Are you looking for free online books for kids? Every teacher and parent needs to know about these free websites and apps that allow kids to read books online for FREE.
There’s no longer an excuse of running out books to read at home, or screen time only consisting of TV and video games. Have your kids start reading books online for free today!
We’ve spent hours scouring the web for the best, and free, resources for kids to read books online. This is what we found!
Note: Due to school closures (March 2020), many of these websites are offering their services for free for a limited time. While I am working on updating this post, it is important to note that these websites were free as of March 21, 2020.
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FREE Online Books for Kids to Read
For each website or app, I’ve included a brief description of what the website has to offer and any current limitations on free trials.
I’ll be honest. I listed these in order of the value (I believe) they have to offer. 😉 (FYI – I’m a reading teacher!) This is solely my opinion!
Raz-Kids: Reading A-Z
What is it? Raz-Kids’ Reading A-Z is a website with leveled ebooks and equizzes for interactive reading practice. It includes digital and mobile access and 29 different reading levels!
Free Offer Details: They are currently offering a free 90-day trial. When you sign up for the 14-day free trial, and it will automatically extend it to 90-days.Click HERE to sign up for Raz-Kids: Reading A-Z!
What is it? Epic is a free digital library for kids 12 and under. It has more than 35,00 high quality books and videos. There are no ads online, and no in-app purchases on the app.
Free Offer Details: According to the website: “Beginning today, we are offering FREE worldwide Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020), by teacher invitation — no credit card required.”
Parents, you do currently need an invitation from their teacher in order access. If you are able to be in contact with your child’s teacher right now, I think it’s worth asking for!Click HERE to get Epic!
What is it? Vooks is a library of kids’ favorite picture books that come to life through animation. The books are read aloud. And the words are also on the screen. There are NO ads so you can be sure students are getting safe screen time.
Free Offer Details: Vooks is offering a FREE year for teachers and homeschool parents!Click HERE to sign up for a free year of Vooks!
Audible (for kids)
What is it? Audible is a collection of audio books. The website has the books broken down by age level from baby-13 years. You can also browse and listen to books according to categories such as award winners, best sellers, books in a series, and celebrity narrators.
Free Offer Details: Currently, all stories for kids are free to stream on desktop, laptops, phones, or tablets. These audiobooks are available in 6 different languages. In addition, NO sign-up or personal information is required. It’s totally FREE!Click here to listen to kids books on Audible for free!
What is it? Storyline Online understands the importance and power of reading aloud to kids! Storyline Online is brought to by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) Foundation. It streams videos featuring celebrities reading books aloud.
Free Offer Details: This website is always free and runs on donations. There is no log in required. Whohoo!Click here to start watching celebrities read aloud on Storyline Online!
What is it? Funbrain is website with games, math practice, videos, and books for kids. Books are marked with grade levels, but are not read aloud. It includes both books original to Funbrain, as well as mainstream popular picture and chapter books.
Free Offer Details: Funbrain is always free. The website does include ads.Click here to start reading books on funbrain!
What is it? Storynory is an educational website with free audio stories for kids. Stories include original books, fairy tales, classic authors, poems, and songs/nursery rhymes. The text of the story is on display as it is read. But, the books or the images are not animated. I would consider it an audible reading experience.
Free Offer Details: Storynory is always free, but there are ads on the site. You can download any/all of the audio for free, which I find is very rare!Click here to start listening to stories on Storynory!
If you know of any other amazing websites that offer free online books for kids, please (with a 🍒on top) let me know in the comments below! 👇🏼
Let’s keep fueling every child’s passion for reading (even when schools are closed)!
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This is so fantastic! I cannot thank you enough for sharing all of this with us! You are the best!
Thank you for your kind words, Lynn! You made my day. I’m glad this is helpful to you!
This list is fantastic. Thank you for posting it. I’ve been seeing so many offers but I haven’t known where to start. I appreciate that you give the details of how each “free” offer works; this is very helpful information.
I’m so glad this was helpful to you! Thanks for your kind words!
Thank you for sharing such wonderful information. Kids will love it.
You are very welcome!
I tried to download the free Phonics sentences bundle on this page…twice. I never received it.
Thanks for any help.
Hi Patti, I’m sorry you’re having trouble. I looked you up in the system and it looks you signed up for and received the freebie on February 11, 2019.You opened and clicked on the email on that date too. Please search your inbox for “phonics sentences freebie.” My email provider won’t send you the freebie twice because it doesn’t want to spam you. If you need more help, please email hello(at)ateachableteacher(dot)com
Thank you sooo much, I truly appreciate this.
You’re so sweet, Suzanne. Thank you.
The links to the free sight word and phonemic awareness games do not work. It brings up a 404 error message. I would love to be able to share these sights with my parents. Hoping it can be fixed. Thanks! Stay safe!
I’m sorry you had trouble! Here are the links. If that ever happens again, you can always use the search bar on my website to find what you’re looking for.
Hope that helps!
Wilbooks.com is also offering free online access to books when teachers sign up. Thank you for sharing these resources with us!
Thank you Tara, I’ll look into that ASAP!
Great list, thank you! I teach ESL in Israel, and we have used Oxford owl…. Check it out.
Thank you, Susie! I’ll check that out!
This is fabulous! I use many of these already, but am glad you “vetted” some additions for me. 🙂 THANK YOU! I hope your students and you are staying healthy and safe. We’re in this together for the good of all. <3
Thank you for your kind words, Claudia! I really appreciate it!
if you have a student interested in STEM/Space or are trying to incorporate STEM into your reading, check out storytimefromspace.com! They have videos of astronauts reading Space/STEM-themed children’s books live from SPACE! It is so cool!
Thanks Jordan! That sounds so neat!
Always free. Languages can be changed for both reading and Read Alouds.
Thanks, Karen! I’ll be sure to check that out!
Thanks for all that you are doing to help us. Your heart is BIG!!! I think Scholastics is offering free books online during school closure. Also, capstonelibrary is offering free books online as well. Again, thank you and stay safe, healthy, and prayerful.
Thank you for your kind words and for the suggestions, Elisa. I will look into those!