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Ann Foster

Staff Writer

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As many parents and teachers know all too well, children can be voracious readers. It can be challenging to keep up with the amount of new books children like to read, which is where this list of places to find free children’s books online is here to help! Pro tip (of course!): your local public library is a great place to start.

Where to find free children’s books online 

The best places to find free children’s books online include:

  1. Libby/Overdrive
  2. Cloud Library
  3. Hoopla
  4. Tumble Book Library
  5. Amazon Free Kids eBooks
  6. Barnes & Noble Free Kids eBooks
  7. International Children’s Digital Library
  8. Oxford Owl
  9. Storyline Online
  10. Open Library
  11. Project Gutenberg
  12. Goodreads
  13. Library of Congress

A quick note: Free children’s books are great (yay!) but make sure you’re only picking them up from legal sources, like the ones listed here. And, if you’re reading a modern author’s books, make sure to leave them a review online once you do!

1. Libby/Overdrive

Many school and public libraries subscribe to Overdrive, which allows library customers to borrow free eBooks and audiobooks. If your library has purchased this service, all you need to do is log onto their Libby app (for public libraries) or Sora app (for school libraries) using your computer or portable device, answer a few quick questions, and you’re good to go! Their search is intuitive to limit your search to find books in the language and at the age level you’d like.


Cloud Library is another product that many libraries are also using. Like Overdrive, you need to verify your library card number to access the app on your computer or personal device. Like with Overdrive, you can read the titles online or download them to your personal device to enjoy on the go.


Hoopla is another service you may be able to access from your local library. What makes them different from Overdrive and Cloud Library is that their titles are all available on-demand—no wait lists for popular or new release titles. Your local library may have also opted in for Hoopla’s movie, music, and graphic novel services, so you can download a variety of free entertainment for your young ones (ideal for long road trips!).


Check with your local public library or school to see if they have subscribed to Tumble Book Library, a service aimed especially for kids and teens. You can read free books online from this service, as well as access their enrichment materials. Tumble Book Library provides support to students with a variety of curriculum-based exercises. This service is ideal for Special Education and ESL teachers and students. One of the unique aspects of this site is they provide animations of some children’s picture books (like you’d see on Reading Rainbow), as well as paired audio/ebook sets so you can read and listen along.

5. Amazon Free Kids eBooks

You don’t need to spend money to get children’s books from Amazon. There are more than 3,000 free eBooks available for children. Just click into the “free eBooks” section and take a browse.

6. Barnes & Noble Free Nook eBooks

If you have a Nook, there are numerous free ebooks available for free download from Barnes & Noble. Like the rest of their website, you can drill down to find what you need here by age range, subject, user ratings, and more.


The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to “promote tolerance and a respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world.” This is a great choice to allow you and your children to read diversely, and includes more than 4,000 titles from authors around the world, in more than 50 languages. The books can be read anywhere you have access to an Internet connection, in your browser.

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Oxford Owl is an award-winning website from Oxford University Press, created to support children’s learning both at home and at school. After registering (which is free), you gain free access to many of Oxford’s ebooks for free, along with other guides and games to help children develop their reading skills.


The children’s literacy website Storyline Online is run by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. This site streams featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.


Open Library is a part of the non-profit Internet Archive, and as such is continually updating its collection of links to free books online—including lots for children! They currently offer access to over 20,000 free titles for children, including newer titles and classics.


Project Gutenberg is known for its collection of classic works, available for free because their copyright has expired. The work of digitizing and proof-reading these works is done entirely by volunteers. These titles are often available in plain text as well as other formats, and can be read online or downloaded to personal devices.


Yes, your fav site for tracking your TBR also provides access to free children’s books online! Check their ebook shelves for books you can download free of charge, or find some children’s titles on the books tagged as “free online.”

13. Library OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress provides a number of classic children’s books free online, without requiring a library card. With full page scans, this service allows you to get the full feeling of reading an antique book, from the retro font choices to the original illustrations.


If you aren’t able to find the free children’s books online you’re looking for, the next best thing is sometimes shopping online sales. For instance, consider following Book Riot’s Deals of the Day “Book Deals” emails so you get a heads-up when the books you want are on sale.

If you didn’t find the books you wanted above, you can also search the following sites for children’s books online. While these provide you with more options, these sites may have some fees or be slightly difficult to navigate. Many, however, provide great options for kid’s books.

Another option is to try a subscription service like Kindle Unlimited or Scribd, where your monthly fees count towards the purchase of new books.


Can’t get enough free books online? Check out our round-ups of 11 Websites To Find Free Audiobooks Online and 15 Of The Best Places To Find Free Books Online.