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Finding Free Books Online

a young child reads on his tablet

 

After winding down from the holiday season things can start to get a little boring for your children. This is the perfect time to have them cozy up with a good book, not only for entertainment but of course, to practice their reading skills.

 

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, we understand that going to your local bookstore or library can sound like a hassle… But, what if we told you that you can find books online, for free!

 

Here are four ways you can access books digitally, completely for free!

 

Using the Library Without Going to the Library

 

Did you know that most libraries allow members to borrow eBooks or audiobooks? You find this through apps like Overdrive or Hoopla. You don’t even need a tablet or eReader to access them! You can read eBooks on any internet-enabled device, including a smartphone or a computer.

 

Keep in mind that you do need a library card to access these apps. If you don’t already have a card, check with your local library. Many libraries now issue cards digitally. Libraries have been and continue to be a fantastic resource, and we’re sure your librarians will be happy to help if you have any trouble accessing these apps.

 

Sharing is Caring

 

For those of you that have an eReader app, ask around and see if any of your friends have the same one. Most eReader apps allow you to share books with your friends for a 2 week borrow period. Make sure the book is short enough to read within the duration of the borrow period and of course, don’t forget to return the favor!  Additionally, one of the reasons why this is a great option is because it provides a bit of friendly encouragement to read!

 

Audiobooks

 

Audiobooks are a great way to build your child’s vocabulary, a key pre-reading skill. Listening to books being read fluently can also help beginning readers improve their own oral reading skills. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, audiobooks became a very popular way to consume books.  Free audiobooks can be found on popular platforms like Audible, as well as music streaming services like Spotify. You can even digitally check out audiobooks at your local library!

 

Always-Free Alternatives

 

Did you know there are many classic books in the public domain? Books that are in the public domain are no longer copyrighted in the United States, and thus can be freely shared for you and your kids to read! You can find these books on sites like Project Gutenberg and Google Books. Many books from Kumon’s Recommended Reading List are in the public domain and can be found on these sites. You can read these books either directly on your computer or on your e-reader of choice.

 

While eBooks can’t replace the feeling of a physical book in your hands, there are many benefits to being able to read electronically. For one, there are so many resources to choose from that you can download a new book whenever you feel like reading! You might also be able to introduce reading to your new reader more easily through audiobooks, opening the door to more possibilities. One thing we know for sure, is the more your child reads, the better—no matter what form the book is in.