One silver lining to this quarantine situation is watching all the organizations and businesses stepping up to make things available for people stuck inside for weeks on end.
Of course, I’m particularly partial to the places offering free books online, and I’ve collected all the ones I know about here in one post so that they’re easy to access.
I hope they’ll be helpful to you!
8 Places to Get Free Books Online
ReadingIQ is one of the biggest digital libraries for kids online with 7000+ books leveled by the major leveling systems and grades, so you can find just the right one for your child. If you’re looking for books for your child between 2-12, sign up for a free 30 days here.
Epic! bills themselves as the Netflix of digital books for children and it’s not far off, since they have a really great collection (like 35,000+), including e-books and audiobooks, including read along books (under the tab “Read to Me”). They have a bunch of fiction AND non-fiction and you can sign up for a free 30 day trial here.
We’ve been using Scribd almost daily in our home for the past year – it’s basically like Netflix for audiobooks, plus there are e-books (heads up: you can’t read them on a Kindle), and there are perks like free Pandora Plus and lots more. You can can use it for 30 days for free right now and you don’t even have to put in a credit card. (I wrote a whole post about Scribd and how it works here!)
JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD
I’ve talked about Junior Library Guild quite a bit over the past few months on InstaStories and while schools are shut down, they’ve opened up their digital library to anyone. It’s divided into Elementary School, Middle School, and High School and it’s such an AMAZING collection.
This is a streaming service that has gently animated picture books that read aloud to you. Perfect if you want to read to your child, but need a break for your voice or your sanity.
You can sign up for a free month trial and access literally millions of ebooks (are they all books you’d want to read? No. Are there some great books on there? Absolutely) and thousands of audiobooks. I’ve put together a list of great books that are part of Kindle Unlimited here, plus everything you need to know about Kindle Unlimited.
I already loved Audible, but they’ve opened up hundreds of books for children and teens that you can listen to for free. Newer titles and fairy tale collections and classics read by seriously big names. I can’t wait to take advantage of this both on my own and with my girls.
This is an audiobook service similar to Audible, but it supports your local bookstore (or any bookstore of your choice). They have 150,000+ titles (you’d be hard pressed to find something new and popular that’s not on there) and the cost is the same as Audible. You can get one free audiobook – anything you want – when you sign up for a 30 day trial!
Any other places to get free books online right now? I’d love to keep adding to this list!
Paige Cassandra Flamm says
I totally need to get my free libro fm book today! Maybe I’ll actually finish a book this month if I do!
Could someone tell me if Audible has a way to save the titles that are mentioned above… “hundreds of books for children and teens.” I recently joined Audible and am still in my free month trial. But I clicked on the underlined phrase above in the Audible section, and was able to start listening to titles but not save them anywhere. Is part of the deal that they are free right now during quarantine because you can listen for free but just cannot download them to keep perhaps? Thank you very much for your help!!!
Janssen Bradshaw says
You can’t save them – they just stream from that page and don’t download to your account and they won’t be available post-quarantine.
You may have shared these in another post, but I wanted to add that there are at least a couple of book subscriptions that mail books to your home for free! The Dolly Parton Imagination Library mails each child under 5 a free book each monsh. The PJ Library celebrates literature by Jewish authors or illustrators and also mails a free book each month. You can sign up on their websites!