eReaders & eBooks in the Classroom

What am I going to do with an eReader in my classroom?!

Online eBooks

on June 6, 2012

Children’s Literature Online

MeeGenius – Colorfully illustrated read aloud eBooks available on your computer or iPad. You can register for a school account to receive a free library of many classic children’s books. Books are available for purchase for fairly cheap. The app and website has the options to read aloud or not, highlight words, and flip pages automatically or manually.

Children’s Storybooks Online – A very simple website that provides teachers and children with illustrated books online. The books have text below the illustration. The user clicks links to progress through the book.

Big Universe $ – A subscription based repository of online books. These books can be read online and are aligned to many reading programs such as Lexile and Accelerated Reader. The other great option it possesses, your students can create books online that can be shared with other classmates, or students in the school, to be read online.

Speakaboos – $ The link is to the old, non-beta, website that provides animated read alouds for children. There are Spanish books available. Take a look at the new in-beta-testing website. It is for subscription, but there are 10 free stories for trial.

Children’s Books Online – Providing classic children’s tales, the books are scanned to provide teachers and students with original illustrations. Pages are advanced through clicking the arrow linked to the next JPEG file. Many of the books are available in multiple languages such as Italian, Dutch, and Spanish depending upon the book. Multimedia and audio books are available by purchasing the file.

Oxford Owl – Free online children’s books. The books provide illustrations with audio read alouds. Some books do not have works to go along with audio, but those are for younger ages. Many of the books have games/activities to go along. These games include sequencing.

Children’s Books Forever – Free PDF versions of children’s books are available for download. Books from other countries are available as well.

International Children’s Digital Library – Great digital library of a diverse set of children’s books. Many of the books are scanned and are easily navigated to and from by younger students. Books can be “found” by color, characters, animals, and other means of searching. Very students friendly. The books available are in a variety of languages and provides literature from a variety of cultures.

TumbleBooks – $ Subscription based online eBooks for younger students. “TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.” (from the TumbleBook website)

Classic Reader – Classic Reader is an excellent place to find free classic ebooks. The site has a special section for young readers with more than 200 of the world’s best loved classics.

Young Adult (YA) and above

Free – An app for Android and iOS operating systems can be downloaded to read the books on devices with those operating systems. Online reading, downloading PDF and .txt files are free, but payment is required for ePub and Mobi files. – is a great place to find classics, short stories, novels and plays for older children. The site also has a small collection of picture books for younger readers who enjoy illustrations with their text. – This no-frills website has more than 130 free ebooks for children in MP3 format. Books can be downloaded to any computer and burned to a CD.

Read Print – The Read Print library hosts thousands of free ebooks and poems, many of which are suitable for children. Most of the books on Read Print are classics, such as Peter Pan and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Here is a link to an article by Children’s Book Review’s on “Where to find Free eBooks for Children.” We found many of these great sites via this article. Thanks Children’s Book Review!


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