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14 Free E-Book Sources for boosting your child’s reading

Enjoy some holiday reading at home on your computer, tablet or even your own print book if you like. Just click on the links below:

1/Children’s Storybooks Online

http://www.magickeys.com/books/

This free source provides illustrated children’s stories for children of all ages.

2/ All Books Free

http://www.allbooksfree.com/index.htm

This link provides free novels, free children’s books, free short story collections and free poetry books

3/Bedtime-Story™

http://the-office.com/bedtime-story/indexmain.htm#stories

Featuring some of the world’s best illustrators of children’s books.

4/Children Books Online

http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/super-index.htm

A super collection of children’s books: stories, poems, rhymes, chapters and illustrations.

5/ Children Books Forever

http://www.childrensbooksforever.com/

This has a lovely collection of books in pdf format. Cathy of PuzzlEd says, “I checked out ChildrensBooksForever and the books are just delightful! Gorgeous pictures and some good themes for primary-school kids (anger, bullying etc). Over 20 books available to download and use on computer, smartboards etc, as well as viewing online (and in quite a variety of languages, too, apparently). Excellent for school or home use.”

6/ International Children’s Digital Library

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

This is the library for our global citizens! Children’sLibrary. org has a large collection of books for online viewing. Many appear to be unique classic works that are finely illustrated. Books can be filtered by age, length and fiction/non-fiction. If you can read in Chinese, Korean or another language, you may find some books in your own language.

7/Popular Children’s Books

http://www.popularchildrenstories.com/picturestories.htm

This is a nice collection of stories for children available for free reading online without registration. Most are short stories, with some longer ones. There are numerous stories ranging from animal adventures and fairy tales to educational and Christmas stories. Children, parents and teachers can travel to distant places and let imaginations run wild. The stories are ranked and assigned a rating of 1 (worst) – 5 (best).

8/Wikibooks

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikijunior

Wikijunior aims to produce age-appropriate non-fiction books for children from birth to age 12. These books are richly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, sketches and original drawings. Wikijunior books are produced by a worldwide community of writers, teachers, students and young people all working together. The books present factual information that is verifiable.

9/WorldofTales

http://www.worldoftales.com/

This is a collection of folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world available for online viewing.

10/ The online Book Page

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/prize.html#newbery

“The Online Books Page” provides links to free books that have either won the Newberry award for outstanding children’s books or have received an “Honor” and are in the public domain. Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite.

11/Goodnight Stories

http://www.goodnightstories.com

This has stories, songs, jokes, games and more! GoodnightStories is a small collection of unique children’s stories for reading online. A good number of the stories were written by children. Some other activities and printable colouring pages are also available.

12/ TumbleBook Cloud Collections

http://www.tbcjr.com/BooksList.aspx?categoryID=58

The Huntley Library offers free access to the excellent collections of Tumble Books. The TumbleBook Library and TumbleBook Jr., collections are the best selections for younger readers. There are read-a-longs and other reading learning features available. All are available for free reading online.

13/ Aesop Fables Online

http://www.umass.edu/aesop/fables.php

This offers a collection of Aesop’s fables, with illustrations from students in the Computing in the Fine Arts course for online viewing.

14/BritishCouncil – Learn English Kids

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/listen-andwatch

The British Council has a very nice collection of flash animated song and audio read-a-long stories. In this section you will find lots of animated songs, stories, cartoons and videos. You can play the vocabulary games before you watch, then download an activity as well. You can also practise your speaking with their fun tongue twisters. They have also posted the stories on YouTube.

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