Many wonderful free eBooks for kids are available to read Online. Stories span age ranges from preschool, young children, teens, and cover many topics!
NOTE: A lot of free programs sadly run out of funding or manpower quickly. Because of that, a lot of fantastic programs come and go. If you notice that a program listed down below is no longer live, or that we have missed sharing an awesome program, please let us know in the comments.
Free eBooks for Kids:
Open eBooks: This program is slightly tricky, and does require parents to reach out to a teacher, librarian, or other eligible person to sign up for First Book to get the code that will then give each child access to 10 books at a time through the free Open eBooks app. This awesome program is available to low-income families with kids ages 4-18 and it is filled with books that are still in copyright – which means tons of best sellers and contemporary titles! Definitely worth checking out.
International Children’s Digital Library: The non-profit ICDL Foundation’s library has evolved into the world’s largest digital collection of children’s books. Currently its digital library collection includes 4,619 books in 59 languages. The compete ICDL collection is also available as a free iPad app. A limited number of titles are included in the free ICDL iPhone app. The ICDL also created the free Story Kit app that helps users create their own electronic storybooks for reading and sharing.
Library of Congress: The Library of Congress’ selection of digitized books includes illustrated children’s classics for readers of all ages. The Library of Congress also makes available millions of primary sources for free online. To assist educators in teaching with primary sources, the Library offers classroom materials to help teachers engage students with content and develop critical thinking skills.
Bookshare: a free program supported by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs that provides free reading materials to anyone who has a print disability that keeps them from reading traditional print materials. An eligible Bookshare member would be someone with a visual impairment, a physical disability that impinges on reading ability, or a learning disability.
We Give Books: One of the best-looking online free book sites, We Give Books offers about 200 great titles of kids picture books to read. The books available for free online reading are a mix of fiction and nonfiction children’s picture books appropriate for children through age ten. We Give Books also provides young readers the opportunity to practice philanthropy — for each book read online, We Give Books makes sure that physical books get to children’s literacy programs worldwide.
Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg has 50,000 free ebooks to download or read online. These are books whose copyright has expired, so while they are not “trending,” they do include many classics.
Online Books Page at University of Penn: Although a bit of a bugger to navigate, the Online Books Page at the University of Penn has an amazing collection of kids literature available! The link provided will take you to the children’s bookshelf, however you can browse by alphabetical listing or even search to discover new topics!
Books Should Be Free: Perfect for introducing a child who is not yet reading or who enjoys listening to stories to literature! Books Should Be Free offers a wide selection of free audio and ebooks including many of the classics.They also have ebook formats for Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and laptops.
MeeGenius: MeeGenius makes it easy to keep your child reading by offering hundreds of e-books including classics, MeeGenius originals, and partner content from Sesame Street, Dr. Seuss, and P.D. Eastman. Starting out as an iPad/iPhone app MeeGenius has been one of our family favorites for years! While not all their ebooks are available for free, they do have a wide variety of free ebooks.
Oxford Owl: Oxford Owl has a nice variety of books for kids ages 3 – 11. The books marked with an ‘e’ are the free books. The site has some really amazing features like offering activity ideas that go with the books. With some books in the youngest (ages 3 – 5) and oldest (ages 9 – 11) age groups, there aren’t any words that show up on the screen, you only hear the story. Nevertheless, a good site if you’re looking for access to stories (both fiction and nonfiction) for a variety of ages.
Free Kids Books: Several self-published eBooks for children available for download.
Kids World Fun: A fun array of free animated books!
Free Read Feed: A quick and easy way to see what is available for free on the Kindle.
Free Book Sifter: Are you a nook reader? Then this site will become your best friend. This site provides a quick and easy way to search what eBooks are available for free at Barnes & Nobles.
Read Ups: A great site for older children who want to find, read, and discuss books. The site allows you to read books on the site or import books from the web or your hard drive. Read Up books can be read alone or with a group of people. The site does require a Twitter account.
Children’s Books Online: This Rosetta Project site is an online library of antique illustrated children’s books. Books are indexed by reading level: pre-reader, early reader, intermediate reader, advanced reader, adult reader, and foreign language reader.
Classic Reader: Classic Reader is an excellent place to find free classic ebooks. The site has a special section for young readers with more than 200 of the world’s best loved classics.
Magic Keys: This site offers free illustrated ebooks for children of all ages. Storybooks are separated into three categories: young children, older children, and young adult. Other site offerings include online games, jigsaw puzzles, and interactive coloring pages.
Read Print: The Read Print library hosts thousands of free ebooks and poems, many of which are suitable for children. Most of the books on Read Print are classics, such as Peter Pan and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Free Read Aloud eBooks for Kids:
eBooks for Kids on Amazon:
If you’re an Amazon Prime member (link leads to FREE 30 day trial), you can borrow one eBook a month for free from Amazon. There are eBooks for young children, like Dora’s Sleepover and Goodnight, Little Monster, as well as tweens and teens who are ready for eBooks like the Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games.
While not free, those with a new Kindle Fire can subscribe to Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which provides access to more than 1,000 eBooks suited to kids ages 3-8. It’s bargain-priced at $4.99 per month, or $2.99, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, and includes access to free videos and apps.
–You can install the FREE kindle reading app on most devices. We have the kindle app installed on our iPad and use it daily. The amount of free eBooks that can be found on kindle (in the daily deals section) truly is endless!
updated – 6/28/2016