25 Ways Kids Can Read Free eBooks

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Looking for where to download free eBooks? Want to direct your students (and their parents) to valuable resources? Whether it’s part of your plan to supplement curriculum or if you’re looking to find ways to help kids more easily access information, we’re fortunate to live in a time when technology bridges the gap. This is, of course, also perfect for families who are homeschooling or doing distance learning. 

All You Can Books 

Enjoy a free, one-month trial of this eBooks service which allows you to download from their library of over 40,000 titles and language courses. The best part? You can keep the downloads even if you cancel your subscription.

Amazon

Have a Kindle or the Kindle app? Access their free eBook offerings that span nearly all categories from fiction, non-fiction, historical and more. Freebooksy offers a way to search for free Kindle eBooks by genre and age.

Barnes & Noble 

This retail giant offers free eBooks for Barnes & Noble account holders with a Nook reader. The generous selection includes classics, comics, children’s books, magazines, and even some top Nook books.

bookboon

This site is probably best for high schoolers as the selection focuses on eBooks about soft skills, business, and personal development. Take advantage of the 30 day free trial before committing to the $5.99 monthly subscription.

Bookbub 

Compatible with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Android, and Kobo, Bookbub  offers a wide variety of free downloadable eBooks from over 20 genres.

Children’s Books Online 

Need a great collection of classic kids books broken down by reading level? You’ll find books (and a small number of audiobooks) for all ages and even in multiple languages.

Epic! 

Through June 30, 2020, Epic! Is offering free worldwide Remote Student Access by teacher invitation. No credit card is required. Students can access the library from all devices (both iOS and Android apps) including web browsers.

epubBooks

This is the motherload! epubBooks has English language titles that date back 400 years! The collection is free if you sign up and available on any device including Android, iOS, Kindle, Kobo and more.

Free-eBooks.net 

You’ll easily find thousands of books for readers of all ages, including the classics! The free membership gives you access to five free books every month. Upgrade to the paid subscription for unlimited books.

Free Kids Books 

This fantastic site is great if you’re looking for eBooks for children and teens. The extensive collection can be sorted by category and recommended age. They’ve also got downloadable workbooks and textbooks!

Gateway to the Classics 

While this site places an emphasis on natural history, literature, and history, you’ll find a large collection of titles across a wide variety of genres.

hoopla

By linking to your library membership, you can digitally borrow thousands of free ebooks, comics, movies, television programs, music, audiobooks and more. The platform works through a desktop site, on Apple, Android, or Amazon mobile devices, and on streaming tools such as Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, AndroidTV, and FireTV.

International Children’s Digital Library  

This nonprofit organization carries more than 4,600 titles in 80 languages. With a free account, kids from all over the world can log in and enjoy!

Libby 

This site partners with the membership at your local library to provide free eBooks. While many libraries have their own Overdrive site, allowing users to access materials through computers and Kindles, downloading the app brings those eBooks to phones and tablets.

ManyBooks 

As the name suggests, this resource will bring you many books 50,000 eBooks for all ages, in fact! You’ll find children’s books that can be downloaded or read online.

Open Library

Part of the Internet Archive, Open Library is a nonprofit that offers a free account that connects readers with over a million eBooks for all ages, including more than 30,000 titles for children

Overdrive

Enjoy ebooks and audiobooks for free through your local public library or school. 

Oxford Owl

You’ve probably heard of Oxford University Press but did you know that a free parent account makes more than 150 eBooks, educational videos, and games available to children between the ages 3 to 12? It’s a great place to download free eBooks! 

Project Gutenberg 

There are over 60,000 free eBooks on Project Gutenberg and many are children’s classics that have been made accessible in the public domain. 

Rakuten Kobo

Using a Rakuten Kobo? You’ll want to check out their free ebook website which allows you the opportunity to download a large selection of free titles for kids, young adults, and adults as a thank you for being a Kobo account holder.

RBdigital

Use your existing library membership to connect with this website that offers a large selection of e-entertainment options including books, comics, magazines, newspapers, and more. The apps are available through the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Kindle Fire platforms.

Scribd.com

You’ll find thousands of the best books, audiobooks, and more on Scribd, which claim to be the world’s largest digital library. While you can sign up for a 30-day free trial, a monthly subscription will cost $9.99 after that introductory period expires. Available on any device.

Sora

Getting ebooks and audiobooks from your school is quick and easy with Sora. Just sign in with your school account, then borrow and open books with one tap.

StoryMentors

These free ebooks are for beginning readers in PreK-Grade 2. They come with a parent guide filled with activities and a mentor guide in case you aren’t sure how to talk about the text like teachers do. There are 25 books in all!

Vooks

This online streaming library is giving students access to a full month of free reading through its library. Teachers and parents can also check out the catalogue of lesson plans and resources.

World Public Library

Download books with an eLibrary card. Everything from the classics to comics to school books!

What Devices Work with eBooks?

While eReaders like the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Rakuten Kobo are popular methods of reading eBooks, anyone with a smartphone or even desktop computer can benefit from the free eBook resources listed above. Desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and even some smart TVs are compatible with eBooks and can be used to quench your reading thirst without having to buy or borrow a physical copy.

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25 Ways Kids Can Read Free eBooks

Posted by Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne is a mother of six (including toddler twins!), writer, and social sciences professor. She loves cooking, reading, and dancing in her kitchen.

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