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Where to Find Free eBooks for Children Online

The Children’s Book Review | September 4, 2009

iPadThe Children’s Book Review presents a guest post by education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes for OnlineColleges.net, an online college resource.

Big Universe – Big Universe is an award winning book site with unique offerings for children. Visitors can read free ebooks online or create and publish their own ebooks for other people to read. Big Universe also provides a place for children to share and recommend books they’ve enjoyed.

BookGlutton – Book Glutton is a great site for older children who want to find, read, and discuss ebooks. The site allows you to read books on the site or import books from the web or your hard drive. Book Glutton books can be read alone or with a group of people.

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.

Fiction.us – Fiction.us is a great place to find classics, short stories, novels and plays for older children. The site also has a small collection of picture books for younger readers who enjoy illustrations with their text.

International Children’s Digital Library – The ICDL is a multicultural digital library for children. The library hosts a large collection of ebooks in English and other languages. Books are sorted by age group, type, genre, and length.

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.

Project Gutenberg – Project Gutenberg was not created exclusively for children but the site does have quite a few ebooks that would be interesting to children. More than 35,000 free ebooks are available through Project Gutenberg in all. Other offerings include free audio books and DVDs.

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.

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  • Another site is wizz-e.com. They offer 2 free fully interactive ebooks for children. Read along to the audio as the words highlight, click on unfamiliar words to hear them spoken, animated illustrations, auto page turning, comprehension quiz too. Can be downloaded to a PC. Other books for sale which are pre-viewable.

    October 12, 2009
  • http://www.blagonwights.com has free books and activities for young children also. You can read the books online or download PDF versions. It’s lots of fun!

    October 22, 2009
  • Thanks for adding these to Karen’s list!

    November 3, 2009
  • Thnx for the list

    November 17, 2009
  • Another free ebooks library: http://www.digilibraries.com
    Over 20’000 eBooks…

    August 23, 2011
  • You can get a free e-book copy of “Bonita the Bat Counts to Ten” at http://www.bonnieleebooks.com!

    I love the colorful pictures!

    October 10, 2011
  • I post free Nookbooks and Kindle books weekly; often I find children’s books as well. Come check out my site—just click on my name above.

    November 23, 2011
  • Also here:
    Free illustrated children books.

    February 12, 2012
  • I just wanted to share with everyone a great website I discovered the other day. They offer downloads of classic fairy tales with fantastic images and entertaining narration and character acting. Not only do my kids love them, but I find them enjoyable as well. These timeless stories can be downloaded to computer or mobile device.

    February 15, 2012
  • Check out Meegenius as well for free e-books. They have some great picture books for kids… including mine! The Hiccup Mummy.

    February 27, 2012
  • Hello.
    Ive been looking for kids books for kindle. Although i will pay for books that my kids like/want i get lots of free books for myself and wondered if there were any sites that offer free kids ebooks?

    September 6, 2012
    • Hi Kate—

      Try this link for free Kindle books for kids.



      September 6, 2012
      • Hi

        I don’t have a kindle, so please excuse my ignorance but can they handle images? I have also tried to do a ePub but found the formatting quite hard, what format does the kindle use?

        thanks for a great site, loving the info on here

        March 15, 2014
      • Thanks Bianca! Over 3 years later and still a great link for free Kindle books for kids. I will be loading my new Kindle up with many of these!

        October 19, 2015
  • Yikes! That Rosetta Stone’s Children’s Books Online, while cool historically, is way off the money for categorization of reading levels. Early Readers cannot read full pages of complex sentences and vocabulary in small print. Don’t go there looking for materials for your young students to read – you won’t find it.

    September 8, 2012
  • Don’t forget to check your library. Ours offers a service called TUMBLEBOOKS and has ebooks and audiobook checkouts for adults and children through OVERDRIVE.

    November 29, 2012
  • I am a publishing masters student working on a dissertation regarding Children’s digital ebook selection and ebook reading habits. If you have or know children ages 6-12 who read ebooks could you help them complete this survey?


    Thank you!

    September 13, 2013
  • This is a great list! I have just written a free children’s book about a little caterpillar. Thought people might like to read it 🙂 Denki the Electric Floating Caterpillar by The Little Scientist

    January 8, 2014
  • Hello everyone..My name is Mary Monette Crall from Philippines..Please allow me to share Karen Lee’s children ebook series called Casey and Friends..A wonderful story of a poodle dog named Casey..Parents, this a great treat for your children who loves animal story..Thank you so much..

    February 20, 2014
  • Hi

    this is pretty cool, I must say though that free is relative, many e-books go for $2 which is pretty close to free in any case. But it will be great to check some of these out, you can never have enough stories to raise a child I guess!

    March 15, 2014
  • I enjoyed reading this new children’s ebook, new to Kindle:
    School Mornings Make Mummy A Bit Bonkers
    Link: http://amzn.com/B00JSCLA9Q (US)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JSCLA9Q (UK)

    Made us laugh. On a free promo at the moment.

    April 28, 2014
  • Every week, pulseit features full books or exclusive extended excerpts of the latest in YA.

    http://www.pulseit.com/ has a freereads

    October 15, 2014
  • Hi, here is a fantastic book for children and adults too. Emotional Intelligence, football and courage. Its free by kindle. “Eddy The Interplanetary Football Star”


    October 19, 2015
  • The site http://www.freekidstories.org/ebooks has some great books for kids in epub and kindle format, including bilingual english/spanish books.

    November 2, 2015
  • The site https://www.bookbotkids.com/free-books-for-kids has free PDF books for kids which are printable. They’re decodable readers in the format for children learning to read.

    August 12, 2018
  • This is a great list! I have just written a free children’s book about a little caterpillar. Thought people might like to read it http://collectairdrops.com

    September 17, 2018
  • Don’t forget to check out the Bright Zebra online safety children’s books to help parents with this important topic. There are ebooks and paperbacks.

    August 7, 2020

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