Free Children’s E-Book Sources
While some people prefer a hard copy, there are many advantages to reading eBooks over print materials. Ebooks are portable and lightweight. They are accessible everywhere as they can be downloaded and stored for later use. And, when you need something to entertain children, there is nothing like being able to pull up a book to share while waiting at the doctor’s office or allowing them to entertain themselves with an audiobook while riding in a car.
Here are some locations where free eBooks can be obtained:
PLYMC Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks: Using your local library card and password, library patrons can check out up to ten eBooks at a time from over 35,000 adult and children’s materials. You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed eBooks to a Kindle device (U.S. libraries and schools only). If you’re on a computer, you may also be able to transfer titles to compatible ereaders or MP3 players. Download the Libby app on your smart device or visit your favorite library branch for assistance.
Project Gutenberg: This amazing project loaded over 60,000 free eBooks in both ePub and Kindle formats. Thousands of volunteers have loaded these older works for which the U.S. copyright has expired. Choose Search and Browse, then Bookshelves for a list of books by topics. After choosing the Children’s Bookshelf, you may select from literature, picture books, myths and fairytales and even Christmas stories.
International Children’s Digital Library: In a partnership with the University of Maryland’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab, this resource contains over 4,000 children books in a collection that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Designed to be a resource of materials from all the languages in the world so that all children, no matter where they roam in life, can read things in their mother tongue. Books are arranged alphabetically, by language, color and character and more.
LibriVox: This web site is staffed by volunteers who record chapters of books in the public domain and provide the audio files on their website for free. They get their text from Project Gutenberg (above). The audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to on the computer or any mobile device as well as burnable on a CD. Nineteen various topics for children’s literature are available, including fiction, non-fiction, myths, and nature books.
Open Library: This is an open, editable library catalog with a lofty goal of making a web page for every book ever published. Many of the children’s books are complete and downloadable on a web browser quite easily. Children’s subject sorting is available for stories in rhyme, baby books, bedtime reading and picture books. It does require a password to be created from the website for Internet Archive.