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?


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  4. michelle August 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    we enjoy we give books and meme tales. We also listen to barefoot books podcasts. From time to time I let my 6 year old read on my kindle, but that’s simply because I’ve managed to get some good deals on books (like the complete 14 book Wizard of Oz series for 95¢)

  5. Shelley Spence August 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    I love this post! What a great resource for free books. I’ll be checking out these websites for my children. Thankyou! 🙂

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  7. The Wertis October 12, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Free audiobooks for children and adults:

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  9. MyKoruLifestyle February 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog MyKoruLifestyle. It has given me a chance to explore yours as well. I have just forwarded this post on free online books for kids to my two sons for their children. I have three grandchildren (ages 7, 6, 4.5) and I know they would love, not only reading the books, but having them read as well. Thanks for this wonderful post!

  10. psychologistmimi February 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    great resources

  11. AJ Katib March 7, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Reblogged this on In Plain Site.

  12. chengboiser May 7, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    Great list, I don’t have a kid of my own yet but I’d love to read with her/him using all this resources. Awesome blog!

  13. leestormy May 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Heres one or two more to add to free reading resource. Check with your local library and see if they have digital collection. These are usually in partnership with OverDrive Media or 3M.. Here in Suffolk County NY our digital gateway is Live-Brary. You can download OverDrive app for phone or PC and it asks for your library. As long as you have a valid library card you can access audio and digital books. The kids selection is pretty good..

  14. Miranda August 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Great post – I love all the online resources, thanks for sharing! I’ve got a few links to share – hope you can use them : ) Cheers /Miranda

    Scribd – (used to be free) – subscription – a lot of material – literature – essays – scans

    Teacher Tap – education & reading (free)

    Reading Online (Bridget Dalton)

    Classic Reader (portal – resources)

  15. Cheyanne O'Driscoll August 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Thanks for this list, I’m going to check some of these out. I read on the ipad all the time and would love to encourage my kid to use technology for the same purpose.

  16. jecgenovese August 27, 2014 at 8:10 am #

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  17. caseyalexanderblog September 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    THANKS SO MUCH! We adopted our two kids (now 8 & 10) and they were several years behind in both reading and math. We’ve got them almost to grade level in reading, but these resources will definitely help.

  18. Tanita Taylor September 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this, my daughter starts school next year, so this post is really helpful for us.

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  20. Paddastoel October 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Hallo there,

    I really enjoy the feel of your blog. It is an awesome theme.

    My two cents:

    I don’t advocate e-books for children, although I guess it makes sense to print them out and bind them. There is nothing like a REAL book. I think it is exceptionally important for children not to just develop a love for written word, but a love for the experience of a book – the feel, the smell.

    When I was on maternity leave and alone at home, I found that baby was unwilling to let me go during the day. In order for her to sleep, I had to sleep next to her. Add that to the difficulty concentrating for extended periods of time, which meant that my favourite past-time was suddenly not really available to me any more. What kept me sane were audio books – A Brave New World, A Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and some others. They also seemed to help her sleep, so that was a real bonus.

    Which brings me to my next point – I don’t think that you necessarily just have to focus on traditional “children’s books” with kids. If you find it enjoyable, it is much more likely that they will too.

    I do understand that it is necessary to develop a child’s basic vocabulary, but don’t you think there is another way to do it than to resort to a lot of these children’s books? That is an actual question, not a statement. Your opinion and advice would be greatly appreciated.

    I was personally thinking of flash cards, posters and the like. Also, I don’t think conversation with your child ought to be underestimated. I have gained access to some old (fun but educational) television programs that we used to watch as children. My personal theory is that repeating the same songs is good for developing “photo” or “parroting” memory, while letting a child watch one episode of an appropriate tv program per day (and this does NOT include Dragon Ball Z!) is good for developing a “narrative” / “summarative” memory – basically identifying key points, remembering them and linking them to new information.

    Personally I found that a lot of the children’s books I received as presents have atrocious typing and spelling errors. Of course, this is not true of all publishers.

    I will be soon be adding a post on pro-actively managing ADHD in children (from a mother’s perspective, not a medical one) and I would really value your insights.

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