Free eBooks and Audiobooks for Kids
MCPL card holders have two library supported options for finding free eBooks and audiobooks for kids: Overdrive and TumbleBooks. TumbleBooks can be read online only, but no checkout limits apply. Overdrive allows users to download titles to mobile devices, but limits users to ten items with a two week check out period.
â€¢ Overdrive: http://idm.lib.overdrive.com
Use the MCPL catalog to search for a specific title, or browse all children's titles through a keyword search for 'juvenile', limit by downloadable audiobook or downloadable eBook. Once you find a title, the link will direct you to the Overdrive catalog, where you can learn its availability, download the item, or conduct a more advanced search for specific subject matter or format. Some people prefer to start their search through Overdrive directly. Sign in with your library card number and password to be ready to download and place holds on items. Once logged in you may also be able to read some titles in the Web browser without having to download.
â€¢ TumbleBooks: http://mcpl.info/childrens
Hundreds of interactive eBooks with special features like games, videos, and books for iPad. Most titles include an option to have the story read aloud. Includes stories by popular children's authors like Robert Munsch, plus nature books and videos from National Geographic. Access online through the MCPL Kids homepage.
Other Free Options for Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks
Download to a mobile device, or, read or listen online at your computer. These sites include primarily items in the Public Domain. (Generally titles more than 120 years old.)
â€¢ Gutenberg-Children's Shelf: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Children%27s_Bookshelf
A massive archive of eBooks for all ages, including classics like The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Anne of Green Gables. Multiple eBook formats are available.
â€¢ Internet Archive Children's Library: http://archive.org/details/iacl
A large collection of books including multiple versions of many classics. A good resource for beautifully illustrated folktales. Multiple eBook formats are available.
â€¢ Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/digitalcoll/digitalcoll-children.html
An archive of rare, illustrated children's books. Read online or download books as PDF files.
â€¢ LibriVox: http://librivox.org/
Audiobooks in the public domain read aloud, many titles are available in non-English languages. Download books as mp3 files.
Free Online eBooks and Audiobooks
Read, listen, or watch online using a computer or tablet. These sites include primarily items in the Public Domain. (Generally titles more than 120 years old.)
â€¢ The Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project: http://www.mainlesson.com/main/displayarticle.php?article=mission
Over five hundred eBooks for kids, including many fairy tales, biographies, and history books.
â€¢ Between the Lions: http://pbskids.org/lions/stories/
Collected story time segments from the PBS television show, Between the Lions. Videos have read-along closed captioning. Includes more recent books like Bee-bim-bop! and My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks, plus classic folktales.
â€¢ Children's Books Online: http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm
A large collection of illustrated antique eBooks, many offering non-English translations and "Read-to-Me" books with audio.
â€¢ International Children's Digital Library: http://childrenslibrary.org/
A diverse selection of children's literature from all over the world, including lots of non-English picture books. Some recent titles are available.
â€¢ Storyline Online: http://www.storylineonline.net/
Modern classic picture books read aloud by Screen Actors Guild members. Books are presented in video format with animated illustrations and music. Try Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White.
â€¢ UFDC-Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/juv/
Similar to the Internet Archive Children's Library, this website archives many British and American editions of the same works with unique illustrations. Check out the whole collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales and over 200 editions of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe!