I usually post guest posts on Friday. NO, it’s NOT Friday! LOL! I told you when I posted the Frugalista Fridays Blog Hop (where you can still enter a link) that I had two guest posts. Here’s one of the two. This post is by Bailey Harris, who has previously provided guest posts, such as 10 Places to Find Free Homeschooling Resources and How to Get a Free Car Seat. This time, she has provided another great post about free online children’s books.
If you’re looking for new ways to get your kids excited about reading, why not check out one of the many sites that offers free eBooks for children? With the growing number of sites for free books, the selection of titles available continues to get better and better. Here are some of the best free eBook sites for kids that the web has to offer.
Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project – Since 1996, volunteers for this project have been working hard to assemble a large database of online illustrated children’s books. New titles are added weekly– some in multiple languages– making this a great site for young readers to visit.
Starfall.com – This educational site not only offers online books for children to read, it helps them learn how to read. All children, regardless of their reading level, will find this interactive site fun and easy to navigate. It starts kids off by teaching them the sounds of each letter and helping them sound out letters to form words. Each time a lesson is mastered, the child can go to the next level. The reading lessons involve music, art, and animation, and in the end, your child can choose from several online stories to read on their own. This site has been highly rated by both parents and teachers alike, and it’s a great resource to use if you want to get your children interested in reading.
byGosh.com – This free eBook site dedicates itself to the classics, and although it has titles for all ages, it has a respectable children’s library as well. Many classic titles in literature are available to read, and for younger children there are plenty of illustrated classics, fairy tales, and fables to choose from.
MainLesson.com – With more than 500 free classic eBooks to choose from, this site offers kids the chance to really become acquainted with literature from the yesteryear. Books can be found by author, title, or genre, and you can customize your reading preferences by adjusting the font, font size, and the color of the text and its background to make reading on the screen easier on the eyes.
International Children’s Digital Library – With thousands of children’s books available in more than 25 languages, this free eBook site gives children all over the world the chance to read just for the pure pleasure of it. There are a variety of ways to find books on this site, including a fun book menu that uses imagery to conduct searches.
Storyline Online – Made possible by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this free site is a treasure for children of all ages. Read aloud by a long list of well-known celebrities, storytelling is taken to a whole new level here that all children will enjoy! After selecting a title, the reader introduces the book and then reads it to your child. Illustrations are shown and the words are displayed in captions along the bottom of the screen (this feature can be turned off). This site is a unique way for children to experience free eBooks online, and parents will undoubtedly find it entertaining as well.
Free Kids Books – This site has a nice selection of free eBooks for kids, and all titles are available for download in PDF format. Choose an eBook from one of three categories: toddler, children, and young adults– or simply scroll down the list to see all titles at once. This site’s design is simple yet colorful, and both children and parents alike will appreciate hassle-free site navigation.
MagicKeys.com – Since 1996, this online library has offered kids a charming assortment of illustrated eBooks to choose from. New titles are continually being added, and some of them are available as audio books as well. The site is very simple to use–eBooks are divided into categories that target specific age groups, and the entire library can be viewed simply by scrolling down the main page.
DailyLit.com – This one-of-a-kind eBook site offers a service like no other–it delivers the eBooks right to your email. Featuring a lengthy list of categories for readers of all ages, it has a small children’s section and a much larger selection of classics for older kids to choose from. Books are sent to your inbox in installments, and settings can be adjusted to determine how many installments you would like per email and how frequent they are delivered.
ePubBud.com – Here you can find free eBooks that can be read on your browser, downloaded as an epub file, or downloaded straight to your eReader device. The eBooks themselves are neatly lined up on virtual bookshelves for easy viewing, as well as divided into sections for beginning readers, kids, tweens, and teens so you can quickly locate age-appropriate titles.
Project Gutenberg – Hosting the largest library of free eBooks on the web, Project Gutenberg has an enormous selection of children’s books in its library. The children’s section alone features 15 individual categories of books– from picture books for wee ones to fiction for young adults, there’s something here for everyone.
Obooko – If you have a teenager that loves to read, this is a great site to find free eBooks geared towards young adults. It has an entire section of young adult titles, and it gives readers the opportunity to choose books by both undiscovered writers and seasoned professionals. All eBooks on this site are available in PDF format, and it offers a spicy selection of titles that are sure to capture your teen’s attention.
You no longer have to leave your home to find free books for your kids to read. Virtual libraries are a convenient and affordable way to provide your children with new and exciting books, and it both nurtures and encourages a life-long love for reading.
Guest post from Bailey Harris.