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This award-winning website from Oxford University Press is your online resource for children’s books and other reading activities.
It’s designed to support their learning at school and at home. Once you register for free, you can access more than 250 free Oxford ebooks for kids along with storytelling videos, games and guides that help them develop their reading skills.
Storyline Online is another award-winning, interactive children’s literacy site that features famous actors like Kevin Costner, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Eva Longoria, and others reading children’s books alongside minor animation elements.
Each video has a brief explanation below it showing details of the run time, book author, illustrator, and publisher, suggested grade level, and a plot summary.
Run by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, the site offers books developed by credentialed elementary educators and aims to strengthen verbal, written and comprehension skills for English language learners.
ICDL is a nonprofit organization that provides access to the best children’s books of their culture, and cultures around the world regardless of where they live. There are over 4,000 titles in 59 languages to choose from, that you can read to your children.
If you want a personal bookshelf for your family, create a free account and save your favourite kids’ books, set personal preferences, and bookmark books you’d like to read later.
Alternatively, use the simple search interface to find suitable titles by age, length of book, genres, reading level and more. You can also pick a book from some of the featured titles on the home page, and read away for free anonymously.
Once you have a few to get started, it’s easier to extract powerful themes from the stories to help explain important lessons to your kids or allow them to expand on the stories and create games out of them.
This site is part of the nonprofit Internet Archive and houses a collection of more than one million books, with access to over 22,000 free online books for kids – classic and newer titles – for free.
It continually updates its collection of links to children’s books online, plus other books, so you can rummage through the collection and find a few for your own reading pleasure.
Amazon isn’t just an online store to buy stuff from. It’s also a rich resource for kids’ books online.
You can find free Kindle books for kids categorized under the Children’s eBooks section. There are several subcategories like Action & Adventure, Animals, Early Learning, Sports & Outdoors, each with 100 free eBooks to pick from so you can read a different one each day to your kids.
With more than 3,000 children’s ebooks, you’re sure to find something you and they will like.
Barnes & Noble is synonymous with books so you’re guaranteed they’ll have some for the little ones too.
The site has a special Kids’ section with different categories to choose from such as age or subjects, and you can sort them by title, bestseller, new or old, and user ratings.
If you have the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, you can download free online books for kids from ages 0-12 years. Some children’s favourites like Disney characters Elsa and Anna, or Dr. Seuss, Peppa Pig, Dork Diaries, and many others are all in there.
You probably know her from her role as ‘Mimi’ in the Drew Carey Show, but Kathy Kinney wears more hats than just actress and comedienne – she’s a storyteller and children’s advocate too.
Kinney believes that children deserve a good book to read or be read to, which is why she and her partners co-created this site to pep up the magic and joy of hearing timeless stories online.
She’s a wonderful and skilled storyteller, and on the site she stars as Mrs. P, a grandmother who reads classic storybooks aloud from her couch in a voice that children can enjoy.
Kinney takes children on unforgettable adventures as far as their imaginations allow, and find quality entertainment that inspires them to read and love books.
For those spending time at home, looking for a cozy adventure or bedtime story, we offer this imaginative rhyming picture book, read by the author, Daniel Errico. Follow the Marmabill on her quest through the rainforest, where she meets fantastical creatures like wugs, tankadiggies, and flying fluthers. As her journey takes her from treetops to glowing underground caves, the Marmabill finds out for herself the true meaning of home. Remember, our stories for kids are here for you to read at any time. And remember, Dream Big!
Gemma is a middle grade novel that follows a curious explorer and her ring-tailed lemur, Milo, as they hunt for the “most greatest treasure in the world”. Solving riddles, battling a bell-wearing jaguar, and traveling the Eight Seas, Gemma’s adventures take her from a young girl to a brave captain, whose only limits are the stars.
This quirky tale is about our most infamous character of all. If you don’t have a soufflé-baking, trumpet-blaring, sleigh-riding friend, then maybe it’s time that you met Ms. McKay. Told as a monorhyme poem. “Say what you will or say what you may, you’ll remember the day that you met Ms. McKay…”
When it comes to monsters, there are some secrets that you probably haven’t heard. For example, did you know that they like to get their picture taken, eat books, and dance the cha-cha-cha? Once you get to know them better, you might find that monsters aren’t so scary after all. This rhyming tale is a whimsical guide to being friends with monsters, but we wouldn’t recommend acting like one!
The Journey of the Noble Gnarble is a number one best-selling ebook that has been adapted into a hardcover book and play. Through rhyming verse and engaging illustrations, the Noble Gnarble teaches kids about perseverance and determination in the face of obstacles. Dream Big!
Ages 3-5, Narrated, Read Along
One of our most popular children’s stories, this is the tale of a group of robots winding down for the night. The Robot Bedtime Book is a playful bedtime story that encourages interaction, imagination, and a fun bedtime routine.
While drawing in class to avoid listening to a story from his painfully boring teacher at Stagwood School, 12-year old Cal sees a frog staring at him through the window. Odder than that is the fact that this frog happens to be wearing glasses.
Cal and his best friend, the tactless but loyal Soy, learn that the frog (who prefers the name Deli) has sought them out for a reason. When a school administrator named Ream reveals himself to be a dragon, the boys discover that fairytales are real, and that there is magic afoot in Stagwood. With Ream on their tail, the trio must unearth a powerful tool protected by riddles and rile (the magic that fuels nightmares) to save the fate of all fairytales past. Their only means on conveyance, Cal’s now-flying bed, takes them on a journey beyond the home of the fairies (a cloud floating somewhere over Iceland) to set things right. But, before Cal can defeat Ream and his kidnapped army of fairies, he has to deal with Soy’s knack for arguing with magical creatures, discover the truth about Deli’s identity, and earn his place as the hero of the story.
The Guardians of Lore is a middle grade novel that centres around two life-long friends, infusing humour and fantasy-based riddles into a modern fairytale.
Stories are the children’s window to the outside world. They make them dream of beautiful castles, princesses, great adventures and superheroes who fight the ugly green monsters to make the world a safer place.
On their own, children can be voracious readers especially if they’ve developed a reading habit. It can be challenging trying to keep up when they want more books to read, but with this list of sites to find free online books for kids, there’s more than enough to get started.
PARENTING IDEAS – MICHAEL GROSE
RAISING CHILDREN NETWORK
AUSTRALIAN CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION