“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -Joseph Addison
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney
Books have been used for centuries to teach, to excite, to calm, to humor, to escape reality, and so much more. Although we may not be able to go enjoy our favorite books at school or in libraries, during these trying times, we are fortunate enough to still be able to celebrate the transformative power of reading with our families by enjoying ebooks for free online.
Here are 5 websites that offer free ebooks for kids, so they can discover their love for reading:
- Open Library – A non-profit internet archive of more than one million books that are available to read for free online, 20,000 of those are children’s books
- Oxford Owl – Is a website designed for parents to help kids learn. It has 200+ free ebooks along with activity guides separated by age and reading level to help kids learn.
- Barnes & Noble Free eBooks – Offers a large selection of free picture books, chapter books, and read-along eBooks for toddlers, as well as free fiction, non-fiction, and educational eBooks for young readers. You can download them with their free Nook app.
- Amazon’s Free Kids eBooks – Has children’s books for free download on their website by visiting the “Kindle” tab and opening up “Children’s eBooks”, you can then select any genre you would like and at the top of each genre’s page, there is a “100 Free” tab.
- International Children’s Digital Library – Is a non-profit website that offers thousands of books for children separated by age group and genre. Create a free account to save books and start reading.
If your child prefers audiobooks you could visit the World Book Day’s World of Stories, which is currently offering free audiobooks in the genres: Picture Books, Young Fiction, Fiction, & Teen.
Or you can download these audiobook apps:
*Please note that not all books on audiobook apps are free
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