flash cards and games.

  29. tmccleary24 April 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on Erudition and Family and commented:
    Three great websites for free books and stories.

  30. whatlouiselikes April 17, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Oh I’d never heard of free kids books, and now I fear I’m going to be addicted!!! Brilliant post thank you!

  31. Rex Crum April 17, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Just wanted to thank you for the like of my post “The Most Ridiculous Crayola Crayons” at my Why Daddy Drinks blog at Always appreciate any likes and shares. All the best to you, Rex

  32. cbnwali April 19, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    I must say I never knew such material was available online. Thanks for bringing this to my notice.

  33. MommaBee April 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Thank you so much for stopping by my little ol’ blog. I am so glad you did because now I get to see your awesome posts. My oldest is also struggling with writing. Destiny.

  34. Carrie April 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on Nonsensical Thoughts and Ramblings… and commented:
    YAY! Kids Books!

  35. Carrie April 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks for this!

  36. thenewcenturyschool April 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Wanted to say thanks for your support and that your blog is so informative and helpful!

  37. straightfromdehart April 23, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    These are great! I love the idea of printing them and letting my daughter color on the pages. She would love that. Another good resource to get books is the Dolly Parton Book Club They will send you child a free book every month (up to five years old.)

  38. realanonymousgirl2011 April 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    I am actually a reader for Screen Actors Guild. I’m not a well known actress so I don’t do Storyline online but I do volunteer through them every week and read at a local elementary school. The kids love it! Thanks for visiting my blog

  39. Free ebooks for kindle April 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    I have sweet experience with “Storyline Online”. There I found some excellent books for my son that he is enjoying yet.

  40. Thomas April 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Google books is a great thing for kids book reports and study sessions. I recommend that and project Gutenburg to my students. Maybe these are too old for the kids your aiming at but it’s a great way to interest kids in reading, find a book they are interested in and read it together 😀 I hated reading when I was a kid, and refused to do it, until a Teacher asked ME why… I replied I didn’t like what they wanted me to read (I knew how to read, but just didn’t do it) I went to the library, and got a book on ww1, and tanks etc. and took to it like a duck to water…. 😀 Loving the blog, most interesting.

  41. Nin Ashmore May 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi iGamemom,

    I am so glad you’re back! I remember saving your blog and going back to it, only to find that you were gone! Thank you for sharing these wonderful resources with us! Do you know any good resources for apps or other educational tools for autistic kids?

    Thank you for the like on my blog.

  42. bloggingbyrgottier May 13, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    It’s so nice to know you have things for kids to do & use! It is a great help to others & kids to have you looking out for them & getting help from others too.

  43. ruthrumack May 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I was also going to recommend; this is a great resource for younger children beginning to understand sound/symbol relationships. It teaches spelling patterns within words, provides short interactive activities, and then follows up with a short online story. Great for beginner readers, or those lacking the understanding of sound/symbol rules.

  44. andeeeng June 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    we love the books on my 5-year old son really liked the project X series, which I learned later was especially created to encourage boys to read. really cool.

  45. Talk to me...I'm your Mother July 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    What a wonderful resource you provide. Good on you!

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    I will be using these resources for my Godson. Thank you for posting them.

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