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Encourage a love of reading among your students and utilize those devices at the same time, for free. Below are our “best of the best” sources for free digital/ebooks. Easily post links to stories in your Google Classroom or other online learning platform.
Unite for Literacy offers a full range of over 400 storybooks that are designed to be relevant to families and are intentionally curated to represent all genders, races, national origins, disabilities and ages in both text and images. One fourth of the stories are in Spanish. Many of the stories have narration options in various languages. All stories can be read online without creating an account.
Monkey Pen – 50+ free ebooks for children ages 2-9. Beautifully illustrated in pdf format. No account creation required.
Children’s Storybooks Online – Stories for young children, older children, and young adults sortable by age level. Link to web-based version of story. No account creation required.
Oxford Owl – Hundreds of illustrated stories for children ages 3-11. Teacher must create an account and a class login. Link to web-based version of story.
EPIC! Create your free teacher EPIC account. Add your students and monitor student progress through books and related quizzes for over 40,000 books, videos and quizzes. Students can read books to themselves or have them read aloud. The books are leveled, so selection of books that are challenging but not overwhelming is easy. Students can use EPIC for free from 7 a.m. til 4 p.m. on school days, but to extend student use, have parent create their free parent account, providing an additional 2 hours a week of free reading time. For more information on EPIC, check out Mrs. Winter’s blog article, Using EPIC Books in the Classroom.
Story Line Online provides streaming videos featuring celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and many others reading children’s storybooks and showing creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes educator-created supplemental curriculum design to strengthen reading comprehension.
The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of children’s classics that can be read directly from the website. Titles include “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Anne of Green Gables,” and many others.
Open Library is just that; a library that you can borrow books from for up to 14 days. It contains a great assortment of books for kids of all ages and adults too. Users must create their free account for access.
Project Gutenberg is an online library of free ebooks that can be read online on any device. Each book has a QR code that students can scan to read the book on an iPhone, iPad or Android device. No account creation required.
Free eBooks Children’s Classics – You can download five free e-books for providing your email address. Additional books are available by paid subscription.
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