With two children under 4, I listen to more audiobooks than ever. The multitasking in me loves that I can still immerse myself in a good book while tackling a sink full of dirty dishes or sitting in traffic, but my habit can get expensive. So when I found out I could download a library app called Libby to access free audiobooks that I would otherwise be willing to pay for, I realized this might be useful for my oldest son as well. Being able to download free eBooks when we can’t make it to the library saves me from having to read the same books over and over again at bedtime.
Whether you’re looking to entertain yourself during the chore of household chores or, more importantly, keep your kids busy, these eight free audiobook and e-book resources are worth checking out. And if you’re looking to be a little more free during reading time, try these 12 storytelling apps that will do the job for you!
All you can books
All you can books offers a 30-day free trial to access its library of over 40,000 titles. Even if you cancel your subscription, you still keep the downloads!
Until the schools reopen, Audible offers a collection of stories that children around the world can share for free. Choose from six different languages and ages ranging from “smallest listeners” to teenagers. They even got together Harry potter at home to make the first Harry Potter book in the series available as a free audiobook!
Epic! is the premier digital library for children 12 and under and provides access to over 40,000 digital books. Right now, parents can take advantage of a 30-day free trial. Or, enjoy free remote student access until June 30, 2020, upon invitation by the teacher.
By signing in to your library subscription, you can digitally borrow thousands of eBooks, comics, movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, and more. The platform works through a desktop site, on Apple, Android, or Amazon mobile devices, and on streaming tools such as Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, AndroidTV, and FireTV.
Libby partners with public libraries across the country to bring the best eBooks, audiobooks, comics, magazines, cookbooks and more to your device for free. All you need is a library card to register, but even if you don’t have one, many libraries have the Instant Digital Card feature which allows readers to register with their phone number.
Overdrive lets you enjoy free ebooks and audiobooks through your local public library or school.
Sora, a new reading app from Overdrive, is specially designed for students. The app makes it easy for kids to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from their school and search local libraries. Plus, cool features let kids read homework, take notes and highlight, earn badges for reading books, and even track reading stats to set book reading goals.
HistoryMentors is a new online library that helps new and struggling readers build their skills. The books come with a parent guide full of activities and a mentor guide so parents can talk about the text like teachers do. With 25 books in their library, it’s a fantastic resource for kids from Kindergarten to Grade 2.
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